Biking West Nose Creek Trail (Confluence Park), Calgary

by - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Confluence Park is fun for beginner cyclists. Look for Split Rock, a glacial erratic, and keep an eye out for resident weed-eating goats.
Confluence Park, Calgary
So excited to be going to the "big rock"!
If you're looking for a short, flat trail for an urban hike or bike ride with kids, Confluence Park is a great option. Its unique features include natural vegetation, bridges crossing the meandering Nose Creek, the creek itself, and a large glacial erratic (boulder moved by glaciers). Take the upper paved path or gravel path along the creek.
Confluence Park paved path, Calgary
Park sign near the parking lot
Bordered by Harvest Hills Blvd N to the west, Beddington Trail NW to the south and Deerfoot Trail to the east, Confluence Park has paved and gravel trails that are fairly flat, so they are suitable for young cyclists. From the parking lot to the southeast end of the park, it is about 2 kilometres, so you can do a nice 4 kilometre circuit. (The paved bike path connects to other paths, so you can make your trip further, but heading northwest from the parking lot takes you uphill and may be challenging for younger riders.) 
Confluence Park gravel path
Heading out on the lower (gravel) trail
Although there is a lot of road noise at this park, we enjoy the flat trail along West Nose Creek and visiting Split Rock. The girls usually bike while my hubby and I walk or jog. The gravel path is not too busy, so the kids can meander as the stream does. Watch for offleash dogs on the gravel path and commuters on the paved path.

West Nose Creek, Confluence Park
West Nose Creek, Confluence Park
Our girls' favorite part of visiting Confluence Park is running around Split Rock, a glacial erratic (translation: rock pushed here by glaciers) from Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park (Source). Split Rock looks small in the photo, but is about 2 metres (6.5 feet) tall! There are some boulders around Split Rock that are fun for climbing on too. 
Split Rock, Confluence Park
Split Rock, Confluence Park
Girl at Split Rock, Confluence Park
Split Rock offers cool photo opps.

Another nice thing about this park is that there are amenities nearby. We usually go for bubble tea at T&T supermarket after biking at Confluence Park. T.Pot has some pretty good dimsum too.

Confluence Park, Calgary
The gravel trail later joins the paved trail. Here we are at the junction on our way back.
Biking at Confluence Park, Calgary
It's not all grassland; colorful shrubs abound.
In summer months, goats do weed control at Confluence Park. You can find them over by the offleash area near the West Nose Creek Parking lot.
Goats at Confluence Park, Calgary
These goats are part of Calgary's targeted grazing project (natural weed control)
All in all, it's a fun place to spend a couple hours. My 5 year old easily biked from Harvest Hills Blvd to Deerfoot Trail (4 km round trip), and my 3 year old rode about 2 km on her balance bike. When you need a break, there are benches along the upper (paved) trail. The boulders by Split Rock also make a great snack spot.

Getting Here

Our preferred parking lot is on Harvest Hills Blvd NW, south of the Harvest Hills Shopping Centre (T&T Supermarket). If you are driving south on Harvest Hills Blvd, the parking lot is on the left side of the road; it shares access with Beddington Golf Park. 

If you have a dog, pack at West Nose Creek Parking lot, off Deerfoot Trail. There's an offleash park there.

Map to Confluence Park parking lot
Google Map to Confluence Park
Do you have new cyclists in your family? Where do you like to take them riding?

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