|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.
|Park sign near the parking lot|
|Heading out on the lower (gravel) trail|
|West Nose Creek, Confluence Park|
|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.
|The gravel trail later joins the paved trail. Here we are at the junction on our way back.|
|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.
|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.
|Google Map to Confluence Park|