Nose Hill Park is definitely an experience of prairie nature without leaving the city.
Without a doubt the largest off leash park in Calgary. It is in the city’s North West bordering 12 communities. The actual address is 4620 – 14th St. N.W.
So naturally you can access this park by 14th Street and the other main entrance is off of Shaganappi Trail, both just north of John Laurie Blvd.
It covers an area of 1,129 hectares. The terrain, as expected, is not level, but consists of many hills and valleys.
Distant views of down town, Canada Olympic Park and the Mountains can be seen from various points in this park.
It is a park with lots of wildlife, such as deer and coyotes. Other smaller wildlife includes porcupines, gophers, ground squirrels, mice and voles.
Of course this is what brings the hawks flying and swooping around the area.
While not a frequent occurrence, coyotes in this park have been known to attack dogs, so special attention must be given to the smaller pets.
There are a few “treed” areas in the park that indicate that dogs are not permitted. This is to protect the wildlife’s natural living space.
There are dog bins at the major entrances to this park.