Best locations for photos in Calgary

Calgary is an amazingly beautiful city that has benefited from decades of excellent urban planning. Even though we are only about an hour drive from the Canadian Rockies for the ultimate wedding photography experience. One does not have to go very far to photograph in some of the most amazing urban parks and natural areas.

There are many special places in and around the Calgary area for a beautiful photo shoot. These are some of my personal favourites and they fit a variety of themes such as weddings, engagements, family portraits, and lifestyle shoots.

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Calgary is one of the most well-planned cities in the world. We have many large urban parks and the largest of them all is the Fish Creek Park.

Known officially as the Fish Creek Provincial Park, it stretches across almost the entire southern Calgary and is one of the largest urban parks in the world. Occupying an area of 13.48 km2 or 5.2 sq. mi, Fish Creek Park is the second largest urban park in Canada after Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park.

Just to grasp how truly large of an area we, the lucky Calgarians have, it is 3 times larger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park and 4 times larger than New York’s Central Park. Inside the park, there are sections of woods, plains, rivers, bridges, hills and historic buildings. Fish Creek Park is my absolute favourite spot to shoot.

Prince’s Island Park

Prince’s Island Park is developed on an island on the Bow River, immediately north of Downtown Calgary. In the summer time, the park hosts many festivals and is full of buskers. With a variety of scenes to pick from and close proximity to Downtown, Prince’s Island Park is the perfect wedding photography location for many popular wedding venues in Downtown Calgary.

One of my new year resolutions is to shoot in the Prince’s Island Park and the Eau Claire area more. Unfortunately, the park has been under renovations for the past couple of years and some of the most scenic areas has been closed to the public. I hope to book more shoots around this area in the very near future, because it is beautiful!

Edworthy Park

Edworthy Park has a lot to offer to residents of the northwest Calgary. Beautiful trees, a river crossing bridge and some hidden gems such as a railway track, many quiet and woods, and a forest trail with spruce or Douglas-firs. The Douglas-Fir Trail is quite a hike, but it has many rewarding lookouts.

Carburn Park

Carburn Park is a hidden gem in Calgary that most people don’t know about. I hope it stays that way. The park itself is fairly small but the loop takes you to a good variety of woods, pond, and clearings.

Confederation Park

Situated in the inner city of northwest Calgary, the Confederation Park is a circular loop that covers a variety of outdoor scenes. There are many bridges, treed areas and a newly constructed lookout for the duck pond.

Lindsay Park

Lindsay Park has become almost an obscure name in Calgary due to its former affiliation with the naming of Lindsay Park Sports Centre. Since the recreational facility was subsequently renamed to Talisman Centre and Repsol Sport Centre, different generations of Calgarians will refer to it by different names.

Naming controversy aside, the park itself is a compact collection of wilderness in a very walkable area. Nearby Beltline access makes it a convenient stop to begin an intimate photo shoot that captures the beautiful Elbow River Pathway.

Central Memorial Park

Central Memorial Park is located in the Calgary Beltline area. It is often crowded, but if you arrive later in the evening, the light becomes magical here.