Silver Springs Botanical Gardens and Ridge deTour

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Silver Springs Botanical Gardens and Ridge deTour

$0 per person

Explore one of Calgary’s few Botanical Gardens and soak up the Bow Valley vistas from the Ridge at Silver Springs

This deTour covers ~4.1km of gently undulating neighbourhood walking on paved pathways in the northwest neighbourhood of Silver Springs.

DeTourists, please take note …
  • Exercise extreme caution on walkways during winter months
  • Walking is suitable for children of all ages as well as adults
  • This deTour is well-suited to cycling; be careful of busy roadways and intersections
  • This self-guided deTour is best enjoyed between late Spring through to early Winter
  • Health-awareness information is available for this deTour on the “Wellness” tab

Key DeTour Destinations

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  • Dress Code
  • Included
    Day backpack
    Outdoor clothing
    Own transportation
    Refreshment stops en route
    Suitable footwear
    Sun glasses
    Winter walking hazards
  • Not Included
    Change of clothing
    Dangerous activity
    Entrance fees
    Identification required
    Indoor clothing
    Public washrooms
    Reservations may be required
    Safety equipment
    Souvenir shopping
Silver Springs Mall Parking
Park your vehicle in the Mall parking.  Ensure you park in a parking bay that is not allocated to any particular stores otherwise you may be ticketed! Decide on your walking detour preference: visit the Botanical Gardens first?  Head to the ridge and enjoy the views first?  Or start with a snack at Cafe le Matin?
The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
The unique and understated botanical gardens of Silver Springs are a short 600m from the parking lot.  Best visited during the Spring and Summer months this delightful secret of Silver Springs is worth exploring if you love gardens and gardening.  
Silver Crescent Ridge Walk
Proceed from the mall parking lot along our recommended route to Silver Crescent Ridge NW.  Soak in the sweeping vistas of the neighbourhood of Bowness beneath you with views of the steel girder train bridges traversing the meandering Bow River, an unobstructed view of Winsport Canada Olympic Park across the valley, and the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.  There are several rest spots and benches along the ridge for you to sit and absorb the urban beauty during your walk.  Proceed along the paved pathways as far as you desire before returning via the same route to the Mall parking lot.
Cafe le Matin
Remember the adage "don't judge a book by its cover"?  Well this is one of those occasions when that applies.  What appears to be a bland store front conceals the vibrant and bustling little coffee shop beyond the glass doors.  You need to visit this little neighbourhood gem - perhaps for a take-out at the start of your outing and then again for a sit-down snack at the end of your detouring.  We don't think you'll regret your stop here!
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  • Ann

    1 July, 2018 at 15:00

    I did this deTour, and what a surprise to find this gem!! I enjoyed the serenity and beauty of these gardens. It was a relaxing and enjoyable walk and experience. I recommend it!

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Heath-awareness information for this walking tour
Your body weight  
lb. kg est. calories burnt
131-145 60-66 165
146-160 67-73 183
161-175 74-80 203
176-190 81-86 219
191-205 87-93 238
206-220 94-100 255
221-235 101-107 274
236-285 108-130 312
286-335 131-152 372