Cruising through Calgary on a bicycle is an excellent way to see the city. Thanks to a scenic pathway that runs alongside the Bow River, a protected downtown cycle track, and a new e-bike share program, it’s easy to explore the best of Calgary by bike. Follow this itinerary for a fun tour with stops for local attractions, art, and plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop.
Find Some Wheels
Renting a bike in Calgary is simple with Lime, a dockless bike share with electric pedal-assist bikes, meaning your pedaling gets a boost. Just download the app, view nearby e-bikes, and scan a QR code to unlock a bicycle. Local shops also offer bike rentals, including ReWorks Upcycle Shop, Rath Bicycle, and Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals, which will deliver a bike directly to you.
Start at a Local Landmark
Begin your tour at Calgary’s beautiful Peace Bridge, a much-photographed landmark that spans across the Bow River. From here, it’s easy to hop on the 7 Street cycle track (a protected bike lane) and ride it to the 8 Avenue cycle track. If you’re hungry, stop first at Alforno Café and Bakery, a bustling spot offering house-made pastries, brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Head to the Heart of the City
Riding on 8 Avenue will take you to Stephen Avenue, a pedestrian (and bicycle-friendly) walkway filled with shops, restaurants, coffee shops, bars – and a summer stage for performers. Between 2 and 3 Street SW, see the Galleria Trees – large white sculptures designed to reduce wind gusts. Other nearby public art includes Women are Persons!, a sculpture of Alberta’s Famous Five who paved the way for Canadian women.
Stop and See Local History
The 8 Avenue Cycle Track takes you right to the Glenbow, a museum with rotating exhibits and impressive permanent displays on Alberta’s history. Continue on 8 Avenue to Olympic Plaza, a popular outdoor park built during the city’s 1988 Winter Olympics. There’s a wading pool in the summer, a skating rink in the winter, and lots of space to sit and relax.
Explore East Village
Next, take the 9 Avenue cycle track into East Village, where you’ll find architectural gems like Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, the historic Simmons Building (with a popular restaurant, coffee shop, and bakery inside), and St. Patrick’s Island, a gorgeous park with public art, a boardwalk over naturalized wetlands, and a rise featuring stellar city views.
Meander Along a River Route
Continue on 9 Avenue to explore Fort Calgary, the birthplace of the city, then ride on to Inglewood, a lively neighborhood with independent shops, restaurants, and breweries. Or wind your way back to the Peace Bridge on RiverWalk. This scenic route along the Bow River will take you to Eau Claire Market and Plaza and Prince’s Island Park, both popular downtown parks. End your bicycle tour with food and drinks at River Café, a one-of-a-kind restaurant hidden in Prince’s Island Park that focuses on seasonal Canadian cuisine.