Back in November Jonny and I went for our first visit to Baker Park and thought it was a pretty place. It’s not a big park but there are statues, flowers (probably, when it isn’t winter) and that kind of stuff. I decided while we were there that I should go for a run around the park, not exactly then, but at a later date. The park is across the river from Bowness Park and forms a nice little loop along the river between Stoney Trail and 85th St. NW.
I had a few days while I was on vacation and figured there would be no better time to see what the park was like for a winter run. I drove to the park (a real rarity since I usually just run from my house) and parked on the Bowness Park side of the river. I started my run from the main parking lot and headed east along the river to the 85th St bridge.
It isn’t very far to the bridge and I crossed on the sidewalk to the north side of the river and started heading west on the paved path towards Baker Park. The path was clear, there were only a few other users and I was soon enjoying a leisurely run through the park.
The pedestrian bridge under Stoney Trail was the western edge of my loop. I love a good bridge and this one is quite pretty.
From the bridge you can look west towards the Bearspaw Dam (which used to be a favourite dog walking spot of our’s but is closed now) or south to the water intake plant. The trail has interpretive signs along it so I stopped to read about the water intake plant on the other side of the bridge
From the bridge it was short trail through the forest back to Bowness Park and my car. The loop is only about 2.25 miles so I ran it twice for a 4.5 mile day. On a winter weekday there were only a few dog walkers and myself out on the trails – I imagine it is much busier on a weekend or the summer. I don’t want to make a habit of driving to go running but it was nice to try a new route.