This natural park is a beautiful and tranquil wild area right on the western edge of urban Calgary. It is very accessible although to get into it from north or south involves descending short but steep hills. Mornings are better for spotting birds but most mammals are more active towards dusk. Some reviewers have noted off-leash dogs here, and have done so in a fairly favourable light, but please be aware that all dogs MUST be on a leash when in this park. To do otherwise is to be in breach of the by-laws which allow you to freely use this park. The on-leash laws are mainly to protect the wildlife of Calgary's parks from dogs following their natural hunting instincts: snowshoe hares, grouse and other ground-nesting birds are common victims of off-leash dogs, but deer can find themselves hunted too, though very rarely caught by dogs. You probably love the thought of your dog off-leash in a big wild area but please be aware of the consequences of this. Also be aware that throughout the year coyotes are resident here (and will kill and eat small off-leash dogs if given the chance), also that cougars are not uncommon in the area and can also attack small and mid-sized dogs if the chance is there. You may also stumble into one of the city's by-law officers who have the power to issue an on-the-spot fine to the owner of an off-leash dog. Plenty of dog walkers take their furry friends down here on-leash and have a great time -it's such a lovely place for human and dog it's hard not to!.
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