The City of Calgary’s Spray Parks and wading pools are typicaly open in mid-June and close after labour day. This can vary depending on the weather and the specific location.
The spray parks and wading pools are open from 9am-9pm and only close during lightning storms. It can be surprisingly fun to put on your rain gear and play in the rain.
Location: Triwood – 19 St. & Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.
Canmore Park’s Butterfly Spray Park opened in 2011. It has multiple different spray features, some big and some little that will appeal to children of all ages.
There’s no playground nearby but there is a large park area with lots of room to run around. Aquatic wheelchairs available
Location: Crescent Heights – 617 1 St. NE.
Rotary Park’s Fish Spray Park also opened in 2011. There are big and little spray features and will appeal to children of all ages.
There is also a good playground located right nearby. Aquatic wheelchairs available.
Location: Prestwick – 15113 Prestwick Blvd SE
Formally known as McKenzie Towne Commons, this new community run spray park is now finally open this year after upgrades. It is a community spray park but it is open to the public.
Location: Somerset- 999 Somerset Dr. S.W.
This spray park has a number of different spray features but it may be a little intimidating for younger children. There are some small sprays but they are located towards the centre of the spray park.
There are three small playgrounds just around the corner. This spray park is community run but is open for public use.
Location: Dover- 28 St and 30 Ave SE
The spray park at Valleyview will definitely be a hit with younger kids. There are lots of small spray to play with at the edges of the spray park.
The spray park and preschool playground are both inside a fenced area. This spray park might not hold the attention of older children, but luckily just up the hill is an excellent school-aged playground.
Location: 90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W.
The South Glenmore spray park is located in the centre the Variety Children’s Park. A new spray park was installed in 2015. The entire play area is designed to be accessible to all children.
In addition to the spray park there is a preschool playground and a school-aged playground with ramps.
Location: 8900 48 Ave. N.W.
Bowness has a brand new wading pool last year. There are also some spray features on the pool deck as well as lots of picnic tables and great shade.
Location: 3 St. & Riverfront Ave. S.W.
Eau Claire has 2 wading pools side by side. One of the wading pools has a few sprayers that they kids can spin around.
There is also a new playground beside the wading pool. It is only a short walk away from Prince’s Island Park which has a excellent playground for kids of all ages.
Location: Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
The spray park area at Prairie Winds park was renovated in 2014 and the wading pool was renovated in 2017.
Location: Hillhurst – 800 12 St. N.W
Riley Park has a large wading pool which varies in depth from a couple of feet to ankle deep. It has a very pretty setting with large mature trees and an island in the centre. On busy days there is also a concession and sometimes food trucks.
Riley Park also has a playground for kids of all ages which is a short walk across the park.
Other Water Fun Options
Location: Fish Creek Provincial Park – Bow Bottom Trail S.E.
Sikome Lake isn’t really a lake at all – it’s more of a giant artificial swimming pool with a sand bottom and sand shoreline. This is the closest you can get to a public beach in Calgary.
There are three playgrounds at Sikome Lake, a toddler playground, a school-aged playground as well as a small playground on the South side. Admission rates now apply.
Location: East Village – 1300 Zoo Rd. NE
The newly redeveloped St. Patrick’s Island is a great place for water play. At the West end of the park you will find the Seasonal Breech which is a shallow wading area where people can wade out into channel of river water with a rocky beach.
The is a playground and washrooms on the other side of the park.
Location: Altadore – 4500 14A St. S.W.
Sandy Beach is not in the least sandy, but it is one of the best places in the city to play in the river. The ‘beach’ is rocky by the water and basically dirt higher up.
The elbow river is shallow and runs slowly along the park. This area is not an off-leash park (the park across the river is) but you will often find dogs off-leash anyway.
Location: Downtown – 228 8 Ave. S.E.
Olympic Plaza is not considered by the City of Calgary to be one of their official wading pools but you can wade in the water. There is a year round washroom on site. It fills with water sometime in May well before the official wading pools.
Location: Downtown (beltline) – 1221 2 St. S.W.
Not an official spray park, but the water sprays along the path are treated so it’s safe for the kids to play in them. There is a washroom at the park as well.
Calgary has several outdoor swimming pools that typically open mid-June. They will be open June 15, 2019.
Calgary has a large number of different indoor swimming pool options.
Lots of towns near Calgary have their own spray parks. Check out this list of some of your options.