Alberta has some really fun playgrounds. They can be a great stop on a road trip or a destination all on their own. Here are some of Alberta’s best playgrounds that will make your kids say “let’s go there!”
I’ve split the list up into Southern Alberta and Northern/Central Alberta so if you are looking for Northern or Central Alberta playgrounds check this list. There is also a map at the bottom of the post.
Do you know of a playground that should have been on this list? Let me know! I am always looking for great playground recommendations.
Southern Alberta Playgrounds
1. Grasslands Playground – Beiseker
Located just off the highway in a new development along Clover Cres and Grasslands Way
This playgrounds features a nice climber with slides, swings and a zipline!
2. Irricana Grain Elevator and Train Playground – Irricana
1st Avenue between 4th and 5th St. – Irricana, AB
This playground has a very attractive prairie theme with a grain elevator, train and dump truck climbers. The slide is taller than most and inside the grain elevator you can climb up and peek out the highest windows. Behind the playground you can see trains go by.
3. Chinook Winds Park – Airdrie
2853 Chinook Winds Drive SW – Airdrie, AB
Chinook Winds Park has a great playground with accessible flooring. Making it even better there is a spray park right nearby that features slides and a discovery stream and a great skateboard park.
4. Cooper’s Crossing Discovery Playground – Airdrie
Coopers Drive and Coopers Crescent SW – Airdrie, AB
This park is designed to be more than just a playground for kids, but as a community gathering place for people of all ages. The playground itself is large and varied with both traditional and and natural playground features that will appeal to kids of all ages.
See more great Airdrie playgrounds
5. Sunset Ridge Playground – Cochrane
Sunset Road and Sunset Blvd – Cochrane, AB
Cochrane’s Sunset Ridge Playground is large with a section for toddlers, one for older kids and another with equipment shaped like rocks and logs. The area is beautifully landscaped with large rocks that provide another opportunity for play. The park itself has a pond with picnic spots and a pathway.
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6. Banff Central Park Playground – Banff
91 Banff Ave – Banff, AB
This natural playground does a great job of blending into the stunning scenery. The playground features slides, a climbing wall, and several fallen trees and tree stumps for climbing. On the other side of the park, there’s a faux-mountain that kids can climb or run underneath (there’s a small opening in the middle).
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7. West Canmore Park Playground
Rundle Dr/Three Sisters Drive – Canmore, AB
This playground has a stunning mountain setting and features accessible flooring, a large web climber and climbers and slides for all ages.
(photo credit: GPI Outdoor Designs)
8. East Village Playground – Calgary
7 Ave and 6 St SE – Calgary, AB
This Calgary playground combines traditional playground and natural playground equipment. It is set into a hill, has a huge log and rope climber and a roller slide. It’s also walking distance to St. Patrick’s Island Calgary’s favorite new park.
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9. Currie Barracks Airport Playground – Calgary
2953 Battleford Ave SW – Calgary, AB
The airplane theme is really attractive and inviting for imaginative play, the flooring is accessible and the control tower slide is really tall.
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10. Brentwood Elementary School Playgrounds – Strathmore
95 Brentwood Dr W, Strathmore
Another great place for playground hopping, Brentwood School has 4 playgrounds from different eras including the amazing new one shown in the picture below.
11. Sheep River Park – Okotoks
Woodhaven Dr – Okotoks, AB
This playground is located along the Sheep River Pathway near the Sheep River. There are lots of options for climbing and spinning and it is a great place to have a picnic.
(photo courtesy of Town of Okotoks)
12. Birchwood Park Natural Playground – High River
1 Avenue and 1 Street S.E. – High River
This natural playground uses natural materials for it’s playground equipment. It features hills, logs, boulders, sideways tree play structures and an embankment slide. The playground is very open with lots of room to run around.
13. Duke of Sutherland Park – Brooks
Sutherland Drive by Cassils Rd – Brooks, AB
This playground features a viking ship and a train as well as ramps and accessible flooring. It’s right next to a spray park with waterslides.
Read more about the City of Brooks parks and playgrounds here
(photo courtesy of the City of Brooks)
14. Centennial Park Playground – Nanton
22nd Ave (Highway 2) & 18 St – Nanton, AB
Right off the highway with plenty of parking, this playground features a rope spinner, lots of slides and sand flooring. The park has great shade and washrooms nearby.
15. Family Leisure Centre Viking Playground – Medicine Hat
2000 Division Avenue N – Medicine Hat, AB
Located behind the family leisure centre, this playground has a viking ship theme and accessible floooring throughout. The shade is poor but the play value of the equipment is high. There is also outdoor fitness equipment right next to the playground.
See more great Medicine Hat Playgrounds
16. Fort Macleod Playground – Fort Macleod
26 St and 5 Ave S, Fort Macleod
This playground is really great and includes a zipline and a spray park in the same park.
17. Nicholas Sheran Park Playground -Lethbridge
245 McMaster Blvd West – Lethbridge, AB
Nicholas Sheran Park is built around a man-made lake. The playground is really awesome with a train / coal mine theme. The playground has a lovely location right next to the lake, restrooms, and a picnic shelter.
See more great Lethbridge playgrounds
18. Waterton Playground and Spray Park – Waterton
Cameron Falls Drive and Wind Flower Ave – Waterton, AB
There are not too many playgrounds in a more beautiful setting than this one. The playground and spray park in Waterton are great for kids of all ages. There are three separate areas: a toddler climber and baby swings; a climber and swings for older kids; and the spray park. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches, some of which are shaded.
Please let me know if you know of another great Alberta playground that you think should have made this list.