Calgary's 138-km Greenway creates one of the largest pathway networks in the world

The Greenway circles the city, connecting 55 Calgary communities and 400,000 Calgarians, creating one of the largest pathway networks in the world.

Pathway connects 55 Calgary communities and 400,000 Calgarians

Fish Creek Park (Parks Foundation Calgary)

The Greenway is the cycling equivalent to the ring road: a 138-kilometre pathway that connects 55 Calgary communities, where about 400,000 Calgarians live.

The Calgary Eyeopener's Angela Knight is spending a few early mornings this summer exploring the various hidden delights along the Greenway, which include parks, a frisbee golf track, a provincial park and other natural splendours.

The path also connects to the rest of Calgary's bike paths, creating a network more than 1,000 kilometres long — often cited as the largest urban pathway network in the world.

The $50-million pathway — funded by all three levels of government, as well as energy and real estate companies, the Rotary Club and Mattamy Homes — is now 95 per cent complete.

It can be cycled in 11 or 12 hours if you put the pedal to the metal, but you might want to break up experiencing it into a few smaller, less-demanding weekend rides. Or not.

Here's a sample of some of the more memorable vantage points along the Greenway.

Bowmont Park (Parks Foundation Calgary)
Cranston Ridge (Parks Foundation Calgary)
Weaselhead (Parks Foundation Calgary)
Copperfield Wetlands (Parks Foundation Calgary)

With files from the Calgary Eyeopener