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New Mailing Address

Friends of Nose Hill Society has MOVED.
Our New Mailing Address is:
PO Box 45024 Brentwood PO
Calgary AB T2L 1Y4.

City Program

Discover the history of Nose Hill Park! This registered program will focus on everything Nose Hill Park has to offer from past to present. Participants will learn about this historic area of Calgary through guided walks, nature education and engaging activities to become natural stewards of their local parks and green spaces. This program is for children ages 6 - 12 years old

Registering for this program includes registering for ALL of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 31st - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 1st - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 2nd - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 7th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 8th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 9th - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Register using eventbrite: Register and info.

Nose Hill Park 14th street parking lot
14 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2K 5Y1



Community Newsletters

To read the current News from the Friends of Nose Hill in Community Newsletters, just follow this link: http://mycalgary.com/category/Friends-of-Nose-Hill/
There is also an archive of some past copies.

Spring Newsletter

Click here for our Spring Newsletter:


Pathway and Bikeway Plan Update (Transportation Planning)

The plan from 2000 is currently being updated to reflect changes to the existing network, updated connections, and approved policies. Prioritization will also be reviewed. Determine new pathways, bikeways and missing connections to improve connectivity city-wide, including to the Genesis Centre currently underway. It is anticipated that the final plan will be presented to Council in 2018 Q3.



Motion-Activated Wildlife Cameras

The City has set up nearly 70 motion-activated wildlife cameras in areas animals use to get around the Calgary. The cameras are in 12 parks across Calgary with a focus on the west and north sides of the city. These cameras don't just show what species are present but also where they move. Tens of thousands of pictures of passing animals have been captured by the solar-powered cameras. Pictures of humans are immediately deleted. There is now photographic evidence of raccoons in Calgary, from Fish Creek to Panorama. A citizen science initiative has been launched on the volunteer research website Zooniverse to enlist the help of Calgarians to "crowdsource" the identification of images.
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/calgary-captured/calgary-captured

Calgary Parks & Pathway Bylaw Review :: Engage

The Parks & Pathway Bylaw is being reviewed. The deadline for feedback has passed.

Click here for the survey: Parks and Pathways Bylaw Review

The current bylaw can be found here: Current Bylaw

Timeline:

  • 2017: Internal research & input
  • February/March 2018: Public Engagement
  • Spring/Summer 2018: Project team to determine next steps
  • Fall 2018: Updated Bylaw drafted and presented to Council for approval


Friends of Nose Hill
2017 Amateur Photo Contest Winners

1. Flora and Fauna of Nose Hill Park

First place winner and Best in Show:

Lady Bug on a Flower Jim Walling

Second place winner:

Coyote Dave Simms

Third place winner:

Man with his dog "Kiss Before the Storm" Sharon Carltons

2. Environmental Threats
First place winner:

Dumped tank Brendan McPhail

3. Landscapes and Skyviews of Nose Hill
First place winner:

Buck on the prairie Jim Walling

Second place winner:

Trees and Lake in the fog Brendan McPhail

Third place winner:

Trail on the prairie with clouds and blue sky Alex Zhao

4. Astrophotography
First place winner:

Night sky with stars Brendan McPhail

Second place winner:

Sunset behind the plants Alex Zhao


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered.

Four New Book Reviews

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Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan

Over the past few years, a number of projects were done in Nose Hill Park as part of the implementation of the Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan. The controversial plan was approved by Council in July 2005 and construction began in 2006, with asphalt paving. Project plans are on the city website and there is a map with an update on our website.

Construction activities continue and focus on the following work:

  • Building primary (gravel) trails, timber landscape stairs for problem grades, and stabilized tread (dirt - single track) trails.
  • Other options are to re-vegetate trails naturally, ploughing a trail to a shallow depth, and reseeding. The length will be decided in the field, depending on the sightlines, and to the satisfaction of the City Project Manager.

One of our members said: "I hope all is in order but I was alarmed to see a backhoe parked above Charleswood & John Laurie, south of the gulley from Brisebois Drive. I hope there is no plan to pave or gravel that path along the ridge crest. We have so many paved and manicured paths already on the Hill."

Here is an answer from the Zone 3 Parks Superintendent to the Ward 4 Councillor:
"The backhoe is being used to construct the formal gravel trail that is on the attached construction drawings in a little square. It will be a designated trail replacing a worn desire line trail. The construction of the stairway and designated trails have gone as planned this year and look great."



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Friends of Nose Hill Society Membership Fee

Our 2017 membership fee is $20.00.


The North Calgary Water Servicing Project

As part of a long-term plan for the water supply system, The North Calgary Water Servicing project is now underway. A new water supply line (main) is required to service future development and to ensure the sustainability of the water supply system in north Calgary.

The Nose Hill Park portion of the project will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1: Soil Sampling (Mid-February - Early April 2017)
Phase 2: Construction (Summer 2017- Summer 2018)





The Society

This site is intended to serve the members of the Society. We also welcome visitors and encourage them to contact us and contribute information about the Park. Nose Hill Park is the largest natural area urban park in Canada, covering approximately 2700 acres in north central Calgary, Alberta. It offers a unique prairie grassland environment and a ready escape from the pressures of the modern city.

The Friends of Nose Hill Society is an incorporated society dedicated to the protection of the Park for the benefit of all Calgarians. The objectives of the Society are:

  • to advocate the preservation of Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in its natural state;
  • to provide information, awareness and education for the preservation of the Park;
  • organize and encourage volunteer participation in the Park;
  • to liaise with special interest groups concerned with the Park.

The Friends of Nose Hill Society Annual General Meeting was held last November. Board meetings are held once a month. All members are welcome to attend. Email for information on the time and location of the meeting.