Confederation Park Natural Playground is in a beautiful park with natural climbing elements, sand with a water pump, several slides, and a wooden canoe. Here’s our review, so you know what to expect when visiting (+more family-friendly activities at the end).
The playground in Confederation Park is nothing like we’ve seen before in Calgary. Instead of plastic and bright coloured features, there are wooden setups right by the trees, giving it a beautiful natural feel.
Whether kids want to make a mess with sand and water, slide, swing, climb, ride a bike or watch birds, Confederation Park has it all. And for winter adventures, there’s also a toboggan hill and an ice skating rink.
This post is part of the series about the best playgrounds in Calgary.
I love when we find cool playgrounds in parks around the city to enjoy it as a family and bike around. (Another great playground in a park with bike paths is Shouldice Park Playground and North Glenmore Park Inclusive Playground).
Here’s everything you need to know about the Confederation Park Natural Playground.
Info about the Confederation Park Natural Playground
- Location: 651-905 30 Ave NW, Map
- Parking: Free parking lot
- Age range: 2-12 years
- Public washrooms are open year-round and located at the Parks’ North Office (200 meters away)
Confederation Park Natural Playground
The playground dominates a big wooden climbing tower with a big closed 4,5-meter slide (although it was under repair when we visited) for older kids. An exciting feature is a tipped-over canoe that kids can climb onto or walk under.
Our two-year-old enjoyed the toddler corner with wooden steppers where he challenged his balance, a double slide, a sand pit with toys and a water pump. This is the first playground we’ve found that has sand for playing, and the water pump was a very much enjoyed feature by all kids.
Next to this toddler’s corner is a tree-covered area with many big logs on the ground. Although it’s not technically part of the playground, I saw many kids enjoying climbing the trees and over the logs.
There are wooden chips throughout the playground, making the ground soft for any falls and adding to the natural feel of the playground.
The middle of the playground has a baby swing, three regular swings and a saucer swing. And for parents, there is a shaded garden swing right next to the kids’ swings.
Not only can kids challenge their balance and test their climbing skills here, but they can also take a break and read. A little library in the wooden chuck wagon is surrounded by benches and stone seats.
Although there isn’t an exhausting amount of play setups in the Confederation Park Natural Playground, there’s a great variety, and the park provides lots of other fun activities.
The playground has many seating options – regular benches scattered around, timber benches, stone seats, picnic tables, and a garden swing.
There are barbeques in the park, one very close to the playground. A nice paved path goes across the park to practise biking skills for kids or have a picnic on the grass.
What’s close by
I recommend checking out the whole Confederation Park. There’s a Duck pond viewing platform, two tunnels under the main road, and even an ice cream truck in summer.
Winter is a great time for tobogganing (on the west end of the park), ice skating (the rink is located by the Rosemont Community Association), or the Lions Festival of Lights.
More family-friendly fun activities in Calgary
- Granary Road: Active Learning Park & Petting Zoo
- Creative Kids Museum at Telus Spark Science Centre
- Calgary Zoo
- Sikome Lake
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- Early Learning Centres in Calgary Public Libraries
- Cobb’s Adventure Park
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Have you been to this playground? What do you think?