Springtime Resources for CHC Tenants

Springtime Resources for CHC Tenants

Spring is here! We’ve compiled some helpful resources from the City of Calgary on springtime activities you can do with the whole family, springtime activities specifically for kids, and spring cleaning and gardening resources available from the City! See below for:

  • Spring time Activities
  • Activities for Kids
  • Spring Cleaning and Yard Prepping
  • Gardening Resources

With any outdoor activities, please be sure to follow COVID-19 public health restrictions including limiting gathering sizes.

Springtime Activities

The City of Calgary offers a variety of options for outdoor activities in the community. Take a look at a few options below.

Calgary Parks Self-Guided Walking Tours

Explore Calgary’s diverse and amazing parks at your own time and pace. Self-guided walking tours highlight stunning landscapes, rich history, diverse ecosystems and interesting wildlife.

Choose from a range of walking tours across Calgary, with stops to help you discover local sites on your own.

Visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is open, including the north field. The Nature Centre is currently closed but portable washrooms are available outside the Nature Centre from May 1 until Thanksgiving weekend.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a natural environment – no bicycles or dogs permitted on site (except assistance dogs).

Book a Picnic Site at a Park in Calgary

Designated picnic site areas are available to the public at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis (if not already reserved/booked.)

If you wish to ensure you have a site and exclusive use of the facilities at that site, you can reserve a site by obtaining a permit and paying the applicable booking fees.

Activities for Kids

The following activities for kids can be found along with many other great activities from the at home activities page at Calgary.ca.

Flowers and seeds in Calgary

Flowers are a sign of spring after a long, cold winter. They are a food source for many animals, including birds, insects and even humans. They are important for plant reproduction and they attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. They can also provide natural medicines for humans and some animals. And generally, they make Calgary an even more beautiful place to live.


Gardening is a great way to get some fresh air while producing fresh homegrown vegetables. Additionally you’ll be helping the environment by growing your own food.

Learn about May flowers, planting flowering bulbs, how to build a terrarium, how to create a Vegetable Garden, how to build a self-watering planter box, and other backyard gardening tips!

Nature journaling

Nature journaling helps families discover, and rediscover, their natural world. It’s also a great way to get outdoors, reduce stress and boost energy levels.

Pick up your sketchbook and let nature journaling guide your appreciation of the outdoors while connecting you with your natural surroundings through art, writing and science. These resources will help get you started.

Yard Waste Disposal 

CHC Tenants who reside in a unit with a yard are responsible for yard maintenance including raking and mowing. Refer to the following information to help you with yard waste disposal.

City of Calgary Community Cleanups Schedule

Community Cleanup events save residents a trip to the landfill for items that do not fit in their waste and recycling carts or for residents who do not have cart service. This service is free of charge to all Calgarians.

Provincial regulations due to COVID-19 are in effect at all Community Cleanups.

Seasonal yard waste cleanup options for 2021

Weekly green cart pickup returned the last week of April and you can also bring yard waste to a City landfill for free from April 19 to May 30, 2021.

This is useful for residential households that would like to dispose of extra material quicker or for yard waste that is too large for your green cart.

What items are considered Yard Waste?

Refer to the City of Calgary residential recycling and disposal search tool for information on what is considered yard waste, and how to dispose of waste properly.

This search tool can be used to search how to dispose of all types of waste items through City of Calgary waste and recycling services.

Gardening Resource 

CHC residents are encouraged to grow plants in a way that is suitable for their residence. Tenants with front and back yards can grow plans including flowers and vegetables, but please check with your Property Manager before doing any major work in your yard. Potted plants are easy to grow almost anywhere, and some properties also feature community gardens. Reach out to your support staff for information on gardens at your residence.

Information on Green Cart compost giveaway

Complimentary compost (made from the food and yard waste collected through the Green Cart program) is available for residents to use in their yards and gardens this spring.

Compost is available for pickup by online appointment only, from May 10 to June 26 at Shepard and Spyhill landfills during operating hours.

Backyard gardening for pollinators

Commercially bred flowers with big showy blooms that may be pleasing to us are often sterile and provide no nectar or pollen for native pollinators. To help pollinators find the appropriate resources in our urban jungle, consider planting native wildflowers with varying bloom shapes, sizes and flowering seasons. Flowers in shades of blue, yellow, white and purple are most attractive to bees.

Helpful tips for designing your garden

Learn how to create beautiful and low maintenance garden beds which work in all areas of your yard.

The City of Calgary’s YardSmart resources can help you create a beautiful, productive yard that’s easy to maintain and suited to Calgary’s unique climate. Following basic YardSmart principles will set you up for gardening success in Calgary.

Recent News
Tenant Handbook

In Summer 2020 we compiled a new Printable PDF version of important information for tenants. You will find details on how to connect with CHC, guidance on the programs we provide, and advice on maintenance and management of your home. Keep a copy of the PDF on your device or print your own hardcopy. Download CHC Tenant Handbook 2020

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In early 2024 we will be reaching out to residents to gather your experiences, opinions, and ideas to inform our Anti-Racism Strategy.

You can participate by:

  • Completing the survey that will be distributed in early 2024
  • Volunteer to join a focus group (this will be available through the survey)


Watch for more information coming soon!


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