CORE’s Standard Carpool Meeting Places are mapped below. Generally, car pools are formed at the meeting place in the city.  Passengers are expected to contribute to the cost of the trip and to pay their share to the driver upon returning to Calgary.

Carpool $contribution rate revised by C.O.R.E executive 15 June 2022

The guideline is to contribute per kilometer multiplied by two times the distance, from the meeting place to the trailhead, divided by the number of people and pets in the car. This is a rule of thumb, Some drivers may request more or less, depending on the type of vehicle. Also remember to pitch in a bit extra if the driver has paid for an annual park pass (National and Provincial). This cost extra too.

Set rate: $0.35 per km

This is based on the overall cost of running a vehicle, and will be reviewed on a periodic basis.
Remember the golden rule.  Your driver went out of their way to transport you safely on the outing, sometimes over dusty or slushy roads. If the car pool fee amounts to say $13, you could round it up to an even $15 to help pay for a car wash.

Car pool participants should also try to maximize the number of people per vehicle. For instance, if there there are 10 people, try for a 3 + 3 + 4 mix, not a 4 + 4 + 2 mix.

Note: CORE will not allow children to participate in any carpool. Parents will be responsible for transporting their own children.

Please try to be at the meeting place a few minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time to assist in the arranging of the car pooling. The Trip Coordinator will note the distance from the parking lot to the trailhead and mention the appropriate contribution per vehicle at the trailhead.

It would be appreciated if all members who have vehicles take his/her turn driving. For trips within one of the Mountain National Parks (Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Waterton, Yoho) passengers share equally with the driver the one-day entrance fee per car unless the fee is on a per person basis. For special expeditions where the distance makes the standard carpool rate prohibitive, it is up to the trip planner, participants who choose to drive and their passenger to come to some mutually agreed cost.

Car Pool Maps – The meeting location is marked with a Green Pin with an “A”. If required, clicking the map will open the location in Google Maps.

Edworthy Park – Highway 1 West Option 1

Edworthy Park is accessed from Bowness Road NW at the intersection with Shaganappi Trail NW.

The meeting location is in the NE corner of the parking lot.

[Green Pin is located at the Centre]

Home Road Park ‘ Bike Parking lot at Home Road and Montgomery Ave – Highway 1 West Option 2

The parking lot is at the southern end of Home Road NW, just south of Highway 1 (16 Ave).

The meeting location is in the parking lot RIGHT BESIDE THE BIKE PATH AND BOW RIVER.

[See red pin on map]

Valley Ridge Sports Field – Highway 1 West

This location is near the intersection of Highway 1 and Stoney Trail, on Valley Ridge Drive. Go west from Stoney Trail along Highway 1 and take the exit to Valley Ridge to Valley Ridge Drive.

The meeting location is in the sports field parking lot just east of the strip mall. Please park at the EAST end of the parking lot or on the street so as not to block people actually using the athletic park.

Tim Hortons – Richmond Road Near West Hills– Highway 8 West

The parking lot is on the west side of Sarcee Trail SW, on north side of Richmond Road SW.

Be curteous, park away from TH patron spots.

Heritage Park South Parking Lot – South of Calgary including Highway 2, Turner Valley, and Longview

The parking lot is on the south side of Heritage Drive SW, just west of 14th Street SW.

The meeting location is in the western portion of the parking lot.

[Green Pin is located at the Centre Left]

Note: Sections of the parking lot are reserved for Calgary Health as noted on the parking signs. Please observe those restrictions to avoid being fined or towed.

Bragg Creek Shell Station – Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls Area

The parking lot is in the Shell Gas station in Bragg Creek, adjacent to Range Road 50, Highway 22, and Highway 758.

The meeting location is in the parking lot, south of the gas pumps.

[Green Pin is located at the Centre]

Bragg Creek Shopping Centre – Bragg Creek X-Country Skiing

The parking lot is in the Bragg Creek Shopping Centre, on the south side of Balsam Avenue in Bragg Creek.

The meeting location is in the north half of the parking lot.

[Green Pin is located at the Centre Left]

Deerfoot Mall – East of Calgary including Drumheller

The parking lot is in the Deerfoot Mall, adjacent to 64th Avenue NE, east of Deerfoot.

The meeting location is in the northwest corner of the parking lot.

[Green Pin is located at the Centre Right]