ITINERARY: WINTER

WONDERFUL WINTER

A winter trip to Calgary may push you outside of your comfort zone, but can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times to travel to the city.  Whether you stay in the city or take a day trip out to the beautiful Rockies, a range of cold weather activities are at your mitten-covered fingertips, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, boblsedding, luge, and ice skating. A favourite pastime for Calgarians is skating in Olympic Plaza or on the river at Prince’s Island Park as lights twinkle above in evening sky. Don’t miss on the latest addition at Winsport, the Acura Tube Park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada! Enjoy the city’s own tube park, featuring ten lanes, each 200 metres in length.

If cold weather doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are indoor activities to partake in with the city’s lively theatre and arts scene delivering the best of both wintertime worlds. Theatre Calgary’s highly-celebrated production of A Christmas Carol is a local favourite to enjoy during the holiday season, with many families passing the tradition on from generation to generation.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DO: Take in a performance of “Life by BalletBoyz” with world-renowned Alberta Ballet
  • DINE: At one of the numerous restaurants along Stephen Ave, one of the main hubs of downtown
  • DISCOVER: Urban ski, sled and shred at Winsport Canada Olympic Park, home to one of the longest and steepest half pipes and Olympic bobsled track
  • DO: Take advantage of Calgary’s premier shopping centres such as Crossiron Mills, Chinook Centre and the CORE
  • DINE: On local, sustainable fare at the River Cafe after working up an appetite strolling or skating at Prince’s Island Park
  • DISCOVER: Calgary’s Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park, a magical and historical holiday experience that includes horse-drawn carriages and Yuletide traditions

SNOWSHOEIN’ AROUND

Whether you crave adrenaline driven adventures that push your personal limits or you simply enjoy a nature walk through some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery, the Rocky Mountains will not disappoint. From mountain summits to river valleys, the Rockies are home to some of the best snowshoeing trails this country has to offer. Only a short drive away from Calgary, the day-trip allows families and nature junkies to unite among an abundance of trails that are graded on a scale from easy to difficult.

Don’t have your own snowshoes? No sweat. The U of C Outdoor Center, MEC or Sports Rent are some of the major locations in the city that offer snowshoe rentals for under $15/day – making it a fun and affordable activity!

Snowshoeing in Banff

FESTIVALS

SUGGESTIONS

  • Snowboard at Canada Olympic Park
  • Join the “Sea of Red” for a Calgary Flames game
  • Bobsleigh at WinSport Canada
  • Cross country ski at Fish Creek Park
  • Shop yourself silly with lower provincial tax rates
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