‘Tis the Season: How to Get the Best out of Calgary’s Winter Wonderland
When Jack Frost brings his calling card to Calgary, they don’t roll up the sidewalks and hunker down. The crisp Canadian winter overtakes the city and countryside and provides a host of activities.
Here are a few great things to do in and around Calgary when the mercury and snow are falling.
Tobogganing and Sledding
More than 20 parks around Calgary have city-maintained hills for tobogganing and sledding. For some of the best downhill fun within the city limits, try St. Andrews Heights, Confederation Park, Signal Hill or Stanley Park. Calgary is pretty strict about where you can and can’t sled and toboggan, so make sure you go to a city-approved location.
Calgary is chock-full of skating rinks during the winter months, including seven city-maintained rinks and more than 35 rinks that are kept up by volunteers. If you didn’t bring your skates, rentals are available at Bowness Park Lagoon and Olympic Plaza.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
While these can be done in any park, some parks and golf courses have groomed tracks for skiing. Try South Glenmore Park or Bowness Park for trackset areas. If ungroomed, fresh snow is your preference, head to Edworthy Park, Fish Creek Provincial Park or North Glenmore Park. When snowshoeing, remember to stay off the ski tracks. All Calgary parks are free, and dogs must be on a leash.
Dog Sledding in Banff
Get a true taste of the pristine winter wilderness by bundling up, stepping on a sled and trying your hand at mushing. There is nothing quite so exhilarating as speeding along on a sleigh, surrounded by nothing but virgin snow, spectacular mountain scenery and dogs that belong to the landscape as much as the trees and rocks do. Various sledding packages are offered by several companies in Lake Louise and Canmore.