There are a lot of fun winter sports and outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed in winter, so this season is a great opportunity to try them out. For any of the following activities, make sure to dress in many layers of warm clothing (sweater, coat, socks, hat, mittens, scarf, etc.) You can remove layers if you are too warm, but you can’t add them later if you are too cold!
- Sledding / Tobogganing: Sledding is a very popular activity in Calgary during the winter. To try it, all you need is a hill, some snow and a sled. Make sure to check the hill for signs to make sure that it is meant for tobogganing. Canadian Tire offers a good variety of sleds for purchase. Affordable options include Crazy Carpets or using parts of a cardboard box. For young children, a helmet is also recommended.
Sledding is easiest after the snow has been packed down a bit, (usually a few days after a snowfall) or after someone else has sledded down the hill first. This makes tracks in the snow that you can follow down the hill. Click here for a list of sledding hills in Calgary.
- Ice Skating: You can skate on ice rinks in Calgary, or take a day trip to Kananaskis or Banff to try the magical experience of skating with the mountains as your backdrop. Best of all, outdoor skating rinks are usually free to use! You will either need to own a pair of skates, or you can pay a small fee to rent a pair. Click here to learn where you can rent skates.
Here are some of the best spots to skate:
- Northwest Calgary
- Bowness Park Lagoon – Skate rentals available onsite
- Southeast Calgary