We seem to complete a lot of projects in the winter months here in Calgary but when we’re not in the midst of a renovation project or shopping at Home Depot on a Friday night we like to take the opportunity to explore the city. Winter is a beautiful time to visit Calgary and area especially if you enjoy being outside in the fresh air. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite winter activities we think you should check out this season.
1. Calgary Zoo Lights – An annual event that brings people of all ages together to enjoy a display of over 1.5 million twinkling lights while sipping hot chocolate by the fire pits in the evening. Even better this year because you can now bring your skates and go skating at the Zoo. Zoo lights are open every day from 6:00 – 9:00pm from November 21, 2014 until January 3, 2015.
2. Mt. Norquay Snow Tubes – If you’re not a fan of skiing or snowboarding why not go snow tubing down a mountain? Located only a few minutes outside of Banff, Alberta it is a unique Rocky Mountain experience that allows you to go down a section of the mountain on a tube at fast speeds.
3. Dog Sledding in the Canadian Rockies – Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of dog sledding? The good news is you do not need to book a trip to Alaska to experience the thrill. Every winter season just outside of the city, in Canmore specialty companies let you dog sled through the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. We had the time of our life! We booked through Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours in Canmore and would highly recommend their packages.
4. Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2015 – Another incredible event you do not want to miss out on. Teams of professional ice carvers from around the world come to Lake Louise to compete in the ice carving competition at the magical Fairmont Chateau. The competition this year will be in January from the 15th to the 18th, 2015 and the theme is Wonders of the World. Can’t wait to drive out to Lake Louise to see the magical creations!
5. Skating at Olympic Plaza – Located at 228, 8 Avenue SE, Olympic Plaza was originally built for medal presentations during the 1988 Winter Olympics. During the winter months, Olympic Plaza is a great place to bring the family for skating and hot chocolate. The rink is open daily from 10:00am – 9:00pm and is right in the heart of Calgary’s downtown.