6 things to do in Calgary this Winter

Author: Kayla Pearcey

Entering the winter months is a magical time in Calgary.

As snow begins to paint the streets of our city, Calgarians look for new ways to express their community energy. Grab a hot chocolate to keep you warm and try out some of our favourite winter activities: 


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Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo is an all-time favourite tradition amongst Calgarians. Every year over two million lights among 200 displays are set-up to transform the Calgary Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. There are even fun-filled activity zones for the kids to enjoy, too! Zoolights runs from the end of November to the beginning of January every night from 6-9 p.m.

2. Olympic Plaza

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Lace up your skates and join the community energy in Olympic Plaza this winter season!  Olympic Plaza’s free outdoor rink is perfect for family fun or even just a date night out on the town. During the Christmas months, there’s even a decorated tree to add to the festivities!

3. Parks

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With warm Chinook winds coming in from the mountains, you can enjoy various outdoor urban parks in the midst of winter! Spend a day with the family tobogganing down the “Rise” at St. Patrick’s Island, skate on the lagoon at Prince’s Island Park, or walk through Bowness Park and Fish Creek Provincial Park to take in the fresh, crisp winter air.

For a full listing of Calgary parks, visit the City of Calgary website.

4. Banff

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Although Banff is located outside of Calgary, it’s a must-see attraction in the winter months. There are so many activities to choose from, including, but not limited to, snow tubing at Mount Norquay, dogsledding and even skiing or snowboarding on Sunshine, Lake Louise, or Kicking Horse Resort. If you’re feeling brave enough to fight the cold, you can also go on beautiful hikes!

5. WinSport’s Calgary Olympic Park

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You don’t necessarily have to leave Calgary to get your daily dose of skiing or boarding in. Known as a training facility and competition venue, Calgary Olympic Park (COP) is host to almost 300,000 ski and snowboard visitors each winter. Grab your skis or snowboard to join in on the action right here in our city!

6. Museums

Photo Credit: TELUS Spark

Channel your inner explorer by spending a cold day inside one of the various museums around Calgary! Learn more about Alberta’s story at the Glenbow Museum or expand your mind at TELUS Spark. There are also Military Museums, an Aerospace Museum, a Gasoline Alley Museum and more.



Grab a hot chocolate to keep you warm and try out some of our favourite winter activities

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