Channel your inner Olympian
Date Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018
Once an Olympic city, always an Olympic city. Although it’s been over 30 years now since Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, we still take pride in our city’s accomplishment.
If you’re also still filled with Olympic pride, get suited up for winter and head to one of these Olympic-inspired venues.
Bobsleigh, luge or skeleton at Canada Olympic Park
Face one of the fasted tracks on ice as an expert pilot slides you through turns hitting speeds of 100 (plus) kilometers per hours on the public bobsleigh. Or experience the long straightaway and 270 degree Kreisel corner on the public skeleton.
WinSport, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W.
Try curling at an outside rink
Slide down to St. Patrick’s Island’s Confluence Plaza to try a miniature version of this Canadian favourite. The single sheet of synthetic ice is 10.7m x 2m, but acts like real, slippery ice. There are a total of eight rocks that you can divide into teams, or practice solo.
St. Patrick’s Island, 1300 Zoo Rd. N.E.
Glide across the Olympic Oval
One of the facilities built for the ’88 Olympics, the Olympic Oval offers more than 50 public skating sessions on the 400-metre oval ice surface each month. Head down on a Monday night for the Toonie Skate—Bring a non-perishable item and skate for two dollars.
Olympic Oval, 2500 University Dr. N.W.
Cross cross-country skiing off your bucket list
World-class cross-country skiing is found just outside of Calgary. With over 60 kilometres of groomed and track-set trail is available to accommodate both classic and skating techniques. There is even some trail illuminated for night skiing.
Canmore Nordic Centre, 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, Alberta
Celebrate the 2018 Olympics by trying these sports around Calgary.