Winter Guide listings

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Friday Night Stargazing

Free stargazing Fridays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm (weather permitting) until March 6 Telus World of Science 403-268-8331 telusworldofscience.com

A Christmas Carol

Theatre Calgary’s annual holiday presentation of Charles Dickens classic.

Nov. 20 – Dec. 27 Max Bell Theatre 403-294-7447 theatrecalgary.com

Once Upon a Christmas

Traditional celebration with crafts wagon rides skating and more.

Nov. 21 – Dec. 20 (weekends) Heritage Park 403-268-8500 heritagepark.ca

Lions Festival of Lights

Thousands of colourful lights arranged in Christmas themes at free outdoor display.

Nov. 28 – Jan. 8 Confederation Park.


More than two million lights kids’ activities choirs outdoor fireplaces etc.

Nov. 27 – Jan. 3 Calgary Zoo 6 – 9 pm 403-232-9300 calgaryzoo.org

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Canada’s largest free outdoor walk-through light display.

Dec. 1 – Dec. 31 6 – 9 pm Nose Creek Park Airdrie 403-912-XMAS airdriefestivaloflights.com

Handel’s Messiah

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s holiday tradition.

Dec. 4 – 5 7:30 pm.; Dec. 6 Sing-a-long Messiah 2 pm Jack Singer Concert Hall cpo-live.com

The Nutcracker

Alberta Ballet performs holiday classic.

Dec. 18 – 26 Jubilee Auditorium 403-245-4222 albertaballet.com

Chinese New Year Carnival

Three-day festival celebrating Chinese New Year.

Dates to be announced Chinese Cultural Centre 403-262-5071.

High Performance Rodeo

Calgary’s international festival of the arts.

Jan 7 – 31 Big Secret Theatre 403-264-3224 oyr.org

Enbridge playRites Festival

Annual festival of new Canadian plays.

Feb 3 – March 7 Martha Cohen Theatre 403-294-7475 atplive.com


Art Market Art & Craft Show

Works by over 200 professional artisans from across Canada.

Nov. 19 – 22 Telus Convention Centre www.artmarketcraftsale.com

Festival of Crafts

Alberta’s largest Christmas art and craft show featuring artisans from across Canada.

Nov. 26 – 29 Round-Up Centre 1-888-773-4444 http://ourbesttoyou.ca/calgary.html

Market Collective

Independent market showcasing the works of local artists artisans and musicians.

Dec 5 & 6 and Dec 12 & 13 148 10 St NW marketcollective.ca


Calgary Flames


Calgary Hitmen


Calgary Canucks


Calgary Roughnecks


Calgary Roller Derby Association


Canada Olympic Park


Olympic Oval


U of C Dinos


Mount Royal Cougars


SAIT Trojans



Big Rock University Lecture Series

Food beer and thought-provoking lectures from University of Calgary professors.

Dec. 2 Feb. 3 Feb. 24 March 17 April 7 403-720-3239 bigrockbeer.com/#/events

Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre Presentations

Slide shows and information on natural areas in southern Alberta. 403-297-7927

Calgary Parks & Recreation

Sports art dancing fitness and more. Online program guide includes information about public skating and swimming lessons fitness programs etc.

403-268-3800 calgary.ca

The Cookbook Co. Cooks

Cooking classes throughout the year.

403-265-6066 cookbookcooks.com

Mount Royal University

Continuing education courses offer practical strategic and professional development in a variety of areas including business information technology environmental science and health.

403-440-6875 mtroyal.ab.ca


Dance lessons — two-step cha cha and double shuffle weekdays in-line dance contest Fridays ranchmans.com


Authentic Mexican cooking classes.

403-289-2202 salsita.ca

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Continuing education courses in accounting communications culinary arts electronics health & wellness multimedia and more.

403-284-7248 sait.ab.ca

Sunterra Market

Group and private cooking classes

403-266-2820 sunterramarket.com

University of Calgary

Continuing Education seminars and courses as well as certificate and diploma programs for professional development and personal enrichment.

403-220-2866 ucalgary.ca


Banff National Park

Canada’s first national park is home to a variety of distinctive natural features and cultural and historical sites. Mountains glaciers icefields alpine meadows mineral hot springs deep canyons and hoodoos compose the natural landscape.

General information: 403-762-1550 pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index_E.asp

Kananaskis Country

A 2500-square-kilometre four-season multi-use recreation area 90 kilometres west of Calgary. K-Country includes Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Canmore Nordic Centre Bow Valley and Bragg Creek Provincial Parks. Also encompasses Sibbald Barrier Lake Ribbon Creek the Elbow River and Sheep River Valleys and the Highwood and Cataract areas.

General information 310-0000; Canmore Nordic Centre 403-678-2400 tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/flashindex.asp


Banff Mount Norquay

Mount Norquay Road Banff 403-762-4421 banffnorquay.com

Canada Olympic Park

Canada Olympic Road S.W. Calgary 403-247-5452 winsportcanada.ca

Castle Mountain Resort

Pincher Creek AB 403-627-5101 skicastle.com

Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie B.C. 250-423-4655 skifernie.com

Kicking Horse Resort

Golden B.C. 250-439-5425 kickinghorseresort.com

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Kimberley B.C. 250-427-4881 skikimberley.com

Lake Louise Ski Area

Lake Louise AB 403-244-6665 skilouise.com


Kananaskis Village AB 403-591-7777 skinakiska.com


Invermere B.C. 1-800-663-2929 panoramaresort.com

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke B.C. 1-866-373-4754 revelstokemountainresort.com

Sunshine Village

Banff AB 1-87-SKI-BANFF skibanff.com

Wintergreen Ski Resort

Bragg Creek AB 403-949-5100 wintergreenresort.com



Areas normally trackset: free — Shaganappi Point Golf Course Maple Ridge Golf Course Confederation Golf Course; admission fee — Canada Olympic Park Hawk Ridge (south of Highway 22X). Areas not trackset: Weaselhead Natural Environment Park Beaverdam Flats Park Bowness Park Edworthy Park Fish Creek Provincial Park North and South Glenmore parks Prairie Winds Park.

Surrounding area

Trackset trails varied terrain and good skiing – West Bragg Creek Ribbon Creek (Kananaskis Country) Bearberry Nordic Centre (near Sundre) Sandy McNabb (west of Turner Valley) Canmore Nordic Centre (fees apply) Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Mt. Shark Trails Smith Dorrien Chateau Lake Louise Emerald Lake/Field Trails.



Glenbrook Hill

45 St. & 25 Ave. S.W.

Kingsland Dry Pond

Behind Rose Kohn-Jimmy Condon Arena 502 Heritage Dr. S.W.

River Park

4500 – 14A St. S.W.

Richmond Green

33 Ave. & 25 St. S.W.

Richmond Park

22 Ave. & 45 St. S.W.


15 Ave. & 15 St. S.W.

Scirroco Point Site

Scirroco Dr. & Signal Hill Heights.

Stanley Park

4011 – 1A St. S.W.


277 Strathcona Dr. S.W.

Turtle Hill

45 St. between 17 Ave. & 26 Ave. S.W.

West Glamorgan

4207 – 41 Ave. S.W.


Erin Woods

20 Erinwoods Dr. S.E.


60 St. & 17 Ave. S.E.

Maple Ridge Dry Pond

Mapleglade Close S.E.


Confederation Park

2807 – 10 St. N.W.

St. Andrew’s Heights

2504 – 13 Ave. N.W.


Deerfoot Athletic Park

1604 – 14 Ave N.E.

Calgary Marlborough Community Association

636 Marlborough Way N.E.

Marlborough Park Community Association

6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.

Monterey Park

Catalina Blvd. and 28 Ave. N.E.

Prairie Winds Park

223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.


City of Calgary of Calgary rink info line:



Olympic Plaza

228 – 8 Ave. S.E.


Bowness Lagoon

8900 – 49 Ave. N.W.


Marlborough Park

6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.

Prairie Winds Park

223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.



Jimmie Condon Arena

502 Heritage Dr. S.W. 403-268-2300.

Optimist/George Blundun

5020 – 26 Ave. S.W. 403-268-2300.

Southland Leisure Centre

2000 Southland Dr. S.W. 403-268-2300.


Murray Copot Arena

6715 Centre St. N.W. 403-268-2300.

Olympic Oval

University of Calgary 403-220-7890.

Shouldice Arena

1515 Home Road N.W. 403-268-2300.


Stew Hendry

814 – 13 Ave N.E. 403-268-2300.

Village Square Leisure Centre

2623 – 56 St. N.E. 403-268-2300.


Alberta Chinese Recreation Centre

132 -3 Ave. S.E. 403-264-1237

Calgary Climbing Centre

6 7130 Fisher Road S.E. 403-252-6778

Calgary Soccer Centre

7000 – 48 St. S.E. 403-279-8453

Calgary Climbing Centre Stronghold

140 – 15 Ave. N.W. 403-276-6484

Trico Centre (formerly Family Leisure Centre)

11150 Bonaventure Dr. S.E. 403-278-7542

SAIT Campus Centre

1301 – 16 Ave. N.W. 403-284-8457

Southland Leisure Centre

2000 Southland Dr. S.W. 403-251-3505

Talisman Centre

(Note: the tented portion of the building will be closing in 2010 for roof replacement check website for details.)

2225 Macleod Trail S. 403-233-8393


University of Calgary

Kinesiology A-Complex 403-220-7241

VRRI – Recreation Department

3304 – 33 St. N.W. 403-284-2231

Village Square Leisure Centre

2623 – 56 St. N.E. 403-280-9714


2825 – 24 Ave. N.W. 403-284-3663

Westside Recreation Centre

2000 – 69 Street SW 403-531-5875




Mountain View Bowl

11 – 3919 Richmond Road S.W. 403-249-0858

Chinook Bowladrome

Chinook Centre 403-252-5747


Silver Dollar Bowl

1010 – 42 Ave. S.E. 403-287-1183

Paradise Lanes

3411 – 17 Ave. S.E. 403-272-4570

Toppler Bowl

7640 Fairmount Dr. S.E. 403-255-0101


Bowling Depot

901 – 64 Ave. N.E. 403-275-1260

Let’s Bowl

2916 – 5 Ave. N.E. 403-569-2695

Fairview Bowling Centre

1010 999 – 36 St. N.E. 403-289-2571

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association

5600 Centre St. N. 403-274-5574


Alpine Club of Canada – Calgary Section

A club providing members of all skill levels with rock snow and ice climbing courses as well as regular climbing outings bouldering sessions social events etc. alpineclubofcanada.ca/calgary/

Alpine Club of Canada – National Office

Canada’s national mountaineering organization. Offers backcountry accommodations camps training courses and provides environmental and access advocacy. 403-678-3200 alpineclubofcanada.ca.

Alberta Association for Disabled Skiers

A volunteer-based organization promoting skiing and snowboarding for persons with disabilities in order to support their full integration into society. 403-286-8050 cadscalgary.ca.

Banff Centre for Mountain Culture

Promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places and creates opportunities for the international mountain community to share experiences ideas and visions. 403-762-6369 banffcentre.ca/mountainculture

Calgary Five Pin Bowlers Association

23B – 6020 2 St. S.E. 403-252-5879 calgary5pin.ca

Calgary Hash House Harriers

Hashing is a non-competitive cross-country run through varied terrain. Hashing is to competitive running what slo-pitch is to major league baseball. If you enjoy good times and a few (or many) cold beers you’re hasher material. 403-254-9014. onon.org/asm/

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

An all-season outdoor club offering hiking cross-country skiing snowshoeing cycling backpacking social events etc. corehike.org

Calgary Sport & Social Club

Co-ed sports leagues tournaments and events for active people in their 20s and 30s. Winter season starts January 14. Co-ed leagues include volleyball soccer basketball and floor hockey. 403-244-PLAY calgarysportsclub.com

Calgary Ski Club

Offers a variety of recreational and social activities year-round such as downhill and cross-country skiing hiking and cycling. Promotes education and safety awareness while having fun. 403-282-4122 calgaryskiclub.org

Calgary Weekend Hikers

A casual hiking club for all levels offering weekday weekend and overnight trips. calgaryweekendhikers.com

Canada Olympic Park

Offers courses in skiing snowboarding cross-country skiing etc. 403-247-5452 coda.ca

Hostelling International – Southern Alberta

An international organization that provides a network of safe friendly and affordable accommodations and services to more than 5000 hostels in over 70 countries. 403-269-8239 hihostels.ca

Outdoor Centre University of Calgary

The largest outdoor program and equipment rental centre in the city offers a variety of courses programs educational trips repair services and outdoor equipment rentals —from beginner skiing to avalanche safety. 403-220-5038 calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca

Petroleum City Ski and Social Club

A downhill ski and social club offering day and weekend ski trips as well as social activities for both skiers and non-skiers such as camping skiing hiking volleyball social dining etc. pscskiclub.com/

Rocky Mountain Ramblers

A club offering ambitious hiking and cross-country skiing trips as well as social events for outdoor enthusiasts. 403-282-6308 ramblers.ab.ca

Snowy Owl Tours

Offers a unique dog-sledding experience in the Canadian Rockies. snowyowltours.com.

Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies

Non-profit organization provides annual guided hikes from established base camps in the Rocky Mountains. Also promotes appreciation and conservation of Canada’s national parks. skylinehikers.ca

In compiling this guide we made every effort to include as many special events and organizations as possible but we know the list is not complete. If we missed something we apologize. Please send us the name phone number and/or e-mail and a brief description and we’ll include it in next year’s guide.