Your source for indoor and outdoor winter activities events and organizations

SPECIAL EVENTS

Astronomy & Stargazing

Solar-gazing programs every other Saturday from 11am – 2pm.

Telus Spark 403-817-6800 sparkscience.ca

A Christmas Carol

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

Nov. 28 – Dec. 24 Max Bell Theatre 403-294-7447 theatrecalgary.com

Once Upon a Christmas

Traditional celebration with crafts wagon rides skating and more. Nov. 23 – Dec. 22 9:30am-4pm (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. 30 – Jan. 8 Confederation Park lionsfestivaloflights.ca

Zoolights

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

Nov. 29 – Jan. 4 6 – 9pm Calgary Zoo 403-232-9300 calgaryzoo.com

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. 6-7 7:30 pm.; Dec. 8 Sing-a-long Messiah 2 pm Jack Singer Concert Hall cpo-live.com

The Nutcracker

Alberta Ballet performs holiday classic.

Dec. 19 – 24 Jubilee Auditorium 403-245-4222 albertaballet.com

Thursday Afternoons at the Movies

1-3pm free admission John Dutton Theatre Central Library calgarypubliclibrary.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 28th annual international festival of the arts.

Jan. 9 – Feb. 1 Big Secret Theatre 403-264-3224 oyr.org

Enbridge playRites Festival

Annual festival of new Canadian plays.

Mar. 5 – Apr. 6 Martha Cohen Theatre 403-294-7475 atplive.com

HOLIDAY MARKETS

Art Market Art & Craft Show

Works by over 200 professional artisans from across Canada.

Nov. 14 – 17 Telus Convention Centre artmarketcraftsale.com

Festival of Crafts

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

Nov. 28 – Dec. 1 BMO Centre 1-888-773-4444 festivalofcrafts.ca

Market Collective

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

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 Dec. 6 – 8 Dec. 13 – 15 Dec. 20 – 22 King Edward School marketcollective.ca

SPECTATOR SPORTS & COMPETITIONS

Calgary Flames

flames.nhl.com

Calgary Hitmen

hitmenhockey.com

Calgary Canucks

calgarycanucks.com

Calgary Roughnecks

calgaryroughnecks.com

Calgary Roller Derby Association

calgaryrollerderby.com

Canada Olympic Park

winsportcanada.ca

Olympic Oval

oval.ucalgary.ca

U of C Dinos

godinos.com

Mount Royal Cougars

cougars.mtroyal.ca

SAIT Trojans

saittrojans.com

COURSES AND LECTURES

Big Rock University Lecture Series

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

Nov. 27 Opera: Larger than Life!; Dec. 11 Cougar in Alberta: Conservation Success or Management Problem?; Feb. 5 Alzheimer’s – The Science with Jay Ingram; Feb. 26 Creativity and Change; Mar. 12 The Water-Energy Nexus: Acquiring Unconventional Fuels; Apr. 2 TBA. 403-720-3239 bigrockbeer.com

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 in a variety of areas including business information technology environmental science and health.

403-440-6875 mtroyal.ab.ca

Ranchman’s

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

Salsita

Authentic Mexican cooking classes.

403-289-2202 salsita.ca

Snowy Owl Tours

Dog-sledding in the Canadian Rockies. snowyowltours.com.

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

MOUNTAIN PARKS

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

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 albertaparks.ca

SKI RESORTS

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

Nakiska

Kananaskis Village AB 403-591-7777 skinakiska.com

Panorama

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

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Calgary

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. calgary.ca

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.

albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country

TOBOGGANING RUNS

Southwest

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.

Scarboro

15 Ave. & 15 St. S.W.

Scirroco Point Site

Scirroco Dr. & Signal Hill Heights.

Stanley Park

4011 – 1A St. S.W.

Strathcona

277 Strathcona Dr. S.W.

Turtle Hill

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

West Glamorgan

4207 – 41 Ave. S.W.

Southeast

Erin Woods

20 Erinwoods Dr. S.E.

Elliston

60 St. & 17 Ave. S.E.

Maple Ridge Dry Pond

Mapleglade Close S.E.

Northwest

Confederation Park

2807 – 10 St. N.W.

St. Andrew’s Heights

2504 – 13 Ave. N.W.

Northeast

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.

calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/tobogganing-and-sledding.aspx

OUTDOOR SKATING

City of Calgary rink info line:

403-268-2300

Downtown

Olympic Plaza

228 – 8 Ave. S.E.

Prince’s Island Park Lagoon

4 St. & 1 Ave. S.W.

Southeast

Carburn Park

67 Riverview Dr. S.E.

Northwest

Bowness Lagoon

8900 – 49 Ave. N.W.

Northeast

Marlborough Park

6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.

Prairie Winds Park

223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.

INDOOR PUBLIC SKATING

Southwest

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.

Northwest

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.

Northeast

Stew Hendry

814 – 13 Ave N.E. 403-268-2300.

Village Square Leisure Centre

2623 – 56 St. N.E. 403-268-2300.

INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES

Alberta Chinese Recreation Centre

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

Calgary Climbing Centre Chinook

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

Calgary Climbing Centre Stronghold

140 – 15 Ave. N.W. 403-276-6484

calgaryclimbing.com

Calgary Soccer Centre

7000 – 48 St. S.E. 403-279-8453

calgarysoccercentre.com

The Crux Climbing & Bouldering

Bay 9 1415 – 28 St. N.E. 403-235-2789

thecruxclimbing.com

SAIT Campus Centre

1301 – 16 Ave. N.W. 403-284-8457

sait.ca

Southland Leisure Centre

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

Talisman Centre

2225 Macleod Trail S. 403-233-8393

talismancentre.com

Trico Centre

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

tricocentre.ca

University of Calgary

Kinesiology A-Complex 403-220-7241

Vecova Recreation Department

3304 – 33 St. N.W. 403-284-2231

Village Square Leisure Centre

2623 – 56 St. N.E. 403-280-9714

Volleydome

2825 – 24 Ave. N.W. 403-284-3663

volleydome.net

Westside Recreation Centre

2000 – 69 Street SW 403-531-5875

westsiderec.com

BOWLING

Downtown

National

341 10 Ave. S.W. 403-474-2739

ntnl.ca

Southwest

Chinook Bowladrome

Chinook Centre 403-252-5747

chinookbowl.com

Mountain View Bowl

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

mountainviewbowling.com

Southeast

Century Bowling

1010 – 42 Ave. S.E. 403-287-1183

centurybowling.com

Paradise Lanes

3411 – 17 Ave. S.E. 403-272-4570

paradiselanes.ca

Toppler Bowl

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

topplerbowl.com

Northeast

Bowling Depot

901 – 64 Ave. N.E. 403-275-1260

bowlingdepot.ca

Let’s Bowl

2916 – 5 Ave. N.E. 403-569-2695

letsbowl.ca

Fairview Bowling Centre

1010 999 – 36 St. N.E. 403-289-2571

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association

5600 Centre St. N. 403-274-5574

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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. 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. onon.org/asm/

Calgary Outdoor Recreation

Offers challenging and fun outdoor activities for everyone – winter activities include cross country skiing camping snowshoeing scrambles and more.

meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

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

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 Sport & Social Club

Co-ed sports leagues tournaments and events for active people in their 20s and 30s. Winter season starts January 12. Co-ed leagues include volleyball soccer basketball and floor hockey. 403-244-PLAY calgarysportsclub.com

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 winsportcanada.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. 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

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

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

Stampede City Ski 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. ski4fun@skicalgary.com skicalgary.com

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 contact information and a brief description and we’ll include it in next year’s guide.

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