Well, folks. March 1st is just around the corner, which means it won’t be long until we can kick it in flip flops and t-shirts again. Unfortunately, this also means that we don’t have much more time to hit the slopes or the ice. Wow, this snowy season just flew by didn’t it? As our way of helping you make the most of the next few weeks, here are 10 things that you should definitely do in Calgary before winter is over. You won’t want to miss a beat!
This month only, Calgarians interested in getting active, supporting local, exploring their city, hanging out at an ice bar and breathing in some fresh air are encouraged to check out the first Bridgeland Arctic Adventure! No matter the time, or the day, check out their ‘adventure circuit’ which includes harder than you think tasks, like group photos in front of hidden city gems, videos proof of you participating in singalongs and fitness challenges and a ton more.
When: Until Wednesday, March 31st
Where: Community of Bridgeland – See directions here
This month, enjoy the great outdoors and up your next date night with this one-of-a-kind experience. On this unique excursion, Calgarians will follow a skilled guide on a fresh, starlit tour through forest and snow, then can sip hot cocoa in a secluded meadow. They’ll bring the drinks, the lamps, and the telescope, and all you have to bring is yourself, and a good jacket!
When: Saturday, March 6th, 12th, 13t, 19th and 20th
Where: Kananaskis Village Centre- 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Alright, friends. This is a must-do! The Calgary Olympic Plaza skating rink is freaking magical, thanks to all the love that the city has put into making it an experience. Here you can glide underneath stars and fairy lights surrounded by a “city-alive” downtown atmosphere and take in the last little bit of the season right.
When: Currently open
Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE
Time: 6 AM – 11 PM
Located just off River Walk Plaza in the East Village, Calgarians looking to wind down after a day of in-city cross-country skiing are encouraged to check out the Hygge Hut! This Scandinavian-style spot is fitted with a cozy fireplace, a warm atmosphere and is perfect for cozying up under a blanket with a cup of Joe or hot cocoa. Oh, and while your there, don’t forget to snap a pic in front of their winter wonderland photo wall! These guys really went all out for us this year.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Where: See location here
Time: Fridays (3 pm -7 pm) Saturday and Sunday (1 pm – 7 pm)
Are your ankles sore from all the skating you’ve been doing this winter? Give them a break by heading to Bowness Park, where you can be among the very first in the entire country to rent an ice bike! Click the link above for more information!
Where: 8900 48 Ave NW, Calgary,
Time: See hours of operation here
Cost: $12/.5 hour or $20/hour
Don’t let the snow melt until you’ve rallied the fam, gathered some snow racers and spiral sleighs and went sledding! This classic activity is kind of a one-size-fits-all activity that everyone is going to enjoy, and you can definitely ONLY do this in the winter. Check out the link above for 10 of the best places to go tobogganing in Calgary!
Take in the last of the snowy season on the Calgary East Village Nordic Loop, a beautifully groomed 1 km cross country track, where you enjoy a fresh alpine-like experience without filling up your gas tank!
Where: See all entrance points here
Time: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Not everyone is comfortable on a pair of skis, which is why we’re a big fan of the Winsport tube park! Almost anyone can enjoy the breeze, the snow and themselves with this adrenaline-inducing Family Day activity – check it out!
When: See dates above
Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: Prices vary
Lake Louise’s enchanting Ice Magic Festival may be postponed until next year, but the folks at the Chateau have still taken the time to build a single frozen castle for you and yours to explore. This magical spot is world-renowned for its unparalleled beauty in the winter, so whether you stay the night in the Chateau or you just pass-through for a day-skate and wander – there is no doubt that you’ll win big points for visiting.
Where: See directions here
Well, there you have it, friends. 10 things to do in Calgary before winter has run its course. As we’ve said, you won’t want to miss out. After it’s gone, it’ll be a while until we see snow again, so get to it! Happy trails!