Guide: 8 Things You Gotta Do Before Winter’s Over
Alright, Calgary, we know you’re excited about the weather warming up, but there are some stellar activities you should take advantage of before that happens. We’ve teamed up with The Calgary Zoo to bring you our list of 8 things you have to hit up while the temperatures are still subzero.
For the 7th year in a row, Calgarians are getting the chance to enjoy the Calgary Zoo Penguin Walk! The lucky spectators will get an up-close look at the gorgeous group of king penguins during this annual spectacle. The walk depends on the weather- if it’s too warm (over 5 degrees Celsius), the penguins won’t be able to go on their walk, so make sure you plan ahead and keep an eye on the zoo’s website and social media for Penguin Walk updates. Make sure you hit up this adorable attraction before spring hits, folks!
Where: Calgary Zoo
When: Now – March 31st; Daily at 11 am
Cost: Adult: $29.95; Senior (60+): $27.95; Child/Youth (3—15): $19.95; Infant (2 & under): Free
Grab your pals and grab your skates, because this beautiful outdoor rink will only be open for a few more weeks! The park is open from 6 am to 11 pm, but we suggest you go in the evening to take advantage of those Instagrammable lights set up.
Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE
When: 10 am to 9 pm daily
Head over to West Bragg Creek to take in the scenic views and snow capped mountains while getting a good workout in. Whether you’re experienced or a first-timer, West Bragg has a number of trails good for any level of expertise. Take advantage of this winter wonderland while weather permits! If you’re needing to rent equipment, no worries- rentals from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (open to everyone) will keep your wallets happy.
Where: West Bragg Creek
When: 7 am to 11 pm
Head north and spend the day in snowy Narnia before the ice melts. From glowy ice tunnels, cascading towers of ice embedded with color-changing, musically-timed LED lights, to a winding ice maze, the Edmonton Ice Castles and seriously magical. While you’re there, you might as well make the trek out to Abraham Lake. Located 2 hours west of Red Deer, this beautiful man-made lake has a dazzling feature every winter. The natural decomposition of organic matter on the lake floor combined with the freezing of the lake when temps drop below zero, these methane pockets give us beautiful ‘lil bubbles just waiting to be photographed.
Where: Hawrelak Park – 9330 Groat Road, Edmonton
When: Now til Sunday, March 10
Cost: General Admission (ages 12 and up) $13.95, Weekend $17.95; Child Admission (ages 4 – 11) $10.95, Weekend $12.95
If Edmonton’s a bit too far for you, we suggest heading West to hike through Johnston’s Canyon. This hike is for all skill levels and will leave you feeling mesmerized. After a brief walk through the forest, you’ll be seeing ice frozen on the canyon walls and waterfalls frozen in time. Grab your winter gear and some shoes with traction and head out to the Canyon before the weather warms up!
Where: Johnston’s Canyon Trailhead, Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A), 22 km west of Town of Banff
Okay so this one is open year-round, but if you’re wanting to get your Game of Thrones vibes on then you’ve just got to see these majestic creatures in the snow. Visit this wolfdog safe haven and learn all about the rescue organization, rehabilitation and rehoming of displaced wolfdogs.
Where: Yamnuksa Wolfdog Sanctuary, 263156 Range Rd 53, Cochrane
When: Thursday to Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Tours range from $25 to $56
Tobogganing was a blast as a kid, but as an adult, there’s a major catch. What is it? Walking back up the hill. Over. And. Over. Again. For only $20, you can spend the day tubing at one of the largest and fastest Tube Parks in Western Canada. This is an activity for all ages to enjoy, so head down while you still can!
Where: Winsport, 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW
When: Times vary by day
It’s almost time to start prepping for your summer bod, but before you do, make sure you grab at least one of our 8 favourite comfort meals. Our top recommendation? Pumpkin Bread Pudding. It’s ooey, it’s gooey, and it’s filled with fall flavours that you won’t be able to indulge in for at least a few months.
Well, guys, that’s all we have for now! Soak up the below zero temps while they last, because before you know it you’ll be outside complaining about the heat! For more information on the Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo, check our last article out!