What do you buy for the person who has everything? An experience of course! Your loved one may not remember a physical item wrapped under the tree, but they’re sure to remember the gift of an in-person experience not to be forgotten – especially after this year we’ve been having!

Since 2020 has definitely become the year of supporting local, we’ve rounded up some different experience-based gift ideas for those hands-on adventure lovers. Give something a little more unique this year, all while supporting Southern Albertan businesses!

**NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all of these businesses are subject to change. Be sure to visit their websites before going to ensure you are aware of any procedures, practices, or closures.

Stone, Wood & Steel 

Ever wanted to try your hand at traditional blacksmithing? This blacksmith studio located near Kananaskis teaches blacksmithing techniques in a small group setting, Lead blacksmith, James Greisinger, has been designing metal art for more than 24-years, combining an old-world activity with a contemporary flair. Full day experiences are offered year-round where guests are immersed in learning the craft followed by a picnic or BBQ lunch overlooking the mountains! Gift cards are available online!

Full Circle Adventures


Cross-country skiing is one of the most stereotypically Canadian winter sports, yet it’s always surprising to hear just how many of us have never actually done it before! Full Circle Adventures offers private cross-country ski lessons throughout the winter at various locations both in and outside of the city. With both semi-private and fully private sessions, you can sign up yourself or grab a gift card for either an individual or group. There’s not going to be a whole lot of travel happening this winter, so may as well learn a new hobby and stay active this winter!

Horsepowered Adventures

Give the gift of a backcountry experience with Horsepower Adventures offering horseback riding camps in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter! With seasonal activities for all ages, Horsepower Adventures gives the perfect reason to head out of town and enjoy the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains!

There you have it, Calgary! Though we can’t predict what Covid restrictions may look like in the New Year, things are going to go back to normal eventually. So give the gift of supporting Albertans in a super unexpected and fun way this year!