As we enter the dark cold months, it can be a struggle to find the energy to be out and about. Don’t let the weather keep you down though – there’s a great deal of activities to do in Calgary all winter long, both indoors and out. Listed below are some of the many things to do this winter that’ll get you up and running.

Outdoor Rinks

With Calgary having countless outdoor rinks, skating is a great way to get active and outside in the wintertime. Generally open from mid-December to late February (weather-dependent), City of Calgary outdoor rinks welcome skaters of all ages for free. A enduring favorite is Olympic Plaza, located in the heart of downtown. A temperature-controlled rink, Olympic Plaza opens mid-November and closes mid-March. Beginner skaters need not worry – rentals are available onsite for a fee.

For hours and other information about City of Calgary maintained rinks, click here.

Catch a hockey game

With the Calgary Flames playing throughout the winter, don’t miss a chance to visit the C of Red! With some of the most passionate fans in the league, and a promising young team, a visit to the Saddledome promises an exciting night. The Flames regular season runs from mid-October to early April, and the playoffs begin soon after. With the Calgary club fighting hard to reach the postseason, every game has a playoff atmosphere at the ‘Dome!

For tickets and other information about the Calgary Flames, click here.


If you want to take advantage of the colder months, there’s few better ways to get out and active. Weaselhead Park, Edworthy Park, Fish Creek and North and South Glenmore Parks are great places to snowshoe, and all are 100 per cent free. If you don’t have your own set, don’t be discouraged. The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre rents all kinds of winter gear, including snowshoes.

Skiing/Snowboarding at COP

Canada Olympic Park (COP) offers Calgarians the chance to ski and snowboard – without even having to leave the city limits. Beginners and novices of all ages feel right at home here, and with lessons available, there’s no more convenient way to learn than making a few visits to COP.

For lessons, rentals and other information, visit the Canada Olmypic Park website here.


If skiing and snowboarding isn’t your forte, you can still get outside and enjoy the mountains. The tubing park at Mount Norquay is the first of its kind in the Banff area. You take the magic carpet lift up the slopes with your tube and slide down (by yourself or in a group) in one of the tube lanes. It’s a adrenaline-pumping way to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Banff area- with no lessons required!

For more information on Mount Norquay, visit their website here.

Banff Gondola 

The gondola at Sulphur Mountain offers incredible views of the entire Banff area. With countless mountains in sight from the top, there is gorgeous scenery in all directions. Open year-round, a ride up the Sulphur Mountain gondola is a must for any trip to Banff.

For pricing, hours and other availability, click here. 

Zoo Lights

Every winter, locals and visitors of all ages head to the Calgary Zoo to enjoy hot chocolate, fire pits and the display of one and a half million twinkling lights. Open from mid-November to January, the Zoo Lights are an immensely popular Calgary attraction year after year.

For more information on Zoo Lights and the Calgary Zoo, click here.


Many parks throughout the city, such as Bowness Park and Fish Creek Provincial Park, are open year-round. Activities available within the parks include cross-country skiing, skating and just simply walking the along trails and taking in the wildlife.

For a full list of Calgary parks along with important information, click here.


Grab your sled and explore some of the many great tobogganing hills located all Calgary. In the winter, tobogganing and sledding on the hills dotted throughout the city is a thrilling way to take advantage of the snow. Several parks throughout the city offer ideal places to toboggan for all ages. Don’t forget your helmet!

For more information on sledding/tobogganing in Calgary, click here.

Lake Louise Ice Sculpture Competition

Don’t miss teams of professional carvers competing in the international ice carving competition at the Fairmount Chateau hotel in Lake Louise. Watch as teams of carvers turn huge blocks of ice into beautiful sculptures from Jan. 19-29, 2017. Don’t forget to bring your skates either – ice skating is open on Lake Louise from mid-December to mid-April, weather dependent. Rentals are available on-site as well.

For more information, click here.