Winter is a wonderful time to plan a visit to Calgary. The locals here do not hide from Mother Nature’s fierce chill. They embrace it and extract every bit of snow and ice related fun imaginable. If snow and ice are not your thing, that’s OK too. In Calgary, frigid temperatures are never an excuse to not explore the city. With the world’s largest pedestrian skywalk system spanning more than 16 km, you can enjoy all that downtown Calgary has to offer while leaving your snow boots and parka at home.
Parks, Paths and Hiking
Many of the city’s parks offer year-round recreational opportunities. The 580-km regional pathway system helps locals keep fit year-round and offers several wintertime fun runs, including the Hypothermic Half Marathon in February. Many of the trails are kept clear of snow and ice for the enjoyment of walkers, runners and cycling enthusiasts.
Don’t forget that Calgary sits at the base of the Canadian Rockies – home to world class facilities for skiers and snowboarders. Some of the best runs in the world are within a few hours’ drive from the city at Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Nakiska Ski Resort, but you do not need to travel at all to participate in your favourite winter sports while in Calgary. You can snowshoe, cross country ski, play hockey, ice skate, sled and even learn to luge at facilities throughout the city, including Canada Olympic Park, originally constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Calgary is a festival goers dream – for visitors and locals alike. It starts with the Stampede in the summer and continues for 12 months. The frosty winter months offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor partying – everything from film and music festivals, food and wine tasting to avant garde theatre and motorcycle expos. There is even an annual citywide Hot Chocolate Festival in which local eateries compete for the best hot chocolate recipes. The proceeds of this event go to support Calgary’s Meals-on-Wheels program.
Calgary offers endless options for outdoor adventure and indoor exploration during the cold season. Don’t let a little winter chill keep you from enjoying everything our city has to offer. Take your pick and have a blast!
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