9 free winter events in and around Calgary

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Dania Gravelle Jan 03, 2017 12:46 pm 2,209

Instead of dwelling on Christmas debt, why not take a look at some fun FREE activities to do in Calgary over the winter months.

Here are 9 things to take your mind off the winter blues.

Take Advantage of Free National Park Passes

In Honour of Canada’s 150 year anniversary, Parks Canada is offering FREE park passes for every National Park in the Country. While most activities in the parks cost money, there are a number of activities that can be done for FREE!

Image: Parks Canada/ Facebook

Where: Canada National Parks
When: All of 2017

Go sledding!

There are a number of hills around Calgary that are perfect for sledding! Grab your crazy carpet, (or the more intense, GT racer) some friends, and head to a hill for some fun!

Where: Check out a hill close to you or go to a local City Maintained hill
Things to remember: Tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk, and helmets are always recommended!

Go Curling outside

St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)

Where: St Patricks Island- 430 8th Avenue SE
When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March

Go Skating

Image: Olympic plaza skating / Shutterstock

Living in Canada means that skating is basically in our blood. Lucky for us we live in a place where we have rinks that are maintained by the city!

Where: City of Calgary Rinks
When: Hours vary, most are open until 11
Who: Anyone from hockey players to small kids- there are rinks for everyone!

Build a Snowman

This one you can do without even leaving your front yard! Grab your snow pants, mitts, and toque and head out front to start building! If you want to add some competition you can bring some friends or ask your neighbours to have a Snow Man Build off!

Where: Wherever you want!

Ice Fishing

There are a number of ice fishing spots basically within City limits (some as close as ten km away!) Why not try something new, grab your rods (and fishing license!) If you want to go as a family and don’t have a license you can go on February 13, 14, and 15th to fish without one!

Who: Anyone! Just make sure you have a valid license.
Where: Lakes to ice fish near Calgary

Ski for Free (almost)

While this isn’t “technically” free, skiing and snowboarding for just a toonie is a pretty good deal! Mount Norquay, Banff is offering a number of “toonie” days throughout the Winter with the next one coming up January 11.

Where: Mt Norquay – Mt Norquay Road, Banff
When: January 11, February 8, March 8 and, April 12
Cost: $2

Louise Ice Magic Festival

Image: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Facebook

Ice Sculptures are descending on Lake Louise for a world class ice carving competition, and while some tickets cost money, there are some available for free. Sculptures are often still standing for weeks after the event so if you can’t make it in January, don’t fret.

Where: Fairmont Lake Louise – 111 Lake Louise Drive
When: January 21, 22, 28 and 29
Cost: Viewing of the competition site weekdays and before 10 am and after 5:30 pm on the weekends are FREE

Bird Watching at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Why not try something new? Wear some warm clothes, and walk around the sanctuary. Maybe you will even see a snowy owl!

Where: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – 2425 9th Avenue SE
When: Year round 10 am to 4 pm
Who: All Ages

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