What: Wine lovers rejoice! Spend an evening sampling wines from the most celebrated wine regions all over the world, while snacking on tasty hors d’oeuvres and delectable treats. You will also have the opportunity to be entered to win some pretty great door prizes that will potentially continue your wine tasting experience on to anther day!
Where: Stampede Park BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
When: February 24 and 25
Cost: $84-$89 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: Come cheer on your favorite skaters at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. Watch as over 40 teams compete for national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories and the two senior teams will go on to represent Canada at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.
Where: Markin MacPhail Centre – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
What: Is learning to ski/ snowboard something that has always been on your bucket list, but never gets ticked off? Skiing/ snowboarding can be a large investment and be a bit intimidating for those who haven’t been shredding POW since you were 5 years old. For only in the Never Ever Day’s ultimate beginners package you can rent all the equipment that you need, along with a beginner lift ticket and a lesson all included for only $25 on select days at resorts across Canada. This is the perfect opportunity to see if the sport is right for you!
Where: Over 70 participating resorts across Canada
What: The National Geographic Traveller Magazine named Banff one of it’s “Best of the World” destinations for 2017, making us Albertans very proud of our hidden little secret, that is no longer very hidden. With your free 2017 Park Pass, head up to Banff for a day trip or a weekend get away and check out some of the beauty it has to offer. This Ice Walk is located only a few minutes away from the Town of Banff, and will take you take you through the frozen waterfalls of Johnston’s Canyon and is a breathtaking experience that you that will leave you in awe of nature’s capacities. Be sure to dress in proper winter gear – it will be a bit chilly!
Where: Hotel pick up and drop off provided from Banff
What: Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for a night that pays tributes to all the Country Music greats, including Jonny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, the wonderful Dolly Parton and more. It will be a toe-tapping night you won’t forget!
When: February 24 and 25
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: Calgary’s favourite, cozy and delicious foodie festival is back for the 6th year in a row! During the entire month of February, be sure to warm up by checking out your favourite cafes, sweet shops and restaurants for their unique spin on everyone’s beloved winter drink. The best part is that a portion of every drink will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, an even better reason to indulge in some warm chocolate goodness!
Where: At participating locations
When: The entire month of February
Cost: Price of the Hot Chocolate + $1 will be donated to Meals on Wheels
What: Homelessness and being hungry are two things that plague way too many Canadians, especially during this time of year. On the 25th walk with hundreds of others in Canada’s ‘Unofficial” Walk for Homelessness and raise money for select charities to help out those in need in our communities.
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
When: February 25
Cost: Registration – $25 and a minimum of $125 (Adults 18+) or $75 (youth 13-17) must be raised
What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.
Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.
What: Tired of Calgary’s wedding show scene? Well than you and your friends might be interested in the Divorced Divas Show geared towards divorced/separated women who are interested in self-help, fitness, health, beauty, fashion etc. From vendors such as wedding ring appraisers to self help life coaches specializing in change, our show will have something to make an exit out of marriage an easy one!
Where: Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
When: Sunday, February 26 from 10am to 4pm
Cost: Pre-sale $10, At the door $15
Hit the Slopes
Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, SunshineVillage, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.
Where: 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 for brunch!
You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.