24 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: March 8 to 14

Mar 8 2021, 5:00 pm

As recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home.

It looks like the weather’s going to stay pretty nice through the week YYC, and with Daylight Savings taking away an hour of our time this Sunday, we better make the most of it.

Whether you want to get outside, try a new activity, or take part in a virtual event from the comfort of your couch, there are tons of things to do for every interest this week.

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure through the neighbourhood of Bridgeland – from the full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Afterwards, join Bridgeland Distillery for a beverage at their ice bar and relax by the firepits.

When: Now through March 31 
Self-guided (the ice bar is open 2 to 6 pm Friday through Sunday)
Where: Throughout the Bridgeland community, view map for details
Cost: Free, unless you purchase a drink at the ice bar

Check out art installations at Southcentre Mall and #ChooseToChallenge

things to do this week

Courtesy of Southcentre Mall

What: In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, Southcentre Mall invited three emerging female artists to create mural artwork for shoppers to enjoy, with an interactive graphic design on the flip side of each mural celebrating three of the mall’s female entrepreneurs, for a total of six Instagrammable backdrops.

Southcentre encourages Calgarians to explore the Women’s Day-inspired artwork and participate in the IWD 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, by sharing an image on social media (either taken in front of one of the mall’s backdrops or from the comfort of home) to show support and solidarity in celebrating women’s achievements and challenging inequality.

When: All month long
Time: Mall hours (11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays)
Where: Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd SE), and virtually
Cost: Free

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: Get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo.

When: Now through mid-March, weather permitting
Time: 10 am daily
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Included with admission ($19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children)

WinSport Tube Park

What: The fastest of its kind in western Canada, the snow tubing hill at WinSport has eight lanes to fly down. Get a boost of adrenaline with this outdoor activity that’s fun for all ages.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, weather dependent
Time: 4 to 8:30 pm on Fridays, 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Where: WinSport (88 Canada Olympic Road SW)
Cost: $15 on Friday evenings, $20 – $25 on weekend days (tickets must be pre-purchased online)

Skate at one of Calgary’s many rinks

What: There are plenty of outdoor rink options to check out in YYC this winter. Skate on synthetic ice at Deerfoot City, try the new ice trail at North Glenmore Park, take up a unique winter sport with ice bikes at Bowness Park, or glide around at any of the City of Calgary-operated rinks across town.

When: Hours vary by location, weather dependent
Where: A variety of locations – find a list of rinks managed by the City of Calgary online.
Cost: Free, excluding any rental fees

Spark Science from Home

What: TELUS Spark Science Centre hosts a wide variety of fun and educational options online, from virtual programs and Dome Movies at Home to Cereal Science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: Programming varies, learn more through their website
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: Varies by program

Hotels Live: Le Cirque de la Nuit’s “Curiouser”


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What: Join Le Cirque de la Nuit on a journey down the rabbit hole at this all-ages spectacle, where things begin to get more and more curious while you watch from your own private hotel balcony. Expect all of your favourite circus acts, including acrobats, jugglers, high-flying aerialists, ladder walkers, and Cyr wheel artists.

When: March 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: Delta Calgary South (227 Southland Drive SE)
Cost: Tickets start at $50 per person, based on quad occupancy (includes performance and hotel stay)

Cross-country ski at East Village’s Nordic Loop

What: Dust off your skis and try a few laps on East Village’s groomed 1 km track, running beside Fort Calgary and the Bow River with views of the city skyline.

When: Open daily, weather dependent
Time: 7 am to 10 pm
Where: In the field beside Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: Free

Take a walk through Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you’re in a tropical paradise within downtown Calgary at Devonian Gardens. Stroll the boardwalk, take in the plants and ponds, and grab a quick bite at the food court.

When: Daily
Time: 11 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sundays
Where: Fourth floor of the CORE Shopping Centre (400 – 317 7th Avenue SW)

Visit the National Music Centre’s Amplify platform

What: Amplify serves as an extension of the NMC’s onsite programs through an online hub detailing the sounds and stories of music in Canada. Take a guided tour of the museum virtually, delve into articles from their vast collection of historical musical instruments, equipment, and memorabilia, and learn more about the power of music for healing and wellness.

When: Anytime
Where: Online, from the comfort of your own home
Cost: Free

Check out High Park

What: High Park offers downtown views, adorable string lights, colourful picnic tables, and fun signs to take photos with – on top of a parking garage in the Beltline. Have a winter picnic six floors above street level and grab some cool photos while you’re at it.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 am to 11 pm
Where: The top level of the Centre City Parkade at 340 10th Avenue SW

Heritage Park Ghost Tours

What: Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour through the abandoned streets of its Historical Village. Hear spooky stories and learn a little bit about Calgary’s haunted past during a 90-minute walking tour, covering approximately 2 km of the park.

When: March 11, 18, and 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and May 6
Time: Two tours each evening, beginning at 7 and 7:30 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Drive SW)
Cost: $22.95

Attend an online, interactive murder mystery

What: In this interactive and live Zoom performance, the audience has been invited to attend an exclusive promotional event for Awakenings Spa, but what was once a hot spot for celebrities, politicians, and oil and gas tycoons is now a dying business. The owners are offering amazing deals to get customers to return, but when the unthinkable happens, your detective skills are put to the test. Ask questions, have some fun, and see if you can identify the killer and motive in time.

When: Thursday through Sunday from March 11 to 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Morpheus Theatre and Smoking Gun Entertainment will be presenting this production through Zoom
Cost: $20 per person (recommended), with “pay what you can” options available

Watch a tournament happening in Calgary’s Curling Canada Bubble


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What: Calgary is hosting Curling Canada’s curling bubble in the city right now, with five more events happening at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre between now and April. Beginning this week, catch the Tim Hortons Brier on TSN, during which Alberta will have two great opportunities to win the competition.

When: March 5 to 14
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: The Tim Hortons Brier will be broadcast on TSN

Zombie Scavenger Hunt

What: Test your ability to survive after a zombie apocalypse in this scavenger hunt game that leads you through the city. Players have 60 minutes to collect supplies to survive during the interactive game that invites participants to complete challenges and answer trivia questions.

When: Daily
Time: One hour of your choosing between 10 am and 9 pm
Where: Downtown Calgary
Cost: $29.30 per team (up to 10 people)

Visit a sculpture covered with flowers and snakes in this Inglewood window

What: While we wait for the Esker Foundation’s main gallery to reopen, their Project Space window brings some art into our lives while simultaneously providing a concept to contemplate. Visible from street level, “The Garden” is a clay sculpture combining elements of nature with the human form, created by ceramic artist Yvonne Kustec.

When: Now through June 6
Where: Esker Foundation’s Project Space window (1011 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: Free

Explore fandoms and win prizes during Calgary Library and Calgary Expo’s four-month reading challenge

What: Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo have paired up to host a reading challenge. Over the next few months, kids and adults alike can take on both reading and creative challenges to be entered to win one of 25 prizes.

When: Now through May 15
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Free with your Calgary Library card

Glenbow from Home

What: Tour Glenbow’s extensive collection and galleries of rotating exhibits virtually and get cultured without even leaving the house.

When: Anytime
Where: Online, available through Glenbow’s website
Cost: Free

Curl on synthetic ice on St. Patrick’s Island

What: Live out all your wildest Canadian dreams with this beloved winter sport at East Village’s curling rink. Play solo or in teams, and use the official rules or make up your own.

When: Daily
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Confluence Plaza (1300 12th Street NE), near the island’s washrooms and Calgary Zoo parking lot
Cost: Free (curling stones will be provided and are sanitized daily)

“Escape from the Alternate Dimension” in this 90s-themed virtual escape room

What: In this virtual escape room, players are transported to a parallel 1990s universe using a time machine. A Live Adventure Guide will host the experience and cater to your group based on the ages of players, making this a fitting activity for everyone – whether you were alive during the 90s or not.

When: Daily
Time: Start times are staggered through the day, typically between 9 am and 9:30 pm (players have 60 minutes to win the game)
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: $25 per person

Northern Reflections augmented art tour in Inglewood

What: Murals have been painted in local businesses’ windows and matched with music to create a one-of-a-kind art experience when viewed with the free augmented reality app Augle. The art exhibits are seen from the outside, and together they make up a self-guided art tour in Inglewood.

When: Now until March 14
Time: Self-guided
Where: In Inglewood business windows, running along 9th Avenue between 10th Street and 13th Street SE
Cost: Free

Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for True North: Story + Symphony

What: This performance gives viewers the rare opportunity to hear the story behind the unique choreographed symphony by the CPO for the True North Festival in 2017, followed by a special encore presentation of this Canadian work’s premiere.

When: March 6
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Virtually
Cost: Free, with pre-registration

Do some good with ATB Up

What: Make the most of your days at home by making a difference. Each weekday until March 12, ATB releases a new, simple social challenge for participants to try. For every completed challenge shared or engaged with on social media (using #ATBUp), ATB will donate $1 to the province’s Mental Health Foundation.

When: Now through March 12
Where: From home
Cost: Free, with ATB donating $1 to the Mental Health Foundation for each share or engagement

Tee-off at one of the world’s best courses from Hotel Arts’ Golf Studios

Hotel Arts

What: Choose from simulations of more than twenty of the world’s best courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and Valderrama, and tee-off from your own private Golf Studio in downtown Calgary. Players can enjoy their own stocked carts with food and beverage service from Hotel Arts’ Clubhouse during the game.

When: Open daily
Time: Book one, two, three, or four-hour time slots from 8 am to 9 pm
Where: Hotel Arts
Cost: Starting at $50 for 55 minutes

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