5 Fun Things To Do in Calgary During Winter

5 Fun Things To Do in Calgary During Winter

By Claire Lee

Calgary is definitely the place to be when the winter season rolls around. Its geography allows for some thrilling activities that you can do with your friends and family

In this article, we listed the best activities to try in Calgary during the cold seasons. Let’s dive right into it. 

1. Downhill skiing and snowboarding

For the brave-spirited, skiing and snowboarding are one of the most exciting activities to do come wintertime. It’s a good thing these activities are a major part of the Calgarian lifestyle during the winter. 

There are so many great places for skiing and snowboarding in Calgary. WinSport Canada Olympic Park, for example, has the perfect slope for beginners and it’s just within the city. 

Another one is Nakiska that also has some great slopes. Skiing lessons there are offered even to kids as early as preschool and nursery

So if you have little ones, you can bring them along because you know they’ll be guided well. As they say, start them young. 

They’ll surely have fond memories skiing and snowboarding that they’ll remember as they grow older. 

2. Relax in the hot springs

For the adults most especially, this is one of the best things to do when it’s cold. Just imagine soaking in the hot water and feeling its therapeutic effect on you as your worries melt away. 

Banff Upper Hot Springs, in particular, is a bit of a drive away from Calgary.  It might take you a little more than an hour to get there. 

It’s worth it though because the water is so relaxing and rejuvenating. It’s a great place to bring a date too. 

3. Dog sledding

This is an activity you should tick off your bucket lists. Howling Dog Tours offers dog sled adventures during December to April, so make sure to take advantage of that when you can. 

You can help harness the dogs and drive the sled, you’ll be guided all the way. You’ll get to see amazing trails and scenery and get to take pictures of your grand adventure. 

Tickets usually cost around 240-249 CAD for adults, 125 CAD for young ones aged 6-9 years old, and 62.5 CAD for kids aged 2-5. 

Breathe in the crisp mountain air and feel the thrill of dog sledding through the Canadian Rockies. This is surely an exciting activity that’s for the books. 

4. Ice skating

Calgary has abundant parks to skate in. You can try outdoor skating in Bowness Park and Olympic Plaza

Whether you’re a beginner skater or an expert, you’ll definitely have a good time skating in Calgary. Take note, however, that hockey nets and sticks are forbidden on outdoor rinks for safety reasons. 

5. Tubing

Tubing is the perfect family activity. You can go to Servus Tube Park where they have eight lanes for you to enjoy sliding in. 

Remember to get your tickets online in advance, and make sure to book quickly because slots fill up fast. You can bring kids from ages 4 onwards. 

Keep in mind that you have to bundle up and wear face coverings to protect yourselves from the cold weather. 


The winter time is a perfect time for exciting activities. After all the fun, it will be great to cozy up with cups of coffee or tea from cafes in Calgary. 

Grown ups can even go for a drink at the pubs, sports bars, and rooftop bars to warm themselves up. Winter is truly a magical time in the city of Calgary, so make sure to enjoy it and make the most out of it. 

Did we miss any more fun winter activities? Let us know in the comments! 

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