Activities for arm-chair athletes – and the athletic kind of athletes
Many know Calgary as the gateway to Rocky mountain adventures. You’ll find just as much excitement as a participant or spectator within the city limits. Rock climbing, bull riding, hockey, mountain biking, lacrosse and every kind of snow and ice sport are the local specialties.
Head to McMahon Stadium to watch the Calgary Stampeders take on their fiercest rivals. Look for Quick Six the touchdown horse running down the sidelines after the Stamps score, catch a mini-football, join in the tailgating festivities and cheer hard and loud for the Red & White!
They shoot, they score! Head to a Calgary Flames game to see your National Hockey League favourites in action. When the Calgary Flames score a goal at the Scotiabank Saddledome, actual flames shoot up toward the ceiling.
Are you looking for a hard-hitting, action packed way to spend your winter? Cheer alongside some of the fiercest lacrosse fans in the league at one of the most exciting games in the City of Calgary.
Open to spectators and horse enthusiasts from around the world, this picturesque complex has captivated the worldwide audience of the sport of show jumping.
You don't have to go far to find a place to reel in your catch of the day. Calgary's Bow River is world-renowned for its trout fishing, and you'll find other great trout-filled lakes in the area.
Skate on the ice of Olympic champions. The Olympic Oval is a world class speed skating and high performance sport facility offering more than 50 public skating sessions on a 450 metre ovalice surface.
Floating on the Elbow River
Grab an inflatable boat or air mattress and sit back to enjoy scenic views of the City of Calgary while floating on the inviting Elbow River. The Elbow River float is a relaxing summertime ritual in Calgary. Be safe, wear a life jacket.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Imagine floating high in the air over Calgary, taking in the city skyline, Rocky Mountains, and rolling foothills. Enjoy the hot air balloon ride as you take in this unique perspective.
Shaw Millenium Park, heaven for skateboarders
You’ll find stairs, roll-on rails, ledges, bowls, half-pipes, a fun box, roll-ins, wall rides and even a 30’ full-pipe at the largest skate park in North America. From beginner to expert, with more than 88,000 sq. feet of concrete to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Whether your idea of excitement is being atop a galloping polo pony in pursuit of the ball or closer to the ground as a divot-stomping spectator, sprawling over 200 acres along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the Calgary Polo Club is worth checking out.
Calgary Climbing Centre
Go ape as you dangle, scale, and ascend the Calgary Climbing Centre’s two indoor climbing gyms. If Mother Nature‘s playground is your preference, Rocky Mountain climbing tours will fix any adrenaline craving.
Grab your mountain bike and hit the 25km of trails hard and fast at Canada Olympic Park. Most of them point downhill, so hold on tight! Get lots of runs in as a high-speed chairlift takes you back to the top.
Biking, Walking, Running the Trail System
With over 500 km of pathways within Calgary’s city boundaries, walking, jogging, and cycling are the most popular activities on the city's pathways. People of all ages enjoy for exercise, recreation and/or commuting to and from work or school.
Glenmore Reservoir - Sail/Canoe/Kayak/Bike
The Elbow river that flows beneath Glenmore Trail, past Heritage Park and around the bend to scenic Weaslehead Flats not only provides half a million Calgarians with drinking water, it also provides a plentiful source of family summer entertainment including sailing,canoeing, kayaking and biking.Biking, walking, running the trail system.