It doesn't matter if you like to participate or spectate, there's some serious sports action in this town. Enough to pack a weekend any time of year.
Choose your sport, get your tickets, and watch one of Calgary's sports teams in action. Don't forget your big foam finger.
If you're here during hockey season (September to June), watch the Calgary Flames go head to head with another team, or watch future pro superstars in action at a Calgary Hitmen game.
Like football? Join the throngs of armchair quarterbacks at a Calgary Stampeders game. They play from July to November. If you love spending a summer evening watching a baseball game, check out the Calgary Vipers. They're pitching and catching all summer, from May to September.
If you like things rough and ready and it's between January and April, get your tickets to a Calgary Roughnecks game and see why everyone's buzzing about lacrosse. It's fast and furious, no question.
Not at the game that night? Head to one of the sports pubs in the city and kick back with a cold one while you watch your favourite team. Check out Peanut's Sports Pub (9030 Macleod Trail S.).
Are you a golfer? Then take your pick – you'll find golf courses in every area of the city. Start at McKenzie Meadows Golf Course (17215 McKenzie Meadows Drive), 18 holes designed by renowned architect Gary Browning. Or head out of town, west along Hwy. 1 to Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore, where you can work on your handicap right in the midst of the mountains. Up for another round? Go south on Hwy. 40 to Kananaskis Country Golf Course.
We talk about the slopes a lot, but there's also a ton of cross-country skiing around here. If you want to hit the trails without leaving the city, visit Canada Olympic Park or check out the city parks and golf courses.
West Bragg Creek, in Kananaskis Country, has over 45 km of groomed trails just waiting for you – head south on Hwy. 22 and take the roundabout west on Balsam Avenue, then turn left to continue on Township Road 232.
Head deeper into Kananaskis Country and you'll discover all kinds of options. Stop in at the Canmore Nordic Centre for trail maps and advice about the most scenic routes. You won't believe your eyes.
Mountain Bike Mania
Lucky for Calgary's mountain bikers, you don't have to go far to find a good trail. Nose Hill, Fish Creek, and Bowmont Parks all have designated mountain bike trails, little pockets of nature right in the city.
The mountain bike park at Canada Olympic Park boasts lift-access trails with plenty of teeter-totters and drops (there are also runs for all levels, from newbie to experts-only).
A little way out of town, at Moose Mountain, you'll find a network of trails for all riders, no matter what the level. In between the jumps and drops you'll encounter some spectacular views from some of the trails. To get there, go south on Hwy. 22 to Bragg Creek, then take Hwy. 66 to Moose Mountain Road.