Written by Calgary's Child
Weather permitting, these outdoor rinks are free and open daily during the winter season.
Bowness Park, 8900-48 Ave NW, Skate on the lagoon in Bowness Park. The bonfires at the lagoon's edge help warm up frosty fingers and toes.
Marlborough Community Association, 6021 Madigan Dr NE
Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd NE
Olympic Plaza, 228 - 8 Ave SE This downtown ice rink is open for skating, 10 am-9 pm daily. Ice Friends - These Calgary Parks & Recreation leaders and volunteers are on-duty weekends to help tie skates, lead games, and ensure a safe, enjoyable time is had by all. Watch for Ice Friends every Fri, 6-9 pm; Sat, 1-4 pm & 6-9 pm; and Sun, 1-4 pm. Free Skating Instruction - Experienced skating instructors are at the ice rink to offer basic skating assistance to the public, every Sat & Sun, from 11 am-1 pm.
Thanks to volunteers, many city neighbourhoods maintain outdoor rinks during the winter. Call your community association for locations.
Whatever the weather, you can skate at Calgary Parks & Recreation's indoor arenas, offering a variety of drop-in public and family skate times. For arena & skating information, call the 24-hour Playline at 311
Many of Calgary's parks have trails for cross-country skiing. Try:
- Beaverdam Flats
- Fish Creek River Park
- Sandy Beach
- South Glenmore and
- Weaselhead Natural Area
- Maple Ridge Golf Course
- Shaganappi Golf Courses.
Provided by Calgary Parks & Recreation