Spending time outdoors doing winter sports and activities is a great way to keep yourself busy, stay active and have some fun. Skating and skiing are both classics, and now there are new ways to experience them. No matter which new activities you try, remember to follow current pandemic restrictions and guidelines, including staying two metres away from those outside your household.
You’ve heard of ice skating, but have you heard of ice bikes? At Bowness Park, users can sit and pedal the ice bikes like they would a typical bike, the main difference being that there are skate blades around the back tire and taking the place of the front tire. To try one, simply head to the skate shop to rent one for half an hour ($12) or an hour ($20).
Bowness Park, 8900 48 Ave. N.W., calgary.ca
If you like cross-country skiing, be sure to check out the new Nordic Loop in East Village. Bring your skis and check out the groomed cross-country ski loop that stretches one kilometre and has its own waxing station. Snowshoeing is also welcome at the Nordic Loop.
6 Street and 8 Avenue S.E. (main entrance), evexperience.com
You may have tried some of Calgary’s outdoor skating rinks before, but have you checked out its new ice trails yet? Skaters can now go for a spin on a new 1.6 km ice trail at Bowness Park and a new 730-metre ice trail at North Glenmore Park.
Bowness Park, 8900 48 Ave. N.W. and North Glenmore Park, 7305 Crowchild Tr. S.W., calgary.ca