Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
2231 Banff Trail
Calgary, AB T2M 4L2
Phone: (403) 289-1921
Fax: (403) 282-2149
The Foothills Athletic Centre is replete with sports and fitness facilities. From eight tennis courts, four soccer fields, long jump pits to running tracks, they also have provisions for lesser popular sports like javelin throw, pole vault and discus throw. Call ahead for event bookings.
Whether your idea of outdoor adventure is a multi-day mountain expedition or an afternoon of in-line skating, the Outdoor Program Centre at the University of Calgary will have you outfitted. The center offers everything from hiking trips to cross-country ski outings, first aid courses to bicycle repair clinics, and sea kayaking tours to avalanche survival training. Its rental department loans out equipments of all kinds, whether you need a camping stove or a canoe. Prices are reasonable and the staff seems to know everything about everything.
Olympic Oval, one of the sites of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, continues to be a solid attraction for tourists. The massive silvery-white roof that covers this huge building on the University of Calgary campus is an engineering and architectural marvel. The facility remains the fastest speed skating track in the world, with records routinely shattered at World Cup competitions staged each year. Several national teams, including Canada's, train here, offering fans a chance to have very close brushes with the skating elite. The track is regularly open to the public for skating on regular or rental speed skates. Visit website for more details.
Located at the base of an escarpment created by an ancient and much mightier Bow River, Douglas Fir Trail is part of the Edworthy Park. Picnic and playground areas are suitable for families or larger groups, and a running or cycling path tracks closely to the river. The trail is a reasonably short but strenuous hike up and down a series of steps and walkways placed between the bases of beautiful, towering fir trees. The northern part is open open for the trails while southern parts are closed now.
Situated the westend of downtown Calgary, the Shaw Millennium Park is one of the hugest entertainment venues in Alberta, which easily accommodates thousands of visitors at a time. Claiming to be the biggest skatepark, it is no wonder that festivals of international caliber are held here throughout the year. Maintained by the Calgary Recreation Department, this park has a concrete skating rink which is frequented by children during winter. With well-facilitated basketball courts and family park, this place has definitely helped keep kids off the streets.
Situated close to the Bow River Pathway, the Edworthy Park is public park. Formerly, a part of the sandstone quarries, the area was later transformed into a splendid green stretch by the City in 1962. Today, it features facilities like BBQ stands, a playground, picnic shelters and separate picnic areas for groups. Here, you can sit all by yourself and enjoy the serenity or simply gang up with your friends for a day picnic.
Statistics say that Prince's Island is one of the most used urban parks in North America. Come here on a sunny day and you will not doubt it. Originally, the island was used to catch felled trees floating down the Bow River from logging projects upstream. Now this bit of serenity in downtown serves as a favorite venue for joggers, football tossers, family picnics, flocks of Canadian Geese, buskers, Shakespearean actors and nearly every major festival that Calgary hosts. This is also a great place for a quiet paddle down the river. Admission is free. Open daily from 6a.
With winter dominating the Calgary climate scene, summer sport enthusiasts are often forced to retreat indoors. Calgary Climbing Centre - Stronghold offers year-round climbing for those wintry days when the real mountains are just too cold. The Stronghold boasts an impressive area of climbing including bouldering caves and 30 climbing walls of varying difficulties. The facility comes complete with showers, change rooms and equipment rentals. The qualified staff also offers a range of instruction for adults, youth and corporate groups. do call ahead to plan your visit.
Winding its way from the Rocky Mountain's all the way to the Alberta foothills, the Bow River is an expansive waterway. Along its route, the river passes through Calgary and is a popular outdoor recreation spot for city dwellers. Many walking paths and scenic vistas can be found, as well as tourism companies that offer kayak rentals, fly fishing trips and much, much more.
After decades in operation, this semi-private club course has a seasoned, mature feel to it in comparison to the courses surrounding it. The course plays from four different tees with total lengths ranging from 5,376 to 7,051 yards. The course winds along the Nose Creek Valley, and water comes into play on several holes. Since Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club is semi-private, there are some access restrictions for non-members. To round out the experience, the facility boasts a driving range, putting greens and a fully stocked pro-shop.
Calgary boasts the largest pathway system in North America. Nearly every day of the year, regardless of the weather, you can find Calgarians running, walking, riding, rolling and even skiing along 223 miles (360 kilometers) of paths. The network twists its way through countless municipal parks, alongside rivers and reservoirs, past skyscrapers, into valleys and through mini-forests, fields of wildflowers and other surprises. Use of the pathways is absolutely free. Maps are available from several outlets.
Thorncliffe-Greenview Community Association is a recreation and socializing space for the residents of Calgary. This center provides racquetball courts, four lane bowling alley, baseball courts, an outdoor hockey rink and tobogganing hill where people can enjoy varied sports activities. Other entertaining activities such as craft fairs, private parties and dance shows are also hosted here. Their lounges and meeting rooms with top-quality catering services are the perfect venue for planning any kind of event. But the weekly fund-raising bingos held here are the ones that cannot be missed!