Econo Lodge South
7505 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Phone: (403) 252-4401
Fax: (403) 252-2780
Step out of your comfort zone and experience the thrill of learning a new skill while getting the benefit of a cardio and muscle workout at the Calgary Climbing Center. This indoor climbing facility fosters a safe environment while allowing challenges, whether climbing rocks, boulders or using their gym facility. Build teamwork skills where as one climbs, the other acts as guide. The Calgary Climbing Center is a good place for increasing stamina, strength, building social skills, and has become a favorite hang-out for schools, corporate events, parties or even families that like to climb together. Please contact for more information.
Kart World Family Fun Centre features go-karts, an 18 hole computerized miniature golf course (it plays pranks on players at every hole), bumper boats (perfect fun for hot days), and a black-lit maze for Lazer Tag. There is also a picnic area, a video arcade and a snack bar. Kart World is happy to book parties for large groups, including corporate and birthday parties, and barbecues are available on request. This is a perfect venue for the children and the childish. Check website for rates. Hours vary seasonally.
Parents and children flock to Southland Leisure Centre, a massive family-oriented sports and recreation center to scream down the two twisting, diving water slide chutes, while toddlers use a much tamer third slide. For alternative thrills, one can throw oneself into the massive artificial waves that wash across the wave pool. The leisure center also has twin ice-skating arenas, an exercise room, a sport hall for badminton, basketball or volleyball, racquetball, squash courts, and a gymnasium that features a rock-climbing wall.
The Peacekeeper Park is located at Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This local park features play area for kids, a playground and is really a fun place for kids.
The Sarcee Seven Chiefs Sportsplex is Calgary's most loved indoor skating rink. Opened in 1977, this complex has decades of experience behind it and can feel the pulse of the skaters. Vacation camps are held for those who would like to learn how to skate. Adults and youth can take part either in rink hockey or ice hockey; however one must note that the rink is open only from September 15th to April 15th every year.
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.
This beautiful wildlife reserve is located in the Inglewood area of Calgary, covering 36 hectares (88 acres) and is popular for bird watching. The reserve is home to over 270 species of birds, various plant life and 27 species of butterflies. The flat and relatively easy walking trails are ideal for families or school outings and wind around a peaceful lagoon with lush foliage. Be aware that dogs, bicycles and bird food are not permitted, so plan your trip accordingly.
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.
Calgary Soccer Centre is one of the largest indoor soccer facilities in North America and the hub of indoor soccer in this city, with seven artificial turf pitches under two roofs. The pitches are set up similar in design to ice hockey rinks, with boards and player boxes. There are spectator stands on the mezzanine level and a coffee/snack counter that comes in particularly handy for parents of children with Saturday games. Call to know more.
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.
It is believed that a family that eats together stays together. However, at the YMCA the belief is somewhat different; a family that plays together stays together. This non-profit organization conducts several cultural and sports activities all year round. These activities not only act as a bonding medium in the community, but also help to improve its overall fitness. The facilities offered here include a fitness club, a family center, steam room, a gym and a swimming pool. Visit the website for further details.