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Winter Acitivities for Calgary Visitors

After lacing up to start the season in late October, the Calgary Flames continue to heat up the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, taking on the toughest teams in the NHL through early April. The Flames host heated rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, twice in late December – December 27th and 31st – and then again on January 31st, promising physical matchups hockey fans won’t want to miss.

Join Flames fans in celebrating a win or nursing the pain of defeat by heading to the Red Mile after the game. Located along 17th Avenue SW, this iconic strip of shops, restaurants, and bars is the place to be on game night.

Calgary also makes a great launch pad for an outdoor adventure this winter. The community of Banff and the adjacent Banff National Park are popular cold-weather getaways, just over an hour west of downtown Calgary.

Lake Louise and the surrounding area of Banff National Park are truly a sight to behold. Sheer, snow-covered mountains surround visitors, rising high above gentle slopes covered in Douglas fir, white spruce, pine, aspen and balsam trees. Winter fun includes snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice-skating and hockey on the lake, and, of course, skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Area – the largest ski area in North America.

Even closer to Calgary yet less crowded with tourists, the community of Canmore also offers a few ways to hit the slopes. Nakiska ski area, just south of Canmore, boasts 28 runs over 750 acres of skiable area.

Of course, you don’t even have to leave Calgary to get into wealth of winter fun at the Canada Olympic Park. Built to host the 1988 Winter Olympics, the facility now welcomes athletes of all ages with ski and snowboard lessons, hockey lessons, and and bobsled and luge rides on the original Olympic courses.

Families flock to the 2014 Winter CARnival at the Gasoline Alley Museum in Heritage Park, December 27th through January 4th. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but New Year’s, the event is set to excite visitors young and old with seasonal specialty games like milk jug curling, snowball toss, and more.

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Calgary and Southern Alberta Events

October 2014

October 3, 2014 - April 9, 2015
2014 Calgary Flames Hockey

The Calgary Flames of the NHL take the ice for select home games at the Scotiaband Saddledome as they compete for the Stanley Cup. Face off times vary by game.

December 2014

December 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015
2014 Winter CARnival

Visit Heritage Park in Calgary for this fun-filled celebration featuring winter-themed games, crafts, ice skating, and so much more. The carnival start times vary by day.

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