Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
2120 16 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1L4
Phone: (403) 291-4666
Fax: (403) 291-6498
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.
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.
A recreational zone, this city-owned pool also offers twin ice arenas servicing mainly local hockey teams, as well as a large gymnasium and a fitness studio. But the real draw is the five-acre indoor waterpark and its feature waterslide, the Pepsi Thunder a six-storey high climb with a twisting descent. There are four other slides, as well as two hot tubs, a dive tank and a wave pool churning out meter-high play waves. There are kiddie pool areas for toddlers also.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.