Well, the Stampede is over – we’ve enjoyed the deep fried Oreos, turkey legs and other unhealthy (but oh so delicious!) fair food, but now it’s time to get back into our regular workout schedule.
And what better time of year to be active? Calgary is beautiful in the summer, with a variety of activities for anyone to enjoy, whether it’s walking, running or biking through one of the city’s scenic parks or canoeing or swimming in a local lake. If you’re looking for some fun ways to get active and enjoy the summer months, read below for our list of the top 5 workouts to do this summer in Calgary.
1. Explore the Parks & Pathways
If you love the outdoors Calgary has a ton of options for you! The City of Calgary landscape boasts more than 8,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas and more than 15 local, provincial and natural environment parks for you to walk, hike or bike through regardless of what side of the city you’re on. For a full list of Calgary parks, the best thing to do is a Google search of “Calgary Parks.”
And of course you can always explore the rugged mountain trails in the outskirts of the city, whether it’s a quick trip to Elbow Falls, or heading to Kananaskis Country, Canmore and Banff National Park less than an hour’s drive away.
2. Be Adventurous
For more of an adventurous workout, be sure to head over to Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park (COP). During the summer you can bring your bike and try out their challenging mountain bike trails, get on the summer bobsleigh, go zip lining, get on their skyline luge and wrap it all up with some mini golfing with the family. If you’re looking to really workout the upper body, try your hand at rock at climbing inside or outside at the Calgary Climbing Centre or at the University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre.
3. Enjoy the Water
Need to cool off? Whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor water workout, Calgary has you covered! The City of Calgary has more than a dozen indoor or outdoor swimming pools, and our city has some of the nicest rivers to go rafting or swimming in, such as the Elbow River or Lake Sicome. Of course you can always check out some of the gorgeous lakes and mountain scenery heading outside the city to spots such as Quarry Lake in Canmore, Johnson Lake in Banff or Herbert Lake in Lake Louise. If you’re not much of a swimmer but still like the water, try canoeing with the Bow Waters Canoe Club or rent a boat or take sailing lessons with the Glenmore Sailing School on the Glemore Reservoir.
4. Walk or Dance at a Festival
Calgary has a lively festival scene in the summer months. Whether you like walking and shopping or moving to the music, you won’t want to miss any of the great summer festivals coming up, such as the Calgary Fringe Festival July 29-August 6, Taste of Calgary in Eau Claire August 11-14, or Expo Latino August 5 & 6 in Prince’s Island Park. for a full list of festivals go to visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/festivals.
5. Go Running
If you really want to get your blood pumping, taking a run is a sure way to do it. Calgary has a very active running community, and why not? With the many choices in scenic parks and trails it’s one of the best places to get your cardio on! If you’re looking for a beautiful solo run head to Memorial Drive or Prince’s Island Park downtown, Fish Creek in the south or Nose Hill in the north. If you’re looking for fellow runners, check out The Running Club for your nearest location, look for a running group on MeetUp, or join a run or race happening every other week!