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Category Archives: Staying Active

September 30, 2017 0

While there is no shortage of stunning spaces to get your Calgary fall fix, the peaceful beauty of a tree-lined street this time of year is a must-do. Aside from sheer splendor, canopy trees bring a host of other benefits to a neighbourhood, including shelter from the elements (hot and cold) for pedestrians and bikers, reductions in stormwater runoff and increased property values. Here are some areas in Calgary well-known for their tree-lined streets – definitely worth checking out at this time of year:

• Riverdale Avenue (and the houses here aren’t too shabby to look at either)
• Mount Pleasant
• Bridgeland
• Westgate
• Willow Park
• Brentwood
• Chinook Park
• Bowness

Be sure to bring a camera!

Category : Staying Active

August 30, 2017 0

We are big fans of the McHugh Bluff stairs! But….they can get busy at times. So, for the stair workout-loving reader, we’ve compiled a list of alternate locations in Calgary that you can hit up to get your glute burn on. Happy climbing!

• Battalion Park, Signal Hill (behind the Superstore/Indigo)
• Bow Bottom Trail, towards Deer Run
• Bowness/Greenwood Village stairs
• Brittania/Sandy Beach – can be tricky to find
• Crescent Heights/Sunnyside
• Edgemont – just off the parking lot of the Edgemont Community Association
• Edworthy Park & Douglas Fir Trail
• Elbow Park – just behind the Glencoe Club
• Scotsman Hill
• Weaselhead/North Glenmore Park

Category : Staying Active

December 14, 2016 0

With shorter days, longer nights and colder weather, it can be more than tempting to stay warm and cozy indoors and relax on our fitness regimen a little (or a lot).
But why stay cooped up in your house when there are so many options for fun indoor and outdoor activities here in Calgary? Our city offers some of the widest variety of fitness opportunities in the country. Below are just some of the ways you can get out and active during the holidays!

1. Head to Calgary Olympic Park:
Calgary Olympic Park’s year-round facility offers a plethora of both outdoor and indoor activities the whole family can enjoy!
• Get your skates and head to COPs indoor rink! Public drop-in skating is available seven days a week and the prices are great, ranging from $2.99 for children and seniors to just $5.99 for adults. They even have a family pass for $14.99, which includes two adults and children.
• Love sledding? COPs tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, featuring 10 lanes, each 200 metres in length. It’s also located on the main hill so you can easily take advantage of nearby washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities.
• Of course if you’re looking for a local or beginner/intermediate place to go skiing and snowboarding with family and friends, COP is convenient and fun! The hill features a beginner area, a beginner park, a terrain park and even a super pipe!
• If you love hockey, COP has drop in shinny games every Tuesday as well as every other Friday. You just ned to be 18+, have all you own equipment and a helmet to play! They even host adult rec hockey if you’re looking for more of a team experience.
• If you’re more of the adventurous type, COP also has bobsleigh and luging!
Visit the COP website for more details on prices, hours of operation, regulations and more.

2. Try Cross Country Skiing, Skating or Tobogganing
The city of Calgary has a host of great places to take your family for skiing, skating and tobogganing, no matter what side of the city you live in!
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing can be done in any park, plus there are several dedicated cross-country skiing tracks available in and around Calgary. visit for more details.
There are plenty of city-run outdoor rinks, as well as community and volunteer-run rinks throughout our city. Visit to find out more about one near you!
Kids and adults alike love tobogganing and sledding, and Calgary’s foothills landscape provides an abundance of great hills to choose form! Check out for more info.

3. Head to the Mountains!
We are very lucky to be living so close to some of the most scenic mountain ranges in North America, and they also lend themselves to some great activities too!
Skiing/Snowboarding; Take a day-trip to one of Banff area’s three great mountains for some skiing and snowboarding! Visit the Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine Village for more info on hours, prices and more!
If you’re looking for something a little different, try snow tubing at Mt. Norquay, or snowshoeing at Sunshine Village or Lake Louise, in Marble Canyon, or to the Paint Pots. Visit for more info!

4. Get Active Indoors
Of course, Calgary has some great year-round facilities for the whole family too. So if you’re looking to stay warm but still get active, check out any of these great places this winter:
• Test your footwork at the Calgary Soccer Centre
• Practice your tennis swing at The Tennis Academy or the Osten and Victor Alberta Tennis Centre
• Take a swing at the National Golf Academy
• Climb to new heights at the Crux Climbing and Bouldering
• Bounce on fun interlocking trampolines at Extreme Air Park

Category : Staying Active

September 27, 2016 0

Hiking and fall go hand in hand. The trails are quieter and more peaceful. The imagery is stunning. The air is crisp. And for those days when you don’t have the means to head to the mountains, there are a ton of fantastic urban hikes right within the Calgary city limits. Here is a list of our favorite local hikes:

1. Bowmont Park: take Silver Springs Boulevard to the end, and you’re at the edge of Bowmont Park. This off-leash hike offers spectacular views of the Bow River, and even includes a waterfall.
2. Edworthy Park: on the other side of the Bow River is Edworthy Park. This park has it all: playgrounds, picnic sites, a dog park….and of course, biking and hiking trails.
3. Fish Creek Park: Fish Creek Park has the honour of being the second largest urban park in Canada. With 80 kilometers of trails (30 of which are paved), there is no shortage of park to see. Fish Creek is also home to Sikome Lake, The Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre, artisan gardens and the upscale dining establishment, The Ranch.
4. Nose Hill Park: Calgary’s largest municipal park, spanning more than 11 square kilometers and bordered by twelve residential communities, has no shortage of hiking trails. While the off-leash dog park sections of Nose Hill Park can get busy, the more remote areas of the park are often empty.
5. Weaselhead Flats: a former military training ground, the park was actually shut to the public following the 2013 floods upon the discovery of a number of undetonated explosives. The park has since been declared as safe by the Department of National Defence….however park visitors are instructed to call 9-1-1 if they see something that looks like an explosive. Explosives drama aside, this is a beautiful spot to spend a crisp fall day.

Happy hiking!

Category : Staying Active

August 15, 2016 0

During these summer months, what better way than to take a dip in the pool to get some exercise?

Whether it’s on your own or as part of a swim class, not only is swimming a great way to cool off and have some fun, but it’s also one of the most efficient and strain-free ways to exercise! Swimming has been shown to build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps maintain a healthy weight, tones muscles and builds strength. And it’s fun for the whole family!

If you’re looking for some places to swim in Calgary, look no further! Here are the top five places for you and your family to go swimming in Calgary:

  1. Calgary has outdoor swimming pools located throughout the city, here are a few of them:
  2. Calgary YMCAs have some of the largest indoor swimming pools in Calgary. Visit this site for a full listing of YMCA swimming pools.
  3. Post-Secondary institutions in Calgary also offer public swimming. Check out the SAIT Aquatic Centre, Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre websites to get started!
  4. The City of Calgary has more than 10 swimming pools for you to enjoy year round! See the full list here.
    • Bowview Outdoor Pool – 1910 6 Ave. NW
    • Highwood Outdoor Pool – 25 Holmwood Ave. NW
    • Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool – 2310 6 St. NW
    • Silver Springs Outdoor Pool – Silverridge Cl. & Silverridge Dr. NW
    • South Calgary Outdoor Pool – 3130 16 St. SW
    • Stanley Park Outdoor Pool – 4011 1A St. SW
  5. Calgary Lakes and Beaches: Calgarians are lucky enough to have a host of both natural and man-made lakes to choose from. Some of these include Edworthy Park, Sikome Lake, Bowness Park and Sandy Beach.

Category : Staying Active

July 25, 2016 0

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

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!

Category : Staying Active

June 3, 2016 0

Tomorrow, June 4th, is National Health and Fitness Day!  Bill S-211, the National Health and Fitness Day Act was passed in December 2014, and the first National Health and Fitness Day was held last year!  National Health and Fitness Day is an initiative to make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth!  Canadians are encouraged to mark the day by visiting their community centre, participating in a local event, heading to the park as a family, or simply going for a walk.  There is no shortage of fun ways to be active in Calgary.  Get Up, Get Out and Get Active!

Category : Staying Active


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