Built for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is home to many fantastic year-round activities for sports enthusiasts and the whole family. The spot is located in the city’s southwest, just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and near the city limit. No car? No problem: there is a direct bus route from downtown Calgary—route 408 Valley Ridge. As our list below proves, it’s worth the trip.
WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park takes this great family activity to a higher plane, offering some of Calgary’s best views of the Rockies from a professionally designed outdoor 18-hole course.
• Mini golf at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, summers only, book via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• $10 individual, $8 each in groups of 12 or more, $6 kids under 6, $30 family
Explore the unique terrain at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park by taking a lift to the mountain bike trails. Using the ski area’s chairlifts, mountain bike enthusiasts have access to 11 trails with options for all skill levels. There are green-rated trails with pump tracks and dirt jumps, as well as expert-level black-rated trails with all kinds of challenges.
• Mountain biking at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, summer only
• Map of summer bike trails [PDF]
• Free with admission
Soar from the highest vantage point in Calgary—atop WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park’s ski jump tower—on what is said to be North America’s fastest zipline. Riders fly down the unique cable system in a comfortable harness, reaching speeds between 120 and 140 kilometres per hour.
• Zipline at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, summers only, reservations: 403-247-5452
• $60 individuals, $50 each in groups 12 or more
Skiing and Snowboarding
Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park is proud to have the only superpipe in the country that’s within city limits. The superpipe is measured to match the exact size of the halfpipe that athletes will face at the Olympics. The park is a great place for skiers and snowboarders to sharpen their skills and enjoy winter sports without leaving the city.
• Skiiing and snowboarding at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, hours of operation, halfpipe specs, 403-247-5452
• Price list
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Though not officially connected to Canada Olympic Park, Calgary’s main sports museum is located on the same grounds. The 40,000 square-foot building promotes the importance of sport within the nation’s culture, and has fun interactive exhibits like the Be a Goalie and Be a Catcher three-dimensional simulations.
• Canada Sports Hall of Fame, 169 Canada Olympic Rd. SW, 403-776-1040, sportshall.ca
• $12 individual, $10 seniors, $8 youth, free for children under three, for group rates click here
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Take a ride where the famous Jamaican bobsled team competed in the 1988 Olympics. Piloted by a professional driver, individuals can twist down 14 turns and hit a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour on a course that continues to develop Olympic champions. There is even a track that operates all summer long!
• Bobsleigh at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, hours of operation for summer ride and winter ride, 403-247-5452
• $169 individual, $149 each when in a group of 12 or more
The year-round airbag training facility at Canada Olympic Park is used by ski-jumpers to practice in the summer. A bag is placed at the base of a jump and filled with air, absorbing the shock when landing. Spanning over 55 feet in length, the new airbag training is the only facility of its kind in the province. Members of the public can try it out on Saturday and Sunday.
• Airbag training centre, Saturdays and Sundays, or by private appointment by calling 403-247-5968
• $25 individual
Cross Country Skiing
Canada Olympic Park offers some of the best cross-country skiing in Calgary. Explore more than two kilometres of groomed trails, some of which are lit for night skiing. The variable terrain here is ideal for both classic and skate skiing, and trained professionals are available to help those who need a little coaching.
• Cross country skiing at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, hours of operation, 403-247-5452
• Free with admission
Hockey, Ice Sports and Skating
The 500,000 square-foot Athletic & Ice Complex is the home of Hockey Canada, Winsport and the head offices of close to 20 national and provincial winter sport organizations. The facility offers a variety of year-round skating opportunities for the public over several rinks.
• Hockey and skating at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, 403-247-5452
• Ice booking directory, equipment rental information
Ski Jump Tower Tours
Ride a glass elevator to the highest vantage point in Calgary to experience panoramic views of the city skyline and the Rocky Mountains from the observation level of the Ski Jump Tower. This is the perfect diversion for those taking a break from the park’s athletic activities.
• Ski jump tower tours at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, from May to October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, 403-247-5452
• Prices vary depending on activity. See costs here.