Calgary Holiday and Tourism Guide

Calgary Holiday and Tourism Guide
Known as the "Heart of the New West," Calgary is a clean cosmopolitan city situated at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Though Calgary is home to more than a million residents, the wilderness is just at arm's reach. If you are visiting Calgary during the winter holiday, keep these fun activities in mind for you and your family.

Learn a New Winter Skill

The University of Calgary's Outdoor Center offers many winter programs and classes in the Calgary area and the Kananaskis country. You don't have to be a student at the university to participate in these courses. If visiting the Calgary region during your winter vacation, why not learn that winter skill you've always wanted? Choose from winter backpacking skills and safety courses, winter climbing, winter gear repair and tuning courses or a winter sport, such as backcountry skiing or snowboarding, kite skiing or boarding or take your telemark skiing to the next level and become a certified telemark instructor. Take a course on your own, as a family or with friends. There are also youth programs available.

University of Calgary Outdoor Center
2500 University Drive N.W.
(403) 220-5038


Climb Out of the Cold

The Calgary Climbing Center has two locations. Both offer plenty of walls to climb with routes set for all levels from first time climber to those just practicing in between expeditions. Calgary climbing offers courses for adults, youth, birthday programs and drop-in climbing too. The Stronghold location (downtown) has 34 ropes and more than 70 routes, including two automatic belay machines, in case you are stopping in without a partner. Downstairs is a workout and stretching room, upstairs is a bouldering area. The other location called Chinook has a huge bouldering cave with hundreds of holds. The climbing area has 45 ropes and a 40 foot lead wall.

Calgary Climbing Center (Stronghold)
140 15th Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2M G6
(403) 276-6484

Calgary Climbing Center (Chinook)
6-7130 Fisher Rd. SE, Calgary
AB T2H-0W3
(403) 276-6484


After playing in the snow or working your moves on the climbing wall ,your mind may be elated but your body will probably be in need of some TLC. Treat yourself to a half- or full-day at a spa like the Mountain Oasis Retreat. This spa won the Consumer's Choice Award in 2008 and 2009 for Business Excellence. It offers a steam room, pool, water slide, whirlpool and work-out facility and private showers with the price of spa services. Spa services include massage therapies, body wraps, facials and waxing, hand and feet treatments and combinations. Couples treatments are also available, making for the perfect holiday gift to your special someone.

Mountain Oasis Retreat
8220 Bowridge Crescent, NW
Calgary, AB, T3B 2B1
(403) 202-4412



Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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