With two Olympic size pools, a dive tank, indoor track and gym, the Talisman Centre has become the second most widely visited multi-sport facility in North America. Run by a the non-profit organization, the facility offers world class athletic development as well as circuit training, weight room, drop-in classes or personal training. I always enjoyed playing volleyball at the centre… there was no way the ball could hit the ceiling.
Tennis season in Calgary, is generally from May through October. The City of Calgary maintains about 160 tennis courts at 50 sites around Calgary. The courts are freely available on a first come, first served basis. However, players are asked to limit their time to 30 minutes if there are other players waiting.
In July and August rafting is popular on the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The Elbow is quite tranquil and is popular for tubing because in most places you can literally walk across the river. The Bow river is much wider, colder and has a strong current so rafts should be used in preferences to inner tubes. People have drowned on the Bow river, as recently as this year (2005), so understand the risks before having your fun.
For the Elbow River, start just below the Glenmore Dam, and sail down to Stanley Park or Lindsay Park. On the Bow, start at either Bearspaw Dam or Bowness Park, and float down to Princes Island Park. The Bow also has a weir (small dam) across the river, just below the Zoo. If you sail down this far, be sure to get to the right (south) bank where there is a portage across the dam.
Equipment: Please note that persons occupying a vessel while on Calgary waterways must wear a life jacket (personal floatation device). This City of Calgary By-Law is enforced by the Calgary Police Service in conjunction with the Calgary Fire Department. The Calgary Fire Department regularly patrols the Bow River in a power boat and persons not in compliance with the life jacket ruling will be subject to fines.
Calgary has ~580km of pathways and ~260 km of on-street bikeways. The most beautiful (and popular) routes are along the waterways (Bow river, Elbow river, Glenmore reservoir, Fish creek). In high traffic areas, there are separate side-by-side pathways for those on foot and those on wheels. The major routes are available year round as snow is cleared off 42 km of the pathway system during the winter months. You haven’t seen a dedicated cyclist until you’ve seen a small head lamp bouncing down an icy trail at 6am in the morning when the temperature is -25C. A map of the bicycle routes & pathways is available here.
The Village Square Leisure Centre is a great place to go with a family or with children. ITs an Activity Centre with a skating rink, fitness area, as well as a huge swimming pool with waterslides. The interesting thing about this pool is that every so often waves will start, and the entire pool simulates an ocean (in a less dramatic, less scenic sense).
Keep in mind I haven't been here for years, but when I was younger it was "the" place to be...:)
Equipment: Skating rink, Weight room, Swimming pool, Steam Room, Gymnasium, Gymnastic equipment, Library upstairs.
The whole city of Calgary seems has gone crazy over the Calgary Flames hockey team this year. Everywhere you look there are Flames flags and people dressed/painted up in red and white.
The main during and after game parties have exploded on 17th Avenue SW in Calgary. As the Flames have progressed further and further in to the playoffs, it now has gone nuts. For example, last night after the Flames won, around 20,000 people packed this steet cheeering and chanting.
This activity doesn't happen all the time, the last time the Calgary Flames made it this far into the playoffs was in 1989. I can only imagine what it will be like if Calgary wins the Stanley Cup.
*****UPDATE, after last game over 50000 people decided to party it up!!!!*******
Equipment: Lots to drink and plenty of red and white, as well as a good shouting voice, the noise is incredible.
This is the club I have worked part time at for over 2 years. It is a fitness club that specializes in squash, and even has a squash pro on site. However, most of the members don't even play sqhuash, and come for the fitness club and amenities it offers.
It is a higher priced fitness club located in Bankers Hall Downtown, and has a general area as well as an executive area with hot tubs, saunas and its own equipment (mens side and ladies side).
Its a great place if you want an upper scale health club, and if you say you know me, they will be extra helpful (either that or kick you out-I am known as the employee with theo loudest laugh and the most tasteless jokes...c'est la vie:))
Equipment: The busiest time of day here is before 9 am or during the lunch hour, due to the fact it is in the downtown core. But due to the fact that there are a variety of machines and classes provided, it is never a long wait to get onto a piece of equipment. There is also a swimming pool and free towl service. Laundry service is provided on request as well.
Unfortuntaley, it is a private club, so unless you know a member or have guest passes, you are unable to just drop in.
I have very found memories of the Calgary Stampede and for a great dose of western Canadian culture you should take it in.
There is more than the rodeo, but it is a huge event!!! It is usually in July each year. Follow the link I provided and you will see there is a lot of fun to be had.
I remember the intense summer heat!!!
Calgary has two major hockey teams -- The Calgary Flames and The Calgary Hitmen. The Calgary Flames are in the National Hockey League, and were acquired from Atlanta, Georgia in 1994. The Hitmen are in the Western Hockey League, which is a junior league.
The games are held in The Pengrowth Saddledome-- The building is a landmark in Calgary, with it's distinctive design -- like a saddle.
My husband and I are more fans of The Calgary Hitmen, as decent Flames's tickets prices have become almost unaccessible -- also the action is better with the Hitmen as they are looking to get drafted to the NHL. A single Hitmen ticket is about $15.00, where a Flames ticket in the "nosebleed" section of the Saddledome is $32.00; good seats going for around $100.00. With the Hitmen tickets, you can basically sit anywhere you want. Attend a Hitmen game to get more bang for your buck.
Calgary's football team started in 1909 -- that's football as in rugby. The team joined the CFL (Canadian Football League) -- as in American style football, in 1945.
You can now catch the Stampeders in action at McMahon Stadium during the summer into fall. Single game tickets are $27.00 to $55.00, and the big game to catch is usually the Labor Day Classic (held on Labor Day in September) where the Stamps play their arch enemies, the Edmonton Eskimos.
Take in a roughneck's game and witness Canada's official national sport....No not hockey, Lacross! You'll be delighted to see that it's usually much more violent than hockey and the fast paced action makes it fun to watch even if you aren't familiar with the sport!
Equipment: I recommend watching a game, so all you need is beer and peanuts.
I have always wanted to attend a pro hockey game and I got the opportunity to do just that this on New Years Eve (2002). The Calgary Flames played to a 1 - 1 tie against the Montréal Canadiens.
Equipment: Bring gear to support the team and warm clothes as it can get chilly in the Saddledome because of the ice
A Calgary Stampeders Football game is always fun. Especially when they win! But since this is Canada, may I suggest you come to an early season game or be sure to bring your woarm woolies as the season draws closer to the Grey cup (November). this year our beloved Stamps didn't do so well, but hey -- last year they won the Grey Cup so we can't be greedy now can we?
Equipment: A loud voice for cheering, a cushion to sit on... that's about it....
It's interesting to see the difference between the Canadian game and the American Game...it takes some getting used to but when you break it down to it's basic form, it's still football.
Equipment: Bring the appropriate clothes, hat, sunblock and a camera.
The venue of the Calgary Flames (Ice Hockey).
- Calgary Flames: www.calgaryflames.com
- Pengrowth Saddledome: www.calgaryflames.com/tickets_arena/saddledome.html or www.pengrowthsaddledome.com