Getting outdoors is good for you anytime, but especially in 2021! Walking has been my go-to in the last year, but that attraction only lasted about 30 seconds with my children. We’ve gone skating, enjoyed fire pits, and used bribery in the form of walking for slurpees. As winter slows down here, the Parks Foundation Calgary and the City of Calgary have partnered to bring you Embrace the Outdoors, with some unique options beyond the sledding hill or the skating rink.
Until March 31, head to Bridgeland for an Arctic Adventure! It’s an adventure course and scavenger hunt, designed to get you outside, safely enjoying winter. The 7.5 km adventure course could take you more than 2 hours to complete, making this a great weekend destination, but you can do as much or as little as you like.
Young kids will love the Phoenix Foundation Hay Maze and Music Wall, located at 320 19 St SE, Calgary. You can simply show up and enjoy the hay maze and music installation. Find out more here: Phoenix Foundation Hay Maze.
Head to the 9a Street Park in Bridgeland, at the corner of 4th Ave and 9a Street NE, for the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Winter Wonderland, and enjoy a mix of sport, art, activity, and leisure. As amenities such as lighting and fire pits have been added around the rink, people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the outdoors at all times of the day.
Fort Calgary is closed, but they are offering Self-Guided Indigenous Audio Tours. These self-guided audio tours were created for the community to learn about the broader significance of the site on which the museum currently sits and you can access the audio tour here: www.fortcalgary.com. The tours are situated along the river near the Fort Calgary Museum at 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary. There will also be signs around the site so that people can scan a QR code and access the tour.
If you’re looking for more walking tours, check out the Chinook County Historical Society and find a whole list of options, including virtual experiences.
Whatever you’re up to these days, it’s time to get outside! Find more information on Embrace the Outdoors here: www.facebook.com/ParksFdnCalgary
Interested in more information about Parks and Pathways in Calgary? Find it here: www.familyfuncanada.com.
Photos: Parks Foundation Calgary