Sometimes family adventures call for some specialized equipment, but there’s no point in investing big bucks in stuff you’ll only use once. Gear rentals save you money, storage space and can also let you ‘try before you buy’. They’re also great for your out-of-town visitors who can’t bring all their own stuff.

Here’s where you can rent sporting equipment and outdoor gear in Calgary:

NW

University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (2500 University Drive NW): this great place rents everything from skis to snowshoes, ski sleds, winter clothing and even avalanche safety equipment.

Sports Rent (4424 16th ave NW): Billing themselves as “For Sports of All Sorts”, they carry a big selection of winter gear. Think skis, snowboards, snowshoes, ski wear, skates and hockey equipment AND the luggage box you need to get it all on the car!

SW

MEC Calgary (830 10 Avenue SW): MEC rents gear for alpine tour and cross-country skiing (including avalanche safety equipment), snowshoeing, ice climbing and winter hiking (like crampons). Reservations are highly recommended for weekends and holidays.

Rapid Rent at Outlaw Sports (903 Heritage Drive SW): Rapid Rent rents downhill and cross-country ski equipment, snowshoes and ice skates. Think of Rapid Rent as your non-motorized winter sports rental shop!

Bow Habitat Station (1440 17a St SE, Calgary AB) rents snowshoes so you can explore beautiful Pearce Estates Park (on the south bank of the Bow River) without slogging through the snow!