Tobogganing, sledding, and snow tubing are fun and active outdoor winter pursuits that many families love to partake in. It’s a family activity that everyone can enjoy, whether you like a peaceful slide or you like the wind in your face. Here’s where to satisfy your need for speed on the snow in and around Calgary.
Note: please remember to take safety precautions when you go sledding to prevent injuries to yourself or others.
City Parks That Allow Sliding
We know that not everyone agrees with or abides by it, but we would be remiss if we didn’t inform you that Calgary has a bylaw that allows tobogganing and sledding only on the following 22 designated hills within the city. Sledding anywhere else within city limits is against the bylaw and could land you a $100 fine. The bylaw does not apply to private, provincial or federal land. Find out about more about sledding in Calgary.
Big Marlborough Park – dry pond: 755 Madeira Dr. NE
Deerfoot Athletic Park: 1503 16 Ave. NE
Marlborough C0mmunity Association: 636 Marlborough Way NE
Monterey Park: 2707 Catalina Blvd. NE (northeast corner only)
Prairie Winds Park: 223 Castleridge Blvd. NE (north side of the hill)
Rundle – dry pond: 4120 Rundlethorn Dr. NE (behind Rundle Elementary School)
Thorncliffe/Greenview: 5600 Centre St. NE
Bridlewood: 20 Bridleglen Park SW
Glendale Park: 2225 45 St. SW
Kingsland – dry pond: 505 78 Ave. SW (behind Rose Kohn/Jimmy Condon arenas)
Richmond Green: 2539 33 Ave. SW
Sacramento – dry pond: 10404 Sacramento Dr. SW
Scarboro: 1737 14 Ave. SW
Signal Hill: 2063 Sirocco Dr. SW
Stanley Park: 330 42 Ave. SW
McKenzie Towne: 160 McKenzie Towne Dr. SE
Maple Ridge – dry Pond: 1127 Mapleglade Close SE
New Brighton: 1750 New Brighton Dr. SE
Confederation Park: 2807 10 St. NW (north side of the park, immediately west of Rosemont Community Centre)
A variety of hills to choose from, a meandering stream, quaint bridges and beautiful scenery make Confederation Park one of the best places to spend a winter day.
Hidden Valley: 10504 Hidden Valley Dr. NW
Royal Oak: 9100 Royal Birch Blvd. NW
This hill is perfect for families with small children. The hills are not too long or steep and there are some gorgeous 360-degree views of the surrounding area on the top!
St. Andrew’s Heights: 2504 13 Ave. NW
Any snow-covered hill around town can be used for tobogganing. Locals will tell you to visit the Spray Meadows Hill behind the Banff Springs Hotel or the Cascade Ponds on Minnewanka Road. Both sites are unsupervised, so please have fun, but take care. Toboggans and sleds can be rented or purchased in town if you were unable to fit one into your luggage. Find more info about tobogganing in Banff.
Check ahead at these locations, as changes have been made and not everything is open.
Whether you’ve never touched skis or a snowboard or just want to try something different, snow tubing is a great way to get down the hill. Here’s where to find an official tube park near Calgary!
Featuring 8 groomed lanes (some designated for single riders, some for groups) and its very own magic carpet, the WinSportTube Park is now the largest tube park in Western Canada!
Tickets to the Tube Park, which is located on the east side of WinSport’s main hill, are available for those at least 4 years of age and at least 36 inches tall.
Children between 36” – 42” tall are permitted to tube with a parent or guardian. Children over 42” tall may use all of the lanes on their own. Children under 36” are not permitted to ride.
Where: Tube Park at WinSport
Address: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, AB (east side of the main hill)
CLOSED FOR 2020/21 – Nakiska
Nakiska’s 3-lane tube park is open between 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets are valid for just 2 hours, so don’t purchase until you’re ready to start sliding. If you have a lift ticket, be sure to show it for a discount on your tube park ticket. Kids under 5 slide free with a paying adult.
Kids must be at least 42″ tall or 3 years old to ride in the tube park.
Where: Nakiska Ski Area
Address: 3 Mount Allan Drive, Kananaskis, AB
The snow tube park at Mount Norquay, the only one of its kind in the Banff area, has a snow tube rope tow and large sliding lanes to go slide down with your family. The tube park also has a smaller sliding area and a kids play area so there’s even more to do on the tubing hill for your little ones.
Kids must be at least 42″ and 4+ to be in the tube park.
Where: Mount Norquay
Directions: Head west on Highway 1, then take the second Banff exit, turn right on Mt Norquay Road.
TBA – OPEN AS CONDITIONS ALLOW – Lake Louise Ski Resort
Located at the base of the mountain, guests can grab a tubing ticket from Guest Services, make their way to the beginner carpet area, get a tube and spend the day riding the 4-lane ‘Sunny Tube’ run.
Kids must be at least 3 years old to ride in the tube park.
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Address: 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB