Baby it’s cold outside — but that’s just a precursor to the warmth you’ll feel when you experience the mix of romance and recreation this winter.
If Calgarian couples didn’t go outside when it got cold, we would only have about a third of the year with which to play. Fortunately, it takes more than a cool breeze or a little snow to keep us inside, and as a result, there’s plenty of people in the business of providing fun and fantastic things to do during the cold winter months.
The best part? You don’t need to drive across town or into the core to find something to do; there’s plenty to do in south Calgary and its surrounding area. Regardless of budget, time of day or pastime preferences, here’s a list of fun, outdoor activities to share with someone that already makes you feel warm on the inside!
Skate with a Mate at an Adopt-A-Rink
If you haven’t heard about Calgary’s Adopt-a-Rink volunteer program, then you’re either missing out or paying too much of a price to get out and skate! Calgary’s Adopt-a-Rink is a winter volunteer program that pairs up volunteers with public rinks to ensure they are maintained throughout the year for anyone who would like to use them for pleasure skating.
Right now, there’s over 25 adopted rinks in the South alone, and more than 150 volunteers ensuring the general public can get together to enjoy one of Canada’s most natural, and fun pastimes.
Grab a thermos of your favourite holiday beverage, grab a loved one and head down for a romantic evening skate. Just choose one close to home using the following link: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Volunteer/Adopt-a-rink-program.aspx
Take a Slow Snow Stroll in Fish Creek Provincial Park
Fish Creek Provincial Park is a popular showcase of mankind and wilderness coexisting in harmony, within a serene environment that gets even more quiet during the colds months.
Stretching across the southern part of Calgary, it’s easy to access by foot, car or public transport, and with 80 kilometers of natural and paved trails, it’s a wonderland for hikes on foot, in snowshoes or even on cross-country skis. Whether you find a trail made by those before you, or create your own fresh tracks, you are almost guaranteed to spot some Canadian wildlife along the way, as you enjoy romance and serenity amidst a beautiful winter wonderland backdrop.
The magical mix of outdoor activity and frozen landscapes should be enough to put anyone in the mood for love, just make sure you dress warm!
To plan your route, check out this link for trail maps and entry points: Fish Creek Trail Map
Festival of Lights: Spruce Meadows
We aren’t even going to mention the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market as a place to take a date in South Calgary, but only because those of us who go there every year are starting to have to park further and further away from the entrance as it grows in popularity… (but seriously, it’s great family fun if you haven’t been).
After the sun goes down, the amazing Christmas light display goes on, and from 5pm – 10pm every night (excluding Christmas Day) you can witness the stunning display of more than 250,000 lights from the warmth and comfort of your car, or walking arm-in-arm with the one you love.
Create a playlist of holiday tunes to play in the car as you take in the spectacle, and fill a thermos with your favourite holiday beverage, or, if you want, you can always grab a hot chocolate and baked treat within the warmth and comfort of Founders Plaza.
It’s all free and it’s all happening right now! Click this link for more info.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Horse Ride
A horse-drawn wagon on a snowy winter’s eve is about as romantic and festive as it gets — but who has a horse-drawn wagon these days?
Horsin’ Around, that’s who! http://www.horsinaround.ca/
They are a private company in Calgary’s SW offering horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the holidays. A private ride will run you a little over $200, but couples can join a group ride for about $20/person.
Rides last about 30 minutes and include complimentary hot chocolate and a warm fire for cuddles before and after dashing through the snow on a two-horse open sleigh. Enjoy the crisp air, city skyline and the chance to experience something most of us have only seen in pictures.
Does Anyone Toboggan Anymore?
Yes! There’s plenty of places to go sledding in Calgary’s south, and what’s better than adding some thrills and excitement into the mix to get your hearts pumping early into the date?
For those people who don’t have access to a hill in their neighbourhood, there are plenty of public parks deemed safe and fun for toboggans of all sizes (and kids of all ages)! Grab a sled, and some warm clothing, and enjoy an excuse to hold on tight.
Check out this link for a comprehensive list of approved hills in the area.
Regardless of whether you are young, or just young at heart, we hope you’ll stick around the south this winter to share the love of the region and love of the season with someone you love to spend time with!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Brookfield Residential!