Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

If you’re a local to Calgary, chances are you already know what the best time of the year to visit it is. It’s the Scotiabank Saddledome Winter Classic. The “Frozen Four” of the Western Conference Playoffs takes place in mid-January. And if you live within range of the Saddledome, chances are you’ll be there enjoying this legendary occasion every January 13th and 14th. If you’re planning a trip to Calgary for the first time or just trying to change your vacation routine, read on for things that will make your time there one that you won’t forget!

Go to Calgary’s Natural History Museum.

The Calgary Natural History Museum is home to some of the world’s most exciting and important archaeological and paleontological discoveries, including the remains of an ancient shoreline in the Calgary Shellmound and the head of an Ice Age mammoth. For anyone who is fascinated by history, archaeology and museums, the natural history museum is a must-visit destination. You will be able to explore a lot and learn about truly fascinating things. Museums are bound to be interesting, and this one will not disappoint you.

Explore the Calgary Stampede.

The Stampede grounds are a beautiful piece of the natural landscape, with bison and other wildlife. If you love nature, the horizon and landscapes, the stampede should be one of the places to visit in your itinerary.

Take a drive up the Bow River.

The Bow River is one of the city’s most popular recreational waterways and one of the most beautiful. Take the scenic route up the Assiniboine and Bow River from downtown to get a true view of the city from above. Going on a drive can only be enjoyable if the route is beautiful and scenic; watching the river flow is an experience you would not want to miss out on.

Celebrate Winter at Pommes Frites.

Pommes Frites is a French delicacy that evolved from potatoes. The fries can be served plain or with your choice of sauces, but a popular favorite is the tomato basil. Also popular are the cheese fries and the black forest fries. Having hot crispy fries in the winter can be amazing, and you want to experience that when you are in Calgary.

Eat, drink and have fun in a covered square.

When the weather gets cold, it’s time to cozy up to the fire and discuss the to-dos of the winter season with your friends. The traditional way to do this is to sit in a covered square. Many pubs and hotel lobby areas have these, where you can exchange stories and keep warm while waiting for your friends to arrive. You can have some drinks and food and have conversations with your friends, which can be a simple yet amazing memory.

See the Northern Lights from Canada Place or any other place you can find.

The Northern Lights are an essential part of the winter scenery in many parts of the world. The city of Calgary is fortunate enough to see these lights from Canada Place and Scotiabank Saddledome. Canada Place is a large outdoor public park directly above the Bow River and next to the Olympic Village in east Calgary. Northern lights are well-known fascinating natural phenomena, and everyone should see them at least once in their lifetime, so if you are in Calgary and have the chance at it, do not miss it.

Drink Old Fashioned Scotch in Calgary

If you’re lucky enough to be in Calgary during the Scotiabank Saddledome Winter Classic, you’ll definitely want to check out the Calgary Stampede. If you can’t make it to the game or want to try an old-fashioned drink with your friends, the Stampede’s Grand Ole Smoky Stinson’s is the way to go. Trying different drinks can be fun, especially when it’s a local variety and popular. You can choose many things from this list of stuff to do in Calgary.

Find Indoor Group Activities

There are tons of exciting and unique activities to do during the winter months. When it’s freezing outside, and you want to stay in, be cozy and still have a fun and exciting time, you can engage in fun indoor group activities. The advantage of indoor group activities is that you don’t have to be out in the cold and be uncomfortable; you can have all the fun you want within your comfort zone.

The Scotiabank Saddledome is one of the most recognizable venues in all sports, and it’s home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city for the winter Classic, visit the Saddledome and take in one of hockey’s historical games. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting time in Calgary, you can always find indoor group activities that you can participate in with your friends and family, even in freezing winters.