Canada Olympic Park sees year-round action. The site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games today still welcomes training and competing athletes as well as thousands of adventure-seekers to its slopes every year. In winter, take to the snow for cross-country skiing and snowboarding, and in summertime, enjoy mountain biking, bobsledding and an exhilarating downhill flying-fox ride.
Driving in to Canada Olympic Park from downtown Calgary, it’s impossible to miss the epic 90-metre-tall ski jump looming over the skyline and not-so-subtly hinting at the action that awaits you at this family-friendly adventure park. The site also boasts the largest half-pipe in western Canada – a snowboarder’s dream come true – and a great ski school that caters to visitors of all ages and skill levels.
If you’re visiting during the warmer months, you won’t be at a loss for things to do, either, with electrifying bobsled rides on a real Olympic track (this is available during the winter, too) and excellent mountain-biking trails. The world’s longest luge course is here as well, boasting more than 50 twists and turns that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Little ones will love the 18-hole miniature-golf course, and adrenaline junkies can get their fix soaring through the air at speeds as fast as 120 kilometres per hour on North America’s fastest zip-line (flying fox).
While in Canada Olympic Park, sports fans won’t want to miss the chance to visit Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which appropriately celebrates the country’s greatest sporting heroes. The institution features more than 50 interactive exhibits and 95,000 athletic artefacts. All up, Canada Olympic Park is the perfect spot for a day of all-in-one holiday action and the chance to experience an exciting landmark of Olympic history. It’s just a 20-minute drive west of the city centre (off the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway). Or you can take direct bus route 408 from Brentwood CTrain Station.