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20 distanced activities in Calgary this week: February 22-28

If you choose to attend events outside of your home, adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including appropriate physical distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing, as recommended by health officials. If you are sick, please stay home.

The last week of February is finally just around the corner and it looks like we’ve got through the worst of winter – even though it’s Calgary, it’s very likely that we’ll still see snow in May.

YYC’s warm-weather streak is expected to continue (at least for a while). So make the most of it by checking out some of the many cool things to do outdoors in the city this week.

If being indoors is more your thing, there is still tons of fun to be had virtually and at a safe distance from others.

Northern reflections in Inglewood

What: Murals have been painted on the windows of local businesses and combined with music to create a unique art experience when viewed with the free augmented reality app, Augle. The art exhibitions are observed from the outside and together form a self-guided art tour in Inglewood.

When: Now through February 28th
Time: Self guided
Where: In Inglewood store windows along 9th Avenue between 10th Street and 13th Street SE
Costs: Free

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: Get an up-close look at the group of King Penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo.

When: Now until mid-March depending on the weather
Time: 10 am
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: Included in admission ($ 19.95 for adults and $ 9.95 for children)

Chinook Blast: Calgary’s Midwinter Round Up

What: Local artists illuminate downtown winter weekend nights at the Chinook Blast Hub with art and light installations. Snap photos of outdoor installations, warm up the fireplace, and take a safe and rechargeable walking tour.

When: February 19-21 and February 26-28

Time: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Calgary and the surrounding area

Costs: Free

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure in the Bridgeland neighborhood – from a full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Arctic Adventure activity stops include Human Curling, Peony Plaza Rodeo, Stairway to Heaven, North Safari, Gnome Village, and more.

When: February 12th to March 31st
Self-guided, with an ice bar from Bridegland Distillery, which is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm
Where: For details of the entire Bridgeland community, see the map
Costs: Free unless you buy a drink from the Ice Bar

WinSport Tube Park

What: The Snowtubing Hill at WinSport is the fastest of its kind in western Canada and has eight lanes. Get an adrenaline rush with this outdoor activity that is fun for all ages.

When: Saturdays and Sundays depending on the weather
Time: 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Where: WinSport (88 Canada Olympic Road SW)
Costs: $ 20- $ 25 per person

Exposure Photography Festival 2021

What: There are tons of ways to get to know the 190+ artists featured at the Alberta Photo Festival this year, whether you want to do it outdoors, behind your car window, in person, or from the comfort of your home.

When: February 1st to 28th
Time: Varies by event, check the schedule
Where: Calgary, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and online
Costs: Varies depending on the program

Fort Chinook

What: The Victoria Park BIA has partnered with local company Big Art to bring Fort Chinook to life. The glowing fortress consists of over 100 cubes, which are illuminated in a night light show with different colors.

When: February 13-28
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Hotel Arts Ground Floor Parking Lot (119 12th Avenue SW)
Costs: Free

Skate on one of Calgary’s many ice rinks

What: There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor ice rinks in YYC this winter. Skate on synthetic ice in Deerfoot City, try the new ice rink in North Glenmore Park, take part in a unique winter sport on e-bikes in Bowness Park, or slide around on one of the Calgary-operated ice rinks in town .

When: The opening times vary depending on the location
Where: A variety of locations – find a list of City of Calgary operated ice rinks online.
Costs: Free of charge, with no rental fees

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

What: Warm up with some cocoa from a local cafe or restaurant. The 10th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest brings creative and unusual flavors to a classic drink and supports Calgary Meals on Wheels.

When: February 1st to 28th
Different places
Costs: Varies depending on the location

Spark Science from Home

What: The TELUS Spark Science Center offers a variety of fun and educational options online, from virtual programs and home dome movies to cereal science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: The programming varies, find out more on their website
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: Varies depending on the program

Cross-country skiing on the East Village Nordic Loop

What: Dust off your skis and do a few laps of the 1km East Village trail that runs alongside Fort Calgary and the Bow River. If you get cold, check out the hygge hut and fire pits to warm up.

When: The Nordic Loop is open daily (Hygge Hut and fire pits are open and illuminated on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
Time: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: In the field next to Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE)
Costs: Free

Visit Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you are in a tropical paradise in downtown Calgary at Devonian Gardens. Stroll the promenade, admire the plants and ponds, and grab a bite at the food court.

When: Every day
Time: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fourth floor of the CORE Mall (400-317 7th Avenue SW)

Visit the National Music Center’s Amplify platform

What: Amplify serves as an extension of the NMC’s on-site programming via an online hub for the sounds and stories of music in Canada. Take a virtual tour of the museum, browse articles about the extensive collection of historical musical instruments, devices and memorabilia, and learn more about the power of music for healing and wellbeing.

When: Start on February 24th
Where: Online, from the comfort of your home
Costs: Free

Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase

What: To celebrate the Year of the Ox, the Chinatown BIA has placed five life-size ox ice sculptures across the community. Each of the sculptures is colored differently to blend in with the culture of Calgary and Chinatown.

When: February 12-28
Where: Five locations along 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue SE, and Center Street and 4th Avenue SE

Costs: Free

Glenbow from home

What: Take a virtual tour of Glenbow’s extensive collection and galleries with changing exhibits and allow yourself to be cultivated without leaving home.

When: At any time
Where: Online, available from Glenbow’s website
Costs: Free

Kensington love

What: Kensington Love is a series of outdoor activations in the community. Take a self-guided art walk and explore over 30 installations and murals, warm up by the fire pits (weekends only), and snap some photos with fun artwork.

When: February 1st to 28th
Time: The fire pits are open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm, and the art tour is self-guided using the Kensington Art Walk Map
Where: Fire pits are located on Kensington Plaza (1133 Kensington Road NW) and the art walk is primarily along Kensington Road and 10th Street NW
Costs: Free

Country Music Alberta Awards Show

What: Celebrate our many amazing local artists with the 10th Annual Country Music Alberta Awards. The evening will be hosted by singers George Canyon and Mariya Stokes, with performances by some of Canada’s best emerging and established country talent. The prizes are awarded in 21 categories.

When: February 28
Time: 19 o’clock
Where: Online via the CMAB YouTube channel
Costs: Free

Look at the high park

What: The High Park offers views of the city center, adorable fairy lights, colorful picnic tables and funny signs to take pictures of – on a parking garage in the Beltline. Take a winter picnic six stories above street level and snap some cool photos while you’re at it.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The top level of Center City Parkade at 340 10th Avenue SW

Calgary Zoo Pub Quiz Night: Love for Animals

What: Test your knowledge of creature advertising and head to the Calgary Zoo for an adults-only evening of dinner, drinks, live quizzes, and prizes.

When: February 26th
Time: Entry to the zoo from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., three rounds of quizzes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Costs: $ 60 + GST

Bundle up and go sledding

What: There are tons of great tobogganing hills in Calgary. So why not act like a kid again and fly down the snow on a toboggan run? Check out The Rise park on St. Patrick’s Island or visit one of Calgary’s many exciting hills.

When: The opening times vary depending on the park
Where: City of Calgary Hills can be found online – a variety of locations
Costs: Free

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