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Ice Skating Winter Outdoor Activities

Rip across a frozen pond like Wayne Gretzky. Try a figure-skating-inspired spin. Or glide hand-in-hand with a sure-footed pal. Whatever your ice skating style, you’ll feel super Canadian doing it. • Pond skating: Hear the slice of skate blades on the thick, frozen ice of a mountain lake or prairie pond? That’s what Canada sounds like. • Only here: Try out the “fastest ice in the world” during public skate times at Calgary’s Olympic Oval, where Olympic speed skaters train. 
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MacDonald Island Park

Fort McMurray, Alberta

MacDonald Island Park continues to evolve as a location for one of Canada's premier recreation experiences. Included in that evolution is the newly opened Shell Place that includes SMS Equipment Stadium (sport and performance stadium), a Baseball Stadium, a badminton centre, indoor turf field house, and conference spaces. The Aquatic Centre features five water slides, lazy river, spray park, Olympic-sized swimming pool and two hot tubs. Workout in the state-of-the-art Total Fitness Centre, or go for a skate on one of two NHL-sized hockey arenas. Don't forget to check out the new climbing wall and the indoor playground.

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Bill Hunter Arena

Edmonton, Alberta

Located in Edmonton’s west end, Bill Hunter Arena has one indoor ice surface and seating for seating for 1,600, plus 200 standing. The arena hosts numerous tournaments and there is a concession and large lobby area for in between games.

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JBS Canada Centre

Brooks, Alberta
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Perfect for a day of leisure, fitness and fun! The JBS Canada Centre features an elaborate aquatic centre with a waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, spray features, hot tub, steam room, sauna and so much more! If swimming isn't your thing you can find many other things to do in the gymnasium, field house, fitness centre, multipurpose rooms, arena, curling rink and indoor play space.

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Pinnacle Hockey - Canadian Hockey Player Experience

Canmore, Alberta

Experience hockey, the iconic and beloved winter sport of Canada. Hear what it takes to be a hockey player. Put on all the layers of hockey gear. With skates, helmets, puck and stick, step onto the ice rink and experience the thrill of playing hockey. Score your first goal! All equipment and coaching is provided in this two-hour experience.

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Ice Magic Festival

Lake Louise, Alberta
2019-01-17 To 2019-01-27 MST

Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists from around the world skillfully combine gruelling physicality with precision artistry in an ice carving competition.

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SnowDays

Banff, Alberta
2019-01-17 To 2019-01-27 MST

The annual SnowDays Festival is the highlight of the winter season in Banff and Lake Louise. A month-long celebration held during January and February, the festival features a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture and winter adventure.

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Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-18 MST

Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running February 8-18, 2019 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2019, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza.Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the Winter triathlon or speed skating events. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones. The festival activities are as diverse as the people who call the Northern community home.

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