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Alvalee asked:Answer this1 AnswerAlistair answered:Plenty of choices for you in the summer, though note that a lot of the outdoor activities that you can set up through local outfitters will take you out of city limits and toward the mountains, trails, and streams of places like Canmore and Banff National Park. Calgary itself, though, offers plenty of outdoor options and boasts hundreds of miles of local biking and hiking trails. For starters, I'd head to Canada Olympic Park, which offers summer bobsleigh rides (on wheels instead of ice), zipling, and a network of killer mountain-bike trails. Nose Hill Park is another urban park with trails that you could hit with bike rental from one of Calgary's outdoor shops. If you're into fishing, you cast a line into the Bow River right near downtown. As I said, other outdoor options include rafting the Bow River and climbing trips in the Rockies, though these will take you out of Calgary proper and out toward Banff (where I hope you're also headed, as it's an amazing part of the world!). Are you in town for the Calgary Stampede? That's a fun time.
Laura asked:Answer this1 AnswerAlistair answered:You don't have to look far to find winter activities in the Calgary area, Laura. For starters, check out the Calgary Outdoor Centre (http://www.calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca/) for info on winter activities including guided snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing lessons, ice climbing, and more. The city's Canada Olympic Park offers snowboarding and skiing (including Canada's only superpipe within city limits!), plus other activities including ice skating, cross-country skiing, and bobsleigh rides. Of course, Calgary is the gateway to the Rockies and some of the continent's best skiing up around Banff and Lake Louise (here's a roundup I wrote recently for Away.com: http://blogs.away.com/travel/2012/12/best-alberta-canada-ski-resorts.html). One last winter excursion to consider is a dog-sledding tour with an outfitter like Howling Dog Tours (http://www.howlingdogtours.com/). Hope this helps. Have fun out there!