Explore the Diverse Neighborhoods of Airdrie with These Winter Activities
February 6, 2023
Summer might be months away but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate or stay inside while waiting for the snow to melt. With all the outdoor winter activities in Airdrie, you can easily find something exciting to do in and around this thriving city. Whether you prefer a leisure walk throughout one of the numerous scenic and diverse neighbourhoods, or skating at any one of the ice rinks, Airdrie has an endless list of exciting winter activities for people of all ages.
Airdrie, a city north of Calgary with a population of over 78,000, boasts 1,599 acres of park land and 130 kilometers of paved pathways. From the first snowfall to the final melt, residents and visitors can enjoy a winter season full of fun things to do like walking or jogging along the expansive paths, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or spending time with family and friends while building a snow person, making snow sculptures, or creating their own artistic masterpiece with snow paint.
For adventure seekers who enjoy Airdrie winter activities like zipping down a hill on a toboggan, the city boasts three official toboggan hills including Chinook Winds Regional Park, Coopers Crossing and Osborne Park.
Throughout the city, residents can strap on their skates and enjoy ice skating at any one of the six boarded rinks, four snowbank rinks and three natural ice surfaces.
As the February long weekend fast approaches, there will be plenty of things to do in Airdrie in winter. February’s Family Day long weekend is promising to be an exciting three days.
Starting on February 18, Chinook Winds Regional Park is hosting a full day of fun Airdrie winter activities including outdoor axe throwing, horse drawn wagon rides, cross-country ski demonstrations, tobogganing, outdoor ice skating, a snowbank treasure hunt, dog activities for the furry family members and many more entertaining adventures. A DJ will also be on hand to play electronic music with a smoke show. A variety of food and drinks will also be available from several local vendors.
Nook Creek Park will also be hosting a skating party on February 18 from 3-6 p.m. The Kidsport skate shack will also be open and offering free helmet and skate rentals. A DJ will be at the park throughout the day to play lively music while hot chocolate is served to help skaters warm up.
Iron Horse Park will open for their annual Frostbite Run on February 20. The run is expected to be held from 11 a.m.-3 pm, weather permitting. More information will be available on the park’s Facebook page.
Plainsmen Arena will be hosting exciting outdoor winter activities in Airdrie during the Family Day long weekend. On February 20, the park will be hosting its annual Funky Family Day Skate. Skating enthusiasts of all ages can go to the arena to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating to a retro-rink vibe with laser lights and smoke haze.
Although the Christmas season is behind us, Airdrie’s Festival of Lights, which runs yearly from December 1 to 31, is a spectacular walkthrough display that includes festive light displays, special features, miniature trains, a large poinsettia arch, Santa’s gift shop and a cozy bon fire where visitors can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while warming up. A kids only shopping area, exclusive to children only, lets the little ones shop for presents for their loved ones from local artists and businesses.
For those looking for a variety of things to do in Airdrie in winter, this rich, vibrant, and diverse city between Calgary and Edmonton has plenty of exciting activities, festivals and attractions throughout the city for people of all ages.