If you can't beat it... might as well join it! Get those snow suits on and head to a tobogganing hill, and embrace that snow. Tobogganing is a great way to get the kids out of the house and stay active even during the colder weather. Getting cold and snowy also makes getting cozy by the fire with some hot chocolate feel THAT much better (it's good to look at the bright side- right?).
Did you know that in Calgary, you're technically not allowed to toboggan anywhere you please? The city has named the parks and greenspaces that offer safe and exciting hills, for anyone to enjoy.
A few safety things to keep in mind:
- Wear a helmet, always
- Dress properly for the cold
- If you're near the ponds, make sure they are completely frozen over before walking over them. Test before your kids start running around
The best tobogganing hills in Calgary
St. Andrew's Heights - 2504 13 Ave NW
A very long hill, you'll definitely need a bit of stamina to walk back up again and again, but a great ride for the thrill seekers. I think it's worth it, because many have called this the best toboggan hill in all of Calgary.
Royal Oak - 50 Royal Birkdale Dr. NW at the north side of the hill
A popular choice and local favourite, which makes it great to check out because the snow is already packed and the various rides are already set! There's usually some mini jumps on the hills, but they are a perfect size to be fun and not dangerous.
Confederation Park - 2800 10 St. NW at the north side of the park
Not quite as busy as the first two, but great because there's tons of hills to choose from of all different sizes. This is a great choice for a full day of winter fun, because there's great walking trails, 2 skating rinks, picnic area, and of course picture-perfect scenery.
Big Marlborough Park Dry Pond - 6021 Madigan Dr. NE
Great fun because the hill ends on a flooded lagoon, so after you go down the hill you'll slide forever on the ice. If you have some skates, bring them along and have a full day of fun outdoor activities!
Prairie Winds Park - 223 Castleridge Dr. NE at the north side of the hill
Some call this the Mother of all Tobogganing hills. Tall, steep, but also some small hills off to the side for the little ones. A great options if you have different aged kids, so that there's something for everyone!
Deerfoot Athletic Park - 14th Ave. and 16A St. NE
Marlborough Community Association - 636 Marlborough Way NE
Monterey Park - Catalina Blvd. and California Blvd NE at the NE corner only
Rundle (Dry Pond) - 4120 Rundlethorn Dr. NE behind Rundle Elementary School
Signal Hill - Sirocco Dr. and Signal Hill Hts. SW
This one made the top 5 toboggan hills in the Calgary Sun survey, enough said.
Glendale Park - 25 Ave. and 45 St. SW on the west side
Glendale Park doesn't get as much mention, but is definitely a local favourite. There's a good mix of big hills for the big and brave, and smaller hills off to the side where young kids can play.
Kingsland Dry Pond - Heritage Drive SW behind the Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas
Richmond Green - 33 Ave. and 25 St. SW
Sacramento Dry Pond - Sacramento Dr. and 104 Ave. SW
Scarboro - 15 Ave and 16 St. SW
Stanley Park - 4011 1A St. SW
McKenzie Towne - McKenzie Towne Dr. SE
Also called Elgin Hill, this is a popular choice and the largest run in the area (in total it stretches 295 feet!). From the top of this hill is a beautiful panoramic view of McKenzie Towne.
Maple Ridge Dry Pond - Mapleglade Close SE
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