Cross-country trails in Calgary

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Did you know Calgary has trails specifically for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing? You may find some trails to do so in the following places: West Confederation Park – Foothills Nordic Ski Club, in partnership with The City is exploring the opportunity to provide cross country skiing. South Glenmore Park – maintained by Calgary Parks. Typically trackset on Wednesdays. Bowness Park – maintained by Calgary …

Recent Changes to City Services and Facilities

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Based on the new provincewide public health measures & restrictions announced on December 8, some services offered by the City of Calgary are being temporarily impacted. Public Transit Bus services and C-Train are open but running with a reduced number of trips and frequency. Get the latest updates on changes to Calgary Transit service. Watch our Smart Tips video and …

Elbow Island Park Public Art Project

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In Calgary, Elbow Island Park is located near the community of Mission in Southwest Calgary. Currently, some permanent, functional artworks done by local/national artists are being built into the existing park infrastructure. This new area of artwork is called ‘The Wandering Island’. It will feature 6 pieces of art including: The Staircase – Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett Ephemeral …

Mount Norquay opens early for 2020-2021 season

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Banff’s Mount Norquay is welcoming skiers already starting October 24! The Oct. 24 kickoff to the season is the earliest in the ski hill’s 95-year history. Mount Norquay will be open seven-days-a-week and all visitors will be required to pre-purchase lift tickets. But, reducing the spread of COVID-19 is still a priority. Once you arrive to the ski area, there …

Tobogganing and Sledding in Calgary

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

Tobogganing, or sometimes called sledding is one of the most popular winter activities in Canada. Tobogganing is sliding downhill over snow on a toboggan. The word “toboggan” is a noun as well as a verb. When it is a noun, “toboggan” is a long narrow board or sled shown in the picture above. It’s not quite winter yet in Calgary …

Government of Alberta invests $43 Million towards Provincial Parks

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information, Updates

The Government of Alberta announced on Tuesday a plan to invest $43 million in Alberta’s parks, including almost half a million dollars ($480,000) for improvements at Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary. This investment will enhance, repair and protect Alberta’s provincial parks while creating more than 290 jobs when they are needed most.  The money will be used to improve …

Reopening of the Glenmore Dam Pathway

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

The City of Calgary announced the reopening of the Glenmore Dam Pathway! During the past few years, construction for the Glenmore Dam has been happening in order to Increase the lifespan of the dam Increase our water supply resiliency to better manage low river flows in the winter and high river flows in the spring. Improve recreational experience for pathway …

Build a Book Bag Expanded to More Age Groups

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Calgary Public Library has been offering a program called “Build a Book Bag”. Recently the Library has decided to expand this free Library service. Along with ordering custom book recommendations for adults, you can now choose book bags for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, and teens! Learn about how to join the program here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/08/24/build-a-book-bag-calgary-public-library/ Now the newly-added function to …

Wordfest Calgary Sep – Dec 2020

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Last Thursday, we explored the importance of reading in one of our “English Learning Tips” articles. In this article, let’s take a look at this event happening in Calgary right now, which is perfect for kindling (or rekindling) your passion for reading. Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that produces one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place …