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Discover Alberta, Canada’s
High-Energy Sports Scene
No visit to Alberta, Canada would be complete without attending a hockey game. Boasting two National Hockey League and two Canadian Football League teams, the province is well known for its hockey fever. Visitors soon learn that high-energy spirit is contagious. Take in the excitement of a Calgary Flames game or cheer on the Edmonton Oilers. There is no greater thrill than watching the clock wind down while two fierce teams compete for the winning goal in overtime. If you’re lucky enough to see a game when the Flames and Oilers face off against each other, you’ll witness what’s affectionately known as the Battle of Alberta. Winter may be dominated by hockey, but many visitors also enjoy watching curling, basketball and volleyball. Football fans see plenty of action from the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.
The Scotiabank Saddledome is home to the NHL Calgary Flames, the WHL Calgary Hitmen and the NLL Calgary Roughnecks. With seating for over 19,000, it hosts over 150 events per year. See an exciting hockey game, attend an ice show, or watch world-class tournaments. The Saddledome hosted events for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and has been the site of the Canadian Figure Skating Championship, National Lacrosse League Championship games, the NHL Entry Draft, and other major sports events.
Rogers Place is the arena where the NHL Edmonton Oilers and the WHL Edmonton Kings play. Open since 2016, the multi-million dollar facility is used primarily for hockey games and indoor sports but it also hosts concerts and special events throughout the year. It’s located in downtown Edmonton and accessible by the Edmonton Light Rail System.
ENMAX Centrium is the home arena for the Red Deer Rebels hockey team. Located in Westerner Park, it is the largest indoor venue in Central Alberta. In addition to hockey it hosts ice shows, motor sports, basketball, curling matches, boxing, rodeos and professional wrestling events.
McMahon Stadium is the fifth largest arena in Canada. Used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Olympics, it is home to the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. It also hosts numerous games played by University of Calgary teams.
Many of the sports facilities built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary are still used by Canadian teams and Olympic hopefuls. Canmore Nordic Centre, accessible to locals and visitors, offers cross-country skiing and biathlon events. Canada Olympic Park, just outside Calgary, offers a ski school, ski jumping, hockey and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. It also boasts the exciting Skyline Luge. Experience more than 50 twists and turns as you slide 5,900 ft. on a high-speed track. If you’re brave enough to try it, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking city views and heart-stopping thrills.
The Olympic Oval in Calgary is the place to see world-class speed skating and professional athletes in training. The high-performance facility also provides ice-skating access and running tracks for the public. Competitions and special events are held at the Oval throughout the year.
Alberta is a very fitness oriented province and most cities, towns and communities offer sports and recreational facilities for all ages and abilities.
Repsol Sports Centre in Calgary is a multi-sport complex used by athletes in training, residents and visitors. The facility includes several gyms, a fitness center, pools, tracks and a personal training studio.
Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center offers an Olympic size ice rink, a multi-purpose pool, lazy river and wave pool, an indoor fitness center and walking and running tracks. It also boasts volleyball, basketball, badminton and pickle ball courts.
Peace Memorial Multiplex in Wainwright offers twin arenas, a walking track, climbing wall, weight training facilities, a pool and a dance studio.
Golfers have a wide choice of courses scattered throughout Alberta. Many offer outstanding views of the mountains, prairies and foothills. While some of the priciest are attached to resorts, many public courses offer stimulating challenges combined with stellar scenery.
Sports enthusiasts have so many options to choose from in the Canadian Rockies. Take in an equestrian jumping competition at Spruce Meadows, see a World Cup ski race, or cheer on the bikers in the Tour of Alberta. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find a variety of spectator sports and recreational activities to keep you entertained.
Hockey & Curling in Alberta
For fans of hockey and curling, there’s no better place than Alberta. Set in western Canada, this province is filled to the brim with hockey arenas, curling rinks, and major sports fans.
Head to Red Deer – the third most populous city in Alberta – for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and get a little background on the subject.
Then make your way to the capital city of Edmonton for the NHL Oilers and the athletics of the University of Alberta.
Next stop is the bustling metropolis of Calgary, where you can catch the Calgary Flames of the NHL and Calgary Hitmen of the WHL at the Saddledome.
For a little more curling in your Alberta diet, head to Medicine Hat and check out the Medicine Hat Curling Club in the southeastern part of the province. Don’t miss annual bonspiels and championship games at this popular rink, or head to the Medicine Hat Arena for hockey with WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers.
Whether you prefer rocks or pucks, Alberta hockey and curling scenes are impressive to say the least.