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In addition to its professional sports teams, Alberta Canada is home to many junior and minor league hockey teams scattered throughout the province. The Western Hockey League includes the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Red Deer Rebels and Medicine Hat Tigers. The Canadian Junior Hockey League attracts a huge following with games taking place in Camrose, Cold Lake and Olds, among other towns. Curling also captures a large share of fans throughout the region. The Northern Alberta Curling Association oversees several clubs including the Crestwood Curling Club, Derrick Curling Club, and Leduc Curling Club.
Sports fans from all across Alberta and visitors to the region frequently travel to see baseball, football, basketball and soccer games. The Alberta Soccer Association oversees 18 districts and it is the primary organizer of youth soccer. Baseball fans can attend everything from Little League games to Collegiate Baseball League games and American Legion League competitions. Basketball Alberta hosts the Western Canadian Basketball Championships and a summer clinic at the Basketball Alberta Training Centre in Edmonton. Football fans look forward to Canadian Football League matchups as well as amateur games organized by Football Alberta.
To say hockey is a big deal in Alberta is like saying oxygen is a big deal in life – it’s obvious, and in many ways, just as important.
With a wealth of junior and minor league hockey teams spread throughout the province, it’s a safe bet you’ll find the right accommodations on your visit to Calgary, Edmonton, and small town Alberta.
The Western Hockey League is popular in Alberta, with the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Red Deer Rebels, and Medicine Hat Tigers all located within the province.
The Hitmen, established in 1995, play home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In Edmonton, fans travel to the Rexall Place for Oil Kings home games – a short drive from Sherwood Park and St. Albert.
Fans of the Red Deer Rebels make their way to the ENMAX Centrium, while in the southeast, spectators check out the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Medicine Hat Arena.
Junior level hockey is a hit in Alberta, and the Alberta Junior Hockey League is just one sect of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The Camrose Kodiaks have a large following, while the Bonnyville Pontiacs feature a fan base stretching to neighboring city of Cold Lake. Set in between Calgary and Innisfail, Olds is home to the Grizzlys, playing home games at Olds & District Sports Complex.
Lower levels of hockey in Alberta include the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League, with teams based in Leduc and Sherwood Park. The North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League is another local minor level hockey league, featuring teams like Wainright Bisons, and the Vermilion Tigers – set between Wainright and Bonnyville.
As one of Canada's largest provinces, Alberta features a multitude of curling clubs and leagues. One of the most popular sports in the province, the curling spans the Alberta from Calgary to Edmonton, spreading north to High Level, and east to Wainwright.
The Northern Alberta Curling Association oversees a healthy amount of clubs from the Crestwood Curling Club and Derrick Curling Club in Edmonton, to the Leduc Curling Club in, you guessed it, Leduc.
The Crestwood Curling Club marked its official opening in 1955, and has facilitated a large following. A six-sheet curling facility, Crestwood has a wide range of leagues including men’s, women’s, senior’s, and mixed teams.
The club is an easy drive from St. Albert and Wetaskiwin, plus Sherwood Park and Stony Plain as well.
South of Edmonton is Rimbey. Make your way into this charming city and check out the Rimbey Curling Club. Established in 1975, the Rimbey Curling Club is only minutes from Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer. Rimbey Curling too features diversified leagues like men’s, women’s, seniors, and mixed teams.
Calgary is home to both the Calgary Winter Club and the Calgary Curling Club – plus many, many more. Established in 1888, the Calgary Curling Club has been named the Small Size Club of the Year by the Canadian Society of Club Managers. Ice time is available by reservation beginning in September, and the club is a quick drive from Strathmore and Airdrie.
Sports travel in Alberta isn’t just hockey leagues and curling clubs, or the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer and Peace Memorial Multiplex in Wainright.
A growing number of baseball, football, basketball, and soccer leagues are sprouting up across Alberta. From Calgary and southern Alberta, to the Edmonton metropolitan area and small towns across the province, sports fans in Alberta have plenty to cheer for.
The Alberta Amateur Baseball Council oversees baseball action across the province. From Collegiate Baseball League and American Legion League, to the Little League Alberta and the Alberta Babe Ruth League – the AABC strives to cultivate baseball programs throughout Alberta.
You’ll find an array of accommodations in the Edmonton area when traveling with your little league team. Edmonton Little League Baseball has five distinct levels: Minor AA, Minor, Major, Jr., and Sr. Travel in from Camrose, Westlock, or Stony Plain – all ready for strike outs, base hits, and double plays.
Along with baseball, basketball has developed a following in Alberta as well. The non-profit organization Basketball Alberta oversees the basketball leagues throughout the province, and hosts the 16U Western Canadian Basketball Championships and the Steve Nash Youth Basketball initiative.
Be sure to visit the Basketball Alberta Training Centre, host of the Basketball Alberta Mini Clinics summer program in downtown Edmonton –easily accessible from Rimbey and Wetaskiwin.
Canada football fans continue to enjoy the Canadian Football League as cure for their football cravings. Football Alberta is another non-profit group, seeking to establish and promote amateur football in the province. Minor football organizations function under the umbrella of Football Alberta, including the Capital District Minor Football Association. Here, three levels of competition exist: Bantam, Peewee, and Atom – each with more than 15 teams.
The Alberta Soccer Association serves 18 districts across the province and is the number one organizer of youth soccer in Alberta – from Canmore and Red Deer, to Hinton and Edson.