Having fun this winter doesn't have to cost you a dime, especially if you bring your own skates. Save your hard-earned money and enjoy all the free seasonal activities instead. Winter is the perfect time to play in the snow and skate on the ice. There are a ton of free outdoor rinks in Calgary that are worth checking out this winter.

One of the perks of it getting so cold in Alberta is that the lakes and outdoor rinks freeze solid. Rather than hibernate all winter, why not lace up your skates instead?

When it comes to free rinks, there are so many to choose from. Some are in public parks, at Fairmont Hotels, or, you can always head to a lake for some wild skating, too.

The city-maintained ones are open typically from mid-December to February. The only expectation is Olympic Plaza which remains open longer. The perk of these spots is they are in the heart of the city.

Now that skating season has arrived, it is time to enjoy a truly Canadian winter activity. But, to help keep you toasty, you might want to grab a peppermint mocha before you leave.

For all of you feeling broke, you can take advantage of all the free things to do in Alberta. To help you plan a fun day with your friends, here are eight places near Calgary where you can skate for free:

Prairie Winds Park

Price: Free

Address: 223 Castleridge Blvd. NE., Calgary, AB 

Why You Need To Go: There are two free skating rinks here that you can enjoy this winter.


Olympic Plaza

Price: Free

Address: 228 8 Ave. SE., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: At this rink, you can enjoy a longer skating season because the ice is refrigerated.


The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 

Price: Free

Address: 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a view of the mountains and a gorgeous castle while you glide along the ice.


Big Marlborough Park

Price: Free

Address: 6033 Madigan Dr. NE., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This city-maintained rink doesn't get crowded so you have more room for you to work on that triple axel.


Bowness Park Lagoon

Price: Free

Address: 8900 48 Ave. NW., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: The skating rink here is large, giving you plenty of space to move around and it's right next to plenty of trees to make you feel like you're in the wild.


Prince's Island Lagoon 

Price: Free

Address: 4 St. and 1 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Conveniently located in downtown Calgary, you can enjoy free skating on the lagoon and it's a popular easy-to-get-to spot.


Two Jack Lake

Price: Free

Address: Two Jack Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: This skating surface isn't maintained, so you'll have to use caution when skating here to make sure the ice is thick enough. But the perk of skating here is you can enjoy jawdropping views of the mountains and fewer crowds.


Fairmont Banff Springs

Price: Free

Address: 405 Spray Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: There are a heated shelter and fire pits where you can warm up after skating. Plus, you can hit up the nearby hot springs to soothe those skating muscles after.


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