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Connecting our Community: Activities and Opportunities at UCalgary

May 17, 2023

Did you know that University of Calgary Properties Group, the developer of University District, was created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development and management of university land projects? U/D has a close connection to UCalgary, both geographically and in terms of community experience! 

As summer rapidly approaches, it’s a great time to take advantage of the services, events, programs, and amenities offered by University District’s vibrant neighbour- UCalgary! From paragliding lessons to continuing education, University District’s campus connection brings a wealth of lifestyle options to you and your family.

UCalgary’s Outdoor Centre 

The UCalgary Outdoor Centre has provided gear rental, outdoor programming, and ski and bike repair services to Calgarians for more than 45 years. Conveniently located in the Kinesiology Building, with an additional branch at Bowness Park, UCalgary makes it easy to gain the knowledge, skills and access to the right equipment to create your own outdoor adventures safely. 

UCalgary Outdoor Centre offers a broad range of summer programs including canoeing, climbing/bouldering, hang gliding/paragliding, hiking/backpacking, leadership/navigation, mountaineering/glacier hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, repair and tuning, whitewater kayaking, and wilderness first aid/swiftwater rescue. 

Learn more about summer programs here.

UCalgary offers a variety of outdoor paths running through Main Campus.

Olympic Oval 

The Oval has been dubbed Canada’s Medal Factory having accumulated 36 Olympic medals since 1988. Along with boasting a world-class speed-skating and training facility the Olympic Oval also functions as a public space to serve the community. Public skating and running is offered from September through April and Ice-out events are hosted throughout the summer. 

April 13th marked the kickoff of ice-out events at the Olympic Oval. For those looking for event space, bookings are now open for the remainder of 2023. The venue features Calgary’s largest indoor unobstructed event space. Scheduled ice-out events include major sporting events, car shows, science fairs, and exhibitions. 

University Theatre/Rozsa Theatre 

Enjoy a broad variety of entertainment and educational programming, both in-person and online, offered through UCalgary’s University Theatre and Rozsa Theatre. Discover music, dance, theatre, art as well as informational sessions and expert advice. 

The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) at UCalgary also offers a full season of performances and is home to a number of impressive alumni, including multiple members of the award winning acapella quartet, the Heebee-jeebees. 

Enjoying the arts is now easier than ever, enjoy 10% off UCalgary School of Creative and Performing Arts performances using the promo code SCPA10. Visit the SCPA website for a full list of eligible performances. 

University Theatre is located at 230 University Court N, and Rozsa Theatre located at 230 University Court NW. 

UCalgary Continuing Education 

Continuing Education was established at the University of Calgary in the 1960’s. It focuses on providing high quality education to lifelong learners, regionally and globally. Popular program areas range from cloud computing to human resource management. Continuing Education programs are designed to fit your life with part-time learners in mind. A wide range of designations are available whether it be a digital badge, certificate of completion, professional certificate, or a professional diploma. 

Continuing Education provides flexible learning both online and on campus.

UCalgary Sports Medicine Centre 

The sport medicine centre is available to the students, staff, and community. The centre conducts sport medicine services, specialty clinics, and research. The UCalgary Sport Medicine Centre has been at the centre of evidence-based research and clinical practice since 1988. 

A variety of services including massage therapy, physiotherapy, and orthopaedic surgeons are available. There are also four specialty clinics (Acute Knee Injury Clinic, Acute Sport Concussion Clinic, Knee Osteoarthritis Clinic, Shoulder Clinic, and an Acute Sport Injury Clinic) and counselling therapy accessible in-house. 

The Sport Medicine Centre operates within the Faculty of Kinesiology, which is the No. 1 sport science school in North America.

UCalgary Summer Events 

UCalgary Summer Camps are a great way for kids to learn, play and have fun! The university offers summer camps for kids of all ages. From Dino sports camps to veterinarian camps, children are able to find something that builds on their interests and passions. Summer Camp Before Care and Summer Camp After Care are also offered to accommodate different schedules. 

You can register for summer camps here

For adults, UCalgary offers workshops, seminars, and events throughout the summer. The schedule for these public events are available through the University of Calgary website. 

Check out the many ways you can leverage services and events from the University of Calgary to enhance your lifestyle.


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