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COVID-19 - Outdoor spaces and parks

Updated January 18, 2021

Outdoor activities are still safer than indoor activities, but we must all do our part to stay safe even while outdoors. Remember that staying open is in your hands. If you go out, spread out.

Practice physical distancing in all outdoor spaces, unless you are with those who live in your household. Under the current provincial restrictions, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people is allowed. Indoor gatherings remain prohibited under Provincial order.

Here are some guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) when enjoying outdoor spaces in Calgary.

PLEASE NOTE: All activities must comply with current Public Health Orders.

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Walking in parks, pathways and sidewalks

  • When passing, please step aside onto the adjacent property or shoulder. Walking on the street should only be an option if no other solution is available.
  • If you are stepping onto the street, be sure to look out for cars. Even if the streets seem empty, please stay on sidewalks as much as possible.
  • Be aware of physical distancing at stairways and pathway junctions.
  • Data shows that people using the pathways on weekdays or before 11 a.m. on the weekends are more likely to have room to physically distance themselves from others.
  • Avoid peak-times and, instead, plan outdoor activities during the week or early in the morning on weekends.

Safer use of off-leash areas

  • All dogs (whether on or off-leash) must be under control at all times. Don’t pet other people’s dogs. Don’t let anyone pet your dog.
  • Be a responsible pet owner: clean up after your dog.

Outdoor skating rinks

Ice conditions are weather dependent. Outdoor skating rinks may close without notice due to poor conditions or maintenance needs.

  • People from the same household can skate together and do not need to maintain two metres of distance.
  • A group of unrelated people can skate as long as it is not their intention to skate together as a group and interact with people outside their household.
  • People from different households must maintain appropriate physical distancing. If physical distancing cannot be maintained, a mask or facial covering must be worn.
  • Outdoor hockey is not currently allowed.
  • On City-run ice rinks, we have determined the maximum number of attendees allowed on the ice at one time with appropriate physical distancing. Capacity limits will be clearly posted at each location.
  • If you have symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, etc.) stay home and isolate.

See a full list of City-run outdoor skating rink locations.

Tobogganing and sledding

  • Tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk. The City is not responsible for any personal injury or damage to personal items.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Bring your own toboggan or sled and do not share with others.
  • If you have symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, etc.) stay home.
  • Keep your distance from those outside of your household. Leave at least two metres of distance between yourself and other people at all times. If two metres of distance cannot be maintained at all times, wear a mask or face covering.
  • If the hill is crowded, go to another location.
  • Play safe – avoid taking risks to minimize potential injuries.

For safety reasons, the Parks and Pathways Bylaw prohibits tobogganing or sledding downhill in any City-maintained park except for the approved toboggan hills.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

  • Bring your own equipment and do not share with others.
  • If you have symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, etc.) stay home.
  • Keep your distance, stay away from those outside of your household. Leave at least two metres of distance between yourself and other people. If two metres of distance cannot be maintained at all times, wear a mask of face covering.
  • Walkers and those snowshoeing should stay completely off groomed trails as any sunken footprints are a hazard to skiers.

See a list of groomed and ungroomed cross-country skiing trails available in Calgary.

Winter fire pits in parks

We're warming up select parks with temporary free-to-use fire pits this winter for use with those in your household.

See more information and a list of winter fire pit locations.

Additional information

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Calgary at Home

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Alberta Parks

Up to date info on provincial park closures.

Alberta Health Services

​Instructions and updates on COVID-19.