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“Fastest Ice on Earth and GREAT for Newbies”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Olympic Oval

Olympic Oval
Ranked #2 of 73 Spas & Wellness in Calgary
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Owner description: Once the training grounds of the 1988 Winter Olympics, this 450-meter indoor track is now open to the public.
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“Fastest Ice on Earth and GREAT for Newbies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

A few nights a week the Olympic Oval is open to the public for skating. At other times the Oval is used for training speed skaters. Check out their webpage for dates.

It's an amazing and unique experience.

Where on earth can you skate for less than $10 including skate rental on a 400 meter ice track. If you're not a skater, just stop in to watch the Canadian speed skaters practice. There's no cost to watch.

If you're new to ice skating you won't feel at all out of place. More than 50% of the skaters use these odd looking red ice-walkers to help them stay on their feet.

The skate rental shop has speed skates, hockey skates, and figure skates.

Finding the Olympic Oval could be challenging without a GPS. It's buried on college campus between dorms and other buildings.

Visited January 2014
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“gorgeous park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The flowers were in full bloom and created such interesting and unusual displays with the pool and fountains. The baskets of tuberous begonias were breath-taking!

Visited August 2013
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“Skate the Dome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Hard to make it around 3 times without medical attention. Xmas party for kids held yearly pretty neat being and U of C.

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“Cool!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I had some time to kill at the University of Calgary earlier this week. Since it was a hot day, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ice was still on the Olympic Oval. (A lot of arenas don’t keep ice on in the summer months.) I wasn’t planning on skating, so I took the stairs up to the second floor observation gallery rather than paying admission. It was nice and cool up there.

This was my first time inside the Olympic Oval, and it was interesting to note that the long oval speedskating track has two conventional ice rinks inside it. One is marked for hockey, while the other is unmarked and presumably dedicated to figure skating. I didn’t see either of them in use. But even on this summer day, there were speedskaters of all ages and abilities going around the oval, at various degrees of intensity.

After I went back outside, I discovered that there is a self-guided tour of the oval. It starts near the large red sculpture at the north (Collegiate Blvd) entrance to the oval, and then takes you through the building, telling visitors about the construction of the oval and the various works of art there: “Spire” (at the north entrance), “Le Patineur de Vitesse ’84” (near the south entrance), the two “Pagoglyph” windows on the upper level, and the bronze “Brothers of the Wind” frieze near the stairs to the spectator level. The upper (spectator) level of the oval also has a small display on the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame.

All in all, not bad for a free attraction on a hot summer day.

Visited July 2013
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“Site of the 1988 speed skating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

You may catch Olympic speed skaters from all over training here. You can also rent a pair of speed skates at certain times and go for a spin yourself.

Visited January 2013
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