Exploring new development at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
On a somewhat uncharacteristic and comfortable 2014 winter day, there is an opportunity to enjoy an easy, inner-city walk from home in northwest Calgary to explore new facility at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
The air is brisk and paths are intermittently covered with slick ice under a welcoming bluebird sky.
Crossing the busy intersection of TransCanada Highway at Bowfort Road is adventuresome and a short sprint is not mandatory but rather a courtesy to free up left turn lanes.
Entrance into Canada Olympic Park involves mild elevation gain on path followed by an abrupt right turn in front of the ski jumps to head west through the large and fascinating complex.
Continuing straight uphill on the gravel road leads to the Highland Scottish Gift Shop and provides excellent views of the Calgary city skyline to the east and groomed cross country ski trail beneath the ski jumps.
The objective for this day is an engaging walk and initial tour of the newly opened WinSport Performance Training Centre.
The walk continues west past the main buildings constructed to host events of the 1988 Canada Olympic Winter Games.
The grounds are very active with a variety of downhill ski lessons for children of all ages. Flags flutter in the breeze and the Olympic Caldron is burning in recognition of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics currently underway.
The lifts are busy carrying skiers and snowboarders to the hill top for modest runs at a facility which is easily and quickly accessible.
Further west a short distance, the walk passes the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton course and into the complex containing the new, dramatic Sports Hall of Fame and Markin Macphail Centre.
Touring through the sports performance facility within the Markin Macphail Centre is an amazing experience.
Facilities include the Ice House, currently the largest in the world. Full size ice rinks with stadium seating are supplemented by indoor tracks and a huge weight training facility.
Reasonably priced refreshments are available at the cafeteria accompanied by spacious areas for relaxation.
The Ice House is currently the world's largest refrigerated area. Apparently, people get married here. It would be an interesting and memorable venue.
The Sports Hall of Fame is closed during this walk. The architecture is unusual.
Canada Olympic Park is an excellent place to put a few kilometers of discovery beneath the feet.
While preparing this post near the end of April 2014, Olympic Park Canada is hosting huge tents on the west end which will feature Cavalia presents Odysseo between April 23 and June 1, 2014.
This will be of great interest to those who enjoy performance and circus arts combined with horses.
Images for this post were captured on February 18, 2014.