The Hills Are Alive

SavvyMom December 21, 2016

With the arrival of snow comes the favourite age-old Canadian activity: tobogganing.

So ditch the shovels, throw on the ski pants, mitts and warm boots and head to the hills.

If you’€™re introducing your toddlers to tobogganing or you’€™re looking for something fun without the frenetic pace, our pick is the Royal Oak hill in the northwest.

With a large field surrounding the toboggan hill, we like that the Royal Oak hill is mostly free of trees and clearly marked, making it a great starting point for new sledders. It’€™s an easy climb for short (and longer) legs, and while it’€™s a favourite among the locals, it’€™s not as packed with older kids as some of the other hills. There’€™s plenty of parking nearby and once you’€™re done with your runs, take a trip to the nearby Royal Oak Shopping Centre for a bite to eat or a hot chocolate.

Good to Know: Before heading out, make sure you’€™ve got your gear covered. Helmets are highly recommended for young children and warm, waterproof mittens and footwear make the experience much more bearable.

If you’€™ve got a mix of ages, other popular hills include Confederation Park and St. Andrew’€™s hill (voted favourite toboggan hill in Calgary Sun’€™s 2012 poll).

This winter, the hills are alive’€”with tobogganing fun.

For more fun this winter, hit up these 5 Fun Winter Activities in Calgary.

Tested by Robyn B., Calgary

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