WinSport Canada Olympic Park

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88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest

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Recreation, Sports Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

A tribute to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, this massive sports complex is still used throughout the year as training grounds for young athletes. If you're in town for a taste of fresh powder, consider stopping here first for a quick how-to on riding the slopes; downhill and cross-country ski lessons are available for both kids and adults. You can also try your hand at other pastimes like bobsleigh and the luge. If you're looking for a more relaxed outing, stop by Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, which is home to the world's largest collection of artifacts from the competition's history, including costumes, photographs and the torch used to carry the flame from Greece.

The museum was a big hit with recent visitors, though some have mixed feelings about the complex itself, depending on what activity they did, with some complaining about high prices and others enjoying their ski lessons.

Sitting northwest of the city along the Canada Olympic Road Southwest, the Canada Olympic Park welcomes sports fans Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission varies depending on the day you visit and which activities you'd like to try; a day pass to the skiing area costs about CA$55 (about $42), while entry to the museum costs around CA$12 (about $9). For more information, check out the park's website.

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