Central to the Canadian Winter Sport Institute, Canada Olympic Park will stand as the hub-facility in the group of training and competition venues located in southern Alberta. As the premiere site of the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, the venue is perhaps the most visible legacy of the 1988 Games to visitors and Calgary alike - truly a one-of-a-kind attraction. Situated 15 minutes from downtown Calgary, at the gateway to the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the Park is distinct from most Olympic venues in that it continues to function as a multi-purpose competition, training and recreation area designed for year-round use by both athletes and the general public.
In the winter months, the Park is host to more than 292,000 ski and snowboard visitors each year. With the second largest ski school in Canada, and the only half-pipe located within North American city limits, there are lessons and programs available in all of COP's sports for people of all ages and abilities.
More than one million visitors from around the globe make a special visit to the brilliant facilities at Canada Olympic Park every year. It has become the largest tourist attraction in Alberta outside the Rocky Mountains. Each day tourists can hop into a pair of skis, jump on a bobsleigh or simply grab a fascinating look at the Park on the Park Passport (self-guided tour).
In addition to the popular recreational opportunities that Canada Olympic Park offers to the general public, it is also home to a number of world-class training and competition sites for high-performance athletes.