Outdoor Centre

Enjoy playing in the Canadian Rockies, on Alberta whitewater rivers and more. Choose from our activity lessons and trips, outdoor gear rentals or repair services. Open to the public.

What sets us apart

Everyone is welcome. The Outdoor Centre, part of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Active Living, has been renting gear and teaching outdoor skills for over 40 years. We offer a large range of expertise, lessons and rentals at affordable rates to our outdoor clients both on and off campus. 



Programs, lessons and trips. Our experienced program coordinators ensure that you have the safest and best experience available. Browse through our offerings and register with the help of the shared Active Living registration tool.


Rental Gear

Choose from over 10,000 used, outdoor rental equipment items: skis, canoes, kayaks, sup boards, snowshoes, boots, ice axes, rafts, bikes, safety gear and more.

Bike repair services

Ski / Bike Repair services

Bike Shop: qualified bike mechanics and full range of parts for your mountain or road bike. Ski / Board Repair Shop: experienced techs can wax, tune or repair your snowboards, downhill, alpine touring or telemark skis.

Do you need to speak to Outdoor Centre front desk staff? Call 403.220.5038. Contact list.

Novice Hang Gliding with the Outdoor Centre

Our Hang Gliding Program Coordinator and Instructor John Janssen, gives an overview of what to expect when taking one of our Novice Hang Gliding courses.

Featured events

See all University of Calgary Outdoor Centre events

Featured news

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A new landing for Outdoor Centre hang-gliding veteran

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Mountain Bike Rides Close to Home

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Read more news from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre.

Want to do an activity indoors and on-campus instead? Browse the Active Living website.

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Bowness Park

We work with the City of Calgary to operate the boathouse, skate shop and train rides at Bowness Park.