City Services: Thanksgiving 2018

We're adjusting our hours of operation for Thanksgiving on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. 

Things to do

Catch a wave, play in the gym or go for a skate at a leisure centre.

Free family swim
The City is offering a free swim from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8. at:

  • Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre (9009 Fairmount Dr. S.E.)
  • Bob Bahan Aquatic and Fitness Centre (4812 14 Ave. S.E.)
  • Shouldice Aquatic Centre (5303 Bowness Rd. N.W.)

Free family skate
Strap on skates and enjoy a free skate from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at:

  • Ernie Starr Arena (4808 14 Avenue S.E.)
  • Frank McCool Arena (1900 Lake Bonavista Drive S.E.)
  • Murray Copot Arena (6727 Centre Street N.W.)
  • Optimist and George Blunden Arenas (5020 26 Avenue S.W.)
  • Rose Kohn and Jimmy Condon Arenas (502 Heritage Drive S.W.)
  • Shouldice Arena (1515 Home Road N.W.)
  • Stu Hendry and Henry Viney Arenas (814 13 Avenue N.E.)
  • Stu Peppard Arena (5300 19th Street S.W.)

Leisure Centres
Village Square and Southland Leisure Centres will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

  • Southland Leisure Centre has a variety of public skating options on Thanksgiving Day including:
    • Parent and child skating –11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Public skating – noon to 1:30 p.m.
    • Sticks & Pucks drop-in – 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    • Shinny hockey – 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Village Square Leisure Centre has public skating and shinny hockey on holiday Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Regular admission applies.

Community events

Looking for fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy over the long weekend? Here are some ideas:

  • Stargazing at Ralph Klein Park: Enjoy our natural playground and the beauty of the night sky with Calgary Parks and volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For more information please visit
  • Hitmen game: Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they welcome the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night and the Prince Albert Raiders on Thanksgiving Monday. Visit for ticket information.
  • Bow Habitat Station: Learn about Alberta’s wildlife and nature with your family through hands-on investigation stations throughout the Discovery Centre. Learn more at
  • Shocktober at TELUS Spark: Enjoy frightfully fun activities for the family as you explore the spooky science behind Halloween from Oct. 6 to 31. Learn more at
  • Thanksgiving at Heritage Park: With the Park's Summer Season drawing to an end, this will be your last chance to enjoy the historical village attractions this year. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and themed activities. Visit for more information.
  • Pumpkin Festival: Calgary Autumn Pumpkin Festival at the Calgary Corn Maze offers fall themed activities and all the regular maze attractions (corn mazes, petting farm, train rides, playground activities, etc.). Learn more at
  • Field of Screams: This outdoor Halloween themed event at Cobb’s Adventure Park has haunted houses and a Cornfield of Terror. There are also, rides, activities and much more! Visit to learn more.

For a list of community events happening in Calgary over the long weekend, check out local events listings.

Getting around

Calgary Transit
Calgary Transit will provide a Sunday level of service on Oct. 8. For more information on fares, schedules and fall service changes, please visit or @calgarytransit.

Long weekend road closures and traffic
Please visit for up-to-date road closure and incident information in all quadrants of the city.

On-street parking is free on Oct. 8 and holiday rates will be in effect at select Calgary Parking Authority surface lots and parkades. Holiday rates are listed on the parking locations map or at

Around the house

Staying safe – cooking fires
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Click here for important safety tips to keep in mind while preparing your Thanksgiving meal.

Kitchen compost
If you’re cooking dinner this holiday weekend or helping with dishes, be sure to have your kitchen compost pail handy. You can help prevent fats, oils and grease from going down your drain by putting unwanted gravy, sauces, cooking oils and butter into your green cart. Scrape plates into your compost and use paper towel to wipe down cooking equipment. For more information please visit

Landfill hours
If you’re heading to the landfill, be sure to check out the updated landfill hours and locations on The Spyhill landfill is open this Saturday and Thanksgiving Monday. The East Calgary landfill will be open Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday. Shepard landfill will be open Saturday only.


East Calgary



Saturday, Oct. 6

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Monday, Oct. 8
(Thanksgiving Day)

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Facility closures 

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8:

  • All City of Calgary administrative buildings, including City Hall
  • All golf courses and ranges
  • All pools (except Acadia Aquatic & Fitness; Bob Bahan Aquatic and Fitness Centre; Shouldice Aquatic Centre; Southland Leisure Centre; and Village Square Leisure Centre)
  • North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres
  • All Athletic Parks (except for advanced bookings)
  • Calgary Soccer Centre (except for advanced bookings)
  • All Arenas (except for advanced bookings and Ernie Starr Arena; Frank McCool Arena; Murray Copot Arena; Optimist and George Blunden Arenas; Rose Kohn and Jimmy Condon Arenas; Shouldice Arena; Stu Hendry and Henry Viney Arenas; and Stu Peppard Arena.