Ice skating is one of Canada's favorite pastimes. In Calgary, you can lace up and join the hordes of skaters spinning around the lagoon in Bowness Park, stopping every now and then to drink hot chocolate and warm your hands at the bonfires along the ice. You can also head downtown to Olympic Plaza to skate across from City Hall. If you want to see how the locals do it, head to the Hillhurst neighborhood across the river from downtown. Bring your stick and join players of all ages who drop the puck to play shinny (informal ice hockey). Or go to the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary to skate around the same indoor track where world-class speed skaters win medals.