Some may consider throwing horseshoes a forgotten sport, says Bob Muscovich
of the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association in Lethbridge. But this past year,
he has seen membership grow.
“I pitched horseshoes as a kid, throwing at a couple of pegs we’d set up in the
yard. When my father used to play, it was a church picnic, social type of thing.
Now we’re getting better participation at tournaments and I’m seeing parents
bring their children.”
The city has public pitches at Indian Battle Park and the association rents a
pitch from the city at Henderson Lake, another local park.
“I like the social element and being outside in the fresh air,” says Muscovich.
“There’s some competition involved. You have to develop some skill to get the
horseshoe close to or on the pin––the horseshoes weigh a few pounds, so you’re
working on coordination––but anyone can play and have fun doing so.”
To find more information or a horseshoeing club in your area,
“If it’s pointy at both ends and something you can paddle, I do it,” says Tony
Palmer. He’s the senior kayak and standup paddleboard instructor in Alberta
for Paddle Canada and one of the many people in Calgary who enjoy canoeing,
kayaking, paddleboarding, floating and more during the summer. Paddle
Canada sets national standards and certification for all major recreational
“The Bow River is front and centre in Calgary and especially on hot days, it’s
the obvious place to go paddling,” says Palmer. “There are a fair number of points
to get onto and off of the river, so you can choose to have a long or short paddle.”
Calgarians love to get out on the city’s rivers. So much so that Calgary’s River
Access Strategy is adding 11 more boat ramps (for a total of 17) over the next six
years, as well as upgrading hand-launch sites.
For more information and a map of boat launches in Calgary, visit
the Calgary River Users Alliance website, calgaryriverusers.org.
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