Activities

Things to See and Do in Calgary

History, Museums & Landmarks

 

Calgary Tower

At the top of the Calgary Tower, a viewing platform and revolving restaurant put sightseers 191 meters high in one of the city’s landmark buildings. Until 1984, the tower was the tallest in the city. Though it no longer holds that title, there are still excellent views out over the city and beyond to the mountains. It is particularly beautiful at sunset or dusk. In 1988, the tower’s giant torch bore witness to the spirit of the Olympics.

Website: http://www.calgarytower.com

The Hangar Flight Museum (Aero Space Museum of Calgary)

The Aero Space Museum focuses on the history of Canadian aviation and Western Canada in particular. Canadian pilots who fought in WWII started the museum, which has grown to exhibit a variety of aircraft, simulators, aviation art prints, radio equipment, and information on aviation history. The museum is located in a large building near the Calgary Airport.

Website: http://www.asmac.ab.ca

Fort Calgary

The first outpost of the North West Mounted Police, Fort Calgary was set up in 1875 at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers. The foundations of the original fort can still be seen, and the Calgary Fort Museum helps interpret the founding of the city. On the other side of the bridge stands Deane House, built in 1906 for the fort commandant. Also on site is a gift shop, which sells souvenirs and RCMP collectibles.

Website: http://www.fortcalgary.com

The Military Museums

This collection of Canadian Forces museums explores the history of Canada’s navy, army, and air force. Exhibits emphasize interactive experiences, whether it’s walking through WWI trenches or steering from a wheelhouse. A variety of military vehicles are on-site, including several tanks.

Website: http://www.themilitarymuseums.ca

Glenbow Museum

In Glenbow Museum, visitors can see some rare exhibits illustrating the historical development of western Canada. The museum travels back in time, exploring the lives of early fur-traders and the North West Mounted Police, Métis uprisings under Louis Riel, and the development of the oil industry. This Calgary Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions from around the world.

Website: http://www.glenbow.org

Lougheed House

Built in 1891 and originally known as “Beaulieu”, the French meaning “beautiful place”, Lougheed House is now a national historic site located in the Beltline district of Calgary, Alberta. Lougheed House is operated by Lougheed House Conservation Society, an independent, non-profit society devoted to the restoration and public enjoyment of the historic house and its Gardens.

Website: http://www.lougheedhouse.com

Gasoline Alley Museum – Heritage Park

Gasoline Alley Museum is a celebration of industrial design illuminated by a storyline that follows the far-reaching social changes that resulted from the introduction and popularization of the automobile. The museum contains thousands of automobile memorabilia items, most dating from before the Second World War.

Local businessman, Ron Carey, generously donated the items to Heritage Park so that they could be put on display for public enjoyment, while being properly maintained. The artifacts displayed at the museum date from the turn of the 20th century to the 1950s and include vintage vehicles, unique gasoline pumps and many products and signage from a host of petroleum companies. Most of the items on display in Gasoline Alley Museum were painstakingly restored by Mr. Carey and his staff.

Website: http://www.heritagepark.ca/plan-your-visit/attractions-and-exhibits/gasoline-alley-museum.html

TELUS Spark (Science Museum)

Website: http://www.sparkscience.ca

 

Parks and Trails

 

Calgary Zoo and Prehistoric Park

Founded in 1912, the Calgary Zoo sits on St. George’s Island in the Bow River. The zoo is home to many examples of rare and threatened species of animals, as well as botanical gardens.

Website: http://www.calgaryzoo.com

Pathways, Trails and Bikeways in Calgary

Website: https://maps.calgary.ca/PathwaysandBikeways/

Prince’s Island Park

Prince’s Island Park is a large green space in downtown Calgary, set on an island in the Bow River. The park is adjacent to Eau Claire Market, and many tourists make a joint visit to these two attractions. The park offers walking and biking areas, as well as outdoor concerts and plays during the summer months.

Website: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Downtown-parks/Princes-Island-Park.aspx

Nose Hill Park

Nose Hill Park is a natural environment park that lies in the northwest part of the Calgary and is surrounded by 12 residential communities and covers 11 square kilometres. Nose Hill Park has numerous hiking trails and dedicated off-leash areas.

Website: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/NW-parks/Nose-Hill-Park.aspx

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park, in Calgary’s far south, is a huge green space where walking trails lead through forest areas and along the creek. Fish Creek Park is a natural area, and perfect for people looking for a taste of nature. There are also a number of heritage buildings within the park.

Website: http://www.albertaparks.ca/fish-creek.aspx

BANFF

Tourist attractions in Banff

Website: http://www.planetware.com/alberta/banff-national-park-cdn-ab-abb.htm

 

Sports and Music

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award winning 40,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art technology which helps us share the stories of Canada’s greatest sports heroes.

Website: https://www.sportshall.ca

The Scotiabank Saddledome

The Scotiabank Saddledome is Calgary’s leader for entertainment excitement. Seating over 19,000 and over 150 events per year, it has something for everyone. It’s home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames, the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. and the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks. It has also played host to big ticket concerts, world-class tournaments, ice shows, circuses, conventions, and more.

Website: http://www.scotiabanksaddledome.com

Studio Bell, National Music Centre

Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at the Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out with our interactive instrument installations and sing along in our vocal booths!

Website: https://studiobell.ca

 

 

Food, Drink and Shopping

 Stephen Avenue Walk

Calgary’s only pedestrian mall. Steven Avenue features a year-round pedestrian experience featuring shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Website: http://www.calgarydowntown.com/saw/Stephen-avenue-info.html

 

Eau Claire Market

Eau Claire Market sits immediately south of the Bow River and was built on former industrial land. The mall is home to several unique and “one of a kind” shops and galleries, a six screen Cineplex Odeon multiplex, a food court and several restaurants. To coincide with the reconfiguration of Eau Claire Plaza, plans are currently in development to demolish and completely rebuild the market which has declined in popularity in recent years. The new market will likely cater to a larger and more diverse demographic to better serve the residential community at large.

Website: http://www.eauclairemarket.com

Big Rock Brewery

A lot of passion goes into the beer we brew here at Big Rock. Our beer tells this tasty tale but we also would also like to have the opportunity to show you. Touring one of our breweries (we have three production facilities) gives you the opportunity to experience the careful crafting that happens behind the scenes and gives you insight into the process from the top of a barley bin to the bottom of a pint glass.

Website: http://bigrockbeer.com/tours

 

Minhas Micro Brewery

One of the top Canadian breweries making some of the best Canadian beers such as Lazy Mutt, Boxer & Mountain Crest craft beers. Located in Calgary and owned by native Albertans Ravinder and Manjit Minhas, we are proud to represent Calgary in the Canadian beer brewing market.

Website: http://minhasbrewery.com/minhasmicrobrewtour

 

 

 

IS THAT ALL THERE IS TO DO IN CALGARY?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Check out these links for more things to do and places to see:

http://www.visitcalgary.com

https://www.travelalberta.com/ca/places-to-go/southern-alberta/calgary

Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey

The luxuriously appointed, privately owned “Rocky Mountaineer” runs between Calgary (or Jasper) and Vancouver, cutting westward on the historic Canadian Pacific line through the soaring mountain wall of the Rockies. At Canmore, providing the weather is good, there is a fine view of the snow-capped “Three Sisters.” Soon afterwards, the popular winter resort of Banff is reached. Other highlights on this mountainous section (where peaks top 3,600 meters) include Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass, and Rogers Pass.

Website: http://www.rockymountaineer.com