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  • 1. Arts Commons

    Downtown

    The complex of four theater spaces and a state-of-the-art concert hall was pieced together in the 1980s by incorporating the historic Calgary Public Building (1930) and the Burns Building (1913). It's one of the largest arts complexes in Canada.

    205 8th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0K9, Canada
    403-294–7455
  • 2. Calgary Municipal Building

    East Village

    Reflected in the angular, mirrored walls of this building are several city landmarks, including the stunning City Hall, a stately 1911 sandstone building that houses the mayor's office and other city offices.

    800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2M5, Canada
    403-268–2489

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Closed weekends
  • 3. Calgary Stampede

    International attention focuses on Stampede Park each July for the rodeo events of the Calgary Stampede.

    1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2W1, Canada
    403-261--0101

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: C$18
  • 4. Calgary Stampede

    Arts/Performance Venue

    International attention focuses on Stampede Park each July for the rodeo events of the Calgary Stampede.

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    403-261–0101
  • 5. Calgary Zoo

    East Village

    The zoo, on St. George's Island in the middle of Bow River, is one of Canada's largest, with more than 1000 creatures from 119 species in natural settings. The Canadian Wilds section replicates endangered Canadian ecosystems, and the Exploration Asia exhibit allows you to (safely) get up close to Amur tigers. Prehistoric Park, a Mesozoic landscape, displays 22 life-size dinosaur replicas. Destination Africa showcases two African ecosystems, the TransAlta Rainforest and the African Savannah, and has mixed-species exhibits of more than 100 animals, the largest indoor hippo immersion habitat in North America, and 84 plant species indigenous to the African continent.

    1300 Zoo Rd. NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7V6, Canada
    403-232–9300

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: C$34.95
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  • 6. Central Memorial Park

    Beltline

    This is Calgary’s oldest surviving public park and a shady respite from the frenetic energy of the Beltline. A cenotaph and two statues memorialize Canadian soldiers who fell in various 19th and 20th century wars. At the east end is Central Memorial Library, a national historic site, which was constructed in 1910 with financial support from the Carnegie Foundation.

    1221 2 St. SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    403-260--2600
  • 7. Fort Calgary

    East Village

    The fort was established in 1875 at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers by the North West Mounted Police. Designed to stop Montana whiskey traders from selling alcohol to the locals, it remained in operation until 1914. The Interpretive Centre here traces the history of the First Nations people, Mounties, and European settlers with the aid of artifacts, audiovisual displays, and interpretive walks. Deane House Restaurant, next to Fort Calgary, is one of Calgary’s best restaurants and a nice place to stop for lunch or dinner. It's the restored 1906 fort superintendent's house. The Hunt House, directly behind the restaurant, was built in 1876 and is believed to be Calgary's oldest building.

    750 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 5E1, Canada
    403-290--1875

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: C$12
  • 8. Grain Academy

    Museum/Gallery

    You can wander the Stampede Park grounds and visit the free Grain Academy, an interesting small museum in the Roundup Centre that proclaims itself "Canada's only grain interpretive center." There's a model-train display depicting the movement of grain from the prairies through the Rockies to Vancouver. There's also a working model of a grain elevator.

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    403-263–4594
  • 9. Grain Academy and Museum

    You can wander the Stampede Park grounds and visit the free Grain Academy, an interesting small museum in the Roundup Centre that proclaims itself "Canada's only grain interpretive center." There's a model-train display depicting the movement of grain from the prairies through the Rockies to Vancouver. There's also a working model of a grain elevator.

    20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2W1, Canada
    403-263–4594

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends
  • 10. Lougheed House

    Beltline

    One of the few surviving examples of a grand sandstone prairie mansion, Lougheed House is the former residence of some of Calgary’s most influential citizens, including Peter Lougheed, premier of Alberta from 1971 to 1985. Both a national and provincial historic site, Lougheed House hosts history and art exhibits and is surrounded by large and wonderful gardens that are worth exploring in the summer months.

    707 13th Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    403-244--6333
  • 11. Naval Museum of Alberta

    Killarney

    Canada's second-largest naval museum focuses on the role of the prairie provinces in the navy.

    4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 5J4, Canada
    403-410--2340

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: C$15, Sept.–June, Tues.–Fri. 1–5, weekends 10–5; July and Aug., daily 10–4
  • 12. Riley Park

    A couple of blocks to the north of Kensington's major concentration of shops, bars, and restaurants is this large green space with big trees and a wading pool and playground for the kiddos. Grab a picnic lunch from one of the many great cafés in Kensington, plop down a blanket and have yourself a picnic. In the evening, you can watch the lads play cricket or listen to live music on the small stage here.

    800 12th St., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 13. Telus Spark Science Center

    Downtown West End

    Interactive exhibits present the wonders of science in an entertaining way. Shows at the multimedia Discovery Dome, Alberta's largest indoor theater, combine computer graphics, motion-picture images, slides, and a superb sound system. The Children's Discovery Centre is designed for kids three to seven years old.

    220 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 5T2, Canada
    403-817--6800

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    Rate Includes: C$19.95

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