Heritage Park Historical Village, one of Canada's largest historical villages, is divided into a pioneer Northwest Mounted Police outpost and a Main Street from 1910. The latter has a working antique amusement park, with rides that are safe even for small children. Other attractions include a working full-scale locomotive thundering through the park, and on the nearby Glenmore Reservoir, a vintage double-decker sternwheeler ship that takes visitors on lake cruises. Shops and restaurants are plentiful in the park, including a turn-of-the-century bakery. All park staff work in costume and character. Entertaining events for the whole family are scheduled year-round, including September's Fall Fair. The opening timing may vary for different experiences at the park.
Statistics say that Prince's Island is one of the most used urban parks in North Canada. Come here on a sunny day and you will not doubt it. Originally, the island was used to catch felled trees floating down the Bow River from logging projects upstream. Now this bit of serenity in downtown serves as a favorite venue for joggers, football tossers, family picnics, flocks of Canadian Geese, buskers, Shakespearean actors and nearly every major festival that Calgary hosts. This is also a great place for a quiet paddle down the river.
Fish Creek Provincial Park is Canada's largest urban park, covering much of the south side of the city and dividing established and newer suburbs. The park features no organized recreational grounds, with daily usage intended for walking, cycling, and picnics, although tobogganing is popular in the winter. At the far east and south end are the man-made Lake Sikome beach and swimming area. The Fish Creek Environmental Learning Center, at the west end of the park, is intended primarily for school groups. At the east end, the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Center, a small bakery cafe, and a more upscale sit-down restaurant, dubbed The Ranch, greet visitors.
Winding its way from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Alberta foothills, Bow River is an expansive waterway. Along its route, the river passes through Calgary and the river banks are a popular outdoor recreation spot for the city dwellers. Many walking paths and scenic vistas can be found along the river. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can find kayak rentals, fly fishing options, cycling tracks and much more. Deer, great horned owls, and beavers have been spotted along Bow River.
Voted as one of the most fun outdoor sites in the country, Calgary Zoo features more than 1,100 animals from around the world and an ever-growing portfolio of innovative exhibitions. The fascinating programs put on by the zoo, allow guests to get up close and personal with its less ferocious animals through the Creature Features Program. Life-sized dinosaur models lurk in the badlands of the Prehistoric Park, and the more genteel setting of the Botanical Park includes a butterfly garden that is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
One of Canada's great museums and Western Canada's largest, this treasure trove houses artifacts of the west, dating back to the first white settlers of the 1800s and the history of the area's First Nations. Visitors can take delight in exhibits that delve into the history of the region and its people, celebrating their lifestyles and art, and also that record contemporary life in western Canada. Along with permanent displays, the Glenbow Museum presents a variety of temporary exhibitions. Visitors also explore an art gallery and archives on site.
Explore Chinese and Canadian history and culture, right in the heart of the fascinating Chinatown area. Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre consists of a museum, Chinese library and a school, as well as the Cultural Centre Restaurant and more. You can also shop in the Chinese Arts and Crafts Store, which carries imported Oriental items. The building itself is of particular interest, standing out amongst the crowd with its impressive roof. The interior design is also intricate; both were completed in September 1992 by artists from China.
The Chinese Artifacts Museum is located within the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an entity aimed at celebrating and promoting Chinese culture in Calgary. The museum houses recreations of the various kinds of antiques. Visitors can marvel at the various life size exhibits like a majestic chariot connected to horses along with soldiers made of terra-cota. Immerse yourself in the handicraft items on display like the beautiful wooden objects, the porcelain and ceramic items and the texture and design of the elegant royal robes. This museum will leave you awestruck with the rich history that the Chinese locals in Calgary have on offer.
True to its name, the Theatre Junction GRAND was founded as the largest theater in the Pacific Northwest in 1912. It hosted such iconic acts as the Marx Brothers and Fred Astaire in its earlier days and continues to serve as a cultural hub in downtown Calgary. Known today for its contemporary performing arts, the landmark venue showcases exciting theatre, dance, film, and music productions. Better still, you can enjoy dinner and a show at the Theatre Junction GRAND, which also celebrates community the culinary arts with its award-winning restaurant, Workshop Kitchen + Culture.
The Grain Academy Museum has been educating visitors about Canada's grains since 1981. This museum give its visitors an in-depth knowledge into the production, transportation and trade of grains. The exhibits replicate the whole interesting process, right from harvesting of grains to the delivery of grains at various stores. Visitors can try their hands at various interactive models, and browse through the rare artifacts, photos and videos that celebrate the farmer's pride.
The New Gallery, popularly known as TNG, serves as a home for contemporary art and artists. Managed by various artists, the gallery supports and promotes up-and-coming talent and diversity in arts through performances and exhibitions. The works displayed revolve around socio-cultural themes and aim at eliciting a critical thought among visitors which could lead to thought provoking discussions. The first Thursday of the month is popular among visitors as the gallery is open till 9p, with special exhibits.