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.
This art and design lab showcases the creative works-in-progress of three different artists, each of whom are involved in different media where the concept of art and design are utilized. The design lab is a culmination of years of experimentation on the part of each artist, ranging from abstract art, home and interior design, progressing into offerings of interior design pieces that are environmentally sound recycled products. The painter in the group uses fishing wire, plaster and shredded paper as a statement in environmental activism. The use of clinical white allows for the artwork to stand out in this gallery.
Alliance Française of Calgary is a premier cultural center, which endeavors to uphold and promote French culture and French language education. Part of the international chain of Alliance Française, this center organizes corporate French courses, workshops and diverse cultural events round the calendar. A delightful cultural exchange takes place, as the events are attended by educationists, professionals, teachers and students from across the globe. Alliance Française of Calgary also has a well-equipped media library that stocks books on French literature, media, cinema and so on. Other activities at the center include film screenings, theater, music, reading sessions and more.
Calgary Walks offers an amazing walking tour experience. Connect with them to discover what makes Calgary such an exciting place; history, architecture, river walks, public art, secret sculpture gardens, cool public spaces, restaurants, shopping and more! Starting points for tours vary, so contact Calgary Walks and learn more about this wonderful tour and the city itself.
The Langevin Bridge stretches across the Bow River and was raised in 1909. This old bridge joins the downtown area of the city to the communities in North Central region.