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From the Nose Hill Park, the view of Calgary is incomparable. Visitors may have to exert a bit of effort to hike up a gentle slope to the top of the hill, but once at the top, the view makes it all worth it. The top of the hill affords a 360-degree view spanning the Rocky Mountains, with the skyscrapers of downtown rising out of the Bow River Valley and the prairie stretching off to the east. The surrounding long-grass prairie offers glimpses of the local wildlife, as numerous deer, jackrabbits and red-tailed hawks can often be seen in this area.
Located in Calgary's southeast quadrant, this 43-hectare park has a unique character consisting of balsam poplars, wetlands, shrubs and gravel flats. It has become a popular nature trail for people living in this side of the city. Beaverdam Flats has become home to a number of birds and wildlife ranging from mallards, woodpeckers, beavers, amphibians, and smaller animals like squirrels and chickadees. The park encourages people to explore in any season, as there are trails, pathways, and even a playground for children.
A wonderful addition to Calgary's comedy scene was made with the introduction of The Comedy Cave. True to its name, this comic joint is a rather dark place, giving you the feel of being in a dungeon, an illusion dispelled only by the bright laughter the stand-up comics manage to evoke every few minutes. This is a great place to enjoy a dinner-and-show package, but unfortunately the whole family cannot enjoy together, as children are not permitted.
SpacePort is an interactive museum which is an excellent destination for families interested in the final frontier. Exhibits include motion and flight simulators, space shuttle and control tower models and perhaps most exciting of all, a piece of moon rock on loan from NASA. Whether you need something to entertain the kids while waiting for a flight or if you're looking for a unique birthday party venue, SpacePort is a fun place.
Calgary Soccer Centre, formally known as the Subway Soccer Centre, is one of the largest indoor soccer facilities in North America and the hub of indoor soccer in this city, with seven artificial turf pitches under two roofs. The pitches are set up similar in design to ice hockey rinks, with boards and player boxes. There are spectator stands on the mezzanine level and a coffee/snack counter that comes in particularly handy for parents of children with Saturday games.