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.
The sandstone buildings along downtown's Stephen Avenue Walk were constructed after a fire destroyed much of the neighborhood. Several of those historic buildings fell victim to developers wrecking balls, but the few that remain are worthy of an afternoon stroll during which you can revel in their architecture. Along the way, you can indulge in the diversions offered by many popular shops and restaurants.
Fort Calgary gives visitors a hands-on look at early Calgary life. Fort Calgary lies on 16 hectares (40 acres) of the riverside parks. The interpretive center reconstructs the original 1875 fort, a facility North-West Mounted Police built after being dispatched from the settled east to establish law and order among pioneers, and to stop the culturally devastating whiskey trade. Children will love trying on the officer's uniforms that have been laid out and exploring the interiors of the old prison. Visitors can grab a bite, or indeed a shot of whiskey at The Deane House, the on-site restaurant.
Built in 1891 for Senator Lougheed and family, this beautiful sandstone mansion was once a political hub. Today, the house and its surrounding gardens have been restored and preserved to the original grandeur by the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and gardens then grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant. The gift shop offers unique items that help support the historic home and make for great souvenirs.
One of the foremost neighborhoods of the city, Inglewood was also referred to as East Calgary or Brewery Flats. This area boasts of shopping outlets, tourist attractions and numerous dining establishments. Landmarks like Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Zoo and Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary are a part of Inglewood too.
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.
Dynamic, metropolitan Calgary lies on the banks of the Bow River and just east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. One of the largest cities in Canada, and the largest in Province of Alberta, Calgary offers the best of city attractions and easy access to outdoor recreation. An oil boom that began in the 1940s turned the city from an agricultural and ranching hub into a metropolis that hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Remnants of the ranch culture remain, especially with the annual Calgary Stampede Festival, a world-class rodeo, and parade founded by wealthy agriculturalists in 1912. Other cultural attractions include the Glenbow Museum–the largest museum in western Canada–the Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. The mild weather and proximity to the Rockies and resort towns such as Banff and lovely Lake Louise make Calgary a great launching point for excursions into the Canadian wilderness.
Bow Valley College is nestled in the downtown region of Calgary, and also has branches in Banff, Drumheller, Medicine Hat and other cities. For courses offered and admissions schedule, check website.
Calgary Central Library, founded in 1920s is a re-developed library in its new location at Downtown East Village, working parallelly along with 20 other branches, under its Calgary Public Library flagship library system. Located in an oval-shaped building, uniquely designed resembling a kaleidoscope. With shiny pieces of glass placed together beautifully in geometric shapes, the library is one beautiful sight. The library runs on public funds and offers free membership to local residents and free access to their books. The place is visited by thousands of visitors per day and is one of the largest libraries in Canada.
At the turn of the century, this Renaissance Revival building began as the Calgary Normal School. However after a century's gap, government opponents would most commonly refer to this place as anything but normal. The refurbished old school block in downtown Calgary is now the Southern Alberta government center, an office for the premier and his ministers when they do business away from the provincial capital. The structure also serves as a conference center for the provincial government and office space for some Calgary-based civil servants. The building was made a historic site in 1982, a rare heritage monument in a downtown forested with modern office towers. Tours of the center are available and are free of charge.