Places to go and things to see
It is often
said that "Calgary is the big city, with a small town
atmosphere" Certainly when it comes to recreation, there is no
shortage of places to see and go in Calgary. Below are just a
few of the things to see in Calgary.
Located near the Calgary International Airport just off McKnight
Boulevard NE, the Aero Space Museum is one of Calgary's top
Founded in 1975 by former WWII pilots and aviation enthusiasts,
the Aero Space Museum preserves and promotes the stories of
people who contributed to the aviation and space industry in
Western Canada. The museum celebrates the courageous spirit as
the people behind the airplanes who soared above the earth and
dared to reach for the sky.
Earlier this year TALKCalgary
had the opportunity of meeting some of the people behind the
Aero Space Museum as they outlined just a few of the greatest
moments in Canadian aviation history. You can here that
unabridged broadcast by
Phone 403-250-3752, 4629 McCall Way
NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8A5
Ranch House was built in 1896 by William Roper Hull, an
aristocratic rancher. It was purchased in 1902 by Patrick Burns,
one of the "Big Four" who financed the first Calgary Stampede.
Next to the Ranch House, a visitor center covers 8,000 years of
human history in the area.
403-297-5293, Fish Creek Provincial Park
(south on Bow Trial)
Calgary Center for Performing Arts
Opened in 1985, the Center represents the utmost in modern
performance space and encompasses the 1,800 seat Jack Singer
Concert Hall, home of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and
Center programming; Max Bell Theatre, home of Alberta Theatre
Projects; The Secret Theatre, home of One Yellow Rabbit; and the
new, intimate, 185-seat Engineered Air Theatre for small
productions, lectures and recitals.
403-294-7455, 205 - 8 Ave
SE facing Olympic Plaza
Calgary Chinese Cultural
is one of the largest cultural centers in Canada at 70,000 sq
ft, Its great central dome, patterned after the Temple of Heaven
in Beijing, is decorated with intricate tile work featuring a
glistening golden dragon at the center, 60 feet above the floor.
There is a museum and gallery devoted to a historical overview
of Chinese culture, a gift store and a restaurant as well as
classrooms, a library and meeting rooms.
403-262-5071, 197 1 Street SW
Canada Olympic Park
This world-class park located on the western edge of the city
hosted freestyle, bobsleigh, luge and ski jumping events during
the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Summer luge rides (on ice!) are
available June 24 to Aug 27.Drive up to the 90-metre ski jump
tower and visit the observation level, the highest point in
Calgary. Bungee jumping starts May 19, call 286-4334.Sunday
brunch in the Naturbahn Teahouse, reservations required.
403-247-5465, 10 minutes from downtown
in 1920, the world-renowned Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and
Prehistoric Park is located in the heart of the city. Discover
more than 1,200 animals, including numerous rare and endangered
species. There are also reptiles and amphibians, primates,
exotic birds, an Australian and nocturnal complex and an African
Bushveld section, Surround yourself with thousands of plants in
the Botanical Garden. Explore the world of dinosaurs in the
403-232-9300, 1300 Zoo Road NW
Downtown Calgary attraction. Spectacular view of Calgary and the
Canadian Rockies. Revolving restaurant. Light meals in Tops Bar
and Grill above Observation Terrace. Souvenir shop and snack bar
on Observation Terrace. Banquet, wedding and meeting facilities.
101 - 9 Ave SW T2P 1J9
Tel: (403) 266-7171 Fax: (403) 266-7230
is a 2.5-acre indoor garden in the heart of downtown complete
with 20,000 plants of 138 local and tropical varieties,
fountains, waterfalls, reflecting pools, bridges and a
playground, There is a permanent art gallery and music recitals
4th flr, Toronto Dominion Square, 8 Ave & 3 St SW
Eau Claire Market
Unique marketplace by Prince's Island Park. Specialty retail
stores, take-out food outlets, many popular restaurants, fresh
food market, IMAX theatres, Open Year-round.
Tel: (403) 264-6450 Fax: (403) 261-3985
32 hectares (79 acres) of riverside land first owned by Col.
James Walker, one of the original North West Mounted Policemen
in the area, the bird sanctuary was officially established in
1929, Its walking paths are open year-round. Approximately 266
species have been sighted over the years. Inquire about guided
group tours to Calgary natural areas, nature courses on bird
watching and wild flower identification.
Come and experience IMAX films which capture the world's most
awesome wonders on a 5 1/2 story screen. Fifteen thousand watts
of IMAX Digital Sound completely surround your senses and put
you in the picture.
403-974-IMAX, 2 Street & 2 Ave SW (In the Eau Claire Market)
Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery
than 1,000 fish-producing lakes and streams exist in Alberta,
containing 59 species of fish. Approximately 300 of these lakes
are regularly stocked. Named after one of Calgary's earliest
homesteaders, the hatchery opened in 1973 and is one of two fish
hatcheries and two trout brood stations operated by Alberta
Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Service. It produces
rainbow, brook, brown and cutthroat trout. Public is welcome to
take a self guided tour; book in advance for guided group tours.
403-297-6561, 1440 - 17 A Street SE (At
Pearce Estate Park)
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
The "Jube" was opened in 1957 simultaneously with its twin
auditorium in Edmonton to commemorate Alberta's 50th anniversary
as a province (1905-1955), It houses a 2,713-seat concert hall,
the 231-seat Dr Betty Mitchell Theatre, meeting and banquet
rooms and rehearsal space. The auditorium is well-suited to
dance, dramatic and orchestral productions.
403-297-8000, 1415 - 14
world-class show jumping center owned by Ron and Marg Southern
is highly acclaimed in horse sports around the world. Besides
maintaining excellent training and breeding facilities, the
center hosts several major tournaments each year. Visitors may
look around on non-event days free of charge.
Each July, Stampede Park becomes the site of Calgary's famous
Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. The rest of the year, the
Roundup Center, Big Four Building and Agriculture Building host
trade shows and exhibitions, the Olympic Saddledome holds
concerts and Calgary Flames hockey, Stampede Corral hosts
sports, and the Grandstand overlooks horse racing, Stampede
403-261-0101, 17 Ave & 2 Street SE
The University of Calgary
The U of C is a vibrant university established in 1966. It has
16 faculties and more than 20,000 students. The Nickel Arts
Museum, University Theatre and Boris Roubakine Concert Hall
house arts activities. The Physical Education Building and
Olympic Oval are open to the public (see Sports & Recreation).
Free 90-minute guides tours available May to Aug
403-220-3199, 2500 University Drive NW
World of Science
- Centennial Planetarium
Science and technology attraction, Educational
topics in audio-visual form. Exhibit gallery. Hands-on exhibits.
Demonstrations. Traveling exhibits. Family entertainment.
Planetarium Star Theatre and Pleiades Mystery Theatre, Laser
701 - 11 Street SW
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