Calgary has a wide array of exciting and interesting attractions from the new Science Centre - Telus Spark to the family favourite Calgary Zoo. Whether you are interested in history, science, nature or sightseeing Calgary has a place for you.
The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo is a terrific place to visit for people of all ages. The Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada and only 5 minutes from downtown Calgary. Along with the King Penguin exhibit, the zoo has over 1000 animals including gorillas, giraffes, wolves, grizzly bears, moose, Komodo dragons, red pandas and hippos. For dinosaur lovers, the Calgary Zoo will take you back in time with a Prehistoric Park featuring life sized dinosaurs.
Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village is exactly as it sounds a place where you can step back to an early day when Calgary was new and filled with pioneers, blacksmiths and fur traders. You can explore the historical buildings, ride the steam train, hop on the paddle boat, sit at a desk in a one room school house, buy old fashioned candy, and eat homemade bread.
Spruce Meadows is a world class equestrian complex which hosts several international show jumping events a year. If you love horses and want to see some of the best riders in the world this is the place to go.
Near the Calgary Zoo, is the new Calgary science centre, Telus Spark. Drive down Deerfoot and you will see an amazing architectural building that looks like a mountain of metal and glass. There are fascinating and interactive exhibits. Learn about the earth and sky, the human body, science, technology and more.
The Calgary Stampede is considered the greatest outdoor show in the world where Calgarians and visitors put on their cowboys hats and cowboy boots and have a giant party for 10 days. The Stampede has a rodeo with events like chuck wagon races, bull riding, and calf roping, as well as the grandstand show, nightly fireworks, live music, agricultural exhibition and all the carnival rides and junk food you can handle.
WinSport's Canada Olympic Park
WinSport's Canada Olympic Park is famous for hosting ski jumping, bobsleigh, and luge during the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Located only 15 minutes from downtown, this facility is a giant playground for all seasons. If your need is for speed in the summer time you can fly down the fastest zipline in North America reaching speeds of up to 140 km/h. The zipline stars at the top the 90m ski jump tower. If you need more try sliding down the track on a four-man bobsleigh. During the summer you can also enjoy 25 km of mountain bike trails or explore Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
WinSport's Canada Olympic Park has amazing alpine skiing, snowboarding and skating facilities, so in the winter it's the place go. Skiers at every level from beginner to expert can pick their spot. The park includes cross-country ski trails, an Under Armour Halfpipe and a four arena Ice Complex for hockey, figure skating, Ringette or public skating.