Visiting such a large and vibrant city could be quite daunting when you don’t know your way around or where to go first. As our previous posts have outlined, there are many historical sites and monuments to visit and Calgary also has plenty to offer in terms of arts, culture and entertainment. If you were to take a tour of the entire city’s attractions, it’ll probably take a lifetime – Therefore, we’ll provide you with a short guide to the best sites to visit when you arrive.
Established in 1875, Fort Calgary was initially named Fort Brisebois by the North-West Mounted Police. In 1974, the city purchased the site and resuscitated it into what we now know as a museum and recreational site. Located at the joining of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Fort Calgary is home to many exhibits, tours and school programs. In addition to this, the site is also available for private functions such as weddings, banquets and parties. Every month, the Fort hosts its own events, fairs and workshops which invites the whole family to participate in the fun.
The Calgary zoo is another fun and exciting venue to take the family. The zoo itself exhibits 1,000 animals from all around the world also offers many educational and entertaining programs which allow visitors to interact with their animals. This vast site is home to many species and also has a Conservatory for butterflies as well as the lush Dorothy Harvie Gardens for you and the family to tour.
The Calgary Zoo does not only cater for the younger crowd, they also offer opportunities for adults to assist the zoo staff and spend 1-on-1 time with the animals. You are also welcome to indulge in a romantic hot air balloon tide over the city Skyline, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary’s rolling foothills.
Bow & Elbow River Boating
If you are a fan of extreme sports, you may want to take up boat racing on either of these two rivers. If you don’t fancy yourself an adrenalin junkie, you are more than welcome to get a canoe for a peaceful float along the banks of the river. In order to remain safe, we advise that you wear a life jacket at all times.
Beltline 17th Avenue
If you seek a night out on the town, be sure to visit Beltline 17th Avenue. The district is known for its lively bars, restaurants, lounges and other nightlife entertainment venues. Here, you’ll find an assortment of venues suited for every taste – be it sport, art, theatre, music or just purely for the sake of drinking to be merry.