More than just a city flanked by fantastic nature and the wonders of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary has plenty of things for visitors to enjoy. Calgary has been bustling in the last ten years and has grown beyond its origins as a frontier town into a place with a wealth of restaurants, parks, museums and nightlife. Home to the Winter Olympics of 1988 Calgary also is a city with a rich sports tradition to be enjoyed at its varied sports facilities like Olympic Park and the Saddledome. A few great things to do in Calgary include:
1900 Heritage Drive SW | Calgary
Heritage Park goes to the effort of actually re-creating Calgary’s frontier past. A 66 acre living historical village, Heritage Park employs actor to re-create what life was like on an 1860’s replica fur trading post. Activities in the park include riding a steam locomotive, a horse drawn carriage, or even a paddle wheel boat. Gasoline Alley Museum provides visitors a chance to learn more about Calgary’s history specifically its frontier past. Heritage Park is open from May 21 and September 5th – and weekends from September 5th until October 10th – from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission cost $20 Canadian for adults with rides costing $3 dollars extra.
Canada Olympic Park
88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest Calgary
Canada Olympic Park is a massive winter sports complex that was used during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Now it is used as a training facility for young athletes and is open to the public to tour and use. This is a great in city ski and cross country facility in the winter, complete with the options of taking skiing lessons. If you are feeling bolder it is even possible to try your hand at taking a luge or a bob sleigh down the Olympic track. If you are looking for more relaxed activity it is also possible to visit the Olympic Hall of Fame Museum which has one of the world’s largest collections of Olympic artifacts, including: photographs, costumes and even the torch used to begin the Calgary games. The park is open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and costs between $41 and $48 dollars for a day ski pass. Other activities vary in their cost.