Growing up in Western Canada has so many benefits. The variety of terrain and diverse people across the provinces can make for an awesome adventure . There are quite a few cities in Western Canada that I have yet to explore and one of those cities is Calgary, Alberta.
I’ve only been to Calgary a few times and it was always work-related so I’ve never gotten a chance to truly experience everything the city has to offer. To tell you the truth, I even have family and friends in Calgary! Yup! That is even more reason for me to get it together and head there for a visit.
The Calgary Stampede is the well-known event that stands out to me every year (and no, I’ve never been)! I know, crazy right?
What would I do in Calgary if I made the trip? I have a few things in mind…
I’ve attended various zoos over the years so I would love to see the Calgary Zoo and make the comparison.
For more than 75 years, the Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has offered visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife – right in the heart of the city only 5 minutes from downtown.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Calgary Zoo is one of only four zoos in Canada accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, one of only 222 in the world. We’ve held AZA accreditation since 1978 – over 35 years. We are one of 27 zoos accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo makes every trip and adventure with over 1,000 animals, 6 acres of botanical gardens, a prehistoric park, zoo-nique playgrounds and more!
It can be difficult to find attractions our entire family can enjoy because we have three kids in distinct age groups (toddler, tween and teen) However, it appears that Calaway Park just might be the solution to that problem!
Calaway Park is Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park. The park opened its doors in 1982 and has grown from a small amusement park to one of Calgary and Western Canada’s best attractions!
DID YOU KNOW?
The park spans 160 acres (operating on 90 acres) and has a collection of 34 rides!
Featuring numerous attractions, rides for the thrill- seekers and top-notch live entertainment, Calaway is fun for the whole family! Calaway’s mission is your smile!
I’m a sucker for skyscrapers. So far I’ve been to the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York. It’s about time I check out a Canadian tower, no?!
Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must-see on any visitor’s itinerary. On the Observation Deck you’ll experience a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and the prairies.
DID YOU KNOW?
Guests of the Tower can dine at SKY 360 Restaurant which is located at 155 metres and completes a full rotation every 45 minutes during lunch and every 60 minutes during dinner.
Stand on the amazing glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below. Enjoy a complimentary tour and learn about Calgary’s history, landmarks, and future plans.
Calgary seems like a pretty entertaining city to visit and I’ve only listed three of the numerous attractions it has to offer. Here’s hoping I get there soon!