It’s hardly surprising that the very mention of Calgary conjures up images of the iconic Calgary Stampede (//www.calgarystampede.com), with its rodeos, major concert performances and barbeques. But there’s more to this city that reflects its abundant history and diverse culture.
Here’s a sample of some of the unique attractions that await visitors to Calgary.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (//www.sportshall.ca) Located in the WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, this 40,000 square foot facility pays homage to our inspirational sports heroes. A dozen galleries and more than 50 hands-on interactive exhibits let visitors take on a variety of sports challenges, including boxing, rowing, wheelchair racing and more.
Fort Calgary (//www.fortcalgary.com) Located at the juncture of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Fort Calgary brings to life the story of the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police, the building of Fort Calgary and the development of Calgary as the city it is today. Exhibits take visitors back in time to the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police and the construction of Fort Calgary in 1875 through the present day.
Glenbow Museum (//www.glenbow.org/index.cfm), The Glenbow Museum, houses the largest art collection in Western Canada with an emphasis on making its art as accessible as possible to students, low-income visitors, First Nations, and new Canadians. Also, Glenbow’s Library and Archives, Canada’s largest non-governmental archival repository, serves as a valuable resource for historians, writers, students, genealogists, filmmakers and media.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretation Centre (//history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/default.aspx) One of the world’s oldest, largest and most preserved buffalo jumps teaches visitors about a 6,000-year-old hunting practice common to the native peoples of the Great Plains. In 1981, UNESCO designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site.
Heritage Park Historical Village (//www.heritagepark.ca) With more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres, Heritage Park Historical Village is Canada’s largest living heritage museum. Visitors are treated to interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques that bring the West in the 1800s and 1900s to life.
Royal Tyrrell Museum (//www.tyrrellmuseum.com/index.htm) Internationally recognized for its collection, preservation, presentation, and interpretation of fossils, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. The Museum boasts one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and offers a variety of programs that bring the prehistoric past to life for young and old alike.
TELUS Spark (//www.sparkscience.ca) Calgary’s new Science Centre is a draw for locals and visitors. More than 100 interactive exhibits, programs and demonstrations allow people of all ages to discover and explore science, technology, mathematics and art in new and creative ways.
If you’re ready to experience Calgary to its fullest, contact Tourism Calgary at 403-263-8510, toll-free at 1-800-661-1678, or visit their website at //www.visitcalgary.com.