Museums

Aerospace Museum : Located near the Calgary International Airport, the Calgary Aerospace Museum focuses on the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the history of civilian aviation, from the AEA Silver Dart to the Twin Otter. A rare WWII Lancaster bomber is the centrepiece of the collection.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame celebrates Canadian sports figures of all types: from Marilyn Bell (first to swim across Lake Ontario) to Terry Fox, from James Naismith (inventor of basketball) to Rocket Richard. Interactive exhibits give you the chance to try out different sporting activities for yourself. Shadow boxing with Lennox Lewis and wheelchair racing with Chantal Peticlair are just a few of the interactive components of this museum.

Creative Kids Museum : Located within TELUS Spark, the purpose of this museum is “to provide a space for children and their families to have fun in an exciting environment where hands-on discovery enhances creativity and learning.”

Firefighters' Museum of Calgary : The galleries are all closed for the 2014 season due to construction of a new facility. Expected to reopen in late 2015. This museum focuses on the history of firefighting in Calgary, and boasts a large collection of antique firetrucks, including a very rare 1929 Magirus Aerial. 

Fort Calgary : In 1875, the North-West Mounted Police (now the RCMP) built Fort Calgary near the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River. As part of the city's 1975 centennial, the original site was excavated by archeologists. It now hosts an interpretive centre on the history of Calgary, a reproduction of the 1875 Fort Calgary, a reproduction of the two-storey 1888 men's barracks, the 1906 Deane House (home of Fort Calgary's Superintendent, Captain Richard Deane) restaurant and a 40-acre riverside park. 

Gasoline Alley Museum : Just inside the gate at Heritage Park Historical Village is Gasoline Alley, an interactive museum carefully designed to inspire both the young and the young at heart. Guests solve a traffic jam, kids learn the rules of the road on pedal cars, enjoy the magic of a drive-in movie and explore over 67 one-of-kind vintage automobiles and memorabilia.

Glenbow Museum : Established in 1954 by Calgary philanthropist Eric Harvie, the Glenbow Museum's main focus is on the history of Western Canada. However, permanent and touring exhibits covering an amazing range. The permanent exhibitions include West Africa, mineral treasures, warriors of the world, the Blackfoot First Nation, other First Nations of Canada, and Asian religious sculptures.Two new permanent exhibitions ( Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta and Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life
The Blackfoot Gallery
) on the third floor cover the history of Alberta from a wide range of perspectives. The Glenbow also has a large art gallery, with exhibits changing regularly. The Glenbow Museum Shop is an excellent source of books on art and history for all ages, and has a wide variety of unique gifts, including some which are specially created for the museum shop.

Military Museums: This is the second-largest military museum of Canada, after the Canadian War Museum. The newly-expanded museum has several galleries dedicated to various aspects of Canada's armed forces. The four founding galleries are each oriented toward a specific army regiment: the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), the Calgary Highlanders, the King's Own Calgary Regiment (aka 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles), 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment/Calgary Tanks) and the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). These galleries, dioramas of various scenes, from the battle of the Walcheren Causeway to life in a WWI trench, are sure to engage anyone with an interest in Canadian military history. Outside on the musem grounds are a number of tanks on permanent static display, while a Sherman Firefly tank is the centrepiece of a life-size diorama in the main entryway. The new galleries cover Canada's war artists, prisoners of war, the Royal Canadian Air Force (with two very realistic movie presenations), and the Canadian Navy. The naval gallery is very large, and is based on the old Naval Museum of Alberta, with  exhibits on the WWII Battle of the Atlantic, the British naval heritage, the Korean War, RCN ships, RCN aircraft, and HMCS Calgary. Docents are on hand to answer questions.

TELUS Spark (formerly TELUS World of Science Calgary):  This newly-expanded and relocated (2011) science centre features a  fun interactive exhibits on all kinds of aspects of science. Families, especially those with kids, are sure to love this place.

 

Attractions

Bow Habitat Station and Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery: Fish and aquatic habitats are the focus of this interpretive centre. The Discovery Centre has aquariums and exhibits about the role of fish, rivers and wetlands in Alberta's ecology. You can fish in the trout pond, or feed fish during the hatchery tour. There is also an interpretive wetland to explore. 

Calaway Park : Western Canada's largest amusement park. Attractions include a roller coaster, train ride, log ride, Ferris wheel, and many other amusement park classics. From the top of the Ferris wheel on a clear day, you can get a lovely view of the mountains. Entrance is with a "one price, all rides" ticket. There are rides suitable for all ages, as well as the classic prize games (for an additional charge per game). During summer, there are daily live shows offered indoors and outdoors. There are also many food concessions, featuring amusement park pricing on food. However, you may pack a picnic lunch and eat it at the park's picnic area. On Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy, aka 16 Ave N. in Calgary) about 10 minutes west of Calgary; use exit 169.

Calgary Tower : A Calgary landmark since its construction in 1968, the Calgary Tower also served as an Olympic torch in 1988 when a giant flame at the top of the tower burned throughout the Winter Olympics. The tower has an observation deck which goes completely around the building. Not only does it offer an excellent view of the city in all directions, but the new glass-floored area offers a view in a new direction: straight down! Telescopes and signage help you to see the view better and understand what you're seeing. The  revolving Sky 360 restaurant is at the top of the tower; reservations recommended.

Calgary Zoo:  One of North America's largest zoos, the Calgary Zoo is very popular with kids year-round. Aside from animals from all continents, and a large conservatory and garden area, there is also the Prehistoric Park, featuring life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs, and many animal- and nature-themed playgrounds dotted around the zoo.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre : The interior of the Chinese cultural centre is a reproduction of the Hall of Prayers of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and it is truly amazing to see. The cultural centre also houses some businesses, and a small museum on Chinese history and the history of Chinese Albertans.

Devonian Gardens:  The Devonian Gardens are one of the world's largest indoor gardens. Located on three levels of the CORE Shopping Centre in downtown Calgary, the gardens include a waterfall, ponds, meandering creek, sculptures and a playground.

Heritage Park   : This is a historical village comprised of historic buildings and replicas of historic buildings from Western Canada that date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  It is located in a southwestern residential area of Calgary.  You can reach Heritage Park by driving to the intersection of Heritage Drive and 14th Street SW.  Alternatively you can reach it by public transportation.  Catch the C-Train to Heritage Station and then transfer to the Heritage Park Shuttle, which is Bus No. 502.  Once you're in Heritage Park, you can ride a steam train or a sternwheeler onGlenmore Reservoir.  Children like the antique midway rides.  The tipis, fur fort, blacksmith shop, railway roundhouse, and antique cars are enjoyed by all ages.  Heritage Park is open 7 days a week from the Victoria Day long weekend (the weekend preceding May 25th) until Labour Day (the first Monday in September).  Thereafter it is open only on weekends through Canadian Thanksgiving (the second Monday of October).  It then closes for the winter, except for its Once Upon A Christmas celebration. The Gasoline Alley automotive museum at Heritage Park is open all year round.

Winsport Canada Olympic Park (COP):  The 90-metre ski jump tower at Canada Olympic Park is one of the most visible reminders in Calgary of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and it continues to play a key role in training world-class  athletes as a Canadian Centre of Sport Excellence. There are three ski jump towers here, as well as a bobsleigh and luge track. In the winter, you can ski and snowboard at COP; in the summer, it is a haven for mountain bikers, who use the ski lifts to get to the top of the hill. A 500 metre long zipline lets you experience flying off the 90-metre ski jump tower. You can also try a 1.8 km long run down the skyline luge track or just relax and enjoy some mini-golf. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is also located at Winsport. There are separate charges for each attraction at Winsport COP.