Located one block north of the Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue is a pedestrian‐only walkway and National Historic District offering patrons unique boutiques and shops, as well as historic buildings such as Old City Hall, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the old Bank of Montreal building.
Calgary’s Old City Hall was built by the Alberta Building Company with sandstone from the Bone and Oliver Quarry on 17th Avenue. For the grand ceremony on June 26, 1911, 210 palm trees were imported and a gold key was used to unlock the door. Calgary is one of only seven Canadian cities that still has its original City Hall.
Anchored at either end by two historic buildings – the Burns Building to the east and the old Calgary Public Building to the west – this 6‐level complex is one of the largest arts centres in Canada. It houses five theatre spaces, a concert hall and a theatre school and is home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Olympic Plaza was built for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games using bricks sold to the general public for $19.88 each. For each brick sold, $5 was donated to the Olympic Plaza Trust Fund. Personal messages, inscriptions and phrases were engraved on the bricks and in April 1987 workmen began laying the bricks.
More than 30,000 people assembled nightly to watch the medal presentations, fireworks, laser displays and entertainment. Today, the Plaza remains a meeting place and hosts concerts, festivals and city‐hosted celebrations. In the winter it is used for public ice skating and Christmas light displays.
Located on St George’s Island in the Bow River, the Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada. Aside from the animal exhibits, the Zoo also features botanical gardens and a prehistoric park: the only zoo in the world to incorporate all three.
This is one of Western Canada’s largest museums, with over a million objects displayed in more than 20 galleries. This cultural landmark has a permanent exhibit called “Mavericks” which traces the history of Alberta through the lives of 48 personalities. The museum also features a military collection, items used by the first nations of North America, precious and semi‐precious stones from around the world, a substantial Asian collection and an art collection dating from the 19th century to the present.
Fort Calgary is located at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers. It was established in 1875 as Fort Brisebois by the North West Mounted Police to run off American whiskey traders.
In 1975, after years of abandonment, and to celebrate Calgary’s centennial, archaeologists unearthed the remains of the original wooden fort. From these efforts Fort Calgary was revived as an interpretive centre. Since then volunteers have reconstructed the 1875 fort and built a replica of the two‐storey men’s barracks.
Known as the “artsiest” zone of Calgary, Inglewood has a number of small independent art galleries and live music venues. Inglewood also boasts many unique shopping and dining experiences.
The Scotiabank Saddledome is home to the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Hitmen and the Calgary Roughnecks. The Saddledome is also used for concerts, exhibitions and other sporting events, such as figure skating and curling. The Saddledome is also at the heart of the Stampede grounds.
The Canadian Pacific Railway, formerly known as CP Rail, is a historic railway founded in 1881 that helped link Canada’s east and west coasts. The CPR rail network stretches from Vancouver to Montreal and also serves major cities in the United States such as Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City. An old locomotive can be seen at the intersection of 9th Avenue SW and 1st Street SW.
This world famous 10-day exhibition and rodeo is held every July and attracts more than a million visitors each year. Over the next decade the fair grounds will be expanded into the Victoria Park area, adjacent to the current park. A new casino has already opened and future plans call for a western-themed street and a Calgary campus for the Olds Agricultural College.
The Talisman Centre is located just across MacLeod Trail from Stampede Park in Lindsay Park. Built for the 1983 Western Canada Games, it is the second busiest multisport recreation facility in North America. It houses five full-sized pools, an Olympic caliber dive tank, a 200‐metre running track, 25,000 square feet of cardio and weight training space, a physiotherapy and sports medicine clinic and the Cardiac Wellness Institute of Calgary. The Talisman Centre is open to the public and is also home to many Olympic and World champions – more than 200 in the last 25 years.
Canada Olympic Park hosted ski-jumping, bobsleigh and luge during the1988 Winter Olympics Games. Today the park contains the Olympic Hall of Fame, the Icehouse (an indoor track where sliding athletes can practice their starts) and a freestyle moguls and aerials venue.
Lougheed House was home to Senator James Lougheed, his wife Isabella, and their six children and staff. Built in 1891 on a 2.8 acre site now located in the Beltline, the house was designated a National Historic Site in 1995.