5 Most Notable Calgary Sights
When people around the world talk about Calgary, they usually focus on the financial and economic strength of the city. Yes, Calgary offers a wealth of opportunities, but its riches go far beyond dollars and cents. Here, in no particular order, are some of the many things we love about Calgary.
A stroll on Stephen Avenue on a sunny day is the stuff of urban perfection. Even in winter, this historic pedestrian street is alive with shoppers, buskers, office workers and diners. Street vendors, cafes, restaurants, shops and bars add to the mix. Throw in the Arts Commons and Olympic Plaza, and you have everything to love about a city.
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Peace Bridge spans the Bow River, carrying pedestrians and cyclists from Memorial Drive into the downtown core. Controversial during its construction, the bridge opened in 2012 and has quickly become an icon. Its arresting appearance is accentuated by nighttime lighting, and at 130 metres (428 feet) long, it crosses the river in one stretch with no supports, piers or footings in the water, letting the Bow flow as nature intended.
Established in 1929, the zoo is habitat, sweet habitat, for penguins, lions, tigers, giraffes and gorillas, along with more location-appropriate species such as caribou, mountain sheep and wolves. At 30 hectares, it’s also Western Canada’s largest and most-visited zoo. A stroll through the Calgary Zoo is like a trip around the world. The animals are grouped by geographic region, with climates and flora to match. The Calgary zoo was rated the #1 Zoo in Canada by tripadvisor in 2014, and in 2018, welcomed two giant pandas!
The Glenbow Museum
With more than a million artifacts and 31,000 artworks, the Glenbow Museum is one of the largest in the country. In addtion to its own collection, the Glenbow’s exhibitions in recent years have included the works of M.C. Escher, Emily Carr, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin, the Group of Seven, Yousuf Karsh and many, many more.
Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, Calaway Park (the name was arrived at by combining “Calgary” and “away”) is 10 km west of the city. The park, open from spring through fall, features high-energy entertainment and 32 rides ranging from tame to thrilling. Your gate admission includes access to all the rides — you’ll just need cash for snacks and souvenirs. The atmosphere is sheer fun. Those with young children might want to consider investing in season’s passes.
Here, in no particular order, are some of the many things we love about Calgary.