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    Telus Spark Science Center

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 28, 2013

    Unfortunately like many Science centers these days, this is more of an educational playground for kids that anything instructive for adults. there are no real artifacts here, only a series of storyboards with no interconnection and the standard set of do it yourself physics experiments you find in all these museums. The entrance fee is pretty steep so I would skip this one

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    Devonian Gardens

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 28, 2013

    This is a very unique attraction of Calgary. It sits in the top floor of a mall sharing room with the food court. These tropical gardens are free and way for Calgarians to get a little green on the cold winter days.

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    Local theater: Loose Moose

    by Seradoms Updated Feb 18, 2013

    Though Calgary has several good theater companies (the big ones include: One Yellow Rabbit, Alberta Theater Projects, Vertigo Mystery Theater, etc.) my personal favorite for a fun and informal night out is The Loose Moose Theater Company. With everything from improv nights to original plays, they are usually hilarious and relaxed.

    They present weekly performances in their theater, located on the 2nd Floor of the Crossroads Market - South West Entrance, 1235 - 26th Ave. S.E. Free parking on the west side of the building, with overflow parking on the east side. By public transit: Ogden #24 bus route.

    Online tickets are sold up to 6 pm the day prior to a performance. Any remaining tickets will be available 'at the door'. All performances have assigned seating. Seats will be assigned in the order the tickets were booked.

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    Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

    by Jetgirly Written Feb 16, 2013

    The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is one of my favorite places in Calgary. This is a small riverside park about ten minutes from the city center. In addition to the over 270 species of birds that pass through the sanctuary during migration or that live her year-round, there are also wild animals in the woods including beavers, deer and even lynx! Although the walking trail is short (only about two kilometers) there is lots to see, and the on-site nature center has clean bathrooms and lots of information about local wildlife.

    The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset, while nature center hours vary (check the website).

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    Prince's Island Park

    by Jetgirly Updated Feb 10, 2013

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    Prince's Island Park is an island in the Bow River, located just a few blocks from the center of downtown Calgary. To get there, try walking along 7th Ave SW (where the trains run) to 3rd Street SW. Follow 3rd St SW towards the river (north) and you'll hit the Eau Claire Market, a cheesy shopping center with some cheesy gift shops, overpriced restaurants and a second-run cinema. Just past the Eau Claire Market you'll find a beautiful stretch of park running all along the Bow River. Several pedestrian bridges connect the riverside parks to Princes Island Park, an island in the middle of the river with modern-art statues, lots of benches, waterfowl and brand-new informative signs highlighting the importance of Alberta's wetlands and what is being done to preserve them. If you're really lucky you might see a wild animal like a lost coyote, a wild hare or even a beaver! In the summer there are lots of special events and concerts on the island, but anytime it's not snowing it's a great place for an afternoon walk!

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    Rocky Mountain Rail Journey

    by PeterVancouver Updated Oct 27, 2012

    Rocky Mountain Rail Tours have been operating a private train since 1990 that travels over two days between Calgary and Vancouver and visa versa. It is exclusively a tourist train which sets out at the crack of dawn in Calgary and arrives in Kamloops BC for an overnight stop at a hotel. The next day the train continues its way following the route of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers right into the heart of Vancouver.
    The Gold Leaf service is well worth paying for as you then travel in a full length glass dome rail car with a splendid restaurant underneath which serves cooked breakfast and gourmet lunches. The Gold Leaf service also provides a superior hotel in Kamloops which is part of the package. This is something not to be missed but at $1200.00 - $1500.00 per person it is not cheap

    The only other rail operation on part of this journey is by VIA Rail, but thier trains go further north to Edmonton missing Calgary altogether and who do not have a passenger rail service from their town. The main drawback of VIA is that the crossing of the rocky mountains is at night in either direction so as a passenger, you miss out on one of the most spectacular view which pnly Rocky Mountainier trains offer

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    And they’re off…

    by penumbra Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    There’s nothing quite like sitting with your friends and explaining why one particular horse can’t possibly lose and then 5 minutes later, after the race, explaining why the same horse never stood a chance. Live thoroughbred racing is available in the spring and harness racing in the late summer and fall at Stampede Park on the Stampede grounds. Simulcast racing is available at off track betting locations seven days a week and in the Stampede Grandstand year round on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays. Admission to Stampede Park is free but if you drive, you’ll probably pay for parking.


    Gambling problem? Please call 1-866-33AADAC (Alberta).

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    Calgary Science Center

    by krissyM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can easily spend an afternoon at the Calgary Science Center. There are a number of exhibits to walk through including general science, space, and illusions. The have a planetarium where you can go and watch IMAX style movies or an documentary on the universe. Answer a science question correctly and you can go for a ride on a gyroscope - the device used to trian astronauts.

    Under 2: Free
    Children & Youth (3-17): $12.00
    Adult (18+): $15
    Family: $49.00

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    Devonian Gardens

    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's not every day you get to see lush green gardens inside a shopping mall! However, on the fourth floor of downtown Calgary's TD Square you will find the Devonian Gardens. These gardens take up two and a half acres, and they are full of tropical plants, fountains, ponds, sculptures and even some animals (ranging from unwanted mice to butterflies, koi and turtles). Admission to the gardens is free, and it's a welcome break from some of the craziness downtown!

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    See the Stars

    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is an offshoot of the University of Calgary's Department of Astronomy. The Observatory is located just outside of Calgary, off Highway 22X. It takes about forty-five minutes to drive from downtown Calgary to the observatory; there is no public transporation. The interpretive center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm and admission is free. From May to October the observatory hosts monthly open house nights where you can actually see the stars through a telescope. Admission to these nights is $5 per vehicle. 2007 dates are April 21, May 19, June 23, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 22 and Oct 20.

    As you approach the observatory you will drive up a narrow, one-lane country road. Note the signs to your left as you come up the hill. If the sun was located at the top of the hill at the interpretive center, each sign would indicate how far from the sun that planet was. Inside the interpretive center there are a number of displays about the observatory and astronomy in general, and around the interpretive center are several telescopes (to be used only on open house nights). The RAO is home to the third-largest telescope in Canada and also houses one of a handful of telescopes in the world that are dedicated to finding asteroids.

    One question though: With all the high-tech equipment at the RAO, why do they still have so many rotary phones?

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    Calgary Mellenium Park

    by Shade420 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a new addition to Calgary but is very popular. It is mostly a hudge skatepark but also has concerts and other shows there. It has some snow related activities in the winter. You can only use it for skateing for about 7 months, due to the wheather but it is supposed to be a really good park. I have been there but i don't skateboard. I do hear all kinds of things from the firends that love to skateboard.
    Check out the web site at the bottom it will tell you much more.

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    The Salsa Festival!!!

    by cybercutie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every year, the City puts on the Sun and Salsa festival in Kensington. You pay 3$ CANADIAN for a bag of chips (proceeds go to the Interfaith food bank) and then you proceed to go and test the dozens of salsas from restaurants throughout the city. Afterward there is a showdown, and the best salsa makers wins the adoration of all his peers...Its great fun, and tasty too!

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    The Badlands -- Dinosaur Provincial Park

    by madamx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    75 million years ago, this area was a lush, tropical environment, and attracted a large number of dinosaurs. The conditions here were also perfect for the preservation of their remains, and for forming large deposits of coal, gas, and oil.

    The great rivers that flowed through the area at that time, deposited large amounts of mud and silt. The water from retreating glaciers eventually carved these deposits into beautiful rock formations and exposed colorful layers of silt. To date, about 150 complete skeletal dinosaur remains have been discovered, along with other valuable fossils.

    There are self-guided hikes through the area, an interpretive centre, and campgrounds. The Royal Tyrrell Museum also runs a field Station here, with limited hours of public access.

    The park has campgrounds, or you can find lodging in the town of Brooks, 30 min. south.

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    The Pathway System

    by madamx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Calgary has the largest urban pathway system in North America. There is 500km of paved pathway, plus 260 km of on-street bikeways. The pathways are for all uses -- walking, running, cycling, rollerblading--even skiing during a sudden snowstorm. Off-street pathways are only open to non-motorized traffic.

    The paths are everywhere -- if you drive around the suburbs, you'll see glimpses of pathway through greenbelts and parks. In the downtown area, the most popular pathway area is probably Eau Claire Market/Prince's Island, extending down to the Zoo and Fort Calgary.

    If you are ambitious, you can circle the city on a bike using the pathway system, it is an approximately 70 km ride.

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    Devonian Gardens

    by Maurgan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I am a huge fan of indoor gardens (maybe because winter is long and our climate dry), and this is a beautiful place to sit and relax. The turtles here are also too unbelievably adorable. If you are downtown check this out, but avoid the weekday lunch hours if you want a quieter break.

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