One Day Tour of Calgary
Here are few suggestions if you have just one day in Calgary. You can not do everything in a day, but this will give some ideas and make your one day visit to Calgary memorable. The article includes some of the best attractions in Calgary.
See the attraction page for more information about each attraction.
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Also see the article An evening in Calgary
The article Places to see in Calgary, gives a handy list of most of the attractions in Calgary with Hours, Admission, Address and GPS coordinates.
If in Calgary during the first half of July, have a great time at the Calgary Stampede.
1. If you just have a day , the best way to see Calgary is to take a tour of Downtown Calgary.
This may take most of the day, especially if you do not rush, but this tour will cover some of the major attractions like Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue Walk (shop & dine), Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, Prince’s Island Park and you can enjoy a lovely stroll along the Bow river Pathway.
See the blog Downtown Calgary Tour.
Consider buying Entertainment Coupon Booklet as it has coupons for many Calgary attractions like Calgary Zoo, Fort Calgary, Heritage Park, Military Museums and has plenty of restaurant coupons.
If you have time left after the downtown tour, visit Military Museums or Heritage Park Village.
2. Another major tourist attraction in Calgary is the Heritage park. As Canada’s largest living history museum by number of exhibits, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions.
Heritage Park features a village that was recreated to appear as it might have in late 19th and early 20th century Alberta. Attractions in the park include a cruise on the Glenbow Reservoir, vintage amusement rides, vintage car museum and more! There is something for everyone here at the park.
Time required to visit: 3 hours.
In winter, the Gasoline Museum alone is open.
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
Hours: Mid May to October
Mid May – Mid Octiber
General (15 – 64): $26.25
Child (3 – 6): $$13.50
Youth (7 – 14): $18.75
Senior (65+): $20.50
3. Another great stop in Calgary is the The Military Museums.
Opened as Canada’s largest military museum, it showcases the triumphs and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. See the large mural mosaic display, displays of military tanks & airplanes, and other interpretive displays detailing life during World War I & II. Children will also enjoy the trip.
Address: 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary
Monday – Sunday, Closed Jan 1 & Dec 25.
Adults $15, Seniors/Students/Youth (7 – 17) $5, Family $30
Children (Under 7)/ Veteran/Serving Military Personnel: Free
Address: 1300 Zoo Rd. N.E., Calgary
Hours: Year round,Closed Dec. 25, Zoo Gala
Admission (low season): Adults :(16 – 59): $23.00, Senior (60+): $21.00
Child (3 – 15): $15.00, Infant (2 & under): Free
Address: 220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary
Summer Hours: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM, Daily.
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM. – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM. – 5:00 PM
Adult : $19.95
Senior : $17.95
Youth : $15.95
Child : $12.95
5. Calgary is home to Spruce Meadows, the world’s premier show jumping and equestrian facility, famous for events like Spruce Meadows Masters. So if in Calgary during the Championship shows, consider visiting Spruce Meadows. Many events are free/complimentary.
Address: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Hours: Year round; 9 AM to 6 PM during non tournament days & evenings during X-mas season
Some events are also also free.
6. If you are sports enthusiast, visit Canada Olympic Park.
Want to ski, snow board or bobsleigh right in the middle of the city? COP is the place to go.
The hill is divided into three sections, the downhill racing section, the casual section and the terrain park. It is a great visit in the winter. In summer, enjoy Mountain Biking, Zipline at the Park, Summer Bobsleigh Rides, and more!
Enjoy the thrills of going downhill on a 1.8 km long track on a wheeled ride at Skyline Luge. The park is also home to the Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Address: Canada Olympic Park, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W.
Hill Road | 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Main Gate | 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Admission: Fees per activity, Admission is free.
7. If you love music, you must visit Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Visit Studio Bell to learn more about Canadian artists, how music is made, new technologies, science behind it and more!
Address: 850 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1R1
Year Round: Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
July 1–31, daily: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed: Dec 25 & 26
Seniors / Students: $14.00
Youth (3-12): $11.00
Children (under 3): Free
8. Bike along the Bow valley pathway system, which is a network of pedestrian and bicycle path developed along the banks of the Bow River. Check the pathway map and the interactive map. See the suggestions here.
9. Enjoy a performance by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra or by Theatre Calgary at Art Commons.
If you are visiting Calgary during a weekend, see Things to do in Calgary this weekend for events happening during the weekend.
10. Calgary Brewery Tours – Experience good natured and welcoming breweries, eateries and distilleries with people who enjoy a satisfying brew as much as you. Two distinct tours let you taste the flavours of the Calgary area. You will witness the region’s rich history and realize the crazy lengths our brewers and distillers go to for the love of beer, spirits and mead. The tours will take you on an adventure to the birthplaces of Calgary’s most exceptional beverages.
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