Thursday Evening Outdoor Tours by Lougheed House

August 6, 2020

September 3, 2020


Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary

Events Description

Free Outdoor Tours at Lougheed House

Our 2020 outdoor Thursday evening tours are free and fun! They will keep you outside and learning all summer long. All tours are 60 minutes long and limited to 20 people per tour (to allow for physical distancing). You can also preorder Chef Judy Wood boxed snacks to enjoy on site at our outdoor patio after your tour.

If you will attend more than one tour you must reserve your tickets separately for each.

On the day of your tour, you MUST print out, complete and bring with you this Wellness Screening Questionnaire. A completed questionnaire is necessary to participate in these tours, so if you forget to bring your completed questionnaire, we will have extra copies that you can complete on site. Please check-in at our on-site info tent a minimum of 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

All tours are one hour in length and happen from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (except the August 27 Queer History Walking Tour which happens from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.).

See you soon!

Choose from the nine separate tours, described below. Note the date of your preferred tour, then choose that date after you click “Select a Date” on the ticket order page.

July 16, August 6, August 20, September 3

Garden Tour – With Head Gardener Jane Reksten.

Join us for an evening stroll through the Gardens of Lougheed House. This two-acre landscape reflects the gardening style of the Victorian era, while illustrating current trends and the realities of inner-city gardening in Calgary’s unusual climate. We will tour each of the garden beds, focusing on the plants that are in their prime. This is a perfect way to deepen your understanding of our Gardens, whether purely for enjoyment, or to inspire your own gardening projects.

Jane Reksten has a BA from the University of Victoria in Microbiology and Environmental Studies and Diploma in Horticulture from Olds College. She worked in the landscape industry for five years before joining the Calgary Zoo and Botanical Gardens, first as the Schoolyard Naturalization Project leader, and later as Botanical Education Coordinator. Jane is currently the Manager, Botanic Gardens and Greenhouses at Olds College, and while on sabbatical for 2020, is the Head Gardener (Garden and Volunteer Consultant) at Lougheed House. Jane is a regular writer and speaker on a variety of gardening topics and enjoys sharing her love of learning and enthusiasm for horticulture.

July 23 & August 13

House Through History

Have you ever walked by and wondered who built Lougheed House? Did you know that the House has served over six different purposes including being home to a Victorian family, and a blood donor clinic? Join us for an outside tour of Lougheed House and Gardens and learn about the history of the site from 1891 to now, the many people who worked and lived here, the unique architecture of the House, and the many buildings that used to stand on the site.

July 30 and August 27

History of Métis Gardening – With Kalyn Kodiak.

Back by popular demand! Kalyn Kodiak, a Métis Knowledge Keeper, as well as Traditional and Clinical Herbalist, will take you on a tour of the Lougheed House Gardens and will share with you the history of Métis gardening and the traditional uses of plants in our area.

August 27

Queer History Walking Tour – With Kevin Allen

Join author and head of Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen on a walk through the beltline and city centre. This tour will highlight locations significant to the political and social events that affected our local queer community. From community gathering spaces in parks to several former watering holes where Calgary’s LGBTQ community gathered, this tour will give you an appreciation of the breadth and depth of Calgary’s queer history.


Reminders to all tour guests:

1. Before attending, print and fill out the health questionnaire included in your ticket, and bring it with you for a faster check in.

2. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and contact medical professionals.

3. Practice social/physical distancing of a minimum of 2 metres (six feet).

4. Exercise respiratory etiquette (e.g. coughing or sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow, not your hand, and promptly disposing of used tissues in the trash and wash your hands afterwards).

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands .

6. Avoid shaking hands or any other physical contact with fellow tour hosts or guests.

7. Wash hands frequently and use proper hand hygiene. This means washing your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of greater than 60%.

8. Respect other people’s space in the Gardens, including any accompanying pets.

9. Use receptacles for all garbage, recycling and compost so the park space is clean and safe for all!

The wearing of face masks of all tour participants is strongly encouraged.

Washrooms: Washroom access is limited onsite and will only be available to tour guests from 30 minutes before the tour starts and 30 minutes after the tour ends. Though washrooms will be thoroughly sanitized before and after tour group use, if possible, guests are encouraged to use their own facilities before visiting the site.

Our Head Gardener Jane Reksten leads our Twilight Gardens Tour July 16th, August 6th, August 20th, and September 3rd.

Kalyn Kodiak (July 23rd, August 7th) is a Métis Knowledge Keeper and Traditional and Clinical Herbalist.

Kevin Allen (August 27th) heads up the Gay History Project and was a big part of our popular Outliers: Queer History in Calgary project in 2019.

Enjoy an antipasto box (above), a cheese box or a dip box before or after your tour. These delicious creations by Chef Judy Wood (of Meez Cuisine) must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance, and can be enjoyed in our outdoor patio or anywhere else you want to eat it. Wine and beverages are also available.


Tickets : Free

How to get tickets?



Date & Time:

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:30 PM to Thursday, September 03, 2020, 7:30 PM


Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0K8

Tour Check In: Our entrance to the building is located at the SW corner of the building between our two parking lots. Please look for an event/check-in tent there. Check in will be available 30 minutes before the start of each tour. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time. Please bring your health screening questionnaire already filled out to speed up your check-in process.

Parking: We have two free parking lots available to attendees. One off of 13th Avenue and one off of 14th Avenue. If parking lots fill up, all street parking is free in our neighbourhood after 6 pm.

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