McDougall Centre Calgary

455 6th St SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 4E8 Canada


Mon-Fri : 8:30am-4:30pm

About McDougall Centre Calgary

McDougall Centre

McDougall Centre

Designed in the “Renaissance Revival” architectural style by the Provincial Architect, A.M. Jeffers, and opened in 1908, McDougall Centre was a training school for teachers till 1921,known as Calgary Normal School. From 1922 to 1981, McDougall School served as a junior high school, then an elementary school. As the number of students dwindled, the school was closed in 1981. During the next year, it was named a historic site. The Alberta government re-purchased the building and restored it to its former magnificence.In 1987, McDougall Centre was reopened as Alberta Government Centre for Southern Alberta.


Meeting rooms are available to non profit organizations.Educational programs are also available for school groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and community groups. A more detailed history is given here.

What to do at McDougall Centre Calgary?

Things to do at McDougall Centre

Enjoy seeing Renaissance Revival architectural style building in the middle of modern downtown Calgary.

Take the intrepretive tours. Available if booked in advance.

This historic site maybe included in the downtown walking tour.

Who all can go and enjoy ? – Everybody, but mostly adults alone will appreciate it.

How to get to McDougall Centre Calgary ?

McDougall Centre Calgary location & directions

Located at 6 Street S.W, it is accessible by Calgary transit route 201 and 202, ie downtown C-train and is in the free fare zone.

GPS Coordinates:

In DMS:51° 2′ 57.8286″,-114° 4′ 37.7436″
In DD:51.049397,-114.077151

How long will it take to visit McDougall Centre Calgary?

Time Required to Visit – 15 – 30 minutes

How much to visit McDougall Centre Calgary?

McDougall Centre Admission



When to visit McDougall Centre ?

McDougall Centre Calgary Hours

Day light hours to enjoy the outside architecture.

Tours should be booked in advance.

Mon to Friday : 8:30am-4:30pm, on Alberta Govt Work days.

What about Amenities, Access & Parking?


Wheel chair access.

Paid Parking available at McDougall Parkade

5 Ave SW (5 Ave vehicle entrance)
451-6 St SW (pedestrian entrance)
658 stalls underground parkade (3 accessible stalls)

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