Giveaways + 7 Things you didn’t know about Calgary culture and transportation attractions

When’s the last time you had a view like this one? (Photo credit: Calgary Tower)

When deciding what to do in Calgary over the summer months, visitors are spoiled for choice. Not only do we have loads of cool attractions, but they cater to all interests and age groups. Here are the top things to do in Calgary for both culture vultures and transportation buff. Oh, did I mention all these awesome Calgary attractions have major discounts? Read on for how to claim yours and enter my giveaway for free tickets. 

Culture in Calgary

When the Tragically Hip sang about the Paris of the Prairies, do you think they were talking about Calgary? They could’ve been. There’s way more than meets the eye in this city commonly known for its energy and western hospitality.

Calgary art gallery

Take the Glenbow Museum for instance. I bet you didn’t know they have over one million artworks, artifacts and photographs in their collection. And with over 30,000 works of art, it’s the largest collection in all of Western Canada. Take that Vancouver and Edmonton.

Glenbow museum art

Here’s Frida painting her father. (Photo credit: Gisele Freund/Kahlo Museum)

Glenbow’s feature exhibitions change three times a year. These exhibitions bring nationally significant art and stories from across Canada and around the world to Calgary. Every time the exhibitions change, they host a huge all-ages party with local bands and other performances. Everyone is invited and admission is by donation. Catch Friday Kahlo: Her Photos at the Glenbow until May 21.

Studio Bell at the National Music Centre

Did you know that Backstage Pass Tours at Studio Bell offer access to even more of the National Music Centre’s vast collection – from early instruments to modern electronics? Running every Sunday at 12 pm and 1:30 pm, this tour is guided by a trained musician and provides a behind-the-scenes look at rare artifacts and world-class recording spaces and equipment, including the legendary Rolling Stones Mobile Studio!

man playing guitar at museum

Make some music at Studio Bell (Photo credit: Neil Zeller)

Calgary Stampede Art Walk

Some of the world’s most significant pieces of western art are found right here in Calgary – at Stampede Park. I know, I know, viewing public art at the Stampede grounds wasn’t my first thought either. But these outdoor pieces that range from murals to bronze sculptures are totally impressive and something you can do year-round. They’ve even developed a self-guided art walk that describes each piece and where it’s located (mostly around Stampede Park and downtown Calgary). Access the art walk info here.

cowboy mural

Some of the world’s best western art can be found in and around Stampede Park.

Dinner theatre in Calgary

Yes, there’s historical artifacts at Fort Calgary, but they also host a very cool dinner theatre. If you’re a fan of mysteries, you’ll love their current line-up. Because Fort Calgary has this fully-equipped, state-of-the-art theatre, it’s also a fantastic venue for events like film screenings and presentations. I believe I’ve waxed on about their Sunday brunch before, so I’ll just give a gentle reminder that it includes access to the museum.

amateur theatre

The dinner theatre at Fort Calgary is a total hoot.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

It seems in every family, there’s someone who’s totally into transportation. These guys want to see steam engines, bomber planes and retro cars. Fortunately for them, they can easily get their fix in Calgary.

Calgary aviation museum

There’s tons of airplanes to admire inside the Hangar Flight Museum, but the Lancaster bomber is one of the most popular. While the one on display was never issued to an active squadron, it was converted to Maritime Reconnaissance configuration and taken on by 404 Buffalo Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Besides the Lancaster, there’s loads of rare and historically significant military and civilian planes here. Why not visit on Father’s Day weekend to suss out their wings and wheels exhibit?

old fashioned airplane

This is a Barkley-Grow, reputed to be the first airliner operated in Canada by uniformed crew members.

Gasoline Alley Heritage Park

From May long weekend until Labour Day, visitors at Heritage Park can hop aboard their historic steam train. Interestingly, the train switches directions halfway through the summer season. Why, you may ask? It’s so the wheels don’t wear out on one side. The train runs so often, each summer it travels around the Park the same distance as a coast-to-coast trip across Canada.

old fashioned steam train

You get your money’s worth at Heritage Park – especially if you take a train ride.

Just outside the entry gates to Heritage Park lies Gasoline Alley. Its Grand Hall is chock-a-block with vintage vehicles and retro automotive memorabilia. Take a gander the next time you visit.

Views from the Calgary Tower

Towering over the city at an altitude of 1,236 m (4,028 ft.), the Calgary Tower is the highest observation tower above sea level in the world. That makes for some pretty epic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. If you’ve got a transportation buff in your brood, hustle them up to the top of the tower to take in all the action. Down below vehicles like tiny toy sets, while at eye level you’re apt to see planes streaking across the sky.

standing on observation tower glass floor

All those vehicles look like toy sets, don’t they?

Calgary attractions discounts

To score major discounts and half price coupons for all these attractions (and others!) check out Calgary Attractions. On that site you’ll find valuable, printable coupons to the city’s most interesting tourist spots.

How would you like to win free tickets to all these Calgary Attractions? Comment below with your favourite Calgary outing before midnight, May 30. I’ll randomly draw six names and you’ll receive passes to one of the attractions featured.

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87 Comments

  1. Corrine Vacon 14.05.2018 at 05:58 - Reply

    I’d like to experience the Dinner Theatre in Calgary

    • Ann Sadlo 16.05.2018 at 23:47 - Reply

      Would love to go to heritage Park have not been there since my daughter was very young . Would be wonderful

  2. Zahra P 14.05.2018 at 18:21 - Reply

    The dinner theatre at Fort Calgary sounds amazing. I’ve been to Stage West in the past but did not know about Fort Calgary.

  3. Jennifer 14.05.2018 at 18:35 - Reply

    I hardly ever make it to Heritage Park, but would love to go again!

  4. Jennifer 14.05.2018 at 18:35 - Reply

    I hardly ever make it to Heritage Park, but would love to go again!

  5. Vanessa Taylor 14.05.2018 at 18:41 - Reply

    My favorite Calgary outing has always been Heritage Park! We love to walk around there and look at all the olden day stuff. The horse rides are so fun, the kids rides and the ferry as well as the train!

  6. Lisa Edmand 15.05.2018 at 09:38 - Reply

    I would love to take my grandchildren to Hertige Park. They have never been as money is to get in their household since their daddy was laid off from work 6 months ago from the oil and gas industry and I’m on disability as well Rhink this would big Happy smiles and their faces.

  7. Jill Clayholt 15.05.2018 at 10:28 - Reply

    I haven’t been to the Calgary Tower almost since it first opened! Would love to go with my hubby as we celebrate our 4oth anniversary! Well any of these attractions would be great to visit! Thanks for the contest Jody!!

  8. Matt McQueen 15.05.2018 at 11:24 - Reply

    Calaway Park is our family’s favourite place to hang out 🙂

  9. Edwin Mundt 15.05.2018 at 11:31 - Reply

    The National Music Centre/Studio Bell is of special interest to me. I’d love to check out the new facility.

  10. Carol Chu 15.05.2018 at 11:34 - Reply

    Heritage Park

  11. laura moser 15.05.2018 at 11:40 - Reply

    i love the national music centre

  12. Diana 15.05.2018 at 12:42 - Reply

    I would be wonderful to visit Heritage Park over the long weekend!

  13. greta duncan 15.05.2018 at 12:45 - Reply

    I have lived in Calgary for over 14 years and have never been up the Calgary tower! would love to experience this with my family 😊

  14. Penny Young 15.05.2018 at 12:50 - Reply

    I have wanted to take my nieces to a Heritage Park for years ….

  15. Alaina Hansen 15.05.2018 at 13:39 - Reply

    Can’t go wrong with dinner theatre!
    Love walking down Stephen Ave as well.

  16. Ken Petersen 15.05.2018 at 13:39 - Reply

    I am in love with the National Music Centre, a visit makes for an amazing day in the East Village/Inglewood area with family!

  17. Corinne 15.05.2018 at 13:52 - Reply

    My favourite Calgary outing is the Calgary Zoo. There is always something to see there regardless of how many times you have been before.

  18. Karen Movold 15.05.2018 at 14:11 - Reply

    All of these attractions are fabulous but haven’t taken my children up the Calgary tower yet.

  19. Dorothy Cornwall 15.05.2018 at 14:11 - Reply

    Company coming from out of town
    Would love tickets for some of Calgary best things to do and see 👀

  20. Jenn 15.05.2018 at 15:06 - Reply

    Would love to check out the Hangar museum this summer! Some young airplane enthusiasts in the family

  21. Jodi Smiechowski 15.05.2018 at 15:31 - Reply

    My kids love to go to Calaway Park in the summer. It’s a fun way to keep them entertained!

  22. Tyler Dixon 15.05.2018 at 16:06 - Reply

    I’d love to visit Heritage Park. I’ve been meaning to but usually end up in the mountains instead. Guess it’s about time!!

  23. Nada Taliani 15.05.2018 at 17:20 - Reply

    Calgary tower!

  24. Jason Romaniuk 15.05.2018 at 17:57 - Reply

    I would love to see Granary Road. We love Fort Calgary

  25. Carman 15.05.2018 at 19:10 - Reply

    Calgary tower
    Love to see the vie2 from there so Nice

  26. Phil 15.05.2018 at 19:12 - Reply

    Heritage park

  27. caryn salageanu 15.05.2018 at 19:22 - Reply

    I love studio bell and heritage park! Would love to go there with the kids again!

  28. Stacey 15.05.2018 at 21:45 - Reply

    Love heritage park!!

  29. Marian Clark 15.05.2018 at 22:23 - Reply

    we love going to Calaway park my kids and I have so much fun especially the log ride

  30. Natasha 15.05.2018 at 22:29 - Reply

    Bowness Park in any season is our favourite activity!

  31. Elle Wong 15.05.2018 at 23:39 - Reply

    Any would be great but I have never been to heritage park.

  32. Brenda John 15.05.2018 at 23:41 - Reply

    I would love to go to Calgary zoo. Please give me a family pass. It’s my favorite!

  33. Polly L 15.05.2018 at 23:53 - Reply

    Would love to bring the kids to calgary tower. Thanks

  34. Kayla M. 16.05.2018 at 01:58 - Reply

    Heritage Park is such a nice way to spend a day!

  35. eric 16.05.2018 at 07:19 - Reply

    used to love dinner in the Tower. can’t beat that view any day

  36. Rachel Cairns 16.05.2018 at 08:35 - Reply

    What a great list of things to see and do in Calgary! Honestly all of them interest me I love exploring new places with my girls. My favorite place is probably Heritage Park. It’s great to share the past.

  37. Kim 16.05.2018 at 08:59 - Reply

    They would all be great. I haven’t done the tower in a long time.

  38. Genevieve Franklin 16.05.2018 at 12:50 - Reply

    We love going to Calaway park every summer!

  39. Mathilde Denier 16.05.2018 at 13:26 - Reply

    My favorite one is the Glenbow museum. I wish they could host more exhibitions every year!

  40. Nicole 16.05.2018 at 13:31 - Reply

    Calaway Park is a family favorite,would love to check out heritage park!

  41. Katy Emanuel 16.05.2018 at 15:33 - Reply

    Our favourite family outing in Calgary is Telus Spark. Being that we are still fairly new to the city we have many of these on our list to try and see this summer. We also love our evening walks along the path system in Bowmont Park.

  42. Dianne G. 16.05.2018 at 17:45 - Reply

    Our favourite is Gasoline Alley and Heritage Park. We will miss the boat rides this year. Taking a ride is always fun.

  43. Karen Macdonald 16.05.2018 at 18:32 - Reply

    Has to be the zoo – can spend hours there . And now with the new residents – really ecxciting

  44. Jonnie 16.05.2018 at 18:36 - Reply

    We love to spend time at Calgary Tower!

  45. Kristen ashton 16.05.2018 at 19:55 - Reply

    Would love to go to heritage park

  46. Marg Roseneder 16.05.2018 at 20:08 - Reply

    Love the zoo! My BF just moved here from Hinton and has never been to any of the Calgary attractions, so any of the attractions would be awesome!

  47. Janice 16.05.2018 at 21:55 - Reply

    We love going to Heritage Park for their Halloween event every year. It’s a big highlight of my toddler’s year.

  48. Scott strele 16.05.2018 at 22:39 - Reply

    My favourite outing would be fort Calgary

  49. Gemma 16.05.2018 at 22:43 - Reply

    Heritage Park

  50. Sybille Mikaelsen 16.05.2018 at 22:48 - Reply

    I would love to check out the dinner theatre at Fort Calgary. My all time favourite attraction in Calgary is the Zoo followed by Heritage Park

  51. Angela Haywood 17.05.2018 at 00:40 - Reply

    I still love going to the zoo ❤️

  52. Iffat 17.05.2018 at 00:42 - Reply

    I would love to take my four kids to Heritage park!!

  53. Danielle Southern 17.05.2018 at 08:06 - Reply

    We would take our Japanese student to Heritage Park – my favorite place to visit!

  54. Ashley 17.05.2018 at 09:51 - Reply

    My brother lives in Calgary so a visit and outing at one of these attractions would be great!

  55. Krista 17.05.2018 at 13:47 - Reply

    We love going to stampede every year and hitting up all the free pancake breakfasts!! We also love the zoo!

  56. Megan McLaren 17.05.2018 at 15:11 - Reply

    I was at studio bell for an event last year and need to go back to check out the rest of the place. It is amazing!

  57. Holly Gordon 17.05.2018 at 15:18 - Reply

    Heritage park looks like a great family day out!

  58. Chantelle Doll 17.05.2018 at 15:55 - Reply

    What a great list – we haven’t done most of them yet! I would love to take the kids up the Calgary Tower and see how they react to being that high up.

  59. Tammy 17.05.2018 at 16:04 - Reply

    Would love the dinner theatre at Fort Calgary. Looks like a blast. Good luck all

  60. Alicia Baer 17.05.2018 at 16:27 - Reply

    We love going to Calloway park, but have never been to heritage park. This would be so awesome!

  61. Darlene Skidmore 17.05.2018 at 21:54 - Reply

    I love the zoo and Heritage Park. It is so fun to see these things through the eyes of my 2 year old grandson.

  62. Tracy Martin 18.05.2018 at 06:00 - Reply

    My favourite is the Calgary Tower but I’d love to go to Studio Bell for the first time!

  63. Tracy Annable 18.05.2018 at 07:30 - Reply

    I think Calgary Tower is my pick.

  64. Christina 18.05.2018 at 08:14 - Reply

    Edmonton hurts with your competitiveness in fine arts; see you and your baby pandas soon!

  65. Sharon Targett 18.05.2018 at 08:52 - Reply

    My favorite is Calgary zoo.

  66. Stephanie 18.05.2018 at 09:06 - Reply

    Oh wow! Would LOVE to take my kids to see all of these!! Would be fun!! But I know my daughter really really wants to go to the zoo this year to see the Pandas 🙂

  67. Nicole 18.05.2018 at 09:27 - Reply

    Can’t go wrong with Dinner Theater, food and entertainment!

  68. Shawna 18.05.2018 at 10:57 - Reply

    Studio Bell at the National Music Centre is so much fun! I love trying out the tutorials on different instruments. I’ve never been to Fort Calgary and the dinner theatre sounds like a lot of fun. Would love to check it out!

  69. carina vause 19.05.2018 at 14:17 - Reply

    I think the Calgary zoo is a great place for families, Id love to win tickets to Gasoline Alley Heritage Park or the Dinner Theater. Thanks for the chance

  70. Alex 19.05.2018 at 17:55 - Reply

    I went to the Glenbow museum as a kid and I have great memories going there.

  71. Andew Waller 23.05.2018 at 14:19 - Reply

    I’ve been to (more than once!) and like almost all of these Calgary Attractions but I think my fave is a wanna-be fave: I’ve never been to Studio Bell at the National Music Centre (despite a few derailed attempts) but I really want to! And I have a sneaking suspicion that I might like it a lot!

  72. Leanne 23.05.2018 at 14:52 - Reply

    There’s always something new to discover at the Glenbow. I’ve gone back again and again.

  73. Dianne Hammel 24.05.2018 at 08:10 - Reply

    Would Love To Go Up The Calgary Tower or visit Heritage Park! Thank You! The Dinner Theatre would be wonderful also!!

  74. Jacqueline Sanchez 24.05.2018 at 18:35 - Reply

    Would like to take my kids to heritage park

  75. Lorraine 24.05.2018 at 18:40 - Reply

    The NMC, I love music and this is the most amazing place. Did you know that Corey Harts sunglasses are on the 5th floor. 🙂

  76. Jolyn Rhodes 24.05.2018 at 19:38 - Reply

    Heritage Park

  77. Juliana 24.05.2018 at 19:43 - Reply

    I can’t believe I live in Calgary but haven’t been to ANY of these places. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  78. Stephanie 24.05.2018 at 22:10 - Reply

    Dinner theater sounds awesome. I am a huge fan of vertigo theater.

  79. Kelly 26.05.2018 at 06:23 - Reply

    My favorite outing is definitely studio bell. Would love to go again!

  80. Nicole 26.05.2018 at 09:10 - Reply

    What a great description of all these attractions – some I didn’t know about – thanks for all the info! My family would love tickets to the Zoo (my kids really want to see the pandas) or the Calgary Tower (they’ve been asking to go).

  81. Kristine 26.05.2018 at 09:34 - Reply

    We love the National Music Center – such a gem! There are so many of the other Calgary spots we’d love to check out this spring/summer too!

  82. Tyra Shupe 26.05.2018 at 09:55 - Reply

    Favourite attraction, heritage park.. would love to go check it out again too, it’s been years.

  83. lindsay ball 27.05.2018 at 10:45 - Reply

    Oh gosh, they’re all such amazing things to do!
    I’ll have to say my favorite is Heritage Park, I have so many memories from there growing up

  84. Lisha 27.05.2018 at 23:55 - Reply

    My favourite is the National Music Centre

  85. Joesph Howell 29.05.2018 at 00:02 - Reply

    The Calgary Zoo is a great place to go with the family for a day. Even when the weather is not great there i always something to do.

  86. Jenna Lambiris 30.05.2018 at 14:52 - Reply

    I’d love to take the kids to check out Heritage Park (my absolute favourite Calgary attraction) and bring the hubby for a date night to the dinner theatre! We checked out Bow Habitat the other weekend and loved it!

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