Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Best of Calgary is a celebration of the people, places and voices that make Calgary an amazing place to live and call home.

Written by: Kelsey Woods

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Too often we sink into our normal, everyday routines and get so comfortable that we forget to try new things or branch out to experience the world. Whether you’re from Calgary originally or you’ve moved here in the past few years, our city has so many great offerings that we often take them for granted. Rafting down the Bow River, exploring Heritage Park, browsing the funky shops in Inglewood - we always say that we’ll get to them someday but then somehow, that day never comes. This month, we challenge you to be a tourist in your own city. Go see for yourself why Calgary is truly one of the best places to live.

Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is home to nearly 1,000 creatures across 119 species, and is one of the city’s favourite family destinations. It is one of five zoos in Canada accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums so that you know you are visiting an environment dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the animals. Whether you want to wander the grounds on your own or join a tour group to learn more in-depth about the animals, the Calgary Zoo has a package right for you.

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As a large tourist attraction in Calgary, The Zoo aims to keep things fresh and interesting for those visiting. Until March 31, enjoy the daily penguin walk at 11am where the penguins are lead out of their enclosure down the main pathway. Perhaps you’re more interested in the zoo’s newest members: the pandas. Sit down for brunch and learn all about these magnificent creatures, followed by a private viewing before the zoo opens.

Cheer on Your Calgary Flames

With their spot in the playoffs secured, the Calgary Flames have had a terrific season, full of tight games, passionate fights and short-handed goals. Everyone who’s anyone remembers the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, watching the Flames fight ferociously against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Needless to say, our boys are hungry for the cup this year!

With plenty of home games left this month, find a day that works with your schedule and cheer on your Calgary Flames from rink-side seats. There’s nothing quite like being part of the crowd as you cheer, boo and sing along to the party tunes. Be part of the C of Red Calgary by purchasing your game ticket now!

Glenbow Museum

For 50 years, the Glenbow Museum has surprised, engaged, educated and moved Calgarians with timeless pieces of art and astounding traveling exhibits. With 125,000 visitors passing through the Glenbow's doors last year, including 65,000+ school children, we are proud of the impact this local museum has on our city.

At only $18/adult on a regular day, the Glenbow Museum makes appreciating art affordable. With discounted rates for children, students, seniors and more, there are always ample opportunities for you to browse their collection without breaking the bank. On the first Thursday of every month, the Glenbow Museum opens its doors from 5-9pm for free admission so that everyone has a chance to experience world-class art no matter the cost. Go now to see travelling exhibits from Christian Dior, Meryl McMaster, Chris Cran and more.

Calgary Tower

Built in the heart of downtown, the Calgary Tower still remains an iconic structure in the city skyline even though it is no longer the tallest building. At 191 meters above the ground, ride the elevator all the way to the top to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city, the prairies that surround it and the gorgeous Rocky Mountains in the distance. We dare you to step onto the glass floor and peer down at the bustling city!

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For only $18/adult (ages 13+), $16/senior (ages 65+) and $9/child (ages 4-12), this view can be yours. However if you’re looking to get a bit of exercise this winter, we’ve got a new challenge for you. Every Tuesday in March, the Calgary Tower is presenting the 802 Challenge from 4-7pm. With 802 steps, you and your family, friends, coworkers, anyone, can walk up the tower for half price admissions. Save money and workout at the same time!

Party with the Calgary Roughnecks

Nearing the end of their season, don’t miss a chance to experience a Calgary Roughnecks game in its entirety. From catchy music and cheap beer to rowdy fans and intense competition, this is a game experience that can be enjoyed by all. With an alcohol-free zone, student section, cheap seats and VIP packages, you can truly tailor your experience.

With three home games in March and a few in April, there’s still plenty of time for you to cheer on Calgary’s favourite lacrosse team. Attend the game as a group or as an individual looking to meet new faces - the Calgary Roughnecks have got you covered.


Kelsey Woods is the Content & Editorial Manager for Best of Calgary.


Kelsey Woods