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5 Free Tours To Take at Doors Open YYC

Go behind the scenes at the EPCOR CENTRE for free this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome or wondered where the costumes for the Alberta Ballet are made? Doors Open YYC, or DO YYC NAKED, is part of an international concept that grants the public access—free of charge—to buildings and spaces that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.

The Nat Christie Centre, home of Alberta Ballet. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

The Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA) is hosting the first annual Doors Open YYC event this Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The public is welcome to participate in exclusive tours and insider information sessions at 35 locations with the aim of increasing appreciation and knowledge of the city’s historical and culturally rich places and spaces.

Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes all over the city, from the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the new Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building at the University of Calgary to the Talisman Centre, National Music Centre and Calgary Transit facilities.

WHERE  recommends checking out:

Go behind the curtain at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for a backstage tour. This will include the costume shop, rehearsal halls and backstage corridors. Tours are 45 minutes in length and run from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

Explore the new Festival Hall in Inglewood, the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s permanent offices and year-round event facility. The building’s timbered hall ceiling and other interesting architectural characteristics make it a worthwhile visit. The facility will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the last entry at 3:30 pm.

The Military Museums is dedicated to representing the history of Canada’s army, navy and air force. During Doors Open YYC, the centre will focus on the War of 1812 —one of the most significant events in Canadian history. Guests can expect historical characters and cannon demonstrations in the parade square. The Military Museums is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, last entry is at 4 pm.

Visit The Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

The Alberta Ballet artistic studio is housed in the Nat Christie Centre, a beautiful sandstone building in the historic Mission district. Discover how the Alberta Ballet transformed an old train station building into an arts venue, and enjoy the charming historic surroundings. The Nat Christie Centre is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, the last entry is at 3:45 pm.

On Saturday, visit the Calgary Transit Oliver Bowen CTrain Facility. This is where Calgary’s fleet of CTrains reside. Learn how the building received a gold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Visit the Calgary Transit website to register for a tour. Tours begin at 10 am and end at 2:30 pm.

Doors Open YYC will allow the public to see Calgary in a way never before possible. For the full list of Doors Open YYC sites with details about accessibility, programming and a map, visit www.doyycnaked.com.

– Chelsea Barclay & Adele Brunnhofer


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