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Calgary attractions

The journey of the Kimball Theatre Organ

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Jason Dziver.

On a Tuesday afternoon in March, Jason Barnsley, the National Music Centre’s collections and exhibitions technician, is playing some movie jazz on the Kimball Theatre Organ.

Barnsley is a trained organist who plays and tunes the assemblage of pipes, valves, cables and instruments that make up the instrument, which lives on the third level of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

Using both hands and feet to control the keys and levers, he can play the pipe organ, snare drum, xylophone, glockenspiel and several other instruments to give the audience the feel of an orchestra.

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Granary Road, Calgary’s Newest Family Attraction

By RACHAEL FREY

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Gather up the kids, the parents, the grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins—there’s a new attraction opening July 7 just outside Calgary’s city limits that has something for everyone. The first thing you’ll see when you arrive at Granary Road is the huge building that houses The Loft Kitchen bistro by the renowned Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group, The Loft Bakery and coffee shop, and a Public Market with vendors selling gourmet and handcrafted items from fine European cured meats to organic beauty products. (more…)

Escape to Calgary and Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Aug. 5, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Fancy a taste of the city during your mountain vacation? Calgary is a dynamic and friendly urban oasis at the foot of the Canadian Rockies.

Canadian Rockies, Calgary, places to stay

Why Calgary?

Just an hour and a half from Banff, Calgary is right on your doorstep if you’re staying in the national park. If you’re flying through Calgary International Airport, the city a great place to explore before or after your time in the mountains.

From historic sites to urban glitz, the city is pocketed with eclectic districts. Sample the unique shops, funky bistros and buzzing nightlife in Kensington Village, Stephen Ave Downtown Pedestrian Mall, Inglewood and 17th Avenue SW. With endless bike and walking paths (many along the Bow and Elbow Rivers), it’s very safe and child-friendly. (more…)

The Biggest and Best: 6 Calgary Attractions

By RACHAEL FREY

Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Visit Western Canada’s most exciting urban attractions.

#1 ATTRACTION FOR VISITING THE WILD WEST
Heritage Park

The historical buildings and costumed townsfolk of Heritage Park Historical Village bring this bustling Alberta pioneer railway town to life. Old-fashioned attractions include a bakery, ice cream parlour, blacksmith shop, aboriginal encampment and antique midway complete with Ferris wheel.
Must See: Three vintage modes of transport afford unique views of the park’s charming scenery. Tour Glenmore Reservoir on working paddlewheeler the S.S. Moyie, catch a ride on a fully operational steam train or hop on a horse-drawn wagon.
Must Do: Outside the main gate, admire the antique autos at Gasoline Alley Museum and shop the boutiques of Haskayne Mercantile Block. Attend special aboriginal cultural performances presented throughout the summer on the main grounds. (more…)

A Guide to Calgary Stampede Events and Attractions

By RACHAEL FREY

Chuckwagon races at the GMC Rangeland Derby. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

Chuckwagon races at the GMC Rangeland Derby. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

Rodeo is the beating, bucking heart of the Calgary Stampede. More than just a sport, it is homage to the grit and romance of the Wild West. Rodeo champions from around the world test their mettle against the finest livestock, competing in daily roping events, steer wrestling and barrel racing for glory and their share of over $2 million in prize money. (more…)

10 Can’t-Miss Things at Calgary’s Heritage Park

Calgary's Heritage Park

The main drag at Calgary’s Heritage Park (Photo: MarilynJane)

Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village transports visitors back into the early days of the city and show what life was like on prairie homesteads. Fun family attractions and adult events are held regularly, and each has its own flavour. Here, we’ve compiled an easy-to-consult list that adventure-seekers can check no matter what time of year they’re heading to Calgary’s Heritage Park.

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Family Fun: Teddy Bear Picnic at the Calgary Zoo

Prepare for fun at the Teddy Bear Picnic! Photo: The Calgary Zoo.

Aug 11 and 12, the Calgary Zoo invites kids to attend its annual Teddy Bear Picnic, 10 am until 3pm. With furry friends in tow, guests can participate in a numerous teddy bear festivities including carnival games, arts and crafts and interactive learning stations about bears in the wild.

Calgary EMS and volunteer nurses will be on hand for teddy bear emergencies and checkups, as well as to educate children about donating blood. The event is free with regular zoo admission. Visit the Calgary Zoo website for more information.

Calgary Attractions: Discover Ralph Klein Park

The Environmental Education and Ethics Centre. Photo: Courtesy Ralph Klein Park.

Located in the city’s southeast, the Shepard Wetlands at Ralph Klein Provincial Park is the largest man-made urban wetland in the country and the cornerstone of the city’s wetland conservation efforts.

The wetland was created to control flooding and naturally purify urban runoff as it flows toward the Bow River.

Opened in 2011, the park is named for former Calgary mayor and Alberta premier Ralph Klein and is home to the Environmental Education and Ethics Centre. The interpretive learning venue houses an art studio, classrooms, meeting rooms and viewing decks. (more…)

You Are Here: Exploring Downtown Calgary

Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

We are loving the city’s new wayfinding signs. These markers feature maps that provide clear directions and estimated walking times to various attractions. One hundred and thirty five signs have been installed around the city centre, Beltline and Victoria Park areas. This summer and fall, expect to spot more signs from 17 Ave SW north to the Bow River.

Discover Calgary’s Historic Homes

A house in Bankview, once owned by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Benjamin A. Huckell. Photo: Maureen Hodgen.

This week marks the second annual Century Homes celebration during Historic Calgary Week.

Featuring over 500 historic houses in numerous communities, Century Homes reveals the lives and stories of the former inhabitants of these community landmarks.

Participating homes around the city are marked with both homemade signage and Century Homes banners.

Guided walking tours are available until August 6 in the communities of Bankview, Ramsay and Mount Royal.

Check out the tour map and the guided walking tours schedule.

 

Hot Date: Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo: David Cooper

Following a one-year hiatus, Mount Royal University’s Shakespeare in the Park returns to Prince’s Island Park for its 25th anniversary and a five-night performance run of Shakespearian classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set in a magical forest—Prince’s Island Park—the play follows the romantic intrigues of four Athenian lovers and a troupe of actors who are put under a spell and manipulated by the faeries of the forest. The production features a cast composed of Mount Royal Theatre Arts students and is directed by Victoria’s Belfry Theatre artistic director Michael Shamata.

Performances run Wed to Sun until Aug 10 at 7 pm. Weekend matinees at 2 pm. Weather permitting. No performances July 25 – 29. Admission is by donation.

– Sarah Sussman

Canada’s Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2012

Each year, the editors of Canada’s Where magazines release their top picks for summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones.

From adrenaline-pumping roller-coaster rides to rich explorations in science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the best new attractions for 2012 »