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Calgary attractions

WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park: 10 Can’t-Miss Activities

Calgary's Canada Olympic Park

What to do at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park: explore the ski jump towers (Photo: Scott Woods-Fehr)

Built for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is home to many fantastic year-round activities for sports enthusiasts and the whole family. The spot is located in the city’s southwest, just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and near the city limit. No car? No problem: there is a direct bus route from downtown Calgary—route 408 Valley Ridge. As our list below proves, it’s worth the trip.

See the list of 10 can’t-miss things at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park »

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Calgary: Canada’s 2012 Cultural Capital

Calgary's own Old Trout Puppet Workshop, courtesy Calgary 2012.

The federal government has designated Calgary a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012. During the year, Calgary 2012, an independent nonprofit organization, will fund arts community initiatives ranging from dance and music to theatre, gallery exhibits and literary readings as well as artist in residence positions. This extensive list of programs and events is intended to honour the city’s past, present and future while boosting its cultural identity.

Full programming details are available at www.calgary2012.com. The Calgary 2012 opening ceremony happens Apr. 7 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (201 8 Ave. SE). Call 403-294-9494 for tickets.

Return of the Green Space: 5 Outdoor Hot Spots in Calgary this Spring

Calgary’s parks emerge from winter.

As Calgary’s diverse parks emerge from winter, these green spaces offer numerous recreational, learning and volunteer activities. The following events and attractions will get you out from underneath those winter blues and into Calgary’s famous sunshine. (more…)

The Ultimate Calgary Experience

15 must-see attractions to get a true feel for the city

We’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favourite attractions and city landmarks that anyone coming to Calgary for the first time should experience. (more…)

Calgary Kids: Cultural Activities

How to get your kids away from the TV with fun and educational programs around Calgary

By Elena Redd

If your children watch television, play video games, surf the ‘Net or use cell phones, they’re immersed in what industry insiders call 360-degree marketing. According to the Media Awareness Network, children in Canada see 3,000 commercial messages every day—stamped on toys, slipped into movies, even plastered in school hallways. The idea these commercials send is simple: you are what you buy.

While you can’t remove your children from the modern age, you can enroll them in programs that sell a very different idea: you are what you know. We’ve scoured the city and found six programs that give children hands-on experience with art, music, literature, theatre and nature—with no commercial messages. (more…)