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Heritage Park Historical Village

This huge working museum showcases the settlement of western Canada through restored buildings and characters in authentic heritage costume. You can also ride aboard a steam locomotive, an antique Ferris wheel, historic streetcars or the SS Moyie, an early sternwheeler. The Gasoline Alley Museum displays vintage cars, while Heritage Town Square represents a 1930s to 1950s street.

Address: Eagle Ridge, 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, T2V 2X3
Telephone: +1 403 268 8500.
Opening times:

Historical village: Daily 1000-1700 (late May-early Sep); Sat-Sun 0930-1700 (early Sep-mid-Oct). Gasoline Alley Museum: Daily 1000-1700 (late May-mid-Oct); Tues-Sun 1000-1600 (mid-Oct-late May).

Website: http://www.heritagepark.ca
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Calgary Tower

Standing among Downtown's gleaming skyscrapers, the Calgary Tower is a must-see. The Observation Deck offers a panoramic view of the city, the prairies and the Rocky Mountains to the west. A walk across the glass floor suspended over the city street below can be an unnerving experience. You can enjoy lunch or dinner in the revolving restaurant, SKY 360.

Address: Downtown, 101 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2P 1J9
Telephone: +1 403 266 7171.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-2200 (Jul-Aug); daily 0900-2100 (Sep-Jun).

Website: http://www.calgarytower.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Glenbow Museum

This museum's three floors house an extensive collection celebrating the Canadian West. The permanent collection follows the development of the west through Canadian indigenous art, early European depictions of First Nations peoples, native crafts and fur trade exhibits. 'Nitsitapiisinnii: Our Way of Life' showcases the traditions and history of the Blackfoot people.

Address: Downtown, 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 0P3
Telephone: +1 403 268 4100.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 0900-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.glenbow.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Calgary Zoo

On scenic St George's Island, Calgary Zoo is home to a huge line-up of critters. You can see grizzlies and caribou in the 'Canadian Wilds' exhibit or gaze at gorillas and giraffes in 'Destination Africa'. Snow leopards, red pandas and penguins are also on show. Meander through botanical gardens and encounter life-size dinosaur models in the Prehistoric Park.

Address: Bridgeland, 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, T2E 7V6
Telephone: +1 403 232 9300.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.calgaryzoo.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

TELUS Spark

Housed in a futuristic, colour-changing building, this science centre contains four galleries of hands-on fun: 'Being Human', 'Earth & Sky', 'Open Studio' and 'Energy & Innovation'. Beyond these, there's a Creative Kids Museum with interactive programmes for kids up to eight, an atrium for live demos, an outdoor park and planetarium shows in the Dome Theatre.

Address: , 220 St Georges Drive NE, Calgary, T2E 5T2
Telephone: +1 403 817 6800.
Opening times:

Sun-Wed and Fri 1000-1600, Thurs 1000-2100, Sat 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.sparkscience.ca
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Studio Bell

A glitzy contemporary building in the East Village, Studio Bell is a multi-purpose musical venue and exhibition space. It's home to the National Music Centre, with interactive exhibits related to music in Canada. It also encompasses the iconic King Eddy Hotel live music venue and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, as well as a 300-seater concert hall.

Address: East Village, 850 4th Street SE, Calgary, T2G 1R1
Telephone: +1 403 543 5115.
Opening times:

Wed-Sun 1000-1700

Website: http://studiobell.ca
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Canada Olympic Park

At this 1988 Winter Olympics venue, you can practise skiing and snowboarding or barrel down the bobsleigh track. In summer, you can take a ride on a zip line from the ski jump tower at speeds of up to 120kph (75mph) or ride the 25km (16 miles) of mountain biking trails.

Address: , 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, T3B 5R5
Telephone: +1 403 247 5452.
Opening times:

Various depending on the activity and weather conditions. The winter season typically runs from Nov-Apr and the summer season from Jun-Sep. Check the website for details.

Website: http://www.winsport.ca
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

In a contemporary building at Canada Olympic Park, this attraction guides you through Canada's sporting history, achievements and athletes. You can check out hundreds of sporting artefacts and try numerous hands-on simulations. Athletes inducted into the hall of fame include hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Formula One racer Jacques Villeneuve.

Address: , 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, T3B 6B7
Telephone: +1 403 776 1040.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700 (Jul-Aug); Tues-Sun 0900-1700 (Sep-Jun).

Website: http://www.sportshall.ca
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Fort Calgary Historic Park

Fort Calgary dates from 1875, when the Canadian government dispatched a troop of North-West Mounted Police to cross the Bow River and build a fort. Today you can visit a reconstruction of the fort amid 16 hectares (40 acres) of parkland. An interpretive centre outlines Calgary's development via artefacts, audiovisual displays and walks along the river.

Address: Downtown, 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 5E1
Telephone: +1 403 290 1875.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.fortcalgary.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Calaway Park

A vast amusement park, this popular place has over 30 rides, from a traditional carousel, dodgems and gentle kiddie rides to stomach-churning experiences including Free Fallin' (where you plummet 12m/40ft) and whirling ride The Storm. Expect to get wet on Timber Falls! log ride or take a trip on the Rocky Mountain Railroad. There are also daily live shows.

Address: , 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary, T3Z 2E9
Telephone: +1 403 240 3822.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1900 (Jul-Aug); Sat-Sun 1100-1800 (Sep-mid-Oct); Sat-Sun 1000-1900 (mid-May-Jun).

Website: http://www.calawaypark.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Tourism Calgary

Address: Beltline, 200-238 11th Avenue SE (administrative office), Calgary, T2G 0X8
Telephone: +1 403 263 8510.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

Website: http://www.visitcalgary.com

Visitor centres in Calgary offer maps, brochures and travel advice. You can drop into Tourism Calgary's main office downtown or look out for the mobile kiosk in summer. There are also visitor centres at Calgary International Airport's domestic arrivals level (daily 0600-2300) and international arrivals level (daily 0800-0100). You can pick up brochures at various other locations, including at the customer service desks in the Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road SE and the CF Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW.

Tourist passes

Discount coupon booklets are available free of charge at tourist information centres and at the Calgary Tower all year round. You can also find money-off coupons for major attractions at www.calgaryattractions.com/coupons.

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Centro Motel

Northwest of downtown, near the Bow River, Centro Motel is a little bit of affordable chic. Rooms are smart and spacious, with pillow-top beds and high-end linens and cosy duvets. Wi-Fi, parking and a continental breakfast are all included in the price.

Hotel Elan

Handy for the bars and eateries along nearby 17th Avenue, Hotel Elan has bright, modern rooms, plus one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living areas. Rates include an extensive continental breakfast and 15MB Wi-Fi. If you're here during Calgary's chilly winter, you're sure to appreciate the heating toilet seats.

Hotel Le Germain

This Montreal hotel has 101 designer rooms. Everything is eye pleasing from the minimalist furniture to the low-lit hallways. If you own an iPad and appreciate nice shoes, this trendy hotel should tick your boxes. Rooms are loft style and have superior cotton sheets, goose down duvets and – ladies will appreciate this - Aveda bathroom products.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University

This place does what it says on the tin: it's cheap. Free Wi-Fi breakfast and parking make it an even more attractive proposition to the budget traveller. All rooms come with a fridge and microwave while some have a kitchenette. Plus there's an indoor pool and fitness centre. The hotel is near the university and light rail.

Kensington Riverside Inn

In trendy Kensington (a short walk from the business district), overlooking the Bow River and downtown Calgary, this 19-room hotel is a real gem. The spacious rooms are individually decorated, with plush bedding and free Wi-Fi. Some have fireplaces or garden patios. The Chef's Table restaurant features grain-fed, fresh, organic food.

Hotel Arts

Setting foot in Hotel Arts on a hot day is like arriving at a Miami beach party, with the cool and the beautiful draping themselves, cocktails in hand, by the outdoor pool. Calgary's chic, sexy and independently owned designer hotel is within walking distance of all downtown venues. Rooms are stylish, and the hip Raw Bar serves 'Vietmodern' cuisine.