Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
2120 16 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 1L4
Phone: (403) 291-4666
Fax: (403) 291-6498
Built with a lot of thought and a significant amount of resources and time, TELUS Spark is a purpose-built facility designed to elicit curiosity and facilitate innovation in children and adults alike. The sprawling facility is into various sections and features tons of interactive exhibits, presentations as well as activities aimed at making science, as interesting as possible. From the Prototype Lab, where new ideas are tested with inputs from visitors to the 'Being Human' section where visitors can truly understand what it means to be human, there's a distinct freshness to this center which differentiates it from other such facilities. The 'Digital Dome Theatre' renders a rich audio-visual experience, and the various shows should not be missed here. The exhibits span all age groups, so there's something for everyone. Check website for more details.
After decades in operation, this semi-private club course has a seasoned, mature feel to it in comparison to the courses surrounding it. The course plays from four different tees with total lengths ranging from 5,376 to 7,051 yards. The course winds along the Nose Creek Valley, and water comes into play on several holes. Since Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club is semi-private, there are some access restrictions for non-members. To round out the experience, the facility boasts a driving range, putting greens and a fully stocked pro-shop.
Voted as the top outdoor site in the country, Calgary Zoo features more than 1100 animals from around the world and an ever-growing portfolio of innovative exhibitions, which allows guests to get up close and personal with grizzly bears, moose and wolves. Life-sized dinosaur models lurk in the badlands of the Prehistoric Park, and the more genteel setting of the Botanical Park includes a butterfly garden. See website for event calendar, educational programs, online ticketing and more.
Like many of Calgary's parks, Pearce Estate Wetlands is recreational, educational and environmental. The 21-hectare (52-acre) parkland was donated by William Pearce, who made the area his home and used it for agricultural purposes. He later donated the estate to the city of Calgary. This park has a balsam poplar forest and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife and birds. The park has interpretive trails and is also home to the Sam Livingstone Fish Hatchery Centre.
This center gives visitors a hands-on look at early Calgary life. Fort Calgary lies on 16 hectares (40 acres) of riverside park. The interpretive center reconstructs the original 1875 fort, a facility North-West Mounted Police built after being dispatched from the settled east to establish law and order among pioneers, and to stop the culturally devastating whiskey trade. Children will love trying on the officers uniforms laid out, or exploring the interiors of the old prison. Visitors can grab a bite, or indeed a shot of whiskey at The Deane House, the on-site restaurant.
Erected in 1912, the Lantern Church or The Lantern is also referred to as the Lantern Community Church. Apart from religious services, it also hosts events like concerts, film festivals and so forth. It is the base of the Inglewood Music Club, who brings music shows to this beautiful place.
The Langevin Bridge stretches across the Bow River and was raised in 1909. This old bridge joins the downtown area of the city to the communities in North Central region.
One of the foremost neighborhoods of the city, Inglewood was also referred to as East Calgary or Brewery Flats. This area boasts of shopping outlets, tourist attractions and numerous dining establishments. Landmarks like Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Zoo and Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary are a part of Inglewood too.
The Centre Street Church is one of the most vibrant and alive church communities in Calgary. With a dedicated set of followers, they organize events all year around like Christmas parties, musical nights, classes and workshops, marriage enrichment seminars, weekday worship, drama and more. Special emphasis is laid on children and youth who have their own events. Support groups also exist for single mothers, single fathers and senior citizens.
Bow Valley College is nestled in the downtown region of Calgary, and also has branches in Banff, Drumheller, Medicine Hat and other cities. For courses offered and admissions schedule, check website.
This bridge stretches across the Bow River and was erected in 1916 and still serves the city.
Calgary's proximity to the Rocky Mountains provides various options for a host of outdoor activities. The local museums and historical places are worth a visit. Check for the concerts and events which occur through out the year. The weather is moderate and it is pleasant to travel around.