Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
197 – 1st Street SW
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is in the heart of downtown, beside Eau Claire. The Centre has six-story Great Cultural Hall, modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, that took 100,000 man-hours to build. The centre includes a cultural museum, an arts and crafts store, and a Chinese restaurant. The Cultural Centre features various exhibitions, festivals and events.
Telus Spark Science Centre
220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast
The Calgary Science Centre tries to make science interesting and exciting. It brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and unique demonstrations. The Discovery Dome is one of the best multimedia theatres in North America, with shows and wide-screen films throughout the year.
Fort Calgary Historic Park
806 – 9th Avenue SE
Fort Calgary is where the settlement of Calgary began. Displays in the interpretive centre cover the life of Natives, early pioneers, and the North West Mounted Police, Canada’s world-renowned Mounties, who arrived in 1875 to establish law and order. To do so, they built a fort at the crossing of two rivers. Across the Elbow River is the Deane House Historic site & Restaurant. During the summer, tour the re-constructed Fort (in progress).
130-9th Ave. SE
The Glenbow has extensive exhibits of Canadian Western heritage. Featured areas include: the Native Indians (with a Blackfoot teepee), early settlers (and a real log cabin), the railroad, and early oil & gas exploration. The Glenbow’s second floor shows parts of its art collection with works by contemporary and early Alberta artists.
Heritage Park Historical Village
1900 Heritage Drive SW
Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living historical village, located just 15 minutes from downtown. Heritage Park has over 100 buildings and exhibits spread over 66 acres. It recreates the feel of pre-1915 prairie life. You can walk down Main Street, ride a train drawn by a steam locomotive; cruise around the Reservoir on the S.S. Moyie paddlewheeler, and enjoy the antique kid’s midway. The Park features a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains up the Elbow Valley. Heritage Park is open during the summer (and for Christmas festivals).