7. Calgary: Discover Calgary Smartphone Audio Walking Tours
As you explore Downtown Calgary, with three unique tours, you'll learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city.
Enjoy a professional tour guide experience at your leisure, without the crowded tour groups and tight schedules. You can access the tours anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start the tour anywhere along the route to explore and get back to the trail whenever you want.
A live GPS map shows where you currently are and where to go next, so you won't get lost. As you get close to the next destination, the tour guide commentary will automatically play.
Explore the Downtown Calgary Sightseeing Tour, a looped tour beginning and ending at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings. Some highlights of the tour include the historic Stephen Avenue, the Palace Theater, Calgary Public Building and The Grand. Explore some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the historical significance behind the Famous Five and Family of Man sculptures, and crane your head back to take in the Bow skyscraper.
The Beltline District Tour begins at the Central Memorial Park with audio tour guide Charles. Enjoy having historical buildings, statues, monuments, artwork, urban parks, and more pointed out to you. Stroll through this picturesque neighbourhood and listen to its stories. See how it represents the transition between past, present, and future with statues and monuments like the Boer War Monument, Cenotaph and the Chinook Arc. Learn about the historic residences in the Beltline’s past with a visit to the Lorraine Block, Hester and Findlay Apartments, and the McHugh House. Hear the interesting stories behind St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rouleauville Square and Firehall #2. Hear how the location of the Stampede Park and Grounds came to its location, the Stampede Corral and the home of the NHL Calgary Flames. End your tour with a visit to the Calgary Stampede Grounds where you can learn all about this historic annual event.
On the Bow River Trail explore the highlights around Calgary's stunning Bow River. Find out about the city's history and admire its sights. Hear information and interesting facts about contemporary Calgary, Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the Calgary Zoo with its new zoo bridge. Discover the mission of the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s impressive history as you pass by the Mewata Armories, Prince’s Island Park, Fort Calgary, and two famous houses reputed to be haunted. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, and Sien Lok Park. Take a break and admire the Center Street Lions, and check out the views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.
The tours also come with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go!