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Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

1. Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

Complete your trip to Calgary with a visit to the Heritage Park. Spend an incredible day at Canada’s largest living history museum, and witness history come to life. Explore the historic buildings and antique machinery, ride authentic attractions, interact with costumed improvisational actors, learn about the history of Western Canada and have lots of fun. The park encompasses 4 distinct areas that you can reach by train or by feet: • 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and Indigenous Settlement • 1900s Living Historical Village • 1930s to 1950s - Heritage Town Square Each area is full of exciting things to see and do, taking you back in time to the early days of Western Canada's history. Visit the exhibitions of Calgary's Electric Streetcar System, Standard Gauge Railway, Gasoline Alley Museum with an impressive vintage car collection, Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort and many others. Explore inside the historical homes and saloons, see a blacksmith in action, explore the origins of Alberta’s energy industry at Prospect Ridge – including the new STORYSEEKER exhibit. Visit the farm animals in the Ranch Area and find out how Veterinarians plied their trade at the turn of the century in the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit at the Nanton Livery Stable – also new for 2022. Don't forget to ride the antique midway rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Bowness Carousel, the Caterpillar and the Whip - the world's first thrilling attraction. Finish your day by riding the S.S. Moyie paddle-wheeler boat or take a horse-drawn wagon tour. Food and drinks are available in various locations throughout the park, along with several shopping opportunities to find the perfect souvenir.

Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Calgary and its landmarks, from the Calgary Tower and Heritage Park to the famous WinSport's Canada Olympic Park. Travel through the city while discovering how the Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the railway helped to create this cosmopolitan city. Discover city sights such as Calgary City Hall, Olympic Plaza, Telus Spark, Calgary Zoo, East Village, Studio Bell, Stampede Park, Lougheed House Shopping Areas, Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada Olympic Park, Crescent Hill Peace Bridge, Downtown Calgary, Chinatown and Calgary Tower. This tour includes 3 brief stops, allowing for photo opportunities and additional commodity of the sights. At the end of the tour, you will be retuned to the base of the Calgary Tower.

Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour

3. Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour

Calgary is a blend of a brash frontier town and a lively metropolis. Explore the downtown with a tour guide who will introduce you to this dynamic city. Enjoy the public art and historical buildings along the route. Begin at Municipal Plaza and learn about the origins of Calgary. Continue on to see the newly-revitalized East Village buildings. Pass by more public art and many historic buildings. Travel along the most extensive pathway system in North America and into Chinatown. Work your way back towards the historic Stephen Avenue where your tour will end.

Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

4. Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

Begin at the base of the Calgary Tower and travel through downtown on your way to the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark Science Center. Travel in a comfortable bus through the East Village to historic Inglewood. Listen to your guide as they share stories and facts about this cosmopolitan city. The first stop will be at Scotsman's Hill, where you'll get a panoramic view of the skyline. Proceed through the Beltline to the Lougheed House and then to Heritage Park. Take time to explore Gasoline Alley, a museum dedicated to historical gravitational gas pumps and antique vehicles. Continue to Canada Olympic Park to watch some sporting activities. Following your time there, head back toward Calgary Downtown. On the way, stop for one more amazing view of the city. Travel through Downtown Calgary where the tour will conclude at the base of the Calgary Tower, where it began.

From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

5. From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks. See the saturated strata in colorful canyons and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion. Your first stop is the Prince Wales Hotel. This establishment is a historic Canadian icon and the park’s most recognized landmark. Spend about 30-minutes at the Prince Wales Hotel. After you visit the Prince Wales Hotel, you’ll head to Waterton Town. Waterton Town is a small and vibrant town located on the lake. Explore the quaint town for about 60-minutes before heading to your next stop, Cameron Falls. Cameron Falls is a true highlight of the Waterton visit, with its clear cascading mountain water rushing over the Cambrian rock. Spend about 15-minutes in the mist that the waterfall produces before you visit Red Rock Canyon. Stop for about 30-minutes at Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Canyon is known for its layers of red and green colored minerals that offer a bright contrast to the lush surroundings. Your last stop is Okotoks Big Rock. The Okotoks Big Rock is about 8km west of the town of Okotoks and was formed thousands of years ago when it dislodged from a glacier. Return to Calgary at around 7:30 PM.

From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

6. From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

Visit Drumheller on this full-day guided excursion. Explore rugged canyonlands and get up close and personal with fossils and monolithic hoodoo rock formations. After meeting with your guide, depart from Calgary and ride out to Dinosaur Valley. Listen to tales about the incredible array of species that have been unearthed there. When you arrive, head to the visitor center to check out fossils and artifacts gathered from more than 40 species of dinosaurs discovered nearby. Consider expanding your knowledge of prehistoric life and creatures with an optional visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Then, proceed to Horseshoe Canyon, where the Red Deer River makes a U-turn in steep, stratified canyons. Further down the river, cross and stop at the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and hear about the coal workers who built it in 1931. Cap off your day with up-close looks at the area's towering hoodoo rock formations worn into columns over hundreds of years.

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

7. From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

After departing from Calgary, your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with the stunning views of the valley. Continue to the Hoodoos, where you will hop off the vehicle to enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations. Walk amongst these imposing structures.  Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, you ride an antique train and explore the mine on the underground tour. Stop for lunch at the old East Coulee School Museum for some great food and some rest before continuing the journey.  Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

8. Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Calgary, in a unique and engaging way as you tour through the city in a vintage-styled sidecar motorcycle. Enjoy 360-degree views and perfect photo angles during this stylish and comfortable ride. Meet your expert driver-guide at the downtown hotel or at the base of the Calgary Tower to begin your tour. Your first stop will be at the Fort Calgary - the birthplace of Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, where you will discover the heritage connection between the northwest Mounted Police and the Indigenous Peoples. Then, head to Scotsman’s Hill, from where you will be able to see the Stampede Grounds, the Saddledome, the National Music Centre, and the Calgary Tower. From there, enjoy the ride through the rejuvenated East Village to highlight the art and community engagement strategies of this progressive city. Next, make a stop on Crescent Road for views of Downtown and the Rocky Mountains that anchor our horizon. Drive down Centre Street to experience the diversity of the city, and glimpse the iconic Wonderland art installation, while you wave up at the visitors on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower. Finally, return to your pick-up location where your tour will end.

Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

9. Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

As you explore downtown Calgary, listening to the guided tour on your smartphone, 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. This looped tour begins and ends at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings and is 4 kilometers long. It will take about 2 hours to complete, but you can explore for as long as you like! There's always plenty to see in this bustling city, whatever the weather. Some highlights of the tour include the Arts Commons, historic Stephen Avenue, The Palace Theatre, the Calgary Public Building, the Devonian Gardens, 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. 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. The tour also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, check out the trivia questions on your device and tap your guess at the answer. Enjoy a professional tour guide experience at your leisure, without the crowded tour groups and tight schedules. You can access the tour anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start the tour anywhere along the route if you want to explore something nearby, and get back to the trail whenever you want.

Calgary: Heritage Culinary Indulgence Bus Tour

10. Calgary: Heritage Culinary Indulgence Bus Tour

Take a culinary adventure that spans 3 fine dining restaurants in Calgary. Enjoy each course at a different restaurant and learn about the significance of each location on the way. As always, begin with the appetizer: hear a short history of the building before the appetizer is served, followed by a history of appetizers. Whet your appetite with the first course designed to tease your palate and provide anticipation of the rest of the meal.   After the appetizer, board the van and travel to the second location for your entrée. Along the way, you’ll be given a history of the next location where a special entrée has been prepared for you. Always a surprise, the entrées are carefully prepared, accommodating any dietary restrictions.   Following the entrée, board the van again and head to the final course of your meal—the desert. Learn about the history of the location while you anticipate a final topper to a delightful culinary evening. Follow your dessert with a coffee or tea to round out the evening.

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What people are saying about Calgary

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Having just one day to see Calgary before beginning our escorted tour of Alberta, it was a perfect way to see the highlights of the city.

Such a nice and clean park. Good way to spend a leisurely day. Loved Gasoline Alley and all the old cars and gas pumps.

These guides are truly excellent. Will always look out for them when travelling by car. Great value

Our guide Judy was knowledgeable, pleasant and proud of her city. The driver was skilled.

Our guide, Adelaide, was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the city.