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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: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

5. 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.

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.

Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

7. 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 & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

8. Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. Enjoy a fun audio tour with information and trivia to keep the whole family laughing and engaged along the way. Each point of interest along the way has a multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score and learn plenty of interesting facts along the route.

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

9. Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Discover the Rockies with 3 audio tours on your smartphone. Admire the scenic beauty of the area and explore the charming towns of Canmore and Banff at your own pace. Engaging audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tours. First, enjoy the Calgary and Lake Louise Driving tour that takes you along Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. With your smartphone as your guide, learn about the surrounding mountains, parks, and rivers that have played a role in the historical development of the area. Hear about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. The Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Walking Tour explores the best of Canmore. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, and stroll around Friendship Park. Start on the east end of downtown and see the Three Sisters Gallery, where you'll learn about the importance of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail and learn about some of Canmore's coal mining history before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. In the heart of downtown, you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park. Then, discover more about the history and culture of the Banff on a city highlights walking audio tour. Chart your own course using the GPS map and find out where to find the town's statues, sculptures, and murals as you explore the historic downtown. Hear the story of how the town was founded and visit sites like the riverside Banff Central Park or the historic Victorian-style home at the Luxton Home Museum. Learn about the buildings, sculptures, surrounding mountains, and parks that have played a role in the town’s history.

Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

10. Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

Learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city. Download your smartphone audio guide to enjoy the perks of a professional tour without the hassle of following a group around. Access the guide at any time and explore at your own pace. Stop and start the recording anywhere along the route. A live GPS map will show you where you are and where to go next. Enjoy insightful commentary and a location-based trivia game. Choose from the following routes: Explore the Downtown Calgary Sightseeing Tour:Follow a looped route beginning and ending at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings. See the historic Stephen Avenue, the Palace Theater, Calgary Public Building, and The Grand. Come across some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the 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:Begin at the Central Memorial Park and have historical buildings, statues, monuments, artwork, parks, and more pointed out to you. Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood and see how it represents the transition between past, present, and future. Learn about the historic residences in the Beltline’s past with a visit to the Lorraine Block, McHugh House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rouleauville Square, and Firehall #2. End your tour with a stop at the Calgary Stampede Grounds, where you can hear all about this historic annual event. Bow River Trail Tour:Discover the main attractions around the stunning Bow River and admire sights in contemporary Calgary. Visit Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the Calgary Zoo before you make your way to the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s history at Mewata Armories, Prince’s Island Park, and Fort Calgary. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, and Sien Lok Park. Admire the Center Street Lions and the incredible views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

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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.