Canada 150: Part 4

A celebration of the attractions and places that make this city great.

  1. Ask a Calgarian
    “No doubt, our favourite is Heritage Park, for both the social functions in Gasoline Alley and the appeal and attractions of the park itself. We’ve had company and customer picnics there that both adults and children have thoroughly enjoyed. The park is our heritage and must be maintained.” – Cal Wenzel, CEO and Chief Visionary Officer for Shane Homes
  2. The Military Museums, Garrison Woods
    The second-largest military museum in Canada, Calgary’s Military Museums complex consists of the four founding regimental museums and the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta. Combined, they provide visitors with an overview of 200 years of Canadian military history.
  3. Morpheus Theatre Society, Parkdale
    Morpheus has put on over 50 shows since its inception, including plays as varied as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Pirates of Penzance, Little Women, The Mikado, Steel Magnolias and Iolanthe. Morpheus receives several awards each season.
  4. Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary
    As an art museum and gallery, the Nickle presents outstanding exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Its numismatic collection is internationally recognized, and its growing collection of rugs and textiles forms the foundation for important exhibitions and study.
  5. Nose Hill Park, Multiple Northwest Communities
    This park’s 1,129 hectares of rugged, hilly terrain are full of paths and trails for hikers, bikers and runners.
  6. Olympic Oval, University of Calgary
    The Olympic Oval is home to the fastest ice in the world, attracting the best athletes from across the globe to train and compete. Every year, they welcome thousands of visitors, public skaters, athletes and coaches to the facility.
  7. Olympic Plaza, Downtown
    Along Stephen Avenue Mall downtown, Olympic Plaza is a popular spot for festivals in the summer and public skating in the winter. It also offers Calgarians a locale to congregate and soak up some sun in the middle of downtown.
  8. Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre, Acadia
    This state-of-the-art centre is home to eight indoor courts and five outdoor championship courts that are open to the local community.
  9. Peace Bridge, Sunnyside / Eau Claire
    Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Calgary’s tubular, red-and-white Peace Bridge provides a unique Bow River crossing for pedestrians and cyclists and connects with walking and cycling paths on both sides of the river.
  10. Poppy Plaza, Hillhurst
    This park commemorates Canadians who have served to protect our freedom and security, and is part of the second phase of the Landscape of Memory.
  11. Prairie Winds Park, Castleridge 
    This 16-hectare park features playgrounds, numerous picnic sites and shelters, softball and soccer fields, and a large hill great for tobogganing in the winter. A wading pool is also open during the summer months.
  12. Prince’s Island Park, Eau Claire
    A 20-acre park along the banks of the Bow River, Prince’s Island Park’s beautifully manicured landscape hosts some of Calgary’s largest festivals including the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Its many pathways offer inner-city dwellers a place to gather in a peaceful park setting. The park is also home to the River Café restaurant.
  13. Pumphouse Theatre, Downtown / Sunalta
    The Pumphouse Theatre, located discreetly by the banks of the Bow River, is a historic water-pumping station. Today, however, its two theatres provide performance space for Calgary’s many community theatre companies.
  14. Ralph Klein Park, Shepard
    Featuring a created wetland, an environmental education centre and a community orchard with apple and pear trees, Ralph Klein Park is the first park in Calgary to be named after a former mayor during his lifetime.
  15. Reader Rock Garden, Erlton
    A secluded garden oasis atop a hill that features beautiful flowers and rock pathways surrounding the restored Reader House and its Reader’s Garden Café, the Reader Rock Garden is a popular spot for weddings.
  16. Repsol Sport Centre, Erlton
    Repsol Sport Centre is a multi-sport complex where one can take part in a variety of sports from basketball and badminton to swimming and jogging around the track. Fitness classes are also available including spin, step and yoga.
  17. Riley Park, Hillhurst
    A scenic park with lots of open areas to play a friendly game of football, soccer or Frisbee. There is also an outdoor wading pool that is great for families with younger children.
  18. Rocky Ridge Ranch Farmers’ Market, Rocky Ridge
    Entertainment and food trucks make this market a family event. There are bew vendors each week, with some of the notables including Tim’s Gourmet Pizza, Ana’s Kitchen, Dorbel Foods, A Touch of India and Top of the Mountain Beef.
  19. Roller Rink, Fairview / Kingsland 
    While roller rinks seem, increasingly, like relics of yesteryear, Lloyds Recreation still offers Calgarians an old-fashion roller-rink experience.
  20. Rotary Challenger Park, Castleridge / Whitehorn
    This unique park was designed with disabled individuals in mind, as a barrier-free recreational facility accessible to everyone regardless of their age or ability. It is home to baseball diamonds, a cricket field, a soccer/football field, a running track, a playground, and much more.
  21. Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, Multiple Communities
    This one-of-a-kind piece of infrastructure is a 138-kilometre pathway that wraps around Calgary along the route of the city’s ring road. It connects with 1,000 kilometres of existing pathways to connect almost every community in the city.
  22. Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Rural
    Located on a hilltop in the foothills just outside the city, this University of Calgary facility is dedicated to teaching people about astronomy, and offers an unobstructed view of the entire night sky.
  23. Rouleauville Square, Mission
    Located outside St. Mary’s Cathedral, it pays homage to the city’s early years. The Mission district was a Francophone community once called Rouleauville.
  24. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Hillhurst
    The third-largest post-secondary institution in Alberta, SAIT offers a number of degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as apprenticeship trades and continuing education courses on a variety of subjects.
  25. SAIT Wellness Centre, Hillhurst
    Open to all, the centre includes a gym area, saltwater pool and squash, racquetball and wallyball courts, as well as studios and outdoor multi-purpose fields. An indoor ice rink is also on-site.
  26. Scotiabank Saddledome, Erlton
    Built in 1983 as the new home for the Calgary Flames, the Saddledome has been one of the top venues for sports and entertainment events in the city for more than 30 years.
  27. Shouldice Park, Montgomery
    Seven hectares of space for recreational activities with nine softball diamonds, numerous soccer fields, football fields, tennis courts and one big-league baseball diamond. Batting cages are available and there’s also a concession stand open during major tournaments.
  28. Sien Lok Park, Downtown
    This Chinese cultural park is located on the south Bow River Pathway and features an entrance flanked by two lion statues, a pagoda and a concrete tai chi area.
  29. Southern Alberta Pioneers’ Memorial Building, Rideau Park
    This building commemorating the pioneers of southern Alberta is located on a hill overlooking the Elbow River, with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown.
  30. Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Brentwood
    Steam or soak in the hot tub, swim lengths, or simply enjoy fun and fitness with friends and family.

This is Part 4 (91-120) of a five-part list of 150 things to see and do in Calgary.

Part 1 (1-30), Part 2 (31-60), Part 3 (61-90), Part 5 (121-150)

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