5 Places Your Family Should Visit Before School Starts

There isn’t much time left for summer fun. Yet, there are many great places to visit in Calgary that families can travel to easily. Soon kids will be back in school and they will have a lot less free time for outdoor play. Calaway Park and Calgary Olympic Park provide affordable, family-friendly outdoor amusements. In addition, here are five top places to see in Calgary and make the most of these last few weeks before they are back in the fall routine.

Things to Do in Calgary With Kids

  1. Calgary Zoo: The second largest zoo in Canada, Calgary Zoo features more than 1,000 rare species along with a nice variety of reptiles, amphibians, and birds living in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. With a grand selection of wildlife native to Canada, Australia and Africa, this animal kingdom has been ranked one of the best in the country. In addition, the Prehistoric Park at Calgary Zoo displays life size dinosaurs, rock formations, and plants like those that existed during the Mesozoic period in Alberta, millions of years ago.

  2. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre: Providing refuge since 1929, this wildlife reserve offers 36 hectares, and over two km of walking trails and more than one km of nature trails that course along the river and throughout the forest, and by a calm lagoon. Currently, 270 different species of migratory birds reside at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary along with 21 mammal species and 247 types of plants.

  3. Fort Calgary: This 40-acre historical site is open all year and located east of the downtown area. Fort Calgary offers kids and parents lots of fun and interactive exhibits, site tours, and programs. This is Calgary’s birthplace and the first location where the North West Mounted Police established their fort in 1875 at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.

  4. Calgary Tower: Give the kids a bird’s eye panoramic view of the city standing on the glass floor of the observation deck of the Calgary Tower. Experience the breathtaking sights, including the Rocky Mountains, the foothills and hustle, and bustle of the busy city. Informative multi media tours are provided for all visitors, free with admission.

    The award-winning Calgary Tower tour begins at the base of the building with an intriguing perspective on the elevator joyride from the bottom to the top. Once visitors reach the observation deck, they are given a panoramic city view, that is comparable to the prospect through the windows. Guides point out specific landmarks and provide background information and compelling facts.

  5. Heritage Park: Escape the ways of today and step back into the world of the Canadian pioneers at the Heritage Park Historical Village. Explore this Calgary living history museum this summer and all year round. Mingle with the welcoming pioneers, take a ride on the authentic steam train, and enjoy a tea time at the Famous 5 verandah. The Gasoline Alley museum is also open throughout the year, displaying a collection of world-class vintage vehicles.