Things to do in Calgary
Places to Visit
- Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd 33, T3Z 2E9 (Highway 1 (Trans-Canada) exit 169, just west of Calgary's city limits), , fax: . 10AM-7PM, daily (summer), weekends only (spring/fall). Western Canada's largest amusement park, located roughly 15 minutes west of Calgary. Gate admission pays for all rides; games, food cost extra. $36/person.
- Harvie Passage, On Bow River downstream of Calgary Zoo.Temporarily closed since June 2013. The area around Calgary Bow River Weir, which killed many boaters, was remade into a Class II and III white water park for paddlers. Harvie Passage is meant only for experienced canoe and kayak paddlers; all others should portage around it. [www] The multi-year Harvie Passage project opened in Summer 2012, but the Harvie Passage section closed for the 2013 season due to damage from the June flooding on the Bow River. As of May 2014, it is expected that the Harvie Passage will be under repair until 2016. Free.
- Calgary Flames Hockey Club, Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE. Ice hockey. Yearly, October to June. Calgary's National Hockey League (NHL) team is very popular, and tickets may be hard to come by. Expect a great atmosphere and game if you're lucky enough to get tickets. $60-$240.
- Calgary Stampeders Football Club, McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, , toll-free: .June to November. Calgary's local Canadian Football League (CFL) team, and the current holders of the Grey Cup (league champions). CFL plays 3 down football with only 20 seconds between plays, so watching a CFL game is quite different to watching an NFL game. $32 - $97.
- Calgary Hitmen, Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE. Ice hockey. Yearly, September to May. Calgary's Junior Hockey team play in the Western Hockey League and at the Saddledome when the Flames are not in town. Junior Hockey serves as a feeder league for the NHL. Usually as fun as the Flames, but cheaper! $15-40.
- Calgary Roughnecks, Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, , e-mail: [email protected]. January–May..Box lacrosse. Calgary's National Lacrosse League team were Champions Cup winners in 2004 and 2009. The sport is fast, rough and tough with loud music throughout. A great experience. $15-60.
- University of Calgary Dinos, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW. Varsity athletics. Ice hockey (men's & women's teams), field hockey (women), Canadian football (men), basketball (men & women), rugby (women), soccer (men's & women's), swimming, track & field/x-country, volleyball (men & women), wrestling.
- Mount Royal University Cougars, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW. Varsity athletics. Ice hockey (men's & women's teams), basketball (men & women), soccer (men & women), volleyball (men & women).
- SAIT Trojans, SAIT Polytechnic, 1301 16 Ave NW. Varsity athletics. Ice hockey (men's & women's teams), basketball (men & women), soccer (men & women), volleyball (men & women).
Calgary has a very vibrant theatre scene. It seems that Calgary has live theatre for every taste: avante-garde (One Yellow Rabbit), traditional (Theatre Calgary, ATP), mystery (Vertigo), lunch breaks (Lunchbox), improv (Loose Moose), clown arts (Green Fools), and more. The two daily newspapers provide some theatre coverage, but the best coverage and listings are found in free weekly Fast Forward magazine .
- Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave SE (adjacent to Olympic Plaza), , e-mail: [email protected]. Ats Commons hosts the three best-known professional theatre groups; the conservative Theatre Calgary, the more adventurous Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP), and the downright avant-garde One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre(OYR). The facility has two additional theatres, so other companies often produce shows here. Of special note is OYR's High Performance Rodeo festival, which runs for January and provides a wildly eclectic mix of performing arts (and performance art). Arts Commons is also home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra which presents everything from buttoned-down traditional classical music to pops to symphonies for children. Finally, Arts Commons is the venue for many other concerts and events throughout the year. $10–99.
- Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115-9 Ave SE (at the base of the Calgary Tower), . is dedicated to producing mystery plays, ranging from musicals to straight-up whodunnits. A second studio theatre frequently hosts other companies.
- Theatre Junction, 608 1 St SW, . Offers a slate of highly contemporary theatre and performing arts, and the venue also hosts music and other events. $20-30.
- Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, . Two theatres contained inside a historic brick waterworks building play host to a large part of Calgary's semi-pro and community theatre scene, with new productions here every week. $20-$40.
- Loose Moose Theatre, 1235 26 Ave SE (in the Crossroads Market), . One of the originators of, and international leaders in, short-form improvisation and Theatresports (think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Loose Moose does improv weekly, as well as the occasional original children's show or comedy. $10-15.
- Lunchbox Theatre, 160, 115 9 Ave SW (in the Calgary Tower), . Shows at 12:10PM M-Sa and 6:10PM on F. This unique theatre company produces exclusively one-act plays, during the weekday noon lunch hour. Typically lighter fare suitable for a downtown corporate crowd. $22.
- Stage West Theatre Restaurant (Stage West Dinner Theatre), 727 42 Ave SE, . Offers unchallenging, tried-and-true shows, kids' theatre, and tribute concerts, along with a generic buffet dinner. $32-105.
- Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 1002 37 St SW (next to Westbrook Mall), , e-mail: [email protected]. Similar to Stage West, with more of a focus on musical parodies of popular television shows. $65-75.
- The Comedy Cave, 9206 Macleod Trail S (Travelodge Hotel Calgary Macleod Trail), , e-mail:[email protected]. $10.
- Laugh Shop Comedy Club, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE (Hotel Blackfoot), .
- Yuk Yuks (Mark Breslin's Yuk Yuks), 218 18 Ave SE (Elbow River Casino), , e-mail: [email protected]. Stand-up comedy. $12-39.
- Aussie Rules Foodhouse and Bar, 1002 – 37 St SW (next to Westbrook Mall), . Piano bar with a comic twist, sing-a-longs, dance routines. $12 cover charge for duelling pianos.
- Calgary Opera, 1315 – 7 St SW (Arrata Opera Centre), , e-mail: [email protected]. Calgary's oldest opera company presents several operas each year at their Arrata Opera Centre and the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. $37-163.
- Cowtown Opera Company, 1401 10 Ave SE (Lantern Community Church). The first new opera company to be established in Western Canada in 20 years, Cowtown Opera presents classic operas, sung in English, with a saucy twist. Past shows include Die Fledermaus: Revenge of the Bat, Phantom of the Opera Sing-a-Long, and The Magic Flute: Revised and in English. $45.
- National Music Centre (Cantos Music Foundation), 134 11 Ave SE, , e-mail: [email protected]. Tours Sa 1:30PM, 1st Th of month 6PM. A collection of antique and notable musical instruments is available to the public by guided tour. The collection includes the Elton John songwriting piano and the famous TONTO synthesizer, as well as many antique pianos and organs, and the artifacts of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Currently housed in a temporary location during the construction of the new National Music Centre building. (Construction expected to be complete in 2017.) $0-10.
- Big Rock Brewery, 5555 – 76 Ave SE, , toll-free: . Tours Tu-Th 1:30PM, prebook by phone. Tours of the Big Rock Brewery include tastings. Must be age 18 or older to participate. $25.