Calgary, Alberta Itineraries -- Half Day

Half Day Activities

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Calgary Zoo

This world-class zoo features over 1,500 animals in a natural habitat exhibit. From the splendor of the Canadian Wild exhibit to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo is the only facility of its kind to contain a zoo, botanical garden and prehistoric park.  Regularly scheduled education programs and special events are highlighted throughout the year at this year round facility.  Accessible via public transportation, The Calgary Zoo is 10 minutes away from The Fairmont Palliser.

For more information please visit www.calgaryzoo.org or call 403-232-9300.  

Heritage Park Historical Village

A living historical village highlighting Western Canada’s settlements - travel back through time while strolling through a 1910 town – you might experience the romance of a prairie wedding or catch some good old-fashioned gossip at the Alberta Bakery or Towne Hall.  Ride the rails on a thundering steam locomotive, enjoy the thrills of an Antique Midway, or take a journey through a bygone era aboard a relaxing horse drawn wagon.  Heritage Park Historical Village’s facilities including the museum are open seasonally May through September.  Heritage Park is located 20 minutes away from the Fairmont Palliser.

For more information please visit www.heritagepark.ca or call 403-268-8500. 

Spruce Meadows

A magnificent $20-million show jumping facility - this picturesque complex has captivated the worldwide audience of the sport of show jumping.  Special Events occur throughout the year, including the annual Masters competition in September, which is a Calgary tradition.  Spruce Meadows is located 30 minutes away from The Fairmont Palliser.

For more information please visit www.sprucemeadows.com or call 403-974-4200. 

Fishing

Southern Alberta is a fly fisherman's paradise with the world-class Bow River, the nearly un-fished Blackfoot Indian Reserve stretch of Bow River, the eastern slope of Crowsnest River, and abundant classic mountain streams all within a short drive of Calgary.  Day trips can be planned from May through to early October, and arranged in detail through our Concierge Team.

For more information, please visit www.tourismcalgary.com or call 403-263-8510. 

Golf

Calgary boasts twenty-three exceptional and scenic golf courses of varying difficulties within the city limits, allowing residents and visitors to the city an opportunity to tee off virtually any time.  In addition, within a three hour radius, six signature courses are on Canada’s Top 10 list.  Tee times and rentals can be arranged through our Concierge Team.

For more information, please visit  www.tourismcalgary.com or call 403-263-8510. 

Canada Olympic Park

A living legacy of the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada Olympic Park is situated 15 minutes from The Fairmont Palliser.  The facility continues to function as a versatile competition, training and recreation area designed for year-round enjoyment by both athletes and the general public.

In the winter months, the Park is treasured by winter enthusiasts for skiing and snowboarding.  C.O.P. also offers introductory programs for the public to experience the exciting sports like bobsleighing, the skeleton and the luge.  As the spring approaches, the activities turn to mountain bike riding through a variety of trail systems, an obstacle course, ziptrek and zorb rides, beginner BMX track and free-ride stunts.

For more information, please visit www.canadaolympicpark.ca or call 403-247-5452. 

Banff National Park

Established in 1885 as Canada's first national park, it is home to a variety of distinctive natural features, cultural and historical sites.  Rocky mountains, glaciers, icefields, alpine meadows, stunning blue cold-water lakes, mineral hot springs, unfathomable canyons and hoodoos compile the organic landscape and habitat for a diverse grouping of mammals such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep, cougar, black and grizzly bear.  Banff National Park is an integral element of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.  A trip to Banff is an excellent 6 hour return trip, including time to sightsee and to have lunch in one of the many exceptional restaurants.

For more information, please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/default.asp.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Approximately two hours east of Calgary you will find Dinosaur Provincial Park.  Expansive dinosaur fossil fields in the world are found in this area; the area badlands & cottonwood river habitat are the other noteworthy features that resulted in the park's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.  Visitors can experience the Park through arranged bus tours, an extensive hiking trail system, interpretive programs at the indoor theatre, and outdoor amphitheatre. 

For more information please visit www.tprc.alberta.ca/parks/dinosaur or call 403-378-4342. 

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