History is around every corner at Fort Calgary
. Discover the origins of Calgary at the home of the first North West Mounted Police fort, built on traditional Treaty 7 territory in 1875, with interactive exhibits, costumes, and a virtual streetcar tour at the forks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Try their Sunday Brunch, featuring a buffet of locally sourced dishes, for a family friendly dining experience steeped in history.
Fort Calgary is a short walk from the City Hall Calgary Transit
station and also offers free parking on site.
Address: 750 9 Ave SE
Other Great Calgary Attractions
Bow Habitat Station
Get hooked on the fishy experience at Bow Habitat Station
and discover this family friendly natural wonder. Meet Alberta's native fish in the aquariums, go fishing in the Trout Pond (open in May), and take a stroll through the Interpretive Wetland for a hands on introduction to Alberta’s ecosystem. Rent snowshoes in the winter or fishing rods in the summer and discover the great outdoors in Calgary at Bow Habitat Station.
Free parking is available at the park’s main entrance with bike path access from many areas of the city.
International show jumping events bring the best equestrian athletes from around the world to Spruce Meadows each year. Admission to this family and pet friendly venue is inexpensive and has a great selection of international food vendors everyone will enjoy. Spruce Meadows also hosts the International Christmas Market
, with over 300 vendors celebrating the holiday spirit throughout the grounds each year.
This world renowned equestrian venue is located on the southern edge of Calgary and is around a 30 minute drive from the downtown core. Free parking is available on site.
Calling adrenaline junkies of all ages! Race your way to the finish line at Downhill Karting
with over 50 twists and turns on 1,800 metres of downhill fun. It’s easy to learn and perfect for riders of any age and ability. Choose from individual ride and family packages for a wild ride the whole family will love.
Located at WinSport
, you can pair the adrenaline rush of Downhill Karting with other adventure sports activities all in the same day, with free parking available on site.
Put your hands in the air and ride your way to Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Amusement Park. Calaway Park
is family friendly fun, with more than 30 rides, dozens of games, live stage shows, a 3D theatre experience, and classic amusement park treats. Best of all? Your admission includes unlimited rides, shows, and parking so you can take one more loop on The Vortex roller coaster. Spend the night under the stars at the Calaway Park Campground
, with 104 sites available just a short walk from all the action.
Take the Trans-Canada Highway west through Calgary and you will arrive at Calaway Park just five minutes outside the city limits with plenty of free parking at the park entrance.
Address: 245033 Range Rd 33
A petting coral, low ropes course, farmyard games, pony rides, zip lines, and jumbo jumpers are just the start of life on the farm at Calgary Farmyard
. Hands on experiences give everyone in the family a chance to experience barnyard animals in a friendly and welcoming environment. Stroll through the sunflower fields and enjoy freshly squeezed lemonade, mini donuts, ice cream, kettle corn, fudge, and jumbo hot dogs to top off your day on the farm.
Located South East of Calgary, travelling by car is the best way to visit Calgary Farmyard with parking available on site.
Address: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View County
There is something for everyone in the family at Granary Road
. Slide, swing, and climb your way through the 36 acre Active Learning Park, where kids of all ages can explore imaginative animal, insect, and agricultural play areas. Or spend the day shopping in the public market for everything from fresh produce and artisan cheese to top shelf wine and classic charcuterie.
Granary Road is a short drive from the city centre, located southwest of Calgary, with plenty of free parking available on site.