Calgary Culture & history

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Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

1. Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

Explore Gasoline Valley Museum that showcases the introduction and popularization of the automobile. Gaze in awe at the classic cars, trucks, and working vehicles from the 1900s to the 1950s. Explore the unique antique gasoline pump collection and many signages from a wide variety of historical petroleum companies. Learn about the history of the automobile and the far-reaching social changes that resulted from the transition from horse and carriage to the motor car. Be sure to also visit the lower showroom, which offers even more incredible artifacts to see.

Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

2. Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

Begin at the base of the Calgary Tower and travel through downtown on your way to the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark Science Center. Travel in a comfortable bus through the East Village to historic Inglewood. Listen to your guide as they share stories and facts about this cosmopolitan city. The first stop will be at Scotsman's Hill, where you'll get a panoramic view of the skyline. Proceed through the Beltline to the Lougheed House and then to Heritage Park. Take time to explore Gasoline Alley, a museum dedicated to historical gravitational gas pumps and antique vehicles. Continue to Canada Olympic Park to watch some sporting activities. Following your time there, head back toward Calgary Downtown. On the way, stop for one more amazing view of the city. Travel through Downtown Calgary where the tour will conclude at the base of the Calgary Tower, where it began.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

3. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

4. Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

Learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city. Download your smartphone audio guide to enjoy the perks of a professional tour without the hassle of following a group around. Access the guide at any time and explore at your own pace. Stop and start the recording anywhere along the route. A live GPS map will show you where you are and where to go next. Enjoy insightful commentary and a location-based trivia game. Choose from the following routes: Explore the Downtown Calgary Sightseeing Tour:Follow a looped route beginning and ending at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings. See the historic Stephen Avenue, the Palace Theater, Calgary Public Building, and The Grand. Come across some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the significance behind the Famous Five and Family of Man sculptures, and crane your head back to take in the Bow skyscraper. The Beltline District Tour:Begin at the Central Memorial Park and have historical buildings, statues, monuments, artwork, parks, and more pointed out to you. Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood and see how it represents the transition between past, present, and future. Learn about the historic residences in the Beltline’s past with a visit to the Lorraine Block, McHugh House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rouleauville Square, and Firehall #2. End your tour with a stop at the Calgary Stampede Grounds, where you can hear all about this historic annual event. Bow River Trail Tour:Discover the main attractions around the stunning Bow River and admire sights in contemporary Calgary. Visit Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the Calgary Zoo before you make your way to the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s history at Mewata Armories, Prince’s Island Park, and Fort Calgary. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, and Sien Lok Park. Admire the Center Street Lions and the incredible views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14 reviews

This tour was amazing and honestly worth every dollar. We had Arnel as our driver and guide and honestly, his company really enhanced the experience! He was patient with us as we took our time exploring the sites and never made us feel rushed, while also being friendly and fun to have around. The tour itself was incredible as well. The sites this tour provides access to are amazing and indescribable. The beauty of this tour is that because it was private, we could spend as much time at each location as we wanted to before moving onto the next spot, as opposed to other, larger group tours where there’s a strict time-limit. Overall this was a great experience and a day well spent.

J'ai adoré mon après-midi ! C'était une sortie en petit groupe, les arrêts étaient de bonne durée et nous avons pris de très belles photos. Notre guide était super gentille et elle nous a donné beaucoup d'informations très pertinentes.

The guide and driver were knowledgeable, efficient and personable. The tour was one of the best I have ever taken, was reasonably priced and on time. I highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Calgary.

The bus tour was very informative. The tour guide was very courteous and helpful. We enjoyed the bus tour thoroughly.

Our guide Judy was knowledgeable, pleasant and proud of her city. The driver was skilled.