Alberta Journals

Alberta (minus the Rockies)

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An April 2010 trip to Alberta by MagdaDH_AlexH

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta More Photos
Quote: Calgary, mostly

Driving through the plains

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The iconic grain elevator Photo, Alberta, Canada
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Alberta is different. For the first time I feel we are truly in the west, and outside the realm of European civilisation – is it the right word in the context – maybe not. We still are, obviously, in the realm of European, or post-European culture, but the focus has somehow imperceptibly changed. I have heard of people having a similar experience in Russia, once they get to Moscow and beyond: the reference point is not the same, the place looks in a different direction. In Canada, it might be that the change is due to the fact that the French traders and explorers never got beyond – roughly - what's now Manitoba (Winnipeg has a French quarter, but Calgary doesn't). Or maybe it's the ranchers and the ...Read More

Glenbow Museum

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Attraction | "Treasure trove of mavericks"

Glenbow Museum Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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Glenbow Museum is the main public museum in Calgary, Alberta and has a reputation of being one of the finest museums in Canada and one of the largest in Western Canada. It is a museum with a mixed and varied collection of over 1,000,000 objects, including cultural and military history, ethnology and mineralogy. The Museum also displays a significant collection of Asian art, on a semi-permanent loan from Bumper Development Corporation as well as a Canadian art collection, library and extensive archives. The public displays available to view include modernist and historical art; Mavericks, and exhibition telling the history of Alberta through people who created it; Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2010

Glenbow Museum
130 9th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3
+1 403 268 4100

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park

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Attraction | "Lions, gorillas and dinosaurs"

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo (and among the oldest) in Canada. It occupies a large area to the east of the city centre on and around an island on the river Bow. The zoo's collection includes around 300 species of animals (over a thousand creatures) and, rarely for a zoological garden, the Calgary zoo also incorporates botanic displays at Botanical Gardens and Dorothy Harvie Conservatory. There is also Prehistoric Park, which features stationary and robotic (moving) models of dinosaurs and the environment in which the used to live. The live animal collection is organised by the area of origin and includes Destination Africa, Canadian Wilds, Eurasia, Prehistoric Park an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2010

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park
1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta T2M 4R8
(800) 588-9993

TELUS World of Science

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Attraction | "Arty science"

TELUS World of Science Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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Telus World Of Science is a science and discovery centre in Calgary. It has both permanent and temporary exhibitions about a range of subjects from the natural science areas, both life sciences and physics, chemistry and technology. The temporary exhibitions are suitable for adults and children alike, while the separate Creative Kids Museum is directed at children. World of Science offers workshops and activity programmes for children and adults, ranging from arts' courses and drop-in activities to science cafe and astronomy night-time programmes. Tickets cost 19.75 CAD for adults and 12.25 CAD for children under 12 years old, under 3 years old are free (2010 prices)....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2010

TELUS World of Science

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Tower

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Attraction | "Walking in the air"

Calgary Tower Photo, Alberta, Canada
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Calgary Tower is a popular lookout and a landmark in Calgary, Alberta. The tower is 191 meters tall (to the top of the spire), and the observation deck – which is what matters – is at 160 meters; so not particularly high in the rankings of towers or buildings, but still reasonable for a lookout over what is pretty spread out but mostly low-rise outside the downtown very core. The tower stands in the middle of downtown Calgary and is normally accessed by a lift (though they have a race up the 700+ steps and during the Calgary Stampede, a horse is led up those steps!). There are two ways to pay for the view from Calgary Tower: you can buy an admission ticket for 14 CAD (at the ti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2010

Calgary Tower
101 9th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1J9
+1 403 266 7171