In the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, many travelers pass through Calgary on their way to Banff and Jasper national parks. But the city itself has plenty of attractions, whether you’re visiting in the warm summer or the snowy winter. Here’s how to get the most out of 24 hours in Calgary.
1,300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6
Admission to the Calgary Zoo grants visitors access to all the animal exhibits (divided into geographical regions), as well as keeper talks, feedings, and animal behavior demonstrations. You can also prebook a designated time to see the zoo’s four giant pandas. Special experiences not part of basic admission include an early morning panda breakfast before the exhibit opens to the public, and Safari Sunday Brunch in the heart of the Destination Africa area.
Things to Know Before You Go
Most guests spend the whole day at the zoo—set aside at least four hours for your visit.
The zoo is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and wheelchairs are available to rent from the North Gift Shop and Tiger’s Den.
How to Get There
The zoo is just east of downtown Calgary, along St. George’s Drive. If you’re using public transit, take the CTrain’s Northeast Line to Zoo station.
When to Get There
The Calgary Zoo is open daily throughout the year, but hours may vary by season. Get there right when the zoo opens, when crowds are sparser and the animals tend to be most active.
Centre for Conservation Research
Proceeds from the Calgary Zoo support its Centre for Conservation Research. Programs include whooping crane breeding, swift fox and northern leopard frog reintroduction, and burrowing owl head-starting.