QCWA

QCWA NATIONAL CONVENTION - 2006

"OUR CALGARY"


Calgary, like most cities, offers many things to do. We are a city of nearly 1,000,000 people and growing at a fast pace because of Alberta's oil reserves and the current high price of oil.

To begin with, Calgary is an excellent place if you like military history. One of the most fascinating displays of Canadian Forces memorabilia is at the Museum of Regiments located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW. For those interested in naval history there is the Naval Museum of Alberta located at 1820 - 24 Street SW. With a vast collection of naval artifacts - this museum does an outstanding job of representing maritime history considering how far Calgary is from the nearest open water.

If you want to learn more about the history of Calgary, there is no better place to start then at Fort Calgary which features a museum and exhibits outlining the city's fascinating past.

For a general look at Western history, a trip to Heritage Park might be the order of the day. Located 20 minutes from downtown, the park features over 60 acres of terrain with more than 150 historical exhibits and interpretative displays. It is Canada's largest historical village representing what life was like before 1914. The popular 'old time' electric train ride and paddle wheeler trip on the Glenmore Reservoir make for a pleasant day's ending.

Also of interest is the Glenbow Museum - located at 130 - 9th Avenue SW. This museum exhibits First Nations and the settlement of the west, world history and geology.

And just around the corner of the Glenbow Museum (in the heart of downtown) is the famous Calgary Tower, which was officially opened on June 30, 1968. The tower has become the City of Calgary's most famous and identifiable physical landmark. One of the first towers of its kind, it offers the best view of the city. Last year the tower's observation deck was renovated to allow visitors to virtually step into a space on a new glass floor where you can look down 525 feet into the heart of Calgary.

And it would be remiss of us not to mention the Calgary Zoo where you can check out Splash - the new baby hippopotamus. Splash shares the hippo pen with his grandparents, Foggy and Sparky. Besides watching Splash playing in the sun - the zoo also has many exotic animals. It is also the home of the famous Dinosaur Park.

And of course - we could not miss telling you about our famous rocky mountain towns just 80 miles west of Calgary. Situated deep in the Rockies - Banff and Lake Louise offer many tourist attractions that you would expect to see on your travels through-out the Rocky Mountains. Rent a car and enjoy a day of viewing some of the most beautiful and prestine country you have ever set eyes on! Oh yes - Banff National Park was named Canada's First National Park. More information can be found at http://www.banfflakelouise.com