Glenmore Water Treatment Plant **10 am – 4 pm**

Glenmore Water Treatment Plant **10 am – 4 pm**

1668-56 Avenue SW


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Follow the treatment path that water takes from the Elbow River/Glenmore Reservoir to the taps in your home. In this rare glimpse inside the historic Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, City of Calgary Water Services staff will highlight how some of the cleanest river water in the world is treated to become safe drinking water. Come learn about the pumps, pipes, and people that ensure the availability of high-quality drinking water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All ages are welcome to enjoy interactive and hands-on displays, watch demonstrations of the backwash process, see performances by artist Stokley Towles and have your water-related questions answered by Water Services staff!
Photo credit: Paul Fesko

Guided Tours

Tours are 2 hrs in length. The minimum age for tours is 10. Four tours are offered, starting at 10:3011:001:001:30. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of the tour start time to complete the required forms.


    1. 15 people per tour. First come, first served
    2. All adult participants will be required to fill out an Applicant Information Form, sign a Waiver of Liability and provide valid photo ID upon arrival for the tour.
    3. Legal guardians of underage participants will be required to complete an Informed Consent Form upon arrival for the tour.
    4. Minimum age is 10 years old and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    5. Unaccompanied minors will not be permitted access.
    6. The Glenmore Water Treatment Facility is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
    7. Tours involve walking outdoors on uneven terrain and throughout an industrial facility. For safety reasons, you are required to wear comfortable flat, closed toe walking shoes such as runners or hiking boots (ballet flats, “Toms” and other similar shoes are not appropriate).  Long pants and full socks are also required (all exposed skin on feet, ankles, and legs MUST be covered).  Shorts, capris, and skirts are not appropriate.  Participation in the tour will be denied if these requirements are not fully met.
    8. All purses, backpacks and other bags are not permitted on the tour route.
    9. No cameras or pictures are permitted.
    10. This is a fully operational plant and as such the tour may need to be canceled due to emergency or other unforeseeable circumstance.

Historical Significance

• Glenmore is Calgary’s first water treatment plant
• The Glenmore Filter Plant Building is a recognized Heritage Building by The City of Calgary, is a recognized Canadian Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association, and was added to the Canadian Register of Historic Places by the federal government of Canada. It will be open to the public during Doors Open YYC 2017.
• The Glenmore Water Treatment Plant supplies approximately 35% of The City’s water supplies to Calgarians

Additional Info

Year Built: Commissioned in 1933

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