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Doors Open YYC is on Saturday September 23, 2017 and we are celebrating our 6th year with 40 sites around the city!!  Come out from 10 AM to 4 PM and check out our exciting behind the scenes look at all of the sites below!

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2017 MAP

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SITE DETAILS

 aero AERO SPACE MUSEUM OF CALGARY

Year built: 1941
Built by: Department of National Defence

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Aero Space Museum of Calgary is housed in a Drill Hall once used by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War. The Museum displays various aircraft and artifacts showcasing Western Canada’s flight and aviation history.

Historical Significance

  • The building was used by the men and women of the RCAF who trained during the Second World War. Thousands of men from across the Commonwealth drilled in the building, which is a good example of timber frame construction. In spite of an original planned short life span (for the duration of the Second World War) it still stands as a testament to the sacrifices of our military personal.

Activities

  • The Museum will have tour guides available to talk about the aircraft and their history.

Guided Tours:

  • Tour guides will be stationed around the Museum, no specific time or location.
WEBSITE: www.asmac.ab.ca
ADDRESS: 4629 McCall Way NE
PHONE: 403-250-3752
 ambyint2 AMBYINT INC.

Unique/Interesting features

  • ambyint is one of Calgary’s most innovative tech companies. The open concept office is similar to what you would find in the Silicon Valley – comparable to Google – designed to encourage out-of-the-box thinking, experimentation and growth.
  • Within the 10,000 sq/ft innovation lab, ambyint focuses on creating next-generation technology to optimize and manage oil well production.
  • The ambyint headquarters boasts numerous perks including an Olympic-sized badminton court, putting greens, Foosball, table tennis, and hover boards.

Activities

  • Complimentary Carnival Treats
  • Volleyball, Foosball, Table Tennis, Putting Greens
  • Refreshments by Journey Drinks

Guided Tours:

  • Tours and presentation – every hour, on the hour
WEBSITE: ambyint.com
ADDRESS: #50, 2121 – 29 Street NE
PHONE: 1-800- 205-1311
Brown Bagging BROWN BAGGING FOR CALGARY’S KIDS

Unique & Interesting Features:

  • What can you do to use your head, heart and hands to make a difference?
  • Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has one goal: no hungry kids in Calgary. We strive toward this goal each day by providing healthy lunches directly to kids, and by empowering communities to create lasting social change.

Historical Significance

  • BB4CK started feeding kids in 1990 and became a registered charity in 2002 (as Brown Bagging for Calgary Street Kids Society). The main objective initially was to feed homeless kids on Calgary streets. In 2002, BB4CK changed their objective to feeding kids in Calgary schools when a large need was identified.

Activities

  • BB4CK invites you to join us in our kitchen to discover how Calgarians provide healthy lunches to children in need. Drop by anytime during the day to explore the kitchen, learn about BB4CK programs, decorate lunch bags and enjoy a light snack. From 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-3:30pm participate in food preparation (register in person – space limited) and create nutritious snacks for children’s lunches. We look forward to your visit!
WEBSITE: bb4ck.org/
ADDRESS: 433 Macleod Tr. SE
PHONE: 403-264-7979
 cfb CALGARY FOOD BANK

Unique & Interesting Features:

  • One of the largest food banks in Canada
  • 1 in 9 Calgarians used the Calgary Food Bank in 2015, serving over 141,000 individual people.
  • Over 40% of our clients are children, 5% higher than the national average.
  • Distribution hub for other food banks across Canada

Historical Significance

  • Established in 1982
  • The Calgary Food Bank is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing quality emergency food to those in need.
  • The Calgary Food Bank is not a government or United Way agency. We rely solely on the generous support of our community.
  • The Food Bank was founded by religious leaders in the community who were all collecting food and giving it to those in need. They decided to join forces to make the most impact within their community.
  • The Calgary Food Bank was created to aid Calgarians going through financial strain during the 80’s recession of oil and gas production.

Activities

  • History of the Calgary Food Bank
  • What’s in an Emergency Food Hamper
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Client stories
  • Guided tours

Guided Tours

  • Tours will be offered every 30 minutes or less, starting at 10 am
  • For the health and safety of everyone, only children 10 years or older are permitted to attend tours in the warehouse (and must be accompanied by an adult)
  • For health and safety reasons, visitors must be wearing closed toe, flat shoes
WEBSITE: www.calgaryfoodbank.com
ADDRESS: 5000 – 11 Street SE
PHONE: 403-253-2059
chs CALGARY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Unique & Interesting Features:

  • Established in 1908, we’ve been cultivating Calgary’s gardening community for over a century.
  • As a part of our mandate to educate Calgarians about all things gardening, we have a demonstration garden showcasing the variety of gardening opportunities available within our specific climate. The demonstration gardens include examples of a rain garden, an alpine mound as well herbs and vegetables which are hardy in our region.
  • Further, our demonstration gardens are used to teach visitors how to use different waterwise gardening techniques to limit our environmental footprint. Examples include using a rain garden to filter and slow storm water during weather events or using compost as a nutrient rich addition to soil.

Historical Significance

  • In the early 1900’s, the promotion of gardening was an important part of a social movement to counter the adverse effects of urban industrialization. Business leaders founded the Society to inspire responsible citizens to learn about gardening in this challenging, largely treeless environment and to aid in the beautifying and improvement of the City of Calgary.
  • William Reader, as the first superintendent of the Calgary Parks Department, ensured that the Society and the City worked closely together. For example, in 1914 more than 10,000 trees were planted through the efforts of the Society and the City planted a further 10,000 seedlings that same year. As the Society evolved over the years, the projects changed and the number of members waxed and waned. By the early 1980’s, when membership had dropped to an all time low, one of Calgary’s oldest societies was in danger of disappearing.
  • Over the years, our dedicated volunteers have introduced a newsletter, initiated plant shares, bus tours, monthly speakers, garden visits and workshops, all of which are still major components of current Society activities. Membership in Calgary’s oldest gardening Society has climbed to over 5,000 members and is still growing.

Activities

  • We will have the opportunity for both guided and self-guided tours of both our front and back demonstration gardens.
  • There will be descriptions of each section of the garden placed throughout, explaining what has been planted and the purpose of each type of garden and interesting plants and/or facts.
  • We will have Calgary Horticultural Society memberships and refreshments for sale.

Guided Tours

  • Tours will run once an hour, beginning on the hour from 10 am to 3 pm. Tours will be limited to 20 participants at a time.
  • Visitors will be able to access self-guided tours, or simply wander in the gardens, throughout the day from 10 am to 4 pm.
WEBSITE: www.calhort.org
ADDRESS: 208 – 50 Avenue SW
PHONE:403-287-3469
 stampede_th CALGARY STAMPEDE

Year built: 1974

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Stampede Grandstand hosts tens of thousands of guests every year for the annual Calgary Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show. Our tour is a behind the scenes look at this venue–taking guests to Eye in the Sky, where the chuckwagon and rodeo callers sit, below the stage where the performers in the Grandstand Show get ready, to the Rodeo chutes and the chuckwagon barns.

Historical Significance

  • The Calgary Stampede has been taking place since 1912 and is Calgary’s biggest festival. The organization remains a cultural epicenter of Canada.

Activities

  • We will serving a free pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Our guided tours will take guests up to Eye in the Sky, where the rodeo and chuckwagon announcers sit, beneath the Grandstand Stage, to the Rodeo chutes and chuckwagon barns. Along the way, they will meet a retired longhorn steer and bucking bull.
  • Learn more about what you’ll see and how to get free parking on our blog here.
  • Meet many of our wonderful Stampede volunteers!

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours will take place on the half hour, with the last tour starting at 4 p.m.
  • Tours will run 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes.
  • The tour is not fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.
WEBSITE: calgarystampede.com
ADDRESS: 2200 Stampede Trail SE
PHONE: 403-261-0101
chapter1 CHAPTER 1 DAYCARE

Year built: 1992
Architect: Rick Balbi

Unique & Interesting Features:

  • The daycare is inside the Chinese Cultural Center. The center has historic significance and is an iconic landmark of this city. The center itself has numerous architectural wonders to look at including gold leafed columns, a gold plated dome, and manuscripts from the Han dynasty. The daycare is the largest retail use in the center and involves a major revitalization of former space that was left unoccupied for several years.

Historical Significance

  • The Cultural Center is a rendition of the 3rd attempt to establish a Chinatown in Calgary. There is interesting history behind the evolution of the Chinatown’s in this City and a very interesting narrative revolves around how this space came to fruition and why it brings several tourists, from CHINA, to visit the space year round.

Activities

  • Interactive Parent-Infant gentle body movement session with dance instructor Heather Kniss.
    (10AM – 10:50AM)Interactive Parent-Child body movement  and dance session with dance instructor Heather Kniss. 19 months +
    (11AM – 11:50AM AND 2PM – 2:50PM)Take the #toetaphero challenge on the “largest floor mat piano not used by a Hollywood star” with instructor Heather Kniss. For All ages. Win a prize.
    (1PM – 1:50PM AND 3PM – 3:50PM)Teach your child Origami – Japanese paper art to build concentration and hand dexterity. 4 years +. Win a prize.
    (10 AM – 4:00 PM)Self Exploration Activities in the play area. 6 months to 5 years.
    (10 AM – 4:00 PMPlease note this is an unsupervised event so parent or guardian must be with child at all times. Activities and scheduled times subject to change without notice.Refreshments donated by Cafe Blanca and Fiasco Gelato (DOYYC participant). Donations raised will go directly to BROWN BAGGING FOR CALGARY KIDS (DOYYC participant).Guided Tours
  • Self-guided
WEBSITE: www.chapter1daycare.com
ADDRESS: #107, 197 – 1 Street SW
PHONE: 403-775 – 9236
 CJSW CJSW RADIO 90.9FM

Unique/Interesting Features

  • CJSW 90.9FM is Calgary’s only campus and community radio station. Volunteer powered and community funded, CJSW strives to offer unique programming, both musical and spoken word that serves numerous communities in Calgary. As Calgary’s alternative media source, we aim to give a voice to groups that are often ignored or underrepresented in mainstream media.

Historical significance

  • CJSW Radio is celebrating 31 years on the FM dial and has been broadcasting from the University of Calgary in MacEwan Hall since 1967.
  • In 1983 we published our first edition of Vox magazine, that covered music in Calgary until the end of its publication in 1998.

Activities

  • Folks participating in the guided tours will get the opportunity to learn how to record and produce radio with our Production Coordinator. Participants will also get to see behind the scenes of CJSW and check out our on-air booth and music library.

Guided Tours

  • Two guided tours at 11 am and 1 pm
  • The office doors will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, and welcome folks to drop by for a mini tour of the space.
WEBSITE: cjsw.com
ADDRESS: Rm. 312 MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary
PHONE: 403-220-3902
 enmax_th ENMAX DISTRICT ENERGY

Year built: 2010
Architect: Gibbs Gage Architects

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The ENMAX District Energy Centre generates 55 MW of thermal energy, in the form of hot water, and distributes it through a network of insulated underground pipes to buildings in Calgary’s East Village and Downtown core. The heat is transferred from the thermal pipeline, via a plate heat exchanger, in the customers building and is used for space heating and domestic hot water in residential condos, commercial office towers, and institution buildings. In total, the ENMAX District Energy Centre can provide space heat and domestic hot water for nearly 8 million square feet of development. Generating thermal energy this way is not a new concept and has been used throughout North America for over 100 years.

Historical Significance

  • Commissioned in 2010, the ENMAX District Energy Centre is the only privately owned and operated District Energy System in the province supplying heat to commercial, residential, and institutional buildings.
  • The ENMAX District Energy Centre has 55 MW (187 Million BTU’s) of installed thermal heating capacity coming from 4 boiler. This is enough to heat office space for nearly 100,000 office workers in Calgary.
  • There is approximately 5500 meters of insulated un-ground pipe used to distribute thermal energy to customer buildings in the East Village and Downtown core.

Activities

  • People who come to the ENMAX District Energy Centre for Doors Open YYC 2016 will be given a guided tour of the facility and provided a behind the scenes look at how ENMAX generates thermal energy and distributes throughout the East Village and Downtown Core.

Guided Tours:

  • The ENMAX District Energy Centre will be open for guided tours as part of Doors Open YYC on September 24 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Guided tours of 20 people will be conducted every 45 minutes on a first-come first-service basis.
  • Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided.
  • Anyone under the age 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
WEBSITE: www.enmax.com/dec
ADDRESS: 407 – 9 Avenue SE
PHONE: 403-310-2010
 ecs EVERGREEN COMMUNITY SPACES

Located in central Calgary, off Deerfoot Trail and moments from the downtown core, our unique, 24,000 square foot facility boasts 24/7 access, flexible studios, offices, production and performance space,

This project is an innovative new-concept venture: a community-centric, not-for-profit arts facility supported by Alberta foundations and endowments. Currently, no financial support is supplied by government or corporate sectors. The dollars charged for use of the facility go to manage and repay the multi-year loan given to Evergreen Theatre to finance the project. Evergreen Theatre is a private, not-for-profit charitable organization.

This facility supports Evergreen Theatre’s mandate to promote the arts through space provision to artists and the greater community. We offer cost-effective spaces with the highest functionality possible. Because the space is multi-use and multidisciplinary, we are open to many groups and have few usage restrictions.

WEBSITE: ecspaces.com
ADDRESS: 1709 8th Ave NE
PHONE: 403-233-7633
DIRECTIONS: Take Deerfoot Tr to 16th Ave (Hwy 1) head east. Turn south on 19th St NE (at the lights) Turn west on 8th Ave NE We are on the south side of the road half way down the hill. Additionally you can take the 8th Ave fly-over from the west side of Deerfoot Tr, either by using the Zoo/Science Centre road or from Edmonton Tr east. Entrance is under the big green canopy
 fdscene F&D SCENE CHANGES

Year built: 1932
Doors Open YYC HOURS: SAT 11AM – 2:30PM

Unique/Interesting Features

  • For over 34 years F&D Scene Changes Ltd. has been internationally celebrated for our talent in transforming our clients’ ideas into reality. Our projects range from fabricating scenery for theatre, television and film to museum exhibits, commercial and retail, theme park elements, trade show and retail displays. We have fabricated and installed our products throughout North America and internationally for various clients such as Universal Studios California, Disney (Orlando, California, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai), The Centre Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CrossIron Mills Mall in Balzac, AB The Glenbow Museum, The Calgary Zoo and many venues throughout Canada and the United States.
  • F&D is located in the Dominion Bridge Building, a 60,000 square foot facility on the edge of downtown Calgary, Alberta. The shop is home to multiple disciplines running the gamut of metal fabrication, carpentry, fiberglass, an enormous scenic drop shop, a sewing and soft goods area, an industrial and scenic paint booth and our design/drafting department

Historical Significance

  • F&D is located in the Dominion Bridge Building, a 60,000 square foot facility on the edge of downtown Calgary, Alberta. In 1923 the building was used for Iron Work and later an additional steel shop, plate shop and ‘Blue Whale’ building were added. Today, this building is only one of two surviving metal factories from before WWI in the city. This original steel foundry includes a high central bay, overhead rail for cranes, and shed style wings.

Activities

  • Our tour is a 30-45 minute guided walking tour of our facilities located in the historical Dominion Bridge Building in Ramsay.
  • We would like to remind all of our guests that we are a working shop; so you may encounter tripping hazards, uneven flooring, narrow walkways, dust, and sharp objects. Please wear closed-toe footwear that is appropriate for standing and walking for extended periods of time.

Guided Tours:

  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • During the DOYYC, we will offer guided tours of our day-to-day operations and facilities located in the historic Dominion Bridge Building. Our guided tours are approximately 30-40 minutes in length. First tour is at 11 am and they will run every half hour with the last tour at 2:30 pm. Registration is required as space is limited.
  • REGISTRATION: required for all attendees, please e-mail susan@fdscenechanges.com or call 403-233-7633. Please state the time of the tour you would like to attend and the number of guest in your party.
  • IMPORTANT: Not very wheelchair or stroller friendly. Not permitted to take photo or video during the tours. Please note that we are a working shop and we ask that everyone attending wear appropriate footwear (no open-toed or high heeled shoes please). Normal shop hazards exist, such as the possibility of dust/fumes, tripping hazards, uneven floors, etc.
WEBSITE: www.fdscenechanges.com
ADDRESS: 2B, 803 – 24 Ave SE
 fiasco FIASCO GELATO

Unique/Interesting Features

  • A unique behind the scenes view of Calgary’s premietre gelatieria. Our chefs can be seen producing gelato and sorbetto and attendees will be able to sample freshly made products. We will also be offering a glimpse in the life of a food truck.

Guided Tours:

  • Open 10 AM to 4 PM
  • 10 – 15 people per tour. Tours will last 15 – 20 mins.
WEBSITE: www.fiascogelatoshop.com
ADDRESS: #110, 221 – 19 Street SE
 fire6 FIRE HALL No. 6

Year built: 1909

Constructed in 1906 and serving as a fire station until 1967, this historic building is now home to several artists under our Artists in Residence program. The building is a utilitarian example of Edwardian Classicism and the tours offer the opportunity to learn about the heritage aspects of the building while spending time with the artists and discovering their work.

ADDRESS: 1111 Memorial Drive NW
 gauntlet THE GAUNTLET

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Gauntlet offices are a functioning newsroom. There is also a functioning darkroom on-site.
  • The Gauntlet’s archives date back to 1961, and contain print material about the University of Calgary and the larger community, including newspapers, clippings, and original photographs. Ralph Klein and Naheed Nenshi are some of the notable figures featured.

Historical Significance

  • The Gauntlet is the University of Calgary’s independent student newspaper. The Gauntlet dates back 57 years, even before the official founding of the University of Calgary (which became independent from the University of Alberta 50 years ago, in 1966).

Activities

  • Gauntlet staff will offer guided tours every hour on the hour. Doors Open YYC visitors will learn about the processes of producing a weekly newspaper, including writing, editing, layout, photo development, and web content.
  • Doors Open YYC visitors are welcome to drop in between tours, ask the staff questions, and explore an interactive exhibit on student history at the University of Calgary. This exhibit will allow visitors to explore the Gauntlet archives (described above).
  • There will also be a colouring station set up for families with children.

Guided Tours:

  • Gauntlet staff will offer guided tours in English every hour on the hour. There is the possibility of arranging tours in German and/or Spanish if attendees contact us ahead of time.
  • DO YYC visitors are also welcome to drop-in between tours!
WEBSITE: thegauntlet.ca
ADDRESS: Room 319, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Drive NW
PHONE: 403-220-7380
 cliffbungalow HISTORIC HOLY ANGELS SCHOOL BUILDING

Year built: 1919
Architect: J.E. Burrell (1919); William Stanley Bates 9 1929 extension)

A hub of educational activity from 1919 to 2008, this building is a Georgian Revival-style design which offers an insight into the Roman Catholic history of the area. Since 2010, it has been occupied by our Arts and Culture staff, who will elaborate on the history of the building and the work that goes on there such as our public art program, how we assist with events in Calgary and our intercultural resources and tools.

WEBSITE: www.calgary.ca/arts&culture
ADDRESS: 2105 Cliff Street SW
PHONE: 403-476-4304
 bird INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY / WALKER HOUSE

Year built: Walker House – 1910, Nature Centre – 1995
Architect: …

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Walker House – original house built in 1910

Historical Significance

  • First house in Calgary to have verandas, the name on the house was used to name the community surrounding it (Inglewood)

Activities

  • The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary will offer tours of the sanctuary itself, along with an in-depth tour of the Walker House. The Walker House is rarely open to the public, so this will be a great chance to see the inside of the house, and, during the Doors Open event only, we will open the upstairs portion of the house as well.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will happen on the hour throughout the event (10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm).  The meeting location will be the Nature Centre at the sanctuary.
WEBSITE: Calgary.ca
ADDRESS: 2425 – 9 Ave SE
PHONE: 403-221-4514
 lougheedhouse LOUGHEED HOUSE

Year built: 1891

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Lougheed House is Celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year. We are one of the last Sandstone Mansions left on the prairies.

Historical Significance

  • Lougheed House was the home of Peter Lougheed’s Grandparents. Sir James Alexander Lougheed and Lady Isabella Lougheed.

Activities

  • Lougheed House will be doing behind the scene tours of :
    0 The upstairs which was the children’s floor.( No Public access any other time)
    0 Archives room
    0 Collection Room
  • Around the house will have our Something Old Something New Exhibit which showcases wedding dresses from 1890 to today.

Guided Tours:

  • We will be offering guided tours, ever hour on the hour. starting at 10:00 am.
WEBSITE: www.lougheedhouse.com
ADDRESS: 707 – 13 Avenue SW
PHONE: 403-244-6333
 Prairiesky PRAIRIE SKY COHOUSING COOPERATIVE

Year built: 2003
Architect: Bill Johnston, Charles Durrett

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Prairie Sky Cohousing Cooperative is an 18-unit residential development, based on principles of community, respect, and sustainability.
  • Residents own their homes and share ownership of common grounds and a 3400 sq.ft. common house.
  • Prairie Sky features a mutually supportive, inter-generational community and participation by all members in consensus decision making and shared work. In 13 years residents have gradually created beautiful outside spaces in the constraints of a 1/3 acre lot.

Historical Significance

  • First and still the only completed cohousing community in Alberta.

Activities

  • Hourly Site Tours

Guided Tours:

  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • 30-45 minute site tours at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.
  • Groups will meet in the courtyard in front of the common house.
  • To keep tour groups manageable we require participants to RSVP. Please email homauthe@gmail.com with your preferred tour time.
WEBSITE: www.prairiesky.ab.ca
ADDRESS: 403 – 31 Avenue NE
PHONE: 403-283 3756
 read READER ROCK GARDEN / UNION CEMETERY

Year built: 1912
Architect: William Roland Reader

During the tour of the rock garden and cemetery you will learn about the history of the location, the various rocks and plants on site, who William Roland Reader was and the stories of the many famous Calgarians who are laid to rest here in the heart of the city.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will happen on the hour throughout the event (10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm).  The meeting location will be the entrance to Reader Rock Gardens (the parking lot at the base).
WEBSITE: Calgary.ca
ADDRESS: 311 – 25 Avenue SE
 sait  SAIT

Unique/Interesting Features

  • SAIT’s oldest building was completed in 1921 and designed by Richard Palin Blakey, in the collegiate gothic style. Since then numerous buildings have been built at SAIT including the Senator Burns which is covered in red brick and tyndallstone, showcasing fossils in almost every panel; the John Ware building, named for a former slave who led the first Texas-Alberta cattle drive and settled on a ranch near Duchess; and many more.

Historical Significance

  • SAIT has been a fixture in Calgary since it’s inception in 1916. It grew from the need to re-train returning WW1 soldiers and the men at home, but the path which led to it’s creation began when Alberta was choosing a provincial capital in 1906. Now celebrating it’s centennial, SAIT is showcasing it’s rich history as a part of Calgary and Alberta. It was the first technical institute of it’s kind in Canada and over the past 100 years, more than 225,000 graduates have passed through it’s doors.

Activities

  • To celebrate its centennial SAIT is throwing open its doors and providing guided campus tours that will include history, architecture, fun facts and even a ghost story or two. Listen and walk as your guide takes you through time in this unique experience. Learn why the competition between Calgary and Edmonton goes beyond sports, find the secrets of the tyndallstone fossils, and discover why KISS played their Canadian debut in SAIT’s gym for just 160 students.

Guided Tours

  • Tours will begin on the hour, each hour from 10am until 3pm – with the final tour ending at 3:45pm.
  • The tours will start inside Heritage Hall’s main entryway. There is a maximum of 20 people per tour.
  • Self guided tour maps will also be available for those wishing to explore on their own.
WEBSITE: www.sait.ca
ADDRESS: 1301 – 16 Ave NW
PHONE: 1-877-284-7248
 SAIT_Culinary SAIT CULINARY CAMPUS

Activities

  • At SAIT Culinary Campus we’re all about educated cuisine and we’d like you to experience a part of this for yourself. Join us for an informative cooking demonstration on Vegetable Pakora with Fresh Tamarind Chutneys. We’ll also have a fun cookie decorating station to occupy your little ones while you learn tips & tricks from our expert chef. Demos will occur on the hour, every hour, from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration is not required for this event although space is limited at the children’s cookie decorating station.

Guided Tours

  • Self-guided
WEBSITE: culinarycampus.ca
ADDRESS: 226, 230 – 8 Avenue SW
PHONE: 403-284-8535
  shepard SHEPARD WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY

Year built: 1970’s

Built in the 1970s on a site east of the former Shepard airfield where World War Two pilots were trained, this one hour bus tour offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what happens to all the garbage we throw away. You will learn about the science involved in landfills and how we run a complete waste management facility. We will explore the different areas of the site and find out how our diversion efforts are helping to reduce the need to landfill our garbage. Highlights include seeing an active landfill cell, the site of the new composting facility, outdoor composting and the Throw ‘n’ Go area.

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours begin at 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.
  • The meeting place for the tour is at the white garages near the landfill at the unmarked set of lights between 52 Street and 68 Street.
  • Please do not go directly to the Shepard Landfill.
WEBSITE: http://www.calgary.ca/UEP/WRS/Pages/Resources-for-educators/Resources-for-Educators.aspx
ADDRESS: 12111 – 68 Street SE
PHONE: 403-554-2185
 st-louis1 ST. LOUIS HOTEL

Year built: 1914
Architect: Colonel James Walker

Unique/Interesting Features

  • “To extend the life of this century-old building by another 100+ years, CMLC officially kicked off a restoration and renovation program in spring 2015,” says Michael Brown, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s President & CEO. “With mixed-use office space on the second and third floors and a variety of retail uses planned for the main floor and basement, our restoration of the St. Louis opens up new chapters for this historical asset while further supporting our retail vision for the neighbourhood.”
  • CMLC began by fortifying the historic building with a new steel structure. The building includes three light wells clad with white panelling to cast light throughout the building, which features a four-stop elevator, concrete-topped floors with existing milled floors exposed below, and exposed brick, mechanical, electrical and structural elements to evoke the original building’s rustic feel.
  • “The St. Louis’s neon sign – a landmark familiar to many, many Calgarians – will be lit up today to herald the historic building’s grand reopening,” says Susan Veres, Senior VP Strategy & Business Development. “Inside, the St. Louis includes elevator artwork that pays homage to the building’s old uses. Among other things, it was home to the entirely fake ‘World Famous Indoor Horse Races’, and it was a favourite hangout of former Calgary Mayor and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein.”

Historical Significance

  • In anticipation of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway’s arrival at Fort Calgary, Colonel James Walker developed the St. Louis Hotel in 1914. It underwent a major renovation in 1959, and in 2008 the City of Calgary designated the building as a Municipal Historic Resource.
  • The St. Louis Hotel has a colourful history.
  • Many Calgarians will recall the imaginary horse races that took place in the hotel’s basement bar every Friday from approximately 1985 to 1995. These popular social events, dubbed the ‘World Famous Indoor Horse Races’, were the creations of George Stephenson Sr. – a member of the ‘East End Petroleum Club’ that convened regularly at the St. Louis.
  • It all began at a St. Louis bar table when George called a fantasy horse race for his buddies. The horse races soon went public, complete with race sheets and the names of the imaginary horses for each imaginary race. He called four races over the lunch hour every Friday, and he had two favourite horses that made repeat appearances: ‘Hoof Hearted’ and ‘Old Army’. The winnings were often donated to local charities.
  • In its heyday, the St. Louis Hotel was so popular on Fridays, if you didn’t arrive by 11:30, you couldn’t get in.
  • The Friday horse races and one of the St. Louis’s most famous (and most loyal) patrons, Ralph Klein, are celebrated in elevator artwork in the restored building. The installation comprises photos from the personal collection of the estate of George Stephenson Sr. as well as photos of Ralph Klein (used with permission from Mrs. Klein).

Activities

  • Focusing on the contrast between the history of the building and looking into the future, this Doors Open YYC will focus on the recent restoration and renovation of the St. Louis Hotel.

Guided Tours:

  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • Tours will be available for groups of 10 departing every half hour.
  • RSVPs can be sent to rsvp@calgarymlc.ca
  • Please RSVP for a specific time, every half hour. Your RSVP will ensure that you are included on that specific tour.
  • We will welcome people who have not pre-registered. Tour time slots are not guaranteed for these people (but we’ll obviously do our best to make it work).
WEBSITE: http://www.evexperience.com/heritage-buildings/
ADDRESS: 430 – 8 Avenue SE
PHONE: 403-718-0300
 UCalgary Central Heating & Cooling Plant Cogeneration System UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – CENTRAL HEATING & COOLING PLANT COGENERATION SYSTEM

Unique/Interesting Features

  • This Central Heating & Cooling Plant Cogeneration System Facility (Cogen Plant) takes the natural gas normally used to produce heat and instead uses it to run a gas turbine that generates electricity for the campus.
  • The waste heat produced by the turbine is used to heat all of the buildings on the main campus. By using this waste heat, a total energy efficiency of 75 percent can be achieved. This compares to around 49 percent efficient use of natural resources to produce electricity and heat in the conventional manner.
  • In all, the cogeneration plant generates 12 megawatts of electrical power—enough electricity to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. It also exports power to an Enmax Power Corp. substation. It runs more quietly than the former facility, reducing total noise to levels significantly below City of Calgary standards.
  • The university’s Cogen Plant is part of UCalgary’s commitment to sustainability and to becoming a carbon-neutral campus.

Historical Significance

  • For more than 40 years, the university has met its demand for energy by using the traditional approach of purchasing electricity from the power company and acquiring natural gas to burn in boilers to produce heat required to serve the campus.
  • Since the original plant was constructed in the 1960s, its equipment was at the end of its service life in 2011 and was undersized to meet the requirements of the growing campus footprint. Cogeneration is a very popular technology and many campuses across Canada have adopted it as a clever and sustainable option.
  • In 2011, the University of Calgary worked with Stantec Consulting to convert its central heating and cooling plant into a cogeneration facility that cuts CO 2 emissions by 80,000 tonnes annually, far below both national and global standards.

Activities

  • UCalgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC. UCalgary staff will offer guided tours of the cogeneration facility. You will be guided through this world class facility, and will see:
    o the cogeneration skid which contains the turbine engine and the electrical generator
    o the gas compressor
    o the heat recovery boiler
    o high temp hot water distribution pumps
    o neutral grounding resistors
    o 30m tall exhaust stack.

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours and presentations will be offered every half hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour will be at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tours will start at the main entrance of the Cogen Plant. Safety equipment will be provided to participants as they tour the facility.
  • Tours will be limited to 15 participants at a time. Hearing protection is required and ear plugs will be provided.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 3550 – 24 Avenue N.W.
 UCalgary Cumming School of Medicine, Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – CUMMING SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ADVANCED TECHNICAL SKILLS SIMULATION LABORATORY

Year built: 2014

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory (ATSSL) offers a realistic, yet safe environment for medical students, residents and healthcare professionals to learn and practice fundamental skills in a state-of- the-art facility. Our facility currently includes a surgical simulation lab, a clinical simulation lab, and classrooms.
  • The Clinical Simulation Laboratory is an innovative multidisciplinary medical facility where learners use simulators to enhance technical skills, and safety for patients and learners. High- fidelity simulators are sophisticated and life-like mannequins that present as a patient through complex computer programs, responding to the actions taken by the learners. Lower levels of fidelity include endoscopic simulators, laparoscopic simulators and intravenous arms.

Historical Significance

  • The history of simulation technology began in the Calgary area in 2005 as a joint project with the former Calgary Health Region (CHR) and the University of Calgary (UCalgary).
  • In May 2005, a number of clinical departments, including Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, created a proposal for the development of the “Calgary Clinical Performance and Research Centre”. The vision for this centre was to be internationally renowned for integrating simulation technology in research and education to meet the changing needs of healthcare in the 21st century.
  • A successful partnership between the UCalgary medical school and eSIM Provincial Simulation allowed for the development of the ATSSL. Construction of the ATSSL began in July 2012 and the first phase was completed in April 2014.

Activities

  • UCalgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC. UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine’s Clinical Simulation Laboratory will open its doors and welcome visitors of all ages to come and experience the wonders of medical training and research through interactive exhibits and demonstrations.

Guided Tours:

  • Interactive exhibits and demonstrations available from 12pm.
  • Tours will start at the registration table in the Health Sciences Centre atrium at the Foothills campus.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 3280 Hospital Dr. N.W. (Foothills Campus)
 UCalgary High Density Library UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – HIGH DENSITY LIBRARY

Year built: 2010
Architect: Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The High Density Library (HDL) is a 3,000 square metre facility located at the University of Calgary’s Spy Hill campus.
  • The HDL is a dedicated, environmentally controlled storage and preservation facility. Using an innovative storage design first used at Harvard University Library, books and journals are stored compactly by size in trays on metal shelving units that are more than three stories high, allowing large numbers of materials to be housed in a relatively small space compared to traditional shelving.
  • No space is wasted. Library staff learned to use a cherry picker boom lift to reach shelves that extend to the top of the nine-metre-high ceilings to retrieve materials. Temperature, humidity levels and light are carefully controlled and monitored to ensure ideal conditions for the preservation of books and archives.
  • The facility houses more than 60 percent of the university’s books, journals, archival files, and museum objects. Additionally, many collections that were kept off-campus due to space constraints are now incorporated into a single storage system that allows for easy identification and retrieval.

Activities

  • University of Calgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC. Library and Cultural Resources staff will offer guided tours of the HDL. Visitors will see:
    o storage and special preservation facilities and equipment
    o portions of the university’s current book and journal collection
    o portions of the university’s archival holdings
    o shelving units that are more than three storeys housing more than 2 million books
    o the forklift used to retrieve materials
  • Additional Activities The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting Vet-U- Can on September 24 & 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Spy Hill campus. Vet-U- Can is a student-led open house for community members to get a behind-the- scenes glimpse and celebrate the role of animals in our lives. A self-guided tour will take visitors through the Clinical Skills Building, where students, faculty and staff will provide information about the school and the veterinary profession, featuring demonstrations, special displays and exhibits.

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours will be offered every half hour starting at 10 a.m.
  • Tours will start at the main entrance of the HDL. There is a maximum of 20 people per tour.
  • Visitors are invited to visit the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Vet-U- Can open house in the Clinical Skills Building following their tour.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 11711 – 85 Street N.W. – Please note this is North of Country Hills Blvd, NOT in Bowness.
 Olympic_Oval UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – OLYMPIC OVAL

Year built: 1987
Architect: Graham McCourt Architects

Unique/Interesting Features & Historical Significance

  • Construction on the Oval began in 1985 and was completed in 1987.
  • In 1988 it became the first covered speed skating facility to play host to an Olympic Games, the 1988 Winter Olympic Games held in Calgary.
  • The Spire, nicknamed the "Red Paperclip", is a 19.88m installation outside the Oval which is meant to represent the Olympic Spirit. Selected from 93 entries, the Spire depicts human movement – crawling, walking, running, jumping, flying.

Activities

  • University of Calgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC. Oval staff will be guided through this world class facility, and to see:
    o The Oval during the Oval Fall Classic Competition
    o Oval artwork – many priceless artworks honouring excellence in sport
    o The Hall of Fame
    o The Observation Deck and Tech Shop

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours of the Oval facility will be offered every half hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour will be at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tours will start in the Oval lobby at the registration table. Tours will be limited to 30 participants at a time.
  • Participants will be entered into a draw for an Oval prize package following each tour Spectators and visitors are invited to view the Oval Fall Classic Competition following their facility tour and take in some of the races on the oval long track.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 288 Collegiate Blvd. N.W.
 2012_rw_uofc-taylorfamily_1 UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – TAYLOR FAMILY DIGITAL LIBRARY

Year built: 2011
Architect: Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) is aptly named in recognition of the generous $25 million donation by longtime friends and supporters of the University of Calgary (UCalgary), Don and Ruth Taylor.
  • TFDL has obtained Gold LEED Certification, with many sustainable building features such as a stormwater management pond, Green Guard certified furniture, water efficient plumbing fixtures, advanced lighting systems and underfloor ventilation
  • TFDL is an innovative convergence of libraries, historical archives, arts museum, scholarly publishing, and student academic support services. It houses the Canadian Architectural Archives, the Nickle Galleries, the University Archives and special collections of Canadian literature, art and history.
  • TFDL Archives and Special Collections facility houses archival records, including theses, yearbooks, campus newspapers and the private archives of influential Canadians. From comic books to the Canadian Architectural Archives to the papers of Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, the holdings in Archives and Special Collections attract researchers from around the world.

Activities

  • UCalgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC (DOYYC). The TFDL is offering two tours for DO YYC a guided tour of “The Vault: and a self-guided tour of the TFDL. Archives and Special Collections: Behind-the- Scenes Tour of “The Vault”
  • Do you love old books? Are you fascinated by archives and historical manuscripts? Come for a guided tour of “The Vault,” the archival storage facility for Archives and Special Collections. This is a staff-only facility within the TFDL where the library’s most treasured books and archives are kept. For DOYYC, UCalgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources is welcoming the public to take a tour of this interesting world of history at the TFDL. Visitors will get a sneak-peek into how precious library and archival collections are preserved for future generations of readers and scholars.
  • Additional Activities: The Nickle Galleries is celebrating fifty years of art instruction, art mentoring, art making and most of all an art community whose impact is part of Calgary’s cultural story today. Marking its 50 th  anniversary in 2016, the UCalgary’s Department of Art is the focus of the exhibition Generations: 50 Years of Art at the University and Beyond at the Nickle Galleries that highlights the achievements of its studio art program from instructors to students and the wide web the department has cast over the city and elsewhere. Check out the gallery located on the main floor of the TFDL from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nickle Galleries curators will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours of “The Vault” in Archives and Special collections will be offered every half hour starting at 10 a.m.
  • Tours will start at the Help Desk located on the 2nd Floor of the TFDL. Tours will be limited to 15 participants at a time.
  • Visitors are welcome to visit the Nickle Galleries and/or take a self-guided tour of the TFDL.
  • Self-Guided Tour of the Taylor Family Digital Library: Come and see six storeys of unique and innovative learning space that includes a large video game collection, specialized group study spaces, and technologically advanced learning labs, all in a gold LEED certified facility that features a stormwater management pond, water efficient plumbing, advanced lighting systems, and underfloor ventilation. In this self-guided tour, you will receive helpful information to make your way through this remarkable modern library.
  • Self-guided: Tour brochures will be available in the lobby of the TFDL to help visitors navigate this state-of- the-art facility.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 410 University Court N.W.
 UCalgary Taylor-Institute UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY – TAYLOR INSTITUTE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Year built: 2016
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects and Gibbs Gage Architects

Unique/Interesting Features

  • A Symbol of Teaching and Learning –The building was designed with three guiding principles: flexibility, transparency and collaboration.  These three principles are evident throughout the building and throughout the work of the Institute itself. Its most striking feature is the translucent glass spine that projects 35 feet over the west entrance and 55 feet over the east entrance, glowing like a beacon at night.
  • Flexible Learning Spaces: The six flexible and technology-enhanced learning studios facilitate experimentation with innovative and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. Glass walls, digital recording, and accompanying observation or breakout rooms allow informal and formal study of these activities. These spaces are used for inquiry, reflection, research, and knowledge-sharing by University of Calgary (UCalgary) instructors, staff, and students, as well as by Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (Taylor Institute) faculty and staff in supporting broader work of the Institute.
  • Informal Study and Collaboration Spaces: Various spaces throughout the building provide temporary sites for individual and collaborative work. An amphitheatre, first-floor breakout rooms, and four conversation pods suspended over the atrium are sites for informal study groups and conversations. In addition, the Reflection Loft above the gallery is used for quiet contemplation and study.
  • Public Spaces: The atrium, the forum, and the gallery are venues to celebrate teaching and learning. During the day, these areas are used in support of the courses being taught and studied in the Institute’s learning spaces. After hours and weekends, these first-floor spaces may be used for learning events in partnership with the broader community, such as public lectures or performances.
  • Green Building: Recycled materials made up 14 per cent of the total cost of building materials. The building’s energy-saving features include high-performance windows, LED lighting controlled by daylight sensors, low-flow hot water fixtures supplied by a high-efficiency water heater, a well-insulated roof, radiant heating and cooling, and sourcing energy from the campus district energy plant. The ventilation of the building changes depending on the level of occupancy in certain areas. All of these features combine to reduce the building’s energy use by 71 per cent compared to a conventional building of the same size.

Historical Significance

  • The Taylor Institute building was made possible by a $40 million donation from the Taylor Family Foundation.
  • It was first announced in 2013 that a state-of- the-art teaching and learning facility would be built on the university’s main campus, to be constructed on the site of the former Nickle Arts Museum.
  • The Nickle had been in that location from 1979 until 2012, and was moved to its new signature location on the main floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library in 2012.
  • The Taylor Institute opened its doors in April, 2016.

Activities

  • UCalgary is celebrating 50 years of being part of this vibrant community throughout 2016, and welcomes the Calgary community to join us for Doors Open YYC. Throughout the day, hands-on demonstrations will enable participants to see how the Taylor Institute encourages re-imagination of what teaching and learning can be. Self-guided tours will also be available, highlighting the following elements of this world-class facility:
    o the building’s glass spine that projects out over plazas at the east and west doors
    o the spine’s pair of 220-foot- long, 26-foot- high Vierendeel trusses
    o breath-taking natural lighting in the atrium and amphitheatre
    o six flexible learning spaces
    o hanging conversation pods
    o retractable seating in the forum
    o the gallery
  • The Taylor Institute will open its doors from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will welcome visitors of all ages to come and experience this brand new, unique, innovative, high-tech architectural achievement.
WEBSITE: www.ucalgarycelebrates.ca/events
ADDRESS: 434 Collegiate Blvd. N.W.
Staff at Alberta Children’s Hospital will now get a lot more hands-on experience with the opening of a $2.3 million simulation lab. kidSIM SIMULATION CENTRE – ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Year built: 2005

Unique/Interesting Features

  • 12 high-fidelity mannequins spanning infancy to adolescence
  • 80 trained simulation education facilitators
  • 3,600 square foot simulation centre
  • Works to provide learners surrogate clinical experience with pediatric patients in as close to a ‘real-life’ situation as possible through the use of high-fidelity mannequins as well as teaching space that mimics the clinical setting as closely as possible

Historical Significance

  • KidSIM is the pediatric patient simulation program that has been run out of the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) since October of 2005.  The Program was conceived by leadership in both the Division of Emergency Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, and launched through financial support from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (ACHF).  This included the recruitment of Dr. Vincent Grant, who assumed the role of Medical Director for the simulation program from its inception and who continues in that role today.

Activities

  • KidSIM Centre staff will be on hands offering behind-the-scenes tours and broadcasting simulations showcasing the use of high-fidelity mannequins and state-of-the-art technology. Visitors will also have the opportunity to have hands on experience with the mannequins and observe some of the equipment that is similarly used in clinical settings throughout the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Guided Tours:

  • There will be guided tours
WEBSITE: http://www.kidsim.ca
ADDRESS: 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
 exterior SOUTHERN ALBERTA PIONEERS MEMORIAL BUILDING

Year built: 1955

Architect: Dowler

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Memorial building sits in a park like setting with a variety of native Alberta plants, interpretive signage in the garden of Lindsay’s Castle, the Elbow River and the old Calgary Trail.
  • There is an extensive research Library, as well as rare photos capturing the history and events of the settlement of southern Alberta.
  • Memorabilia and artifacts include trophy heads and audio tapes of interviews with our early pioneers.

Historical Significance

  • The Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building has been designated an Historical Resource by the City of Calgary.
  • The purpose of the Association is to collect and preserve information on the early settlement of the province and our city of the families who broke the ground.
  • At the entrance to the site is a Centennial Iron Gate with Bronze plaques attached dedicated to our pioneer families and the listing of the signatories of Treaty No. 7 a tribute to the Indigenous people who originally occupied these lands.
  • The Memorial building contains some of the city’s most important records, photos and living memories of the early years.

Activities

  • Our Local History comes alive with pictures, books and other artifacts preserved in our Dowler constructed log cabin located on a bluff overlooking the Elbow River and the original Calgary Trail.

Guided Tours:

  • We offer self-guided tours from 10 AM to 4 PM
WEBSITE: http://www.pioneersalberta.org/
ADDRESS: 3625-4th St. S.W.
PHONE: 403-243-3580
springbank GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY – MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY AVIATION HANGAR, SPRINGBANK AIRPORT

Hours: 1 pm to 3 pm 

Activities

  • CONNECT with other girls and women who are excited about aviation!
  • EXPLORE the opportunities for work and play in the aviation and aerospace industry!
  • EXPERIENCE the high flying fun aviation offers!
  • Cockpit tours, aviation activities, chats with women who are in various aviation fields: pilots, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, flight attendants, and more!!!
  • Brought to you by Women in Aviation – Alberta Rocky Mountain High Chapter – Proudly part of Women Aviation International – www.wai.org
WEBSITE: http://cwiacalgary.com/
ADDRESS: 143 MacLaurin Drive, Springbank
 Cathedral Church of the Redeemer ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

Year built: 1884
Architect: J.C.M. Keith

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The early Bishops of Calgary delayed designating the Church of the Redeemer a Cathedral until it was obvious that a larger edifice of European proportions would not be built. It was proclaimed a Cathedral in June of 1949.
  • A cathedral derives its name from the bishop’s ‘Cathedra’ (throne or chair) which resides within it. The Cathedra of the bishop is both a concrete object and a profound symbol. It is the ‘seat’ of ecclesiastical and public celebration, authoritative teaching, and social and moral advocacy.
  • While the Cathedral no longer holds temporal or political power as did state churches of old, our present relationship can be defined in terms of ‘servant power’, that spends itself in caring for the soul of the city.

Historical Significance

  • The present Cathedral structure was erected during the era of sandstone building construction following the turn of the century. It is of local, rough cut Paskapoo sandstone, and has one of the oldest tin roofs in Calgary. It was designed by J.C.M. Keith of Victoria, BC.
  • In September, 1974, the Cathedral building was designated a Registered Heritage Site, under provisions of the Alberta Heritage Act, 1973.
  • The Cathedral measures 145 feet long and 70 feet wide. The height from the floor of the nave to the pine ceiling is 45 feet. In 1936, the Lady Chapel, the gift of Henry and Eleanor Tomkins was constructed. In its tower hangs a bell, which had originally hung in the tower of the first wooden church on the site. The bell was donated as a remembrance to Corporal Lowry of the North West Mounted Police who died during the Riel Rebellion of 1885.

Activities

  • Self-guided tours and guided tours from volunteers who are current members of the Cathedral congregation.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will depart from the main doors of the Cathedral at each quarter of the hour (ie 15 minutes apart). The guided tour is approximately 15 minutes.
WEBSITE: www.anglicancathedralcalgary.ca
ADDRESS: 604 – 1 Street SE
PHONE: 403-269-1905
 phoenix PHOENIX EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The former speed boat manufacturing location has been converted into a school that features a wonderful themed area called a creation studio. In September 2016 our theme will be Japan. We are introducing a food forest area in our courtyard that should be functional in September.

Activities

  • There will be complimentary light refreshments and snack foods available. Take a tour of the most unique K-12 school in the province. See our new food forest and our creation studio (Japan theme) that enhances our student learning.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will be available every 15 minutes.
WEBSITE: phoenixfoundation.ca
ADDRESS: 320 – 19 Street SE
PHONE: 403-265-7701
 global copy GLOBAL TV

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Global TV Calgary houses the studios that broadcast your favourite local news programs. Come see how live TV is made as we take you through the magic of live news broadcasting.

Historical Significance

  • Celebrating more than 60 years of broadcast television in this great city of Calgary, Global TV began regular programming in 1954 and remains Calgary’s favourite local news broadcast. Over the years, the station has seen numerous changes. When we launched in 1954 our call letters were CHCT-TV, but over the years the station has been known by many names including CFAC-TV, 2&7 Television and Calgary 7.
  • In September 2000, Calgary 7 joined Canwest and we became Global News. Today, we are a member of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Activities

  • Come see the magic of television broadcasting as we open our doors and offer tours of the Global TV Studios. Take a look inside TV Studio, see how a live newsroom operates, and step in front of a green screen and behind a news desk!

Guided Tours:

  • FULL – tours are at capacity
WEBSITE: globalnews.ca/calgary
ADDRESS: 222 – 23 St NE
PHONE: 403-235-7777
 corus CORUS RADIO CALGARY

Year built: 2015
Architect: Norr Architects

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The brand new Corus Radio building houses Country 105, Q107, and News Talk 770. After many moves, some forced by fire and flood, Corus has found it’s new home in Corus Centre – with state of the art studios built specifically for the art of radio broadcasting.

Historical Significance

  • The radio stations broadcasting out of the Corus Radio building celebrate a rich history in Calgary. News Talk 770 has been on the air for over 50 years, Country 105 for just under 35 years, and Q107 for almost 15 years. Today you’ll find the latest in News, Weather, Sports, Talk, and Country and Great Hits Music coming from the speakers 24 hours per day.

Activities

  • Come see the magic of radio broadcasting as we open our doors and offer tours of the Corus Radio Studios. Take a look inside the broadcast booth, see how a live radio operates!!

Guided Tours:

  • FULL – tours are at capacity
WEBSITE: www.corusent.com
ADDRESS: 3320 – 17 Avenue SW
PHONE: 403-716-6500
 ecco ECCO RECYCLING & ENERGY CORPORATION

Year built: 2012

Unique/Interesting Features

  • 66,000 sq. foot  Advanced dry waste Materials Recovery Facility
  • Industrial  magnets, grinders, screens and conveyor belts
  • 1.5 million dollar optical sorter.85 acre dry landfill
  • 30 + heavy duty equipment onsite including but not limited to, dozers, packer’s, rock trucks, loaders, excavators, highway trucks & skid steers
  • 400 + Companies hauling dry-nonhazardous construction waste from sites throughout Calgary & surrounding areas

Historical Significance

  • ECCO Recycling & Energy Corporation was originally founded in 1993 under the trade name ECCO waste systems ltd by a group of environmental engineers to develop and operate a construction and demolition waste disposal facility.
  • Our flagship operation is the $25-million Material Recovery Facility (MRF) we developed, opened in 2012, with the intent of reducing the amount of waste going to landfills. In the spring of 2015, another 1.5 million on new technology was spent to further enhance its ability to segregate and recycle, with the target of recycling 85 to 95 percent of all Construction and Demolition waste entering the site. We do this through the separation, and at times, combination of various commodities that come to us as Construction & Demolition waste OR Industrial, Commercial & Institutional waste, which we distribute into the commodity markets for re-use or as retail products, such as mulch.
  • In addition discussions with large multi-national firm with respect to processed engineered fuel (PEF) are near fruition with the expectation/anticipation to convert none recoverable material into waste to energy product that will displace virgin fossil fuels.

Activities

  • The educational tour of our Materials Recovery Facility & landfill operations consists of an up-close look at the daily operations, environmental control systems, recycling programs, and recycling best practices. This year we offer 2 tours for our visitors, and are welcome to attend both or just one!o  Educational Van-based Landfill/Chips tours every 20-30 minutes
    o  Educational/Guided Material Recovery Facility tours every 20-30 minutes
    o  Personalized guided tours provided by our operations managers & staff.
    o  Refreshments/ chairs provided while waiting for tours
    o  Discount mulch coupons
    o  Mulch displays
    o  Free Kids draw for an ECCO Hard hat
    o  Free draw for 1 Bulk pickup of our recycled mulch up to 4 cubic yards!

Guided Tours:

  • Tours from 10:00am-3:30pm @ 10114 24th St SE by Scale house  & Materials Recycling Facility
  • Educational Van-based Landfill/Chips tours every 20-30 minutes
  • Educational/Guided Material Recovery Facility tours every 20-30 minutes
  • Personalized guided tours provided by our operations managers & staff
WEBSITE: http://eccorecycling.com/
ADDRESS: 10114 – 24 Street SE
PHONE: 403-263-3226
 volt VOLTAGE CREATIVE GARAGE

Year built: 1940-ish

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Vintage Auto-mechanic Garage from post-war era, now an art studio/centre

Historical Significance

  • Located in Marda Loop 1 block from the previous location of the Historic Marda Theatre. This is the location of an old Gas and Auto-mechanic garage from the early post-war era. Could be a great place to host some historic information about Marda Loop’s history with the Street Car Line that ran up 33rd Avenue to the Marda Theatre.

Activities

  • The versatile White Room is set up as a photography studio for Doors Open but has been used for classes, music videos, dance performances and more.
  • Join us on guided tours through this unique space and see how the artists have transformed this garage into a functional, creative workspace.

Guided Tours:

  • Site will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM
WEBSITE: www.voltagegarage.ca
ADDRESS: 2101 – 34 Ave SW
PHONE: 587-700-7230
 birds-eye-view-of-containr2 CONTAINR ART PARK

Year built: Built for 2009, in Sunnyside since 2013
Architect: Robert Duke

Unique/Interesting Features

  • containR is a pop up arts and culture hub for people of all ages – championing a 100-mile diet of creative community ideas – developed by Springboard Performance. Together with partner Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association we brought containR to the Triangle site on the corner of 10th Street and 2nd Avenue NW.
  • containR is the first city permitted Art Park in Calgary and the land it sits on the first brownfield (empty lot) to be returned to community use in the city.
  • containR has grown. We have more shipping containers, an open air theatre, a courtyard made of re-purposed rig mats, solar power, moveable seating, sculpture, a little library, permaculture gardens and bee keeping.

Historical Significance

  • containR acts as an urban lab for community building wherein arts, social gatherings,cultural events, concerts, recreation, festivals, sports, workshops, education and gardening take place. We invite others to program the space with us and nurture artists, thinkers, growers and local economies. All reap the rewards of knitting community together through providing programming and events at containR. We
    attract multi-generational, multi-cultural audiences and diverse groups of collaborators.
  • Artists and citizens mix like molecules and form a porous exchange of interaction and innovation. As a public space there are places to sit, a garden to enjoy and the courtyard we built.
  • Happy free events at containR include Sled Island, Fluid Movement Festival, Alberta Culture Days and Beakerhead. containR hosted the first annual Stampede Hangover picnic attracting 400 neighbours, who brought their picnic dinners and listened and danced with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra Klezmer band. It all ended in a gigantic group hug. Other activity at containR include Cinemateque, YYC Films and Prairie Tales presenting films. City Repair hosted a Mark Lakeman (Portland) placemaking workshop.
  • Green Calgary hosted water-wise organizations where people could learn about conservation and preservation. Calgary Permaculture has built gardens demonstrating soil reclamation, water management and conservation. No fertilizers or pesticides needed. In 2014-2015 Apiaries for Communities set the first beehive on public, city owned land at containR out of reach on top of one container so bees could pollinate local gardens and the beekeepers harvest the honey.
  • Through ongoing presentation of events and activities in a hospitable status-free environment, containR encourages civic dialogue, adds to neighbourhood pride and unity, engages new and diverse neighbourhood voices, improves the quality of place, and strengthens the cultural and economic viability of the neighbourhood in a hands-on way.
  • As leaders in placemaking through the arts our organization has been invited to talk in Toronto (YORK University Arts & Placemaking Conference), Montreal (CINARS) and Calgary (CADA Arts Congress). Our artistic director, Nicole Mion, received the inaugural Creative Placemaking award at the 2015 Mayor's Arts luncheon.

Activities

  • We will have an open mic Spoken Word Event “All Things Word” from 2-4 pm.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm.
WEBSITE: springboardperformance.com
ADDRESS: 1020 – 2 Avenue NW
PHONE: 403-265-3230
 elizabeth-fry-society-cgy ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY OF CALGARY

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary is a leader in working with the Indigenous community. We offer resources unique to Indigenous women, who represent over 50% of the women who we serve. We believe that Indigenous women are more likely to heal when they have access to a culturally safe environment with access to traditional, spiritual, and cultural resources and supports. Therefore we offer a number of cultural healing programs and supports such as as Blackfoot Literacy Classes, Access to Indigenous Ceremonies and traditional activities, Gathering of the Sisterhood – Peer Support for women leaving prison, and Healing and talking circles.
  • EFry is a not-for-profit registered charity that provides unique programming to women and youth involved in the justice and legal systems such as prison support for those women incarcerated, community case management after release, and legal information programs in the courts.
  • EFry’s preventative program focuses on newcomers to Canada providing legal information, workshops and clinics to those learning their rights and responsibilities under Canadian Law.
  • Many of our programs are supported by a large volunteer core.

Historical Significance

  • Established in 1965 we are currently celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year
  • EFry offers healing, hope and programs for women and youth impacted by poverty, legal and justice issues who need to a new beginning
  • We model our work on the original work of Elizabeth Fry who was a passionate advocate for those without a voice and a champion of prison reform for women at the Newgate Prison in England in the 1800’s.

Activities

  • A viewing of the Archives of 50 years of EFry Society and Client Artwork Display
  • Women with lived experiences will share their experiences in the prison system at 11am
  • Blackfoot Story Telling Session for all at 1pm
  • Join us for a game of EFry Jeopardy at 3pm amazing gifts for the winner!!
  • Purchase our `Jail Junk` Cook Book developed from the items available in the institution canteen list
  • Drop off a stuffed sock for our `Cheer Packs` with hygiene items for our community clients
  • EFry Memberships and Registration for Moccasin and Beading Classes will be on sale
  • All Day complimentary refreshments including ethnic flavors will be available to try out
  • On-going information sessions and materials on EFry Programs and Services provided by Staff
  • Mugshot and finger printing
WEBSITE: www.elizabethfrycalgary.ca
ADDRESS: 1731 – 10 Avenue SW
PHONE: 403-294-0737 Ext 0
 ukrain ASSUMPTION UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Year built: 1955

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The church has been beautified in several stages. In 1967, as a Canada centennial project, Ivan Denysenko was commissioned to install an Iconostas, the screen of icons which separates the sanctuary from the congregation, a typical feature in Eastern and Orthodox churches. In addition, Mr. Denysenko painted other icons depicting various scenes from the life of the Mother of God, which can now found in the church foyer. In 1996 the Parish commenced an iconography project, commissioning Anton Yavny to adorn the church with religious icons. Mr. Yavny immigrated to Canada from Ukraine and had studied Fine Art in both Europe and North America. Twenty-four carat gold leaf is used throughout, making the interior ever more ornate. All iconography was painted using traditional ‘egg tempera’, which was personally mixed by the artist using natural colour pigments and egg yolk. The iconography project was completed in December 1999 and it continues to be one of Calgary’s greatest treasures. Suspended from the central dome is a large crystal chandelier, which illuminates all the religious artwork in a divine manner.
  • The icons found throughout the church are representations of various Saints, Martyrs, scenes from Holy Scripture, and the life of the church. Iconography is an art form of Christians normally associated with both (Byzantine) Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches. The icon promotes a spiritual link between the human and divine. Within the church, the icon is a visible sign of the relationship between God and man.
  • The most recent addition to the church has been the installation of an exterior mosaic above the main entrance, the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God. This was completed in June 2003 by Roman Kowal of Winnipeg. Eastern Christians bear a special dedication to the Mother of God, who bore the Saviour and protected them through various difficult episodes in history.

Historical Significance

  • The Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a jewel in the Calgary Renfrew Community. The Parish community was established in 1912 under the patronage of St. Stephen.
  • Following an influx of post-war immigrants from Ukraine and migrants from other parts of Canada, it became apparent that a larger church was required. The present site was acquired in 1953 and the Church cornerstone was laid in September 1955 and eventually, the current church edifice was erected during the latter part of that decade.
  • Its architecture is the traditional Byzantine style, which resembles many of the churches found throughout Eastern Europe. The building is in the form of a crucifix, facing east, with a large central dome. Additionally, four smaller domes adorn each corner of the structure. The current church building has become a Calgary landmark, since the large copper domes can be spotted from various vantage points throughout the city.
  • The Parish was renamed in 1957 from St Stephen’s to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the then-current pastor, Rev. George Kowalsky, in gratitude to the Mother of God for protecting him while he was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp. In 1968 a second Ukrainian Catholic Parish was started in southwest Calgary and accepted St. Stephen as its patron.
  • The Parish is under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, which serves over 30,000 faithful in Alberta. The Ukrainian Catholic Church, known in Ukraine as the Greek-Catholic Church, has been in union with the Pope of Rome since 1596 and is one of several distinct rites of the Universal Catholic Church. Globally, the Ukrainian Catholic Church has over five million faithful and is established in over twelve countries. The Patriarchal Seat of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was recently moved to Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine, after being situated in L’viv, Ukraine for several centuries.
  • During the Soviet era, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was outlawed, which resulted in a period of horrific persecution. Ukrainian Catholics continued to exist underground for decades, largely supported by the already established and flourishing Ukrainian Catholic Community in North America. The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine was not legalised once again until December 1989. As a result of the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s tumultuous past, we are commonly referred to as the ‘Church of Martyrs’.

Activities

  • Free tours will be offered to all those who visit our Parish, explaining the significance of the vast amount of Ukrainian religious iconography and artefacts. All visitors are also welcome to look around our Ukrainian library, which is also present on site and houses many historical artefacts. A video offering explanation about Ukrainian Catholic and Byzantium architecture will be playing. In addition, the Church will be filled with ambiance music (recordings of Ukrainian Catholic services in the Ukrainian language) to set the tone. Brochures offering much explanation will also be distributed to all visitors.

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will be offered throughout the day.
WEBSITE: www.abvmcalgary.com
ADDRESS: 704 – 6th Street NE
PHONE: 403-230-7013
Fire Station & Police Station #2 FIRE HALL #2/ Calgary Community Standards (former Animal and Bylaw Services)

Year built: 1912
Architect: Lang and Major

This building provided fire protection for the surrounding districts for over 60 years and is now an administration building. It is a well-preserved example of Edwardian Classical architecture and the only surviving building in Calgary of a combined fire hall and police station from the pre-World War One period. The tour will include the building, parking lot, bylaw vehicles, meeting Flower the service dog and information on the various programs that are managed from here such as the off-leash ambassador program, graffiti removal, community clean ups and PUPPY – Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself.

Guided Tours:

  • 15-20 minutes tours to be planned starting with 10:00 am (two every hour). Possibility to be increased to 4 tours per hour if required.
  • Guests will meet the tour guide at registration table. Groups of 5-7 people will be created (or 5-10 people depending on demand and guest’s family size).
WEBSITE: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/home.aspx
ADDRESS: 1807 Macleod Trail South
 pinecreek PINE CREEK WASTEWATER TREATMENT CENTRE

Year built: 2008
Architect: Ch2m

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Operations and Maintenance building is LEED Certified (Gold)

Activities

  • The City of Calgary and the University of Calgary invite you to visit the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre. Explore how The City treats waste that flows through the sinks, drains, and toilets of over one million Calgarians, and turns it into the clear, clean water that re-enters the Bow River. It’s a complex fascinating process and no one does it better than The City of Calgary.
  • Visitors will also get the opportunity to learn about the partnership formed between The City and the University of Calgary in 2015 to build and operate a unique research facility known as Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA). Operating at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre, ACWA researchers test and develop wastewater treatment technologies that will remove contaminants to improve ecosystem and human health. ACWA is the only fully integrated, fully contained university research facility located within an operating industrial wastewater treatment plant in the world. The University of Calgary is proud to showcase this research as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
  • Join the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary for a tour of this state-of-the-art operation, situated on 320 acres at Calgary’s southern limit. You’ll learn why Calgary is a leader among Canadian cities in treating wastewater, and how the building and site were developed to earn a gold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Guided Tours:

  • Guided tours are available at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
  • Minimum tour age is 12 years old and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children under 12 are welcome to visit the site and participate in other fun learning activities.
  • Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required.
  • All participants will be required to fill out a Waiver of Liability.
WEBSITE: Calgary.ca
ADDRESS: 3131 – 210 Avenue SE (2.5 km south of 194 Avenue and Chaparral Valley Drive SE)
PHONE: 403-203-7250
 cranston CRANSTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION c/o CENTURY HALL

Year built: 2009

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The Cranston Residents Association (CRA) manages, maintains and operates the Cranston amenities. This includes: decorative corners throughout the community, Art Park, the Windmill site and Century Hall Park & Facility.
  • Century Hall is a 22,000 square foot recreation facility that is situated on a 7.5-acre park. The building includes a banquet hall, offices, kitchen, four (4) multipurpose rooms, skate change room, and gymnasium. The park features a splash park, playground, tennis courts, toboggan hill, green space, pleasure skating rink, and a full size hockey rink with a chiller unit; ice surfaces are maintained with a Zamboni. The CRA offers a wide variety of recreational and event programming suitable for all ages. The space is also available for private rentals.

Historical Significance

  • Archibald Cranston was 20 years old and had only $20 in his pocket when he came to Calgary in 1901. One year later he applied for Homestead Entry on the lands that the community is built on today. For more than 75 years, he and his family of eight children farmed the land, building up the homestead and prospering here as they gradually increased the acreage of their property through additional land purchases. In 1976 the family sold the property, and the land continued to be farmed until 1999 when the development of the community of Cranston began.

Activities

  • For the duration of Doors Open YYC we will have staff onsite to provide facility tours, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • From 1:00pm to 3:00pm Brookfield Residential’s Let’s Dance Program brings Alberta Ballet to your doorstep. Bring your family to experience this exclusive program that shares the joy of ballet and live music. The Let’s Dance program includes a performance by School of Alberta Ballet students and an interactive ballet lesson from one of Alberta Ballet’s expert instructors that will get the whole family up dancing. This program is great for young families and all ages and abilities are welcome. Registration is not required.
  • Added features:
    o Pointe Shoe petting zoo,
    o Klara’s Closet: Dress up with costumes from The Nutcracker

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will begin at the front desk as required.
WEBSITE: www.cranston-connect.com
ADDRESS: 11 Cranarch Rd SE
PHONE: 403-781-6614
 grow GROW CALGARY COMMUNITY FARM

Year built: 2013

Unique/Interesting Features

  • On an 11 acre parcel of land just west of C.O.P is Canada’s largest community urban farm. We are non-profit and 100% volunteer run and everything we grow goes to vulnerable Calgarians. Everything we have has been graciously donated by organizations, groups, schools and individuals. We’ve had over 7500 unique volunteers come help us water, weed, grow, harvest, and deliver to over 25 social justice programs!

Historical Significance

  • The farm is on land that a quarry in this area. Sandstone from the quarry was used to build historic City Hall. In 1905, Watson sold the operation to Edward Henry Crandell who renamed the brick plant “Brickburn”. Both Watson and Crandell were well-known businessmen and alderman. Crandell’s Calgary Presssed Brick and Sandstone Company operated Brickburn from 1905 to 1931. Many Calgary buildings were built from this brick including Mewata Armoury. The farm also contains part of the original path of the Old Banff Coach Road.

Activities

  • Guests will be toured around the farm that grows over 30 organic fruits and vegetables that are grown pestiside free by volunteers. Guests will also see our 15 different agricultural and sustainabilty projects on site, includng the Green House Earth Ship that is currently under construction. Learn tips on growing your own garden and how to get involved with helping make Calgary more sustainable.
  • We will be harvesting potatoes to donate to social justice organizations. Nothing for sale, please dress appropriately and bring snacks/refreshments if needed.

Guided Tours:

  • We will be touring at 10:15 AM and then again every hour until 3:15 PM
WEBSITE: www.growcalgary.ca
ADDRESS: 10319 West Valley Road SW
PHONE: 403-383-3420
 01-kiwanis KAMP KIWANIS

Year built: 1889 (original site), newer buildings now

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Kamp Kiwanis was founded in 1951 by the Kiwanis Club of Calgary primarily as a summer camp for underprivileged or disadvantaged children in the Calgary area. Since then we have grown considerably and now welcome over 11,000 campers, students and community members to our facility every year.
  • We have several buildings on site, including original log cabins. Kamp Kiwanis sits on 3km of river frontage on the beautiful Elbow River and 140 acres of natural area in the lower foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

Historical Significance

  • “Christopher Duke settled in the area which now houses Kamp Kiwanis in 1889 after coming from England to Alberta. Two years later he was joined by his wife, Blanche. A log house was constructed on the site of the present day Kiwano Ring campfire meeting place in 1889. This cabin stood for many years, until the original ranch was sold to Frank taylor in 1912. The sale involved 140 acres on the south border of the Elbow River.
  • The Taylors built a nice little house which stood until 1962 (renamed the Kiwano Lodge) when it was burned in an accidental fire over Christmas that year. Frank Taylor operated a poultry farm and delivered eggs to Calgary every day until he moved the operation closer to Calgary. He sold the property at Pirmez Creek to Major William Atkinson in 1938.
  • The Atkins lived in Calgary for many years but commuted back and forth to their second home as often as possible. After the war, the idea to turn the land into a dude ranch became a reality and the holiday home became a permanent residence. Major Atkinson brought out many servicemen from the Currie Barracks, all handy with hammers and saws, and they set about building several cottages, a dining hall, a lodge and a kitchen. The first guests of the Horseshoe Dude Ranch arrived in the summer of 1946. The dude ranch ran successfully for 5 years but became too much for the Atkinson family to handle and had to be sold. It was sold to the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Calgary in 1951 to become a camp for underprivileged children.”
  • Taken from Chaps and Chinooks: A History West of Calgary.

Activities

  • On September 24th and 25th we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival from 10am-4pm daily. This is a free family event where we invite Calgary and Area communities to come enjoy apple themed activities, apple baking, apple tasting and pressing, bouncy castle, face painting, farmers market, live entertainment, silent auction & more! For more information, please visit www.kiwanisapplefestival.org

Guided Tours:

  • Visitors may tour many of the main buildings and site that are open for the Kiwanis Apple Festival. Visitors will receive a map of locations and activities upon entry to the site.
  • We will be offering hikes to the Elbow River by our Kamp Staff on the hour from 12pm-4pm daily. Hikes will begin and end at the Gathering Place, as shown on the map visitors will receive upon entry to the site. Closed toed, flat footwear is recommended for these hikes.
WEBSITE: www.kampkiwanis.ca
ADDRESS: 241001 Range Road 42
PHONE: 403-686-6325
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA RESOURCE YYC

Year built: 1906

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Restored, three story building over a basement, Class1, brick and beam office building.
  • The Demcor Building is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 10th Avenue S.E. and Macleod Trail. It is comprised of 39,440 square feet of gross leasable area, all of which is leased to tenants consistent in character and quality with our tenant base, said Allied.

Historical Significance

  • Built in 1906 for warehouse purposes, the building was redeveloped for office use in the early 1990s. It is on the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources maintained by the City of Calgary.

Activities

  • Tours, information, coffee and donuts!

Guided Tours:

  • Tours will begin every 15 minutes
WEBSITE: www.resourceyyc.org
ADDRESS: 110, 239 – 10 Avenue SE
PHONE: 403-910-1979
 fitneff2 FITNEFF INC.

Year built: 1906

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Flooded in 2013.

Historical Significance

  • Located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and Macleod Trail SE, the Demcor Building is comprised of 39,440 square feet of GLA, all of which is leased to tenants consistent in character and quality with our tenant base. Built in 1906 for warehouse purposes, the building was redeveloped for office use in the early 1990s. It is on the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources maintained by the City of Calgary

Activities

  • Building tours, promotional tours, coffee and cookies.

Guided Tours:

  • Fitneff staff will be providing guided tours around the buildings co-working space.
WEBSITE: http://www.fitneff.ca/
ADDRESS: Suite 110, 239 – 10 Ave SE
PHONE: 403-910-1979
 artbox ARTBOX ON 17E

Unique/Interesting Features

  • artBOX is quite literally a box. In fact it is two boxes, a front ‘display’ room and a back ‘warehouse’ room where our larger events take place.

Historical Significance

  • The building was the site of the former Mills Paint, a paint warehouse and wholesaler. It sat empty for several years before the International Ave BRZ initiated a project with Calgary Arts Development to turn it into artBOX. Since this transition artBOX has hosted hundreds of arts and community events, had thousands of people walk through the doors, and displayed hundreds of artworks of Greater Forest Lawn residents.
  • It is a great example of the re-purposing and reuse of the built urban environment in Calgary.

Activities

  • artBOX will be hosting Emerge Market on the same day, 10am-4pm. Table vendors will be selling wares.
  • Antyx Community Arts is displaying Eyes on the Ave on the exterior of the building.

Guided Tours:

  • No specific times. Tours will only take 5-10mins and will be conducted as visitors arrive and request them.
WEBSITE: artboxon17e.ca
ADDRESS: 1807 – 42 Street SE
PHONE: 403-248-7288
 alexandra-school ALEXANDRA SCHOOL

Year built: 1902
Architect: William Dodd

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Calgary’s second sandstone school designed by the same architect responsible for the design of old City Hall.

Historical Significance

  • William Aberhart, who was the founder and leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party and Premier of Alberta from 1935-43, was the most renowned principle of the old school house.

Guided Tours:

  • Scheduled tours will not be planned. Meeting location is the 9th Avenue Alexandra Dance Hall doors.
WEBSITE: www.alexandracentresociety.org
ADDRESS: 922 – 9 Avenue SE
PHONE: 403-269-5588
 junction THEATRE JUNCTION GRAND

Year built: 1912
Architect: Len Wardrop

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Calgary’s oldest theatre
  • On February 5, 1912 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, one of the greatest stars of the English stage, and his touring London company would open Alberta’s most luxurious theatre – The Sherman Grand – with “The Passing of the Third Floor Back.” The play had run an incredible three hundred continuous performances in London and over two hundred in New York
  • In 2006, Mark Lawes and his small company,Theatre Junction, raised the funds, including a generous donation from Jackie Flanagan, to renovate the GRAND to become one of the leading contemporary theatres in Canada

Historical Significance

  • An amazingly bold development for its day that become a principal stopping place on the northwest touring circuit for famous players such as:
    The Marx Brothers, Fred Astaire, Sarah Berhhardt
  • It was also served as the political stage for social pioneers such as Nellie McClung and the Famous Five
  • It lead the way as a development model incorporating offices, residences and a culture house.

Activities

  • Guided tours, theatre season preview and swag.

Guided Tours:

  • Yes
WEBSITE: theatrejunction.com
ADDRESS: 608 – 1 Street SW
PHONE: 403-205-2922
 doyyc-cliff-bungalow-front CLIFF BUNGALOW SCHOOL

Year built: 1920
Architect: William Branton

Unique/Interesting Features

  • The distinctive textured-brick bungalow schoolhouse is a local landmark which gave the community its name in the 1970s. One of four identical four-room bungalow schools in the city (three extant), all were built from the same plans in 1920 – a sophisticated temporary school designed for conversion into residential units. Architectural features include parapeted gables with corbelled abutments, brick label mouldings and banked, multi-light, wooden hung-sash windows with operable transom lights. An educational and social focal point of the community, the building has served in an educational capacity from 1920 – as an elementary school for 68 years and today as a Montessori.

Historical Significance

  • An educational and social focal point of the community, serving in an educational capacity from 1920 – the community’s elementary school for 68 years, and later as a Montessori school (continues today). The north side has is now the community meeting place and home of the Cliff Bungalow Mission Community Association for several decades.

Activities

  • Displays and guided tours of the interior and exterior throughout the day. Interpretive material and slide show on the main floor. Community history book and membership sales.

Guided Tours:

  • Ongoing guided tours provided throughout the day. Interpretive posters and slide show available while waiting for the next tour.
  • Tours every 20-30 minutes. Wait on the main floor until the next available tour is announced – lots to see and do while you wait.
WEBSITE: www.cliffbungalowmission.com
ADDRESS: 2201 Cliff Street SW
PHONE: 403-245-6001
 doyyc-cliff-bungalow-front REDISCOVERING CHILDHOOD

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Rediscovering Childhood is an Early Childhood Recreation Program. This program provokes the intellectual curiosity of the child through opportunities for endless exploration, discovery, risk taking and self-expression. Our play-based approach empowers children as innovators while discovering the complexity and beauty of the natural world.

Historical Significance

  • Located in the Historic Holy Angels School

Activities

  • Play-based activities such as art, construction, play dough, etc.

Guided Tours:

  • self-guided tours
WEBSITE: www.Rediscoveringchildhood.ca
ADDRESS: 2105 Cliff Street SW
PHONE: 403-612-9088
 corfit COR.FIT

Unique/Interesting Features

  • Relatively new to Calgary, launching in January 2016, Cor.Fit is Canada’s largest indoor obstacle course race training facility. We offer 15,000 square feet of indoor training space comprised of obstacles that have appeared on American Ninja Warrior, Spartan/Beast races and many other national/international obstacle events.
  • We design and build our own obstacles, and are always adding based on industry trends. This not only gives us control over the quality the equipment offered, but allows us to adapt the intensity of each obstacle as our client’s suggest. orld.

Historical Significance

  • Although our site is new to Calgary, we plan on leaving a legacy.

Activities

  • Cor.Fit creators and equipment designers/builders will take participants on a tour of the facility, providing insight into the Cor.Fit story, education on Canadian Obstacle Course Racing and our equipment designs.

Guided Tours:

  • There is no specific time set four tours, as multiple guides will be available during the day.
WEBSITE: www.cor.fit
ADDRESS: 6481 – 30 Street SE
PHONE: 403-570-9222