Come learn about the pumps, pipes and people that ensure the availability of high quality drinking water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In this rare glimpse inside the historic Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, City of Calgary, Water Services staff will highlight how some of the cleanest river water in the world is treated to become safe drinking water. This experience will showcase why we should all value Calgary’s most precious resource and will explore ways you can help to protect and preserve our rivers through actions in your own home.
For all those who are 10 and over, participate in a 1.5 hour tour that highlights what happens as water from the Elbow River/Glenmore Reservoir is brought into our plant and treated to the highest standards.
Tours will also be offered through the Water Quality Services Lab where visitors can see the science of water monitoring in action! ** See below for important safety information**
Walk-Ins, families with children under 10 years of age, and tour participants are invited to step inside the historic Glenmore Filter Gallery. There will be displays and booths from Calgary water education organizations, demonstrations of the backwash process, and Water Services staff available to answer all your questions about water in Calgary. Children can explore the gallery through an interactive scavenger hunt!
Driving directions – Please do NOT use Google maps!
Access via Crowchild Trail
- Coming off Crowchild Trail, turn east onto 50th Avenue
- Continue east, turn south (right) at 19th Street
- Continue south, turn left (east) at 56 Avenue – continue straight as this road ends at the treatment plant
Please note: Do not use Google Maps; it is inaccurate and you will not arrive at the correct entrance.
Visitors aged 10 and over can participate in a 1.5 hour tour that highlights what happens as water from the Elbow River/Glenmore Reservoir is brought into our plant and treated to the highest standards. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to complete registration.
Tour times: 10-11:30am / 10:30 am -12 pm / 11 am-12:30 pm / 11:30 am-1 pm / 12-1:30 pm /12:30 – 2 pm /1-2:30 pm / 1:30 – 3 pm.
TOUR SAFETY INFORMATION:
1. Maximum 15 people per tour. 8 pre-registered, 7 drop in. First come, first served.
2. All adult participants will be required to fill out an Applicant Information Form, sign a Waiver of Liability and provide valid photo ID upon arrival for the tour.
3. Legal guardians of underage participants will be required to complete an Informed Consent Form upon arrival for the tour.
4. Minimum age is 10 years old and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
5. Unaccompanied minors will not be permitted access.
6. The Glenmore Water Treatment Facility is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
7. Tours involve walking outdoors on uneven terrain and throughout an industrial facility. For safety reasons, you are required to wear comfortable flat, closed toe walking shoes such as runners or hiking boots (ballet flats or other shoes with exposed skin will not be allowed). Long pants are also required. Shorts, capris and skirts are not appropriate. Participation in the tour will be denied if these requirements are not met.
8. All purses, backpacks and other bags are not permitted on the tour route.
9. No cameras or pictures are permitted.
10. This is a fully operational plant and as such the tour may need to be cancelled due to emergency or other unforeseeable circumstance.
Significance to Calgary
• Glenmore is Calgary’s first water treatment plant
• The Glenmore Filter Gallery is a historic site in Calgary. It will be open to the public during Doors Open YYC.
• Glenmore Water Treatment Plant supplies 40% of The City’s water supplies to Calgarians
Parking for approximately 60 vehicles.