Most of the taproom was made from up-cycled pallets and other wood products. It’s more the experience of the tour and the tasting of our beers that make Tool Shed Unique. Tool Shed Brewing Company co-founders Jeff and Graham started the Calgary brewery in Graham’s backyard tool shed. When they started in 2012, minimum brewing capacity in Alberta was 500,000 litres and there were only two Calgary breweries. Tool Shed Brewing was initially forced to brew beer out of province and import back into Alberta. Knowing some of the best malt barley in the world is grown here in our province, this demanded a change from the government in brewing minimums. Jeff and Graham were at the forefront of successfully lobbying for that change in Alberta. In 2013 the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission opened the doors for microbreweries and changed the provinces economic landscape forever.

Tool Shed Brewing continues to push for change in our local economy, from advocating the Calgary Stampede to serve local craft beer, to increase awareness with the City to improve administrative efficiencies that help other Calgary businesses.

Today Tool Shed Brewing has four core beers and several seasonals in rotation. Each award-winning beer has its own story and honors someone who has played an integral role in growing not only Tool Shed Brewing but the craft beer industry as a whole.

 3 tours up to 50 people, we require pre-registration. No kids on tour. 

The parish replaced the frame church with a more elaborate structure in 1905, during Calgary’s famous sandstone era. 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. The Cathedral celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first service held in the building on July 30, 2005. It was designated a Registered Heritage Site in 1974.  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. The rood screen was dedicated in 1919 by Prince of Wales. Some historic stained glass windows dating back to 1891. Historic war memorials can be found in the Cathedral. Hand-carved Oak Pulpit and bronze lectern are original to the 1905 construction.  The Cathedral is an important music venue with one of Calgary’s fine organs and home to Pro-Arts which features a free noon-hour concert each Wednesday.

Please note there is a regular Sunday Service at 10:30 AM, otherwise, activities start at noon on September 23.

The Presbyterian congregation that gave birth to the present-day Knox United Church originally met at the I.G. Baker store in Inglewood, where Rev. Angus Robertson preached to a small crowd of 30 or so parishioners. The current neo-Gothic Paskapoo sandstone church building was completed in 1913 and its impressive arches and exterior buttresses continue to make Knox an inspiring architectural jewel in downtown Calgary.

In 1925, the Knox congregation, along with Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches across Canada, voted to join the United Church of Canada.

As a United Church congregation, Knox values inclusion, community engagement, and progressive theology. Making connections for the common good.

Sanctuary, Labyrinth, Healing Ministry, Concerts, Theatre, the original home of Inn from the Cold

Making connections for the common good.

Tours, cafe beverages, more activities and/or music.

Walk the labyrinth for meditation, chat and enjoy a beverage in the Sanctuary.

The Calgary Horticultural Society is a registered charity dedicated to cultivating Calgary’s gardening community. With 4,000 plus members, we are one of the largest and most active gardening organizations. In 2018, the Society celebrates its 110th anniversary. The Society’s mandate has a strong focus on gardening education and offers the knowledge and skills to do it well. The Society is driven by the belief that as the gardening community grows, the city’s quality of life is enhanced, and so is the environment.

From our office just off Macleod Trail, our devoted staff works year-round to develop and deliver quality educational programs that help local gardeners meet the challenges of Calgary’s unique microclimate.

Discover what’s happening at the Society.

Join us for activities in the Society Office and Garden—our traditional yard has been transformed from lawn into an outdoor classroom with raised vegetable beds, three large-sized demonstration compost bins, fruiting trees and shrubs, herbs and flowers. Come to learn about the rain garden, growing vegetables, simple garden irrigation, perennial plants of the year and composting. Chat with a gardener or settle in for storytime. Calgary Horticultural Society volunteers will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, show off the teaching gardens and offer membership sales. Our garden gate is open—we look forward to your visit.

Protospace exists to incubate projects and initiatives by providing a physical space and tools, as well as an online community for idea generation & project planning. We make space for you to make things.
We also have a holodeck!

– Laser Cutting demonstrations – Community Run Makerspace – 3D Printing presentation

We offer guided tours of 10 people per tour, tours run every half hour (:00 and: 30)

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.

During Doors Open YYC we have the Kiwanis Apple Festival, a family-friendly free apple-themed event. The Kiwanis Apple Festival will be a celebration of our history, a celebration of children, and a celebration of special cuisine, entertainment, education and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis.

The weekend festival plans include apple baking and tasting, family activities and games, bouncy castle, face painting, live entertainment, a farmers market, silent auction, and so much more.

We offer guided tours Guided walks to the Elbow River will take place on the hour from 12pm-3pm each day. Single all-terrain strollers will work on paths, but not wheelchairs.

On May 15, 2013, on an 11-acre parcel of land just west of Canada Olympic Park, a group of dedicated volunteers turned the soil, nurtured plants, harvested the first crop on Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm.

Our goal is to grow fresh produce for Compassionate Food Access Agencies in Calgary, to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food. Thanks to the generous spirit of our community we’ve reached our first milestone, but there’s still more to grow.

Grow Calgary, Canada’s largest community urban farm, grows food for social agencies with food access programs.. Everything, 100% of what we grow is donated. 100% of our production is grown by volunteers. 95% of our recipients are women and children. 100% of our recipients are vulnerable and living in poverty.

Come to see how we run our non-profit urban compassionate farm! We have over 26 farming stations to show you, where we grow potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, peas, garlic, and zucchini (to name just a few). We are hoping you can help us harvest during the tours. We will also show you our Earthship, Microhomes, Hydroponics, and Seed Bank.

Earthship:

An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials, originally pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds. Our Earthship was made in 2014 by the EcoNerds, lead by Scottie Davidson. It is believed to be the first urban earthship in North America. It is made of repurposed materials including recycled tires, cans, and bottles that are the foundation of this awe-striking building. This structure ran into issues with city building code rules, but the dedicated EcoNerds successfully appealed the city’s demolition order. In the cold winter months which all Albertans know too well, the temperature in the Earthship has never dropped below minus one. This is one of many stations that volunteers get to join in and help with early germination.

Microhomes:

In the summer of 2018, we started an open competition in which a variety of teams are building and designing their own microhomes (itty-bitty houses around 100 SF) in preparation for the exhibition date on September 15th. The purpose of this competition is to bring visibility, attention & research to good design around affordable, energy and resource efficient, aesthetically pleasing microhomes. It creates an opportunity for designers to feature their microhome design concepts and exhibits viability of microhomes as an affordable housing option for the homeless, students, low-income individuals. We are still in the process of confirming where the microhomes will go after they are built.

Hydroponics:

We have repurposed a shipping container for hydroponic gardening — complete with lights, water, and rows of plastic growing tubes. This allows us to grow produce in the dead of winter. Hydroponic cultivation uses far less water than outside farming, and it’s more efficient. It can be up to the equivalent of one acre of land inside one of those containers without the need for pollination or the use of pesticides! It also allows us to have early germination and start very early so we can have plants that are strong enough so that we can put them in the soil in April.


Grow Calgary has 11 acres of farmland that has gone through a transformational change from the ground up, led by the dedicated leader Paul Hughes. Grow Calgary started in 2013 since then there have been over 2200 volunteers who have been the back bone of growing the produce donated to Calgary’s vulnerable populations. 

We’re not a Gelato company. We’re far more than that. We started by making delicious, tiny spoonfuls of heaven – and we still do. But our mission and vision is to have a measurable impact on how the world looks at employment, business, and what we deserve as consumers.

Tours and tastings! You will get a glimpse of the Fiasco culture, a look at our everyday work life, knowledge of Fiasco history, and a chance to meet some of the special people behind Fiasco. 

 

Chinook Resource Management Group is responsible for the design, build and operation of the facility. It is a partnership between Maple Reinders, Bird construction and AIM environmental.

The facility was built in 2017 on the former site of Race City Speedway.

LEED gold certification pending.  Energy-saving measures include solar array and rainwater collection.

It is the largest facility of its kind in Canada.

The facility was purpose-built for Calgary’s green cart program that was introduced in 2017. It diverts approximately 85 million kilograms of food and yard waste from the landfill each year, producing nutrient-rich compost for use in gardens, farms and City parks.

Did you ever wonder what happens to your food scraps and yard waste once it’s collected from the green cart? Join us for a 30-minute virtual tour of The City’s new composting facility and learn how we produce nutrient-rich compost in approximately 60 days.


We’re serious about recycling and composting and have set ambitious goals to reduce waste going to our landfills. Our vision is to lead the community towards zero waste through innovative recycling, composting and diversion programs.

Presentations will run in the composting facility classroom throughout the day every 30 minutes. Staff will be available to answer all your waste and recycling questions!

Please note: this is a Virtual Tour, not a behind-the-scenes tour.

Our building is an authentic pioneer log building constructed at Pigeon Lake Alberta by Hobart Dowler, In the fall of 1954, it was moved onto the present site. The building sits in a park-like setting with a variety of native Alberta plants, there are interpretive signs in the garden of Lindsay’s Folly (the name-sake of Lindsay Park), the Elbow River, and the old Calgary Trail.

The Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building is a tribute to those Pioneers of Alberta who were instrumental in building this great province. It has been awarded the designation of “Historical Resource” by the City of Calgary.

At the entrance to the site is a Centennial Iron Gate with Bronze plaques attached with names of the pioneer families and the listing of the signatories of Treaty No. 7. The Memorial building contains some of the city’s most important records, rare photos, extensive research library as well as other memorabilia and artifacts of the early years.

On display for Doors Open YYC will be rare photos, an extensive research library as well as other memorabilia and historical artifacts.

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.

During Doors Open YYC we have the Kiwanis Apple Festival, a family-friendly free apple-themed event. The Kiwanis Apple Festival will be a celebration of our history, a celebration of children, and a celebration of special cuisine, entertainment, education and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis.

The weekend festival plans include apple baking and tasting, family activities and games, bouncy castle, face painting, live entertainment, a farmers market, silent auction, and so much more.

We offer guided tours Guided walks to the Elbow River will take place on the hour from 12pm-3pm each day. Single all-terrain strollers will work on paths, but not wheelchairs.

Located on the campus of Mount Royal University, the versatile Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts is a world-class facility dedicated to meeting the needs of the community. From international icons to up-and-coming talent, the TCPA truly showcases the best the arts has to offer.

Visit us to enjoy this acoustic, architectural, and sustainable masterpiece!

The Bella Concert Hall is the heart of the facility, providing state-of-the-art acoustics in an architecturally stunning environment. And we are proud to be the home of Mount Royal Conservatory, which has played a pivotal role in Calgary performing arts scene since 1911. The Conservatory inspires more than 10,000 registrants annually through a variety of programming, concerts, and events.

The Taylor Centre for the Performing arts boasts Canada’s largest musical teaching institution and Calgary’s first new major performance hall in three decades. It is now the home of Mount Royal’s Conservatory, which began back in 1911, and will be able to provide more than 6,000 students each year with unparalleled musical instruction. It houses the Bella Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art medium-sized performance hall that will draw artists from around the world for the enjoyment of audiences.

Giving a nod to MRU’s heritage, the Taylor Centre has been designed to resemble a barn — the school’s original building was nicknamed “The Barn” by staff and students. Aged metal, grey silt, and copper mark the centre’s exterior, while skylights and glass walls flood the interior with natural light. Adding to the warm, inviting atmosphere are the cherry-wood walls throughout the inside of the building. The breathtaking building is designed to LEED Gold specifications.

The TCPA is the recipient of the City of Calgary’s Award for Accessibility. The 95,000-square-foot building features accessible seating in all our performance spaces. Assistive listening devices are available for the Bella Concert Hall and TransAlta Pavilion.

In addition to its memorable public areas, the multifunctional TCPA features instructional spaces for private lessons, rehearsal halls for ensembles of all sizes and a dedicated wing for the Conservatory’s Early Childhood music programs.

There will be tours at 11 am12 pm1 pm, and 2 pm. Drop in only.

Fast facts: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/MediaRoom/Newsroom/taylorcentrefactsheet.htm

Beautiful Islamic Architecture of Baitunnur Mosque, One of the largest Mosques in North America. Inaugurated by Worldwide Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at and joined by Prime Minister of Canada.

Guided Mosque Tours, Free refreshments, Q & A opportunities for the visitors etc.

Protospace exists to incubate projects and initiatives by providing a physical space and tools, as well as an online community for idea generation & project planning. We make space for you to make things.
We also have a holodeck!

– Laser Cutting demonstrations – Community Run Makerspace – 3D Printing presentation

We offer guided tours of 10 people per tour, tours run every half hour (:00 and: 30)

Tucked away in Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood is the historic Haultain School.  Built in 1894 by Child and Wilson when Alberta was not yet a province, it was home to Calgary’s first sandstone two-room schoolhouse. Its first students included children of railway workers, new immigrants and some of Calgary’s wealthier citizens.

Learn about the unique architecture and history of this historic gem, Calgary’s oldest surviving and very first sandstone school with running water.

Hear about how the school changed over the years and about its current tenants, two non-profit organizations, Parks Foundation Calgary and Calgary Heritage Authority.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

What can you do to use your head, heart, and hands to make a difference? Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids connects and inspires people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids. BB4CK works in partnership with Calgary schools to make and deliver healthy lunches to students who would otherwise go without.

Each school day, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids impacts 4,200 Calgary kids who would otherwise go without a lunch.

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 advance – space limited http://signup.com/go/XeceVYC ) and create nutritious snacks for children’s lunches. We look forward to your visit!

The parish replaced the frame church with a more elaborate structure in 1905, during Calgary’s famous sandstone era. 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. The Cathedral celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first service held in the building on July 30, 2005. It was designated a Registered Heritage Site in 1974.  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. The rood screen was dedicated in 1919 by Prince of Wales. Some historic stained glass windows dating back to 1891. Historic war memorials can be found in the Cathedral. Hand-carved Oak Pulpit and bronze lectern are original to the 1905 construction.  The Cathedral is an important music venue with one of Calgary’s fine organs and home to Pro-Arts which features a free noon-hour concert each Wednesday.

The water tower built in 1920 is believed to be the only structure of its kind in Canada. St. Mary’s Historic Walking Tour will allow guests to follow the enticing stories behind the land that St. Mary’s now sits on, including the story of the Lacombe Home which burnt down in 1999.

Join our tour guides as we explore St. Mary’s University’s past, present, and future. Each tour will take approximately 2 hours. The walking tour will delve into the stories of the land St. Mary’s now sits on and its history. Tours will include a look inside St. Mary’s historic water tower that has been transformed into the beautiful Mauro Art Gallery, as well as a look at the Saint John’s Bible, which is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in more than 500 years.

There will be one tour per hour on the hour. Tour capacity is 15 people. Pre-registration is encouraged. Each tour is approximately 2 hours long.

St. Mary’s University Campus – Doors Open YYC

We’re not a Gelato company. We’re far more than that. We started by making delicious, tiny spoonfuls of heaven – and we still do. But our mission and vision is to have a measurable impact on how the world looks at employment, business, and what we deserve as consumers.

Tours and tastings! You will get a glimpse of the Fiasco culture, a look at our everyday work life, knowledge of Fiasco history, and a chance to meet some of the special people behind Fiasco. 

 

On May 15, 2013, on an 11-acre parcel of land just west of Canada Olympic Park, a group of dedicated volunteers turned the soil, nurtured plants, harvested the first crop on Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm.

Our goal is to grow fresh produce for Compassionate Food Access Agencies in Calgary, to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food. Thanks to the generous spirit of our community we’ve reached our first milestone, but there’s still more to grow.

Grow Calgary, Canada’s largest community urban farm, grows food for social agencies with food access programs.. Everything, 100% of what we grow is donated. 100% of our production is grown by volunteers. 95% of our recipients are women and children. 100% of our recipients are vulnerable and living in poverty.

Come to see how we run our non-profit urban compassionate farm! We have over 26 farming stations to show you, where we grow potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, peas, garlic, and zucchini (to name just a few). We are hoping you can help us harvest during the tours. We will also show you our Earthship, Microhomes, Hydroponics, and Seed Bank.

Earthship:

An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials, originally pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds. Our Earthship was made in 2014 by the EcoNerds, lead by Scottie Davidson. It is believed to be the first urban earthship in North America. It is made of repurposed materials including recycled tires, cans, and bottles that are the foundation of this awe-striking building. This structure ran into issues with city building code rules, but the dedicated EcoNerds successfully appealed the city’s demolition order. In the cold winter months which all Albertans know too well, the temperature in the Earthship has never dropped below minus one. This is one of many stations that volunteers get to join in and help with early germination.

Microhomes:

In the summer of 2018, we started an open competition in which a variety of teams are building and designing their own microhomes (itty-bitty houses around 100 SF) in preparation for the exhibition date on September 15th. The purpose of this competition is to bring visibility, attention & research to good design around affordable, energy and resource efficient, aesthetically pleasing microhomes. It creates an opportunity for designers to feature their microhome design concepts and exhibits viability of microhomes as an affordable housing option for the homeless, students, low-income individuals. We are still in the process of confirming where the microhomes will go after they are built.

Hydroponics:

We have repurposed a shipping container for hydroponic gardening — complete with lights, water, and rows of plastic growing tubes. This allows us to grow produce in the dead of winter. Hydroponic cultivation uses far less water than outside farming, and it’s more efficient. It can be up to the equivalent of one acre of land inside one of those containers without the need for pollination or the use of pesticides! It also allows us to have early germination and start very early so we can have plants that are strong enough so that we can put them in the soil in April.


Grow Calgary has 11 acres of farmland that has gone through a transformational change from the ground up, led by the dedicated leader Paul Hughes. Grow Calgary started in 2013 since then there have been over 2200 volunteers who have been the back bone of growing the produce donated to Calgary’s vulnerable populations. 

The Calgary Fire Department was first formed in 1885 and is celebrating its 133 anniversary on August 25. The fire bylaw was the impetus for Calgary’s sandstone renaissance in the late 19th century. After the Calgary Fire of 1886, the bylaw demanded all new buildings be fire resistant, hence buildings of brick and sandstone from the era of 1886 to 1915.

The Department responds to over 60,000 calls annually and is the third largest in Canada. Chief Cappy Smart was a cultural and social leader who marshaled the first Stampede Parade and every parade for the first three decades of its existence.

The Department has grown in lockstep with the City and our stations in the respective communities were usually one of the first items of infrastructure in the neighborhoods.

Built in 1978, Silversprings is one of three Calgary fire stations where the aquatic team is based. These firefighters, in addition to regular duties, use boats, dive and surface equipment and techniques for rescue. The jet boat patrols the rivers of Calgary June through September when up to 6,000 people a day take to our rivers for recreation.

We will have juice packs and coffee available for visitors. We will also have cookies or snack bars (all ingredients will be listed and we will ensure there are no peanuts of common allergens).


We will have tours of fire apparatus and the station going on continuously. We also intend to set up apparatus such as aerials and pumps to demonstrate their operation if possible. A hose for kids to knock down pylons will be set up in the parking lot weather permitting.

The Calgary Fire Department was first formed in 1885 and is celebrating its 133 anniversary on August 25. The fire bylaw was the impetus for Calgary’s sandstone renaissance in the late 19th century. After the Calgary Fire of 1886, the bylaw demanded all new buildings be fire resistant, hence buildings of brick and sandstone from the era of 1886 to 1915.

The Department responds to over 60,000 calls annually and is the third largest in Canada. Chief Cappy Smart was a cultural and social leader who marshaled the first Stampede Parade and every parade for the first three decades of its existence.

The Department has grown in lockstep with the City and our stations in the respective communities were usually one of the first items of infrastructure in the neighborhoods.

Cedarbrae Fire Station has a household hazardous waste drop off—one of the most popular in Calgary.

We will have juice packs and coffee available for visitors. We will also have cookies or snack bars (all ingredients will be listed and we will ensure there are no peanuts of common allergens).


We will have tours of fire apparatus and the station going on continuously. We also intend to set up apparatus such as aerials and pumps to demonstrate their operation if possible. A hose for kids to knock down pylons will be set up in the parking lot weather permitting.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929

Colonel Walker’s son, Selby, applied to the Federal government in 1929 to have 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River be designated as a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. When Selby died in 1953, Ed Jefferies acquired the property and leased it to the Alberta Fish & Game Association. In 1970, The City of Calgary purchased the property and has been managing it as a natural reserve ever since

Colonel Walker House

Colonel Walker House is the third rendition of the house, built in 1910, as the first two were washed away by floods. It has the original fir doors, door casings, brass key plates and hexagonal door knobs. An Italian influence is apparent in the design of the veranda, corner tower and in the various decorations as well as the notable use of local brick and sandstone elements.

One of the first houses in Calgary to have verandas. The name on the house was used to name the community surrounding it (Inglewood). Owned by Colonel James Walker, who was named Citizen of the Century in 1975, was the first president of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board, and was chairman of the first civic committee.

We will be offering guided walks through the sanctuary every half an hour between 10 am – 4 pm (12 tours in total)


We will have an Environmental Educator in the historic Colonel Walker to answer any questions people might have about the place. This is the only event that we allow the public in the upstairs portion of this historic house!

Each tour will have a maximum of 25 participants
The tours will take place every half an hour throughout the duration of the event (10am – 4pm)
The terrain is a mixture of paved and unpaved pathway

Most of the taproom was made from up-cycled pallets and other wood products. It’s more the experience of the tour and the tasting of our beers that make Tool Shed Unique. Tool Shed Brewing Company co-founders Jeff and Graham started the Calgary brewery in Graham’s backyard tool shed. When they started in 2012, minimum brewing capacity in Alberta was 500,000 litres and there were only two Calgary breweries. Tool Shed Brewing was initially forced to brew beer out of province and import back into Alberta. Knowing some of the best malt barley in the world is grown here in our province, this demanded a change from the government in brewing minimums. Jeff and Graham were at the forefront of successfully lobbying for that change in Alberta. In 2013 the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission opened the doors for microbreweries and changed the provinces economic landscape forever.

Tool Shed Brewing continues to push for change in our local economy, from advocating the Calgary Stampede to serve local craft beer, to increase awareness with the City to improve administrative efficiencies that help other Calgary businesses.

Today Tool Shed Brewing has four core beers and several seasonals in rotation. Each award-winning beer has its own story and honors someone who has played an integral role in growing not only Tool Shed Brewing but the craft beer industry as a whole.

We will provide a numerous tour throughout the day.

We could provide a tour and tasting every 2 hours.

 3 tours up to 50 people, we’d require pre-registration. No kids on tour. 

The Calgary Fire Department was first formed in 1885 and is celebrating its 133 anniversary on August 25. The fire bylaw was the impetus for Calgary’s sandstone renaissance in the late 19th century. After the Calgary Fire of 1886, the bylaw demanded all new buildings be fire resistant, hence buildings of brick and sandstone from the era of 1886 to 1915.

The Department responds to over 60,000 calls annually and is the third largest in Canada. Chief Cappy Smart was a cultural and social leader who marshaled the first Stampede Parade and every parade for the first three decades of its existence.

The Department has grown in lockstep with the City and our stations in the respective communities were usually one of the first items of infrastructure in the neighborhoods.

McKenzie Towne Station was paid for and built by Carma. They also gifted the CFD a vintage fire truck (that now resides in our museum after a long stay at the fire station). The Station is at the edge of the traffic circle and we have shared our space with CPS and EMS in the past. It is the most popular station for visits in the City.

We will have juice packs and coffee available for visitors. We will also have cookies or snack bars (all ingredients will be listed and we will ensure there are no peanuts of common allergens).


We will have tours of fire apparatus and the station going on continuously. We also intend to set up apparatus such as aerials and pumps to demonstrate their operation if possible. A hose for kids to knock down pylons will be set up in the parking lot weather permitting.

The Calgary Fire Department was first formed in 1885 and is celebrating its 133 anniversary on August 25. The fire bylaw was the impetus for Calgary’s sandstone renaissance in the late 19th century. After the Calgary Fire of 1886, the bylaw demanded all new buildings be fire resistant, hence buildings of brick and sandstone from the era of 1886 to 1915.

The Department responds to over 60,000 calls annually and is the third largest in Canada. Chief Cappy Smart was a cultural and social leader who marshaled the first Stampede Parade and every parade for the first three decades of its existence.

The Department has grown in lockstep with the City and our stations in the respective communities were usually one of the first items of infrastructure in the neighborhoods.

Temple fire station is always one of the three busiest in the City and goes to more house fires and MVCs than any other station.

We will have juice packs and coffee available for visitors. We will also have cookies or snack bars (all ingredients will be listed and we will ensure there are no peanuts of common allergens).


We will have tours of fire apparatus and the station going on continuously. We also intend to set up apparatus such as aerials and pumps to demonstrate their operation if possible. A hose for kids to knock down pylons will be set up in the parking lot weather permitting.

The City of Calgary Archives has an offsite storage facility in the Corporate Warehouse. It is a separate large room built within the warehouse in order to provide an environmentally-controlled storage area for the Archives’ holdings.

The City of Calgary Archives maintains the corporate memory of The City of Calgary. The records are part of the archival holdings and have been created to document the structure, functions, activities, and history of The City of Calgary and its predecessors. Deemed to have historical value, they are being preserved in order for citizens and City employees to have research access to them now and in the future.

If you are interested in seeing the space where Corporate Records, Archives stores a large portion of its archival holdings, as well as artifacts received by The City of Calgary, then this is the tour for you!


Tour our environmentally-controlled storage area to view historical records and artifacts, and learn about some of the design features used to facilitate the long-term preservation and availability of records to future users.

Hear about the history of the municipal government of The City of Calgary and the role of the archives as the official repository of its permanently valuable records.

Tours will be provided at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Tours will take approximately 45 minutes, including questions.
A maximum of 10 – 15 participants per tour.

Please note that food and drinks are not allowed in the Archives’ storage area.