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Calgary Zoo

See exotic animals and even dinosaurs as you wander through botanic gardens and re-creations of diverse habitats ranging from Africa to South America.

Catch the C-Train from downtown to the Calgary Zoo and gardens located on St. George’s Island and the banks of the Bow River. Here you’ll find creatures large and small, and even prehistoric! If you’re visiting the zoo on Sunday, kick off your visit with a safari brunch in the Destination Africa area.

Start your zoo exploration at the Penguin Plunge, in the chilly Antarctic area. Meet four types of penguin: the Humboldt, gentoo, rockhopper and king. On this side of the water you’ll also find the dinosaur park, where you can get close to life-sized replicas of dozens of dinosaur species lurking in prehistoric foliage. Nearby in the Canadian Wilds habitat you will encounter local species of bear, moose, buffalo, puma, otter, marmot and many more creatures that are difficult to spot in the wild.

Take the footbridge over to St. George’s Island, where the creatures of Eurasia, South America and Africa await. Keep your eyes peeled for the red river hogs in the African Savannah as they often have cute piglets. The Calgary Zoo has also had success with gorilla breeding programs.

Be sure to visit the Amur tigers in the Eurasian habitat, where you’ll also see snow leopards, Japanese snow monkeys and red pandas. In the South American habitat, the marmosets and other monkeys steal the show.

As you walk through the different habitats of the zoo, keep an eye out for the changes in flora. One of the most striking features of the zoo is its botanical garden. The Dorothy Harvie Gardens has almost 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of native plants. The conservatory here houses many species of birds and invertebrates, and has four themed sections: the tropical garden, arid garden, rainforest and butterfly garden.  

Calgary Zoo is located in Bridgeland, a few minutes’ drive east of downtown. There are two on-site parking lots, which charge a daily fee. The zoo is open daily, except for Christmas Day, and has an admission fee.


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Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport

1250 Mckinnon Dr NE, Calgary, AB
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Casino Calgary, Calgary Zoo, and Sunridge Mall. Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Festival Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown $71
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    Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

    Suite A-711 4th St SE, Calgary, AB
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Calgary, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bow Valley College, Calgary Telus Convention Centre, and BMO Centre. Calgary Tower and Stampede Park are also within 15 minutes. City Hall Station is only a 4-minute walk and Centre Street Station is 7 minutes.

      Hotel Le Germain Calgary $119
      Hotel Le Germain Calgary

      Hotel Le Germain Calgary

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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Calgary, this spa hotel is steps from Vertigo Theatre, Calgary Tower, and Calgary Telus Convention Centre. Bow Valley College and BMO Centre are also within 15 minutes. 1st Street SW Station and Centre Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Hyatt Regency Calgary

        700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Beltline, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Memorial Park, Calgary Tower, and 17 Avenue SW. BMO Centre and Calgary Telus Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. 1st Street SW Station is 9 minutes by foot and Victoria Park - Stampede Station is 10 minutes.

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            Charming Home in Calgary. Close to Attractions, Outdoor Activities and Events

            Charming Home in Calgary. Close to Attractions, Outdoor Activities and Events

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              Novel Bed and Breakfast $93
              Novel Bed and Breakfast

              Novel Bed and Breakfast

              1602 16A Street Southeast, Calgary, AB
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown $101
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                Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown

                Suite B-711 4th St. SE, Calgary, AB
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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