Calgary recommendations

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am

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Things to see and do around Calgary

The Devonian Gardens is a lovely indoor park in the centre of Calgary. You can stroll round quietly enjoying the flowers and plants of the season. The Quiet Garden is a peaceful woodland area in the north west corner; there are many water features for visitors to enjoy: fountains, waterfalls and ponds with fish and turtles. Depending on the time of year, there are displays of lilies, roses, chrysanthemums and bright red Christmas poinsettias.

The University of Calgary Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. You can visit the facilities most afternoon to learn about space science, telescopes and astronomy, but best of all are night visits when you can view the wonders of the universe through the telescopes.

A three-hour journey from Calgary takes you to the Kicking Horse River. For the inexperienced, we recommend the Classic Trip with a morning on a gentle part of the river and some excitement in the afternoon [minimum age 14, weight 41 kg.]. If you like it really rough, go for the Kicking Horse Challenge Trip [minimum age 19, weight 41 kg.].

Fort Calgary dates from 1875 and offers a lot of treats for visitors. You can try on a Mounted Police Officer's scarlet uniform, experience what it is like being shut in a police cell, ride in a virtual streetcar through the streets of Calgary as they were in the olden days, hear stories from the past and walk through shops from the 1930s. There's a restaurant and shop to make this a full-day memorable excursion.

Once winter has started and providing the weather is stable, you can enjoy fun and excitement in the snow. Snowboarding, skiing and cat-skiing are all available. Teenagers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Aero Space Museum: the museum preserves old planes, remembers aviators of the past and offers practice on flight simulators.

Calgary Tower dominates the skyline of the city. You rise 160 metres high and then step out onto glass platform so that you can look right down to the ground far below your feet! Glass walls also give you the feeling of hanging in space. No one ever forgets the thrill of a visit.

A ranch holiday means that you stay on a cattle ranch and go out with the ranch hands during the day to experience their life and work for yourself. Riding round checking on the cattle, mending fences, sleeping in tents under the stars out and eating round a campfire area are part of the fun.

A family you know are visiting Calgary next July.

They would like some advice about what to do and where to go.

Mary Cheung - Mum: fairly quiet, does not want too much excitement, enjoys horse-riding, expert on food, grows lots of plants, teaches French

Guy Cheung - Dad: science lecturer, adventurous but hates heights, enjoys golf. Often feels bored after dinner

Jake: 15, likes new experiences, is daring, wants to be a pilot, and reads a lot

Jenny: Jake's twin sister, also wants excitement and fun, goes camping whenever she can, wants to join one of the uniformed services, crazy about cameras and photographing great views etc

1. For an individual activity for Mary I suggest


2. For an individual activity for Guy I suggest


3. For an individual activity for Jake I suggest


4. For an individual activity for Jenny I suggest


Match these sentences with one of the attractions in the story

5. 'Sorry, but he is too young to join us.'

6. 'Yes, the forecast is good, so it's up the mountain and onto the slopes.'

7. 'It's so good to be in out of the cold and still able to enjoy nature.'

8. 'Please board the raft carefully.'

9. 'I want to buy some historical souvenirs.'


1. the horses because Mary likes plants and quiet; 2. an evening activity because Guy likes adventure and gets bored after dinner; 3. the planes because he wants to be a pilot; 4. take pictures from the tower because she loves photography; 5. Kicking Horse Challenge Trip; 6. Snowboarding, skiing; 7. The Quiet Garden; 8. Classic Trip; 9. Fort Calgary