We arranged to arrive early at the Gondola, taking the transit bus from the hotel. For $5 each we both bought a day pass right on the bus. The gondola trip to the mountain is short but the views are breathtaking. We didn’t quite know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised with the long boardwalk up the observatory that we can actually see from our hotel!
We were fortunate to see a few animals like the bighorn sheep, the American pica, a hoary marmot, a few squirrels and a grey jay while having our lunch. The facilities were still in construction and there was a lot of noise but the beauty made up for it.
Going to the Calgary Zoo is so easy and so much fun! The entrance is located right at the Calgary zoo train station. We had pre purchased tickets but we decided to go on a behind the scenes tour with the giraffes.
This is a huge zoo and we planned a whole day there, from 9-5. We started with the penguin plunge, then walked around Canadian Wilds before crossing the bridge, then walked on the discovery train to the Enmax Conservatory with the butterflies and plants, then walked around the Dorothy Harvie Gardens, Eurasia, had lunch and made our way towards Destination Aftica at the Savana Lodge for our tour behind the scenes with the giraffes. We ended our day with the Prehistoric Park and its animatronics and hoodoos.
What a day we packed! We walked more than 12 km including our walk from our hotel to the train. At the behind the scenes tour, we fed them carrots and we learned a lot about giraffes; they never sleep, they only take short minute naps where they close their eyes. Giraffes eat all day and night, and their tongues are purple so that they are protected against uv rays. They were unaphazed by the infamous 2013 historical floods; the water level went up to their chest and luckily they didn’t catch any bacteria or disease.
We saw animals we hadn’t heard of before like the Rock hyrax, an African herbivore that looks like a mix between a sloth and a groundhog.
We are spending 4 nights here in Calgary and our first day was spent at the Glenbow Museum. We were there with my late uncle’s friend whom we enjoyed the company, sharing memories and had lunch at the famous Devonian Gardens walking through Stephen Avenue.
Our second day was spent at the Calgary tower where we were fortunate enough to witness the shooting of the next season of Amazing Race Canada. It was an Amazing experience! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we enjoyed ourselves as we stayed longer than planned, chatting with crew members and other tourists.
In the afternoon we visited the Lougheed House with its beautiful gardens where we were welcomed by birds flapping their wings in the bird bath. The highlight for me was the stained glass with animals.
Tomorrow on our last day, we will visit the zoo! Stay tuned…