Inglewood Walking Tour in Calgary, Calgary (Self Guided)

This walking tour will be mostly about Inglewood, a friendly and picturesque neighbourhood on the bank of Elbow River. Explore the natural pearls of Calgary by visiting the Bird Sanctuary or the Bow Habitat Station, and learn about the history of the city at Fort Calgary. Take this tour and enjoy a stroll in central Calgary.
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Inglewood Walking Tour in Calgary Map

Guide Name: Inglewood Walking Tour in Calgary
Guide Location: Canada » Calgary (See other walking tours in Calgary)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: AnnaO
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Fort Calgary

1) Fort Calgary (must see)

Fort Calgary was constructed in 1875 under federal orders. The fort was established predominantly to extricate whiskey traders settled in that area. This fort is located at the junction of Elbowrivers and Bow in Calgary, Alberta.

The exact spot to construct the fort on the Bow was identified by the F Troop that traveled upon Ephrem A. Brisebois’ command from Fort Macleod. The troop set foot on the Bow using a makeshift tarpaulin and wagon box. The first member who set foot on the Bow is Corporal George Clift King which is why he is referred to as the first citizen of Calgary.

Spruce logs from upstream and pine were materials used to construct the fort. It consists of buildings such as the men’s quarters, storage facilities, stables and guard room. Originally, the fort was named “Bow Fort” or “The Elbow”.

There was an attempt to name the fort after Captain Brisebois. As he was not very popular, the attempt was unsuccessful and the fort was eventually renamed Fort Calgary in 1876. In 1882, new barracks were constructed by tearing down parts of the old fort. In 1888, due to the destruction of a barrack in 1884, a two storey building was constructed with a capacity of housing 100 men.

Calgary Fort is frequented by many tourists. Do not miss a visit to this fort on your trip to Calgary.
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Deane House

2) Deane House

Deane House was constructed close to Calgary Fort in 1906 as a residence for Captain Richard Deane. All the fort buildings were purchased by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and demolished except the Deane House.

From where it was located before, Deane House was moved to the southeast corner. It was in 1929 that the house was bought by C.L. Jacques who moved it across Elbow River to its present location.

For many decades, Deane House was used as a boarding house. After the house was bought over by City of Calgary in the seventies, it was named the Dandelion Gallery and used as an art gallery. Today, Deane House houses a restaurant and is frequented by tourists and locals.

One of the most interesting aspects of this house is its reputation for being haunted. This is because, a number of unusual deaths occurred here when it was used as a boarding lodge. Some of the first paranormal occurrences were reported in late seventies and early eighties when the house was used by artists as studio space.

If you love mystery, thrill and excitement, you must visit the unique and popular Deane House on your trip to Calgary. After all, it is not every day that we get a chance to visit a haunted house.
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The Galleria

3) The Galleria

Situated on 9th Avenue, The Galleria is a small but authentic, one-of-a-kind art shop. "Proudly Canadian", this gallery displays art pieces by local artists and craftsmen. Though the place is mostly about artistic pottery, you will also find interesting raku, original glass and metal items, as well as numerous handcrafted articles for kids. Even if you are not big on art, you can always consider this gallery your Calgary souvenir hub.
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Calgary Zoo

4) Calgary Zoo (must see)

Calgary Zoo was established in 1929. You will find it located close to the East Village and Inglewood neighborhood in Bridgeland, to the east of Calgary city. This is the second largest zoo in Canada, spanning a vast area, most of which is located in Bow River’s St. George’s Island. Visitors are thrilled with the large number of animals here. There are over a thousand of them, in addition to 290 species of individual insects and fishes. As you walk around the zoo, you will certainly be impressed with the meticulously arranged exhibits. Animals are displayed in accordance with their geographical habitats. Some of the popular current exhibits include Canadian Wilds, destination Africa, South America, Prehistoric Park, Eurasia and Botanical Gardens. Walk into Destination Africa and you will certainly be bowled over by the African Savannah and the TransAlta Rain Forest. But you must hurry, as the elephants are due to be moved elsewhere in the next five years, so make sure to see them before they go to join a large herd in another zoo. Also, Calgary Zoo has recently opened a penguin house which has proved extremely popular. It is highly advisable to keep an entire day free, as you will certainly take long to see all the animals here. Calgary Zoo is open through the year except on Christmas. Take your family to this well organized zoo and have a wonderful time.
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Arts On Atlantic Gallery

5) Arts On Atlantic Gallery

This rather small gallery on 9th Avenue displays a rather extensive collection of art, mostly by regional artists, both beginners and well-known. The specialty of the gallery is book arts. The interior design and atmosphere resembles a library where visitors can sit and enjoy artists’ books or Fine Folio Editions. Sometimes the adjacent Whitaker Salon provides additional space for exhibitions.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

6) Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (must see)

If you love watching birds, do not miss a visit to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on your trip to Calgary. This wildlife reserve is spread over 36 hectares and is inhabited by at least 270 species of birds. There is no dearth of nature trails here that run through the riverine forest.

You can find a variety of interesting wildlife at this sanctuary any time of the year, even though summer and spring are the best seasons for bird viewing. If you are here during late fall or spring, you will find uncommon species of gull. During fall migration, you can find many warblers.

The sanctuary is bordered by the Bow River Pathway through which bicycles and pedestrians access the area. This sanctuary is open on all days of the year from dawn to dusk. You can enjoy the natural ambience strolling along the 2.5 km pathways. On the western side of the lagoon, between the river and the south bridge, you will find trails that are wheelchair accessible.

Visit this sanctuary in various seasons and you will find that more birds come here during certain periods than others. If you wish to enjoy watching the migrant songbirds, the best time to be here is August and September.

If you visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary during winter, you will find a lot of tame black capped chickadees and thousands of mallards.
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Bow Habitat Station

7) Bow Habitat Station

You can learn all you want to about natural environment at the Bow Habitat Station. This is the first ever eco-park in Alberta. At this station, you will find exciting interactive exhibits and displays. Visitors are taken on a working trout hatchery tours, which incidentally is one of the largest enclosed hatcheries in North America.

Apart from this, you will also find the Pearce Estate Park Interpretive Wetland, the Sam Livingstone Fish Hatchery and the interpretive Visitor’s Center. You can enjoy the fascinating experience of watching more than 3 million fishes that are raised here.

You will also learn everything you need to know about fishes here including the fact that there are over 65 species of fishes in Alberta. You cannot miss out the enormous rainbow trout display. If you have children, you can be sure they will be delighted matching internal organs of fish with their names. To find out if the answer is right or not, you can check the light activated after you press the button.

Excitement continues as adults and kids do things they would not have otherwise dreamt about. You can even open a manhole cover and peek inside. Outside, you will find the Pearce Estate Park Interpretive Wetland. Here you can walk the trails or simply sit and relax under the natural setting.

Walking Tours in Calgary, Alberta

Create Your Own Walk in Calgary

Create Your Own Walk in Calgary

Creating your own self-guided walk in Calgary is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Calgary is a cosmopolitan city in Canada's Alberta province, renowned for its high-rising skyline, symbol of wealth earned by the local oil industry, and the famous Calgary Stampede, massive annual rodeo festival. Among the city's main landmarks are Olympic Plaza, Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue and more. To find your way around these and other key local attractions, follow this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 2

A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 2

Let's continue our walk in downtown Calgary. Awaiting you here are such major attractions as Chinatown with its unique Cultural Center and the alluring Prince's Island Park. If you are interested in shopping, look for the Dragon Mall and Eau Clair Market. Enjoy this walking tour as it takes you to the Western part of downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Sculptures in Calgary Walking Tour

Sculptures in Calgary Walking Tour

This tour is all about Calgary's outdoor sculptures: some of them weird, some of them outstanding, some of them merely amusing. You won't find imposing grey monuments with tones of history behind them. It's all about those small unrevealed sites in tourist handbooks, those colourful places captured in photos. Take this tour and discover Calgary's creative spirit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
University Heights Walking Tour in Calgary

University Heights Walking Tour in Calgary

Officially founded in 1963, University Heights is a rather small residential district in Canada. However, the neighbourhood has its share of interesting attractions, from important landmarks that hosted the Winter Olympics of '88 to the renowned University of Calgary. Take this walking tour and enjoy the best of University Heights and its surroundings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 1

A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 1

As the biggest city in Alberta, Calgary has quite a few things to offer. One should definitely start getting acquainted with the city in its downtown area. Not only will you find the most prominent landmarks, but you will also get an idea of what Calgary is like. Take this walk to discover the eastern part of downtown with its rich cultural and historic heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 3

A Walk in Downtown Calgary, Part 3

Another walk in downtown Calgary, this time mostly focused on the historic aspects of the city. The Stampede Corral will take you back in time to the glorious moments of the '88 Winter Olympics, the beautiful Stephen street will reveal its rich architecture of the past century, and the museums and the historic buildings on your way will unveil the stories Calgary has to tell. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Calgary for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Calgary has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Calgary, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.