University Heights Walking Tour in Calgary, Calgary (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: University Heights Walking Tour in Calgary
Guide Location: Canada » Calgary (See other walking tours in Calgary)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: AnnaO
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Olympic Oval

1) Olympic Oval (must see)

During the 1988 Winter Olympics, the speed skating event was held at the Olympic Oval. Located at the University of Calgary campus, this venue is today one of the most popular training center for the Canadian National Speed Skating team and Speed Skate Canada.

Olympic Oval features two Zamboni ice resurfacers that operate on propane. Other prominent features of this skating rink include high altitude and state of art facility to control climate.

Celebrations and exciting activities will be held at the Olympic Ova in 2012 to commemorate its 25th year of service. One of the first facilities to be completely covered, this skating oval allowed for effective climate control and great quality ice.

At the 1988 Winter Olympics, Olympic Oval saw skaters setting world records in at least seven events. Olympic records were set in an additional three events. Fast ice surface is predominantly due to the high altitude and climate control feature. Since the time of its establishment fourteen years ago, this facility has seen skaters setting many speed records.

Today it is popularly referred to as “The fastest ice in the world”. 12 world records are currently being held here. Make sure you pay a visit to this premier skating venue on your trip to Calgary.
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Nickle Arts Museum

2) Nickle Arts Museum

A trip to Calgary is certainly incomplete without a visit to the Nickle Arts Museum. This is where you will find a display of the city’s best artistic talents. This museum is located at the University of Calgary campus.

Founded in 1979, this museum came into existence through the generous donations offered by Mr. Samuel C. Nickle and from The Province of Alberta. Many other patrons contributed generously to enable the making of Nickle Arts Museum.

Since the time of its creation the museum relies on patron and donor contributions even though its base operating budget is managed by the University of Calgary. The Nickle Arts Museum has been promoting Numismatics and Contemporary Arts in Western Canada since the time of its establishment.

It also coordinated the Minor Program in Museum and Heritage Studies in 1996 that helped students gain an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in the heritage and culture of Canada.

This museum is famous for holding informative programs and provocative exhibitions and holds the distinction of having the best exhibition space. In cooperation with the Numismatic and Art communities, general public and other University of Calgary departments, The Nickle Arts Museum promotes research, learning and discovery.
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University of Calgary

3) University of Calgary

University of Calgary is among the top eight research universities in Canada. This university was founded in 1966 and is spread over a vast, beautiful campus measuring 200 acres. At least 100 academic programs are offered at this university that is home to 85 research institutes and scholars in 14 faculties.

University of Calgary has been in existence for the past 44 years and holds the distinction of graduating many prominent personalities including Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Robert Thirsk, the Canadian astronaut. At present, over 31,000 students study in professional degree programs, graduate and undergraduate courses.

This university has contributed significantly towards laying strong academic foundations, and focuses primarily on research excellence, student success, interdisciplinary research and education, creative activity and scholarship, and return to community.

You will find 20 academic buildings in the campus. Enclosed walkways connect all the 20 buildings. Do not miss out the MacEwan Student Center which is a hub of activity at all times. Here you will find a concert hall, wellness center and food court apart from four performance theatres, museum and art gallery, single student and student family residences and two childcare centers. If you are academically inclined and interested in continuing your education, a visit to this university, whilst in Calgary, may be useful.
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Father David Bauer Olympic Arena

4) Father David Bauer Olympic Arena

Canada is a country passionate about ice hockey, and one of the world's best ice hockey stadiums, Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This stadium has a seating capacity of 1,750 and over 2,000 standing room capacity.

This arena is aptly named after a famous hockey pioneer and a Hockey Hall of Famer, Father David Bauer. Ice surface size in this arena is 200 ft by 100 ft. Norma Bush Arena is another arena attached to this facility. This arena features an artificial surface measuring 185 ft by 85 ft.

Currently, this arena is home to Calgary Dinos University hockey team and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Mustangs. It is used as a training facility for the junior national teams and is also home to the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s AAA Midget Flames and Hockey Canada.

Some of the ice hockey events were held at this arena during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament is also held here every year. Do not miss a visit to Father David Bauer Olympic Arena that is located close to the University of Calgary within the Foothills Stadium and McMahon Stadium complex.
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McMahon Stadium

5) McMahon Stadium

Located between University of Calgary and downtown core, McMahon Stadium is one of the popular football stadiums in Calgary. Operated by the McMahon Stadium Society and owned by the University of Calgary, the stadium is very close to the Banff Trail C-Train station.

Today McMahon Stadium is used by many prominent teams, such as Canadian Junior Football League’s Calgary Colts, University of Calgary Dinos, Alberta Football League’s Calgary Wolfpack, Calgary Gators and CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.

The classic match between the Montreal Canadians and Calgary Flames was held in 2011 at McMahon Stadium which served as an open air venue. Opening and closing ceremonies for the 1988 Winter Olympics was held at this stadium, too.

McMahon Stadium came into existence in 1960 replacing Mewata Park Stadium on the University of Alberta campus. Following huge donations for the Calgary citizens and to the university, the stadium was named after Frank and George McMahon. It was in 1985 that complete ownership of the stadium was transferred to the University.

McMahon Stadium has 35,650 permanent seats and is currently the fifth largest in the country. In 2006, an artificial AstroTurf playing surface was installed here to attract many other major sporting events to this field, including international soccer matches.

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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.
Inglewood Walking Tour in Calgary

Inglewood Walking Tour in Calgary

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 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
Sculptures in Calgary Walking Tour

Sculptures in Calgary Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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
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
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: 2.8 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.