Travel Destination: Calgary – The Calgary Zoo


Calgary is a city located in the province of Alberta, Canada. This beautiful city is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River and it is the largest city in the province.

The city boasts tons of fun family activities including amazing adventures and family friendly places to see. If you are a looking for a travel destination with your family consider the city of Calgary next. When visiting Calgary you can choose from a variety of fun attractions including Calaway Park, the Calgary Tower, the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, TELUS Spark and more.

Thinking about walking around the world in one day? Then be sure to stop by the Calgary Zoo while in the city. For more than 75 years, the Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has offered visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife – right in the heart of the city only 5 minutes from downtown. Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo makes every trip and adventure with over 1,000 animals, 6 acres of botanical gardens, a prehistoric park, zoo-nique playgrounds and more!


My parents live in Calgary and we have visited the Calgary Zoo many times. It is such a fun place for the entire family, our preschooler loves going to the Zoo and seeing all of his favourite wild animals there. So many learning opportunities!  Very exciting to see him asking questions and his surprise and responses when walking around the zoo, many magical and special moments.

Calgary Zoo

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Calgary yet then I recommend you do. The city hosts family fun, and educational experiences alike that will keep both parents and kids active and entertained

Have you been to Calgary before? Would you like to visit?

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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29 responses to “Travel Destination: Calgary – The Calgary Zoo”

  1. Rima. — September 7, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    We have been and love the Calgary Zoo. Our daughter loves the penguins.

  2. Pat Young — September 7, 2014 @ 9:41 am (#)

    Visiting in a few weeks, will add the zoo to our list of attractions to visit 🙂

  3. Laurie P — September 7, 2014 @ 10:19 am (#)

    Never been to the Calgary zoo. But were planning a road trip out that way for next summer, it’s definitely part of our plans…

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 7, 2014 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    Yes, I drive to Calgary fairly often – I have a daughter who lives there and now 2 grandchildren. The zoo is great and is worthy of a day out and kids love it there.
    ps love the photo of the child with the gorilla 🙂

  5. Jeannie — September 8, 2014 @ 7:01 am (#)

    I have never been to the Calgary Zoo, but the next time we are in Calgary, it’ll definitely be on our list. My kids loves the zoo

  6. christy e — September 8, 2014 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    I used to live in Calgary and have been to the zoo. Kids love the prehistoric park area too!

  7. addibrae — September 9, 2014 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    That sounds like a great zoo

  8. Heidi Carlson-reid — September 11, 2014 @ 10:03 pm (#)

    I have been to several zoos in Canada but never the Calgary Zoo. Sounds like a wonderful place for families to visit.

  9. DARLENE W — September 13, 2014 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    Calgary Zoo looks like a nice place to have a family adventure

  10. Erica — September 14, 2014 @ 11:24 am (#)

    Would love to go to the Calgary Zoo again!

  11. BobbiJo Pentney — September 14, 2014 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    The zoo is always so much fun, and the pictures you posted make it look even more appealling.

  12. Melinda L. — September 15, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#)

    Have never been but it looks so much fun. Love going to Zoos

  13. DARLENE W — October 22, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#)

    Going to the zoo is always fun for everyone

  14. Trish — October 22, 2014 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    This is so Cute

  15. Anne+Taylor — October 25, 2014 @ 10:02 am (#)

    We’ve been to Calgary before but we haven’t yet visited the zoo! It looks great though and my grandkids love animals!

  16. DARLENE+W — November 7, 2014 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    One of my favourite family activities, going to the zoo

  17. kathy+downey — November 13, 2014 @ 6:57 am (#)

    Never been to the Calgary zoo…sounds amazing

  18. kathy+downey — December 19, 2014 @ 5:47 am (#)

    I would love to see the penguins.

  19. kathy+downey — December 29, 2014 @ 11:21 am (#)

    We have no Zoo in my area

  20. kathy downey — January 27, 2015 @ 6:44 am (#)

    Everytime I look around your blog The photo of the boy looking thur the glass ….its just an amazing photo

  21. RANA DURHAM — January 27, 2015 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    love this ! Loooks like everyone is having fun. If I ever visited Calgary I defintly want to see the zoo.

  22. kathy downey — May 5, 2015 @ 6:20 am (#)

    I have never been to the Calgary Zoo,but its on my bucket list

  23. kathy downey — November 18, 2015 @ 7:49 am (#)

    I have never been to the Calgary Zoobut everytime i see these photos i want to go

  24. Rosie — April 15, 2016 @ 10:58 am (#)

    I haven’t been to Calgary yet, but I would love to, and this zoo would be a must do!!! I want to check this out!

  25. kathy downey — July 10, 2016 @ 7:22 am (#)

    I would sure love to visit Calgary Zoo sometime,sounds lovely!

  26. DARLENE W — September 8, 2016 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    Have only been through Calgary once, was just a quick stop over

  27. Debbie White Beattie — September 10, 2017 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    I’m one of the people who hate zoos because I believe animals belong in the wild but I’m also not naive so I know that in some cases they’re better off in zoos. I only wish that for every animal to have a large enclosure that resembles the wild but also doesn’t make them feel trapped. This is my dream for animals in captivity !

  28. Nate — June 11, 2018 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    Calgary zoo is a great place for all

  29. Micheline — April 27, 2019 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    We have never been to the Calgary zoo, I have put this at the top of our to do list for the next time we visit.

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