The Calgary Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 4.2 km / 2.6 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location.
Click here for the Calgary Tourist Scavenger Hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and the city’s history. Here you’ll also see the complete list of locations seen on this tour.
What you’ll see
- City Hall
- Calgary Tower
- Olympic Plaza
- McDougall Center
- Devonian Gardens
- Palace Theatre
- The Bow
- Stephen Avenue Walk
- And much more!
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of EASY.
The ideal group size ranges between 2 and 6 people – but not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your Calgary tourist scavenger hunt, you will need to proceed to the exterior (sidewalk) of the Hotel Fairmont Palliser at 133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3. This is the start location.
Once there, log in to this website with the link provided, or go to My Account, and begin your hunt.
Calgary, located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, is named for Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The name means “cold garden” in Old Norse.
A pre-Clovis people inhabited this area at least 11,000 years ago. The Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) occupied the region until the coming of cartographer David Thompson in 1787.
The 1st European settler in the Calgary area was in 1873. Then came the 1st Mounted Police post in 1875 to protect the fur trade.
The Canadian Pacific Railway reached Calgary in 1883. Its headquarters moved here from Montreal in 1996. The City incorporated in 1884. In 1886 a fire destroyed much of the city’s downtown, including 14 buildings.
Following the fire, the city required all buildings to be built with sandstone. This led the way for the Knox Presbyterian Church, Imperial Bank, City Hall, and Calgary Courthouse.
In 1905, Alberta became a province (initially the North-West Territories). Edmonton became its capital instead of Calgary.
The 1st “Calgary Stampede” was held in 1912, following the federally funded Dominion Exhibition of 1908 which had proven to be a success. 1914 marked the beginning of the oil and gas age in Calgary.
In 1930, the Conservative Party’s Calgary representative R.B. Bennett became the 11th Prime Minister of Canada. Another, for the Social Credit party, William Aberhart became the 7th Premier of Alberta.
The CFL Calgary Stampeders formed in 1945. They won the Grey Cup 8 times between 1948 and 2018. In 1980, the NHL Alberta Flames moved to Calgary. They won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, Calgary hosted the Olympic Winter Games