Around the World at The Calgary Zoo

I’m fortunate that the City of Calgary is just a quick drive from where I live. It’s a city that we visit often – to take in attractions, do some fantastic shopping yet usually our stay is a wonderful mix of it all.

One favourite through the years is a visit to The Calgary Zoo.

The Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has seen me as a child, a teen, met each of my babies and has watched us all grow through the years. Despite the fact that I’ve been countless times, The Calgary Zoo never ceases to amaze me.

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It’s Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo with over 1,000 animals, 6 acres of botanical gardens, a prehistoric park, zoo-nique playgrounds and more!

From animals native to Alberta to ones only typically seen on an Africa Safari – you literally go around the world at The Calgary Zoo!

A group of people that are standing in the grass

Right in the heart of Calgary, our first stop is usually the Prehistoric Park. There, visitors can walk through an area that literally takes you back millions of years. The kids and I love to play the game of ‘who can spot the dinosaur’, from triceratops to the incredible T-Rex and more.

We do go to The Calgary Zoo often. Not only to check in and say hello to dear animal friends that we’ve seen many times before {Eurasia, you have my heart!} yet there’s always new additions that join the zoo family.

Zoo and Calgary

One of the latest additions that has gotten a lot of well-deserved buzz is the Penguin Plunge! This realistic penguin habitat is cold, has icy water and snow-covered rocks – it’s the home for the zoo’s penguins, and a great opportunity to learn about these cute animals.

We haven’t been since the endangered Komodo Dragon arrived at the zoo earlier this year. When the girls first heard that the Komodo Dragon was coming to The Calgary Zoo, they read up and studied all about this animal – I can’t wait to take them to see it in person. ok, and I’m so super excited as well! Education, right before your eyes!

To u tradition, we always end our time at The Calgary Zoo at one of the fabulous playgrounds with a soft serve ice cream as a treat. This is when the girls play, and talk about all they seen during the day and they always make new friends. 

A person standing in front of a mountain, with Calgary Zoo

So, why didn’t we go to The Calgary Zoo this summer, like we have each year prior for as long as I can remember?

Well, The Calgary Zoo changes with the seasons, offering different events and activities to take in all year long.

This year, I think it was time for us to experience The Calgary Zoo in the Autumn for once so we’re going in a couple of weeks. Make sure to watch for mentions on my Twitter and Instagram accounts, I’ll share our family trip highlights while there!

Never been to The Calgary Zoo? Oh you simply must! I promise a day at The Calgary Zoo will give a great adventure, plenty of wonder and memories to last a lifetime. Plan your visit today!

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Logo, company name, with Zoo and Calgary


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Yet as always, all opinions are 100% my own.




  1. What great photos! Zoos can be such great learning experiences and it’s so fun to watch the animals and just observe them live their lives. The photos you can take there are stunning, too.

  2. Calgary Zoo looks like a great time! I love zoos. I just wish I had the time to go more often.

  3. We are such zoo people! We live in a small community, so there’s a small zoo about half an hour away. We love to frequent it. 🙂 It’s a cheap, fun, educational outing with the kids.

  4. This looks like a great zoo. Our local zoo is just not a very good one and I wish it were better.

  5. What a great looking zoo. I’d love to spend the day there. There’s nothing better than a day at the zoo.

  6. Alberta has all the fun stuff. Can’t wait to hear about your trip to the zoo in the fall.

  7. this zoo looks amazing! the photos you took are awesome! sounds like a great place that you can visit over and over again without ever getting bored.

  8. This looks like so much fun. I love a good zoo. There’s no better way to spend the day.

  9. Wow, y’all are able to get so close and personal with the animals… That is just awesome. thanks for sharing

  10. The zoo is one of our favorite places to be. If I ever get the chance to be in Calgary, I am checking this out for sure! Looks like a blast.

  11. i heard a lot of great things about calgary zoo, maybe next summer i’ll being my family there!

  12. Thanks for the reminder to put a Zoo Trip on my To Do List before the snow flies here…..again!

  13. We have recently visited the Calgary Zoo for the first time this year, and the whole family loved it.

  14. That looks like a wonderful family experience. We have a small Zoo in Moncton and I’d love to take my kids sometime. It would inspire wonder in them.

  15. When I raised my girls in Calgary we always had a seasons pass. So much to do there and such a good value! I miss it!

  16. Growing up in Calgary I would take my kids there periodically. We had so much fun and I loved to see the awe on my kids faces!

  17. Wow!!! looks like an awesome zoo, I love the gorilla he looks like quite a big silverback, I love zoo’s and all the animals such great places to go and always different!

  18. Wow that looks like a great zoo! Very clean and lots of opportunity to get close to the animals! Nice!

  19. such great pictures! would love to visit the Calgary zoo someday – looks like a super fun place for families!

  20. We’ve been to the Calgary Zoo a few times. It is a great way to spend family time and is educational as well!

  21. Ive never had the chance to go to the zoo when I have traveled to Calgary; but it is on my list of stops to make the next time I am there as I have heard such great things about the exhibits!

  22. I love the Calgary Zoo! It is so much fun for the kids. We use to go all the time when I lived there…but have not been since the new additions. Definitely a good reason to go back 🙂

  23. I was so sad to hear about the state of the zoo after last summer’s flood, so I’m happy to hear that things seem to be back on track. 🙂

  24. We’ve gone to the Calgary Zoo a few times. It’s a great place for family time and a great learning experience. It’s also fun and interesting!

  25. This is on my ‘wish list’ for family vacation spots. I hope to get there someday before my little boy is all grown up

  26. wow I live near Calgary and I’ve never been to the zoo. What a fabulous chance to see some really awesome animals. Loved all the photos you posted.

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