It takes less than a minute to zoom to the CN Tower’s LookOut Level, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city views before taking the nearby UP Express train to the airport. The observation deck was recently redesigned and features a glass floor.
People lined up around the block to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors when it opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2018. With its success, the gallery purchased Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever, which is now on display.
The Bentway, a park underneath the Gardiner Expressway, provides year-round activities. While in the area, drop by stackt, a container market at Bathurst and Front streets. It features more than 120 shipping containers hosting a mix of local artists and retailers.
Visit the new Calgary Central Library in East Village. Admire the artwork by Indigenous artists, marvel at the Oculus skylight and be mesmerized by the “bookscalator,” which transports returned books on a conveyer belt from the main level to the second-floor sorting room.
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, includes five floors showcasing Canadian music. Browse the exhibits, test instruments and view the mobile recording studio known as the “Sistine Chapel of rock ’n’ roll,” used by music legends the Rolling Stones.
Rent a bike and cycle the trails along the picturesque Bow River. Calgary is home to an extensive network of multi-use pathways that cross the entire city. Download the free app that highlights routes and gives real-time information on pathway closures and detours.
Located downtown, Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibition related to the world’s most popular fashion doll. The free display includes Barbies dressed by famous designers and modelled after celebrities and popular TV and movie characters.
Take in one of the performances at PY1 in the Old Port, a new immersive venue where shows are staged in a pyramid. With multiple viewings per day, Through the Echoes is a 60-minute show that transports viewers into a multimedia universe of space and time.
Explore the Old Port. Fly above the harbour on MTL Zipline, or solve a maze filled with obstacles and traps at the SOS Labyrinthe. For a laid-back experience, enjoy views of the city from La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel.
[This story appears in the June 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]
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