Experience a lifetime adventure on a CalgaryHistory Bus Tour
Join us for a full day as our tour guide tells the story of Calgary’s diverse history, events, and select influential characters that together formed the city known for the world famous Calgary Stampede. Step back in time to the 19th Century and discover what led to establishing Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers.
Through our knowledgeable tour guides, you will learn about the events and influential people who contributed to the growth of our modern city. Hear the entertaining personal stories of early settlers such as Patrick Burns, Sir James Alexander Lougheed, Colonel Macleod, William Roper Hull, and many others. This tour will take you through many of the early neighbourhoods of Calgary, the first commercial district, the warehouse district, and views the homes of the upper class of the early 1900’s.
Highlights of this tour range from the close ties to First Nations, the influence of the North West Mounted Police and the railway, to the various settlers who made Calgary home.
You will enjoy lunch included in your ticket price. Lunch will be in a historical neighbourhood, providing you an opportunity to turn back the clock and enjoy the history and ambiance of the era. One of these locations is the Lougheed House in the Beltline area where you will have time to enjoy the history of the family, the house, and the gardens. Another is The Nash located within the site of the National Hotel in Inglewood – fully updated and renovated but still retaining its old-world charm.
*Lunch options with dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Duration: 7 hours
- Historical time period 1875 – 1935
- Guided bus tour
- Delve into Calgary’s history
- Knowledgeable historical tour leader
- Lunch in a historical neighbourhood
- Visit communities significant in the birth of Calgary
- Hear the stories of the influential individuals of early Calgary
CalgaryHistory Bus Tour Itinerary
Sit back and enjoy the stories about early life in Calgary as we travel through the following areas.
The post was originally called “The Elbow” and was originally built to force out whiskey traders from the area. If you choose to return to Fort Calgary on another day to enjoy the exhibits, you will have an opportunity to experience the first days of Calgary’s history. Entrance into Fort Calgary is not provided as part of this tour.
The Inglewood area is Calgary’s oldest community and was originally called East Calgary or Brewery Flats. Atlantic Avenue, or 9th Avenue as it is now known, was Calgary’s first main street and today is the site of major restoration and vitalization.
Overlook the iconic downtown Calgary skyline and Stampede Park. The first exhibition took place in 1886, but it wasn’t until 1912 that the first rodeo was held.
The site of the Calgary ruins was the first real hospital in Calgary. Several additions were built over the years until the demand of a quickly growing city prompted the construction of the third Calgary General Hospital.
The Downtown landscape has changed drastically over the last 100 years. On your travels, through the downtown area, you will witness the integration of old and new. View the Old City Hall integrated into the new Municipal Building, witness the heritage buildings surrounded by the new skyscrapers, and hear the stories that formed this city.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Fish Creek Provincial Park is within the city limits and the site of the first European settlers in Calgary, John & Adelaide Glenn in 1873. The interpretive centre provides visitors with information on the influential citizens of early Calgary.
Although this area is considered Little Italy, it was actually settled by a German population, hence it’s original name “Germantown”. Here you will learn the history of the area and have an opportunity to view various types of architecture.
This community has over one hundred years of history and began to grow as the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks developed in the area. Many beautiful sandstone schools, churches, and homes were built, including the Lougheed House.
Enjoy the view of downtown Calgary from Crescent Hill. You will also have a great view of the Centre Street Bridge and hear about other historic landmarks that helped build Calgary into the city it is today.
Although this tour won’t be stopping long enough for you to visit Heritage Park, we will make a stop for a short time. If you would like to return to Heritage Park on another day, please check with as for discounted park passes. Blah Blah Blah you will have an opportunity to experience Western Canadian history from the 1860s to the 1950s.
Upper Mount Royal
Take a drive through the neighbourhood and learn of the couple that sailed on the Titanic and survived to talk about it. See the house that RB Bennett purchased but never lived in and hear the stories of other homes in the area. Observe the various architectural styles including Tudor, Queen Anne and Renaissance among others.
- General (18+) – $149 per person
- Seniors (65+) – $120 per person
- Youth (12-17) – $85 per person*
- Children (3-11) – $50 per person*
- Infant (0-2) – FREE*
* because of the extended time duration of this tour and the thorough historical content, the recommended age for this tour is 12 years old and up
For Custom Tour rates and group booking rates (10 or more) please contact us.
This tour is offered as a Custom Tour or for Large Groups and is primarily available during the year’s Shoulder Season (November through March).
Minimum numbers are required.
Contact us to book this tour with your group.
CONSIDER this tour for your club/group’s next outing!
Starts At: Just outside of the Calgary Tower, 101 9th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Ends At: We drop you off at the starting point once the tour is complete
Our Tour starts just outside of the Calgary Tower
Parking Information: Up to the minute parking information available here.
Testimonials for our CalgaryHeritage Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We’re from Calgary but learned so much that we have a new appreciation for our city.
Mary Ann K. Calgary, AB
If you love Calgary, take this Tour. It will fill your mind with ideas for more places in this great city to explore. You will learn so much history and have a laugh too!
Linda S. Calgary. AB
A very informative tour
Joan W. London, UK
Tour guide was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed the tour for sure – highly recommend!
S.D. Los Angeles, CA
I highly recommend this tour. It’s informative, enlightening, personable.
Mary D. Linden, AB
Thank you for a GREAT DAY!
Matthew L. Brisbane, AU
Great mix of historical background and personal anecdotes. Lively and interesting.
Anonymous Calgary, AB
A great way to learn about our new home city. Great stories & “insider” locations
Colleen C. Calgary, AB
Very Informative. Highly recommend.
M.G. Los Angeles, CA
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