Econo Lodge South
7505 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Phone: (403) 252-4401
Fax: (403) 252-2780
Arts & Museums
It's hard to imagine that a golf course could provide sufficient inspiration for an artist to paint nothing else, but , the work of Willy Underhill defies the imagined limits of the setting. Exploring the striking contrasts between the manicured greens of the courses and the untamed landscape surrounding them, his paintings can be found among a collection of approximately 100 prints and originals in the gallery. Much of the gallery's artwork depicts British Columbia's spectacular mountain ranges and coastal fjords. Wildlife paintings by national favorite Robert Bateman can also be found here. The Avenida displays paintings by Canadian artists only, and strives to support the local artistic community. There is another branch in the Market Mall near the Bowmont Park Natural Area.
Heritage Park Historical Village, one of Canada's largest historical villages, is divided into a pioneer Northwest Mounted Police outpost and a Main Street from 1910. The latter has a working antique amusement park, with rides that are safe even for small children. Other attractions include a working full-scale locomotive thundering through the park, and on the nearby Glenmore Reservoir, a vintage double-decker stern wheeler ship that takes visitors on lake cruises. Shops and restaurants are plentiful in the park, including a turn-of-the-century bakery. All park staff work in costume and character. Entertaining events for the whole family are scheduled year-round, including September's Fall Fair. Check the website for a full list of events and detailed admission fees.
Take a walk down history and explore the impact that the automobile industry had on Canada's social and cultural progress at the Gasoline Alley Museum, located within Heritage Park. Children can enjoy the simulated driving experience with the 'road trip games' or listen to the fantastic tales of their favorite cartoon characters at the 'Story Time' session held every Tuesday. The museum also houses various attractions like a 'drive-in theater' from the 1970s or a service station straight from the 1930s, that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Those crazy about cars will love their vintage collection which has been restored to look as good as new.
The Firefighters Museum is devoted to Calgary's fire-fighting history. The museum is managed by retired firefighters, offering a personal glimpse into the lives of past firefighters with over three thousand fascinating artifacts. Perfect for school trips and family outings, the museum houses artifacts such as old fire trucks in impeccable shape, with gleaming brass and silver-plated fire nozzles. Over four hundred restored photographs are also on exhibit.
The Naval Museum of Alberta exists to 'perpetuate the memory of men and women who have served in the Royal Canadian Navy' since its inception in 1910. The facility is Canada's largest naval museum and has been operating in Calgary since 1988. A number of interesting and exciting artifacts are on exhibition, including three beautifully restored 'Second World War wheelhouse', intricate ship models, several gun mountings and a periscope, which is always popular with the kids. Unique gifts are available in the gift shop; books, pins, badges and clothing. The museum offers special tours for schools, groups or individuals at exceptional rates.
For those interested in war trivia and collectibles, visit this museum, one of the largest military museum in Western Canada. Stocked with artillery, planes and fine examples of the Canadian war effort, it includes many interesting rarities and artifacts. Stop by the gift shop and purchase a memento after a tour through the comfortable and well-appointed rooms. In 2007, new construction added a range of attractions, such as the relocated Naval Museum of Alberta, Air Force Museum, expanded archives, an art gallery, and Military History and Strategic Studies Center of Excellence. The museum also offers research facilities in cooperation with the University of Calgary as well as a range of lectures and educational programs. The museum relies heavily on community support to keep in operation, so cash donations can be placed in the drum located at the front entrance.
Masters Gallery Ltd, has been providing clients with quality artwork since 1979. They showcase both historical and contemporary art, that promote the art traditions in Canada. Visitors can take delight in the historical work like 'Portrait de Femme 1891' by Henri Beau; a simple portrait using only yellow and brown but filled with shades and intricate detailing. They also showcase some splendid contemporary work by artists like Galen Davison's 'Weaving Tomorrow' and Gilbert Flodberg's 'Autumn Burst'. Enjoy a time of gazing at masterpieces at this gallery.
The Rubaiyat Gallery is a mainstay for people who are shopping for unique, one-of-a-kind artifacts. These handcrafted pieces come from all over the world and can be a little on the pricey side, but many of these treasures are destined to become precious heirlooms. The Gallery carries sculptures and wooden engravings from Africa, Japan and India, as well as beautiful hand-made jewelry, furniture and Christmas decorations. At Rubaiyat, you will find a gift for every occasion.
Get your dose of art at Loch Gallery. The showcased collection has various contemporary and historical works reflecting local Canadian themes, still life and landscapes. Splendid drawings by Brian Jones and Ivan Eyr are a few of the many stunning masterpieces that adorn the gallery. And the subtle shades of cream and brown-colored interiors simply enhance the mesmerizing effect of these artworks. So drop in at this art haven to admire creativity.
The Bearclaw Gallery is located along 17th Avenue Southwest, just west of Mount Royal Village. It specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, and has periodic artist receptions celebrating Canadian talent. Most of the art comes from Western Canada and is representative of native culture. There is a large assortment of soapstone sculptures as well as carvings and prints of native rituals throughout history. There is also a selection of beautiful Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry that is hand-made and reasonably priced.
Built in 1891 for Senator Lougheed and family, this beautiful sandstone mansion was once a political hub. Today, the house and its surrounding gardens have been restored and preserved to the original grandeur by the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and gardens then grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant. The gift shop offers unique items that help support the historic home and make for great souvenirs.
Endeavor Arts, with its sprawling 2800 square feet (260 square meters), displays art work that goes beyond the traditional perception. Visitors can be enthralled by the works of contemporary artists like Manuka Forge Studio, George Duncan, Knicki Markolf and Janie Lockwood. This space doubles up as an entertainment venue, providing a platform for diverse art forms. Visitors throng this place during their unique events like 'Make Cocktails', which brings together a fashion show and graffiti art by Andrew Lester. The audience can enjoy snacks and cocktails created by master chef Geoff Rogers. All in all, a visit to Endeavor Arts is a day well-spent!