14 of the best places to check out at Doors Open YYC

Sep 22 2016, 10:31 pm

Over 50 businesses are giving Calgarians an all-access look into how they run this weekend at Doors Open YYC.

There are so many options to choose from, including the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, Lougheed House, and Fiasco Gelato, but how does one select the best places to hit up?

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We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best places to visit at Doors Open YYC this Saturday.

Calgary Stampede

  • What: The home to Calgary’s biggest festival will give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Stampede Grandstand’s Eye in the Sky, where the rodeo and chuckwagon announcers sit, and beneath the grandstand to the rodeo chutes and chuckwagon barns.
  • Where: 2200 Stampede Trail SE

Aero Space Museum of Calgary

  • What: The Aero Space Museum of Calgary is housed in a drill hall once used by the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War. The museum displays various aircraft and artifacts showcasing Western Canada’s flight and aviation history. There will be guided tours during Doors Open YYC.
  • Where: 4629 McCall Way NE

Containr Art Park

  • What: The pop-arts and culture hub for people of all ages will feature a spoken word event called “All Things Word” for Doors Open YYC. Get a peek into their shipping containers, an open air theatre, and their gardens with bee keeping.
  • Where: 1020 – 2 Avenue NW

Corus Radio Calgary

  • What: The brand new Corus Radio building houses Country 105, Q107, and News Talk 770. After many moves, some forced by fire and flood, Corus has found it’s new home in Corus Centre.
  • Where: 3320 – 17 Avenue SW

Fiasco Gelato

  • What: A unique behind the scenes view of Calgary’s premiere gelatieria. Chefs can be seen producing gelato and sorbetto and attendees will be able to sample freshly made products. They’ll also offer a glimpse in the life of a food truck. Guided tours will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and will last about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Where: #110-229 19 Street SE

Fire Hall No. 6

  • What: Constructed in 1906 and serving as a fire station until 1967, this historic building is now home to several artists the Artists in Residence program. The building is a utilitarian example of Edwardian Classicism and the tours offer the opportunity to learn about the heritage aspects of the building while spending time with the artists and discovering their work.
  • Where: 1111 Memorial Drive NW

Kamp Kiwanis

  • What: Historic Kamp Kiwanis was founded in 1951 as a camp for underprivileged or disadvantaged children and welcomes 11,000 campers yearly. For Doors Open YYC, they’ll be hosting the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival, which will feature apple baking, apple tasting and pressing, a bouncy castle, and a farmers market.
  • Where: 241001 Range Road 42

Global TV

  • What: Take a look inside what makes your local news come to life through a tour of the Global News studios.
  • Where: 222 – 23 St NE

Shepard Waste Management Facility

  • What: Ever wonder where your garbage goes? Now you can find out. Built in the 70s on a former World War II pilot training ground, this one hour bus tour offers a glimpse into the science of landfills.
  • Where: 12111 – 68 Street

SAIT Culinary Campus

  • What: Come for an informative cooking demonstration on vegetable pakora with fresh tamarind chutneys. Demos will happen every hour on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 226, 230 – 8 Avenue SW

Lougheed House

  • What: One of the only sandstone mansions left on the prairies, Lougheed House is offering self-guided tours every hour on the hour starting at 10 am to celebrate their 125th Anniversary.
  • When: 707-13 Avenue SW

Theatre Junction Grand

  • What: Calgary’s oldest theatre gives guided tours, a theatre season preview and swag.
  • Where: 608 – 1 Street SW

University of Calgary – Cumming School of Medicine

  • What: Come and see the state-of-the-art facility where medical students, residents, and healthcare professionals learn and practice their technique.
  • Where: 3280 Hospital Drive NW

St. Louis Hotel

  • What: This hotel was originally built in 1914 and has had a storied history ever since. It was designated as a Municipal Heritage Resource in 2008. Guided
  • Where: 430 – 8 Avenue SE