How to Have Fun in Calgary Without Breaking the Bank

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Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination. If you’re saving up for a new car, looking at Calgary homes for sale, or just trying to save a few bucks during a difficult financial situation (we’ve all been there this year), you don’t need to sacrifice your mental health and deny yourself a good time once in a while.

Whether you’re looking to spend a day out with friends, family, or having a solo day out, there’s something fun and inexpensive to do in Calgary. Here are a few suggestions for affordable adventures in the Calgary area.

Prince’s Island Park

Just north of Calgary in the Bow River, you’ll find an unlikely natural paradise in the middle of the city’s urban setting. Prince’s Island was purchased by the city of Calgary in the mid-1900’s and serves as the perfect escape from the bustle of urban life for locals. Aside from the many festivals and activities taking place in the park every month, it’s a great spot to enjoy a picnic, a day of fishing, or a hike along the water. 

The Calgary Zoo

Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, everyone loves visiting the animals at the Zoo. If you haven’t been, be sure to check out the Calgary Zoo for an inexpensive day out with the family. Admission is affordable, and kids under 3 can get in for free. Plus, your group can get a decent discount with your AMA membership or BOOM card. To save a little extra cash, pack your own lunch and enjoy a picnic amongst the animals – just don’t feed them!

Street Art Tour

This is the perfect adventure for a solo day on the town or an afternoon walk with your bestie. On a sunny day, take a stroll around town and enjoy the amazing street art plastered all over Calgary. It’s easy to take for granted or miss the details of these gorgeous pieces while driving to work or walking with your head in your phone, but Calgary is full of amazing local art waiting to be appreciated. There are sculptures, murals, and architectural wonders to be enjoyed all over town. One of the coolest is “In Search of Gold Mountain” by Chu Honsun, located in Sien Lok Park. This cone-shaped sculpture celebrates the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada and tells their story in a beautiful, thoughtful way. 

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

For those looking to enjoy a serene natural experience, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is the perfect location. Much less busy than Prince’s Island, this gorgeous expanse of land is dedicated to the preservation of local birds in their natural setting. Whether you’re an experienced bird watcher or just looking to enjoy a book in a peaceful, low-traffic area, this sanctuary is the perfect spot to recharge on your day off. 

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