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PLANTED: Farm Zoo Table

The Calgary Zoo is thrilled to participate in PLANTED, a celebration of Calgary’s best vegan and vegetarian cuisine!

Some of Calgary’s top restaurants and chefs are featuring PLANTED themed menus around the city. The closing celebration will take place at the zoo on April 25, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m., and feature a PLANTED Tasting Menu as well as great interactive events to celebrate all things vegetables and creativity. Read more

Zoo Guide: How to Have the Best Easter Ever!

We have a super eggciting Easter weekend planned for you. Easter Eggstravaganza from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and Easter Brunch on Sunday means we’ll be celebrating all weekend long! With so much happening, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve outlined every must-do item to help you plan the perfect trip to the zoo this weekend. Here’s your guide to Easter at the zoo: Read more

The Zoo’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Visit

With nearly 1,000 animals, comprehensive daily programming, and cafés/restaurants with locally sourced, sustainable food, there’s so much to do at the Calgary Zoo that it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a guide for planning your perfect visit! We’ll cover all the must-see spots and activities, so you don’t have to worry about a thing: Read more

2019 CALGARY ZOO BUCKET LIST

Penguin Walk – If you think you can handle the cuteness, our king penguins’ daily walks through the zoo are a sight to see.

Safari Brunch – If you haven’t experienced a Safari Brunch yet, you’re missing out. What better way to enjoy a Sunday than with a delicious buffet breakfast before exploring the zoo.

Panda Breakfast – Beat the crowds and visit the giant pandas before they officially open to the public for the day. Enjoy a delicious meal before enjoying an exclusive viewing of the pandas going about their morning routine.

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THE 8 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS AT ZOOLIGHTS

With over 2 million lights, ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company makes for some amazing photos. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game or just want to capture the highlights of your holiday adventures, there are endless spots worth pulling out your camera for. Here are the most Instagrammable spots at ZOOLIGHTS:

  1. Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love is a favourite amongst ZOOLIGHTS goers. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic photo with your special someone or fun boomerang with friends.

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TONY THE SAX MAN: THE MUSIC OF ZOOLIGHTS

As you arrive at the zoo for ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company and make your way across the concourse, a surprising sound fills the air. It’s not one usually associated with the zoo, like the roar of lions or chirping of birds. It’s a saxophone. The beautiful sound of jazzy Christmas music fills the air near the front entrance of the zoo, welcoming visitors to the magical holiday experience that is ZOOLIGHTS.

Tony Daoust, aka The Sax Man, first learned to play music when he was nine years old. At 12, his parents rented his first sax so that he could play it in the school band. Tony took to it like a natural and, except for a short hiatus after high school, has been playing ever since.

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7 Tips for the best zoolights

Hot Chocolate? Check! Santa Claus? Check! Ice skating? Check!

ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company has every tradition you need for a festive holiday season, all in one place! In fact, there are so many things to do, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is are you Top 7 Tips for the best ZOOLIGHTS ever:

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The Team Behind ZOOLIGHTS

With twinkling lights, hot chocolate by the fire, and ice skating – to name just a few attractions – ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company has become a holiday staple for many Calgarians. Every year, friends, families and couples frolic amongst two million lights and experience all of the classic holiday activities rolled into one.

Beginning November 23, 2018 and running until January 5, 2019, the festivities last seven weeks in total, but the task of creating Calgary’s most luminous holiday tradition takes much longer.

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