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  Local Tours for Media
It is with great pleasure that Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary invite delegates to participate in a tour of Calgary, which are being organized during GoMedia 2018.
On Monday October 1, media delegates can participate in up to two half-day or one full-day tour.
To reserve a seat on the tour, please register online.
The tour registration form will be available from August 13, 2018 to August 31, 2018.
Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary will assign participants to tours and confirm with you directly with itinerary details.
Half Day Tours - Morning
Art Tour
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:15 - 13:15
Depart from Hotels

If you love contemporary art, you’ll love this studio and gallery tour. We’ll visit a sampling of cool places where art is made, exhibited and sold. First we'll visit cSpace, a century old sandstone school converted into Calgary’s most innovative arts space. Then we'll head to Trepanier Baer gallery, a commercial gallery of national significance, and tBurns Visual Arts Society, a 3 storey artist studio co-op. Finally we'll tour Esker Foundation, a privately owned free public “kunsthalle”. Between destinations we'll sample great local cheeses, produce and pastries on the rockin' Bass Bus.

Calgary by Bike: A cycling tour of the city
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:15 - 13:15
Depart from Hotels

Did you know that Calgary has one of the largest connected networks of bike paths in North America? Experience Calgary by Bike, with leading Calgary-based blogger Mike Morrison, who also published the "Calgary by Bike" bike map.

We'll start the tour by gearing up with bikes and helmets courtesy of Nomad Rentals, and then taking a tour of some of Calgary's most iconic places, such as the Peace Bridge, Wonderland, East Village, Riverfront Walk, Kensington, Inglewood, and more. Learn about Calgary's pathway system, bike lanes, and how some Calgarians successfully cycle 365 days a year!

NOTE: Basic cycling experience recommended. The route is mainly flat, water will be provided. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bicycles and helmets are provided with the tour.

Calgary Pastry Crawl
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:15 - 13:15
Depart from Hotels

Calgary is known for its vibrant food scene, and wide range of bakeries and patisseries. Hop on the pastry bus to visit some of the city's best - we'll start with some of Calgary's best locally-roasted coffee, brewed by one of the country's top baristas (winner of the Canadian Barista Championships for 4 years in a row), then head out to explore the world of breads and pastries, from baklava to croissants, baguettes, brioche and all-butter pies. Wear your stretchy pants!

Going for the Gold : Olympics past, present & future in Calgary
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:15 - 13:15
Depart from Hotels

Calgary is home to winter sport in Canada.  From the incredible athletic and volunteer efforts in hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics to the awe-inspiring performace athletes who call Calgary home Olympic dreams are made ever single day in our city. 

For your very own Olympic adventure you will start the day experincing the rush of adrenaline in an interactive Learn to Luge activity hosted at the Ice House, Winsport.  We will be joined by Canada Olympic Committee's designated photographer Dave Holland, who will provide attendees with a masterclass in capturing the perfect action photo.  Olympic athletes and hopefuls will share their personal stories about what makes Calgary the Ultimate Sport City.

NOTE: Please wear closed toe, flat shoes (running shoes recommended) in order to participate in our Learn to Luge activity.

Downtown Walking Tour
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:30 - 13:15
Depart from Hotels

Every building tells a story. Calgary’s downtown spins a yarn of a brash frontier town that has grown into a lively urban center.  Walk with us (outside as weather permits – or inside using our +15 Skywalk network) as we straddle with one foot in the past and one in the present, following a “ribbon of steel” through the heart of the city. As your tour guide navigates around such areas as Stephen Avenue Mall, the Bow River Pathway, and other downtown areas, you’ll have an on-the-ground experience that Google Earth could never deliver. 

You’ll learn where Calgarians go for fine food and dining and discover where some favourite spots to shop in downtown are located.  You will hear the echoes of history at the site of an 1880’s sawmill and the location of the 1988 Winter Olympics awards ceremonies.

Your tour guide will lead the group at a comfortable pace and make several stops, including bathroom breaks as needed and one coffee break.

Half Day Tours - Afternoon
Calgary Music City Tour
Monday, October 1, 2018 13:00 - 16:15
Depart from Deane House

Calgary Music City? Austin, Texas of the North? Calgary is indeed reinventing itself as a hub for music in Canada. A symbol of Calgary's "music city" aspirations is Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre—part museum, part live music presenter and part incubator—which opened on July 1, 2016.

Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, then head "backstage" for a guided tour of Studio Bell’s artist spaces. You'll see and hear rare instruments and artifacts, including one of the largest analog synthesizers in the world and the legendary Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, while learning about the many artists that have made the pilgrimage to the facility to create new music using the centre's "living" collection—the list is long!

Next make your way though the Inglewood neighbourhood down 9 Avenue S.E., dubbed "Calgary’s Music Mile," which is home to over 20 established and pop-up music venues. You'll be transported by boombox-on-wheels the BassBus, before your final stop at venerable live music haunt, the Blues Can. Enjoy a complimentary beer and take in some tunes at one of Calgary's most iconic venues.

Calgary's Cocktail Culture
Monday, October 1, 2018 13:00 - 16:30
Depart from Deane House

Calgary's vibrant cocktail scene is booming with top restaurants and cocktail bars serving up custom creations inspired by old favourites and bold new flavours. Sip through some of Calgary's most notable cocktail hotspots and learn more about the city's spirited history and current cocktail landscape on this afternoon tour.

Start with a taste of the True North at Canadian restaurant, Klein/Harris with mixologist Christina Mah. More than tacos, experience a guided Mezcal tasting at Native Tongues Tacqueria. At classic cocktail bar Proof, experience their constantly evolving craft cocktails inspired by bar tending traditions and current inspirations. Lastly, stop at Raw Bar, at the forefront of cocktail culture in the city for over 10 years. Mixologist Franz Swinton will showcase a local Alberta distillery in a creative concoction.

Discover Calgary's Barley Belt
Monday, October 1, 2018 13:00 - 16:30
Depart from Deane House

Alberta farmers grow some of the best, most sought-after grains in the world, so it makes sense that the province has a burgeoning craft brewery scene-the Alberta Small Brewers Association expects the number of craft breweries to reach 80 this year. Join Craft Brewery Tours to explore the unique community of craft breweries that make up Calgary's Barley Belt. A growing number of breweries have opened in the areas of Manchester and Highfield, forming a collective that exemplifies the collaborative nature of Alberta's craft brewery scene. The tight-knit group makes it easy to pop into Village Brewery, and then visit their neighbours at the Annex Ale Project and Born Colorado Brewing, where we'll join Urban Pedal Tours and hop on a 16 passenger U-shaped bike to pedal our way to the taprooms at Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery and Banded Peak. We'll taste and learn, chatting with brewmasters along the way, and get back on the bus to check out Legend 7 Brewery before heading back to our hotels.

Discover Life on Earth at the Calgary Zoo
Monday, October 1, 2018 13:00 - 16:00
Depart from Deane House

Take a trek through the wilds of Canada and see some of the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains...cougar, grizzly bear, wolf and bison! After your Canadiana hike our guide will escort you through the beautiful Dorothy Harvie gardens including a butterfly experience or if you would rather get nose to beak with our penguins, it's up to you! Penguin Plunge is amazing...Our Land of Lemurs is not be missed, where you can be invited right into their habitat and learn about the world's most endangered primate - it's an immersive opportunity!

The Calgary Zoo is an island oasis of nature so join us!

Inglewood Food Tour
Monday, October 1, 2018 13:00 - 16:15
Depart from Deane House

Join Alberta Food Tours for a taste of Calgary's most historic neighbourhood, and taste your way down the city's original main street. Engage in the story of Calgary’s Mavericks – indigenous peoples, pioneer settlers and today’s leading edge culinary innovators – as you taste and explore some of the city’s best restaurants and specialty shops. There will be knife and spice demos, and tastings that reveal Alberta’s signature foods.

Mid-day tour
Reel Good Fly Fishing
Monday, October 1, 2018 07:00 - 16:00
Depart from Hotels

Picture this: You’re standing in a wide blue river, the cool water creating a soothing breeze as the late afternoon sun beats down. Across the bank, a thick Douglas Fir forest stands next to an exposed escarpment that was once a buffalo jump. Gazing at the thick woods leaves you wondering if as many eyes from curious creatures are peering at you as you are at them. While it may sound like a backcountry wilderness retreat, you’re within the city limits of Calgary.
Your passionate guides will take you to their favourite fishing holes where you'll learn how to out-wit one of the world's smartest fish - trout! Enjoy a riverside picnic lunch while enjoying the scenic setting. Later you'll learn how to choose the perfect fly for the conditions that the trout won't be able to resist.
NOTE: Photos are the ultimate angler trophy so be sure to practice your victory pose!

Exploring the Cowboy Trail
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:00 - 16:00
Depart from Hotels

Situated in the Alberta foothills between the Rocky Mountains and Canadian Prairies is the historic Cowboy Trail. Board the bus for a guided trip along Highway 22, a scenic route known for representing the ranching lifestyle. Dive into the history at Bar U Ranch. Once one of the leading ranching operations in Alberta, Bar U Ranch is now a National Historic Site that has been preserved to represent its heritage in the late 1800's. Learn about ranching culture and try your hand at some cowboy skills. The Old West is evident throughout the small towns along the Cowboy Trail cooridor. You'll stop in Longview for a dose of country scenery and culture and take some time to explore the artisan town of Black Diamond. Finally, indulge in local libations. Enjoy a unique tour and tasting at Eau Calire Distillery in Turner Valley where you will elarn how award-winning spirits including gin, vodka and whisky are made with farm-to-glass, traditional methods. Take in the final sights along the iconic Cowboy Trail as you make your wauy back to urban life.

Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing are suggested. Cowboy hat not required but encouraged.

Explore Alberta's Indigenous Culture, Past and Present
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:30 - 16:00
Depart from Hotels

Walk in the footsteps of Alberta's Indigenous peoples and spend a day immersed in the rich culture, history and traditions of the Tsuut'ina, Blackfoot and Metis people. Begin your journey at the Spotted Elk Cultural Centre, located on the Tsuut'ina First Nation where you'll learn about the traditional home of the First Nations' people, the Teepee. Samplie cultural foods and do a little foraging off the land before ending the morning with a beautiful dance performance. Next, you'll head to Canada's largest living history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village for a First Nations' and Heritage Park garden inspired lunch before spending the afternoon trying out traditional hunting tools, discovering cold smithing techniques and making your own fire from a simple flint and steel.

NOTE: All activities are outdoors so please dress accordingly.

Photography Outing of Calgary and Alberta Highlights with pro shooter Neil Zeller
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:30 - 16:00
Depart from Hotels

When people think of iconic Calgary photos, they think of photographer Neil Zeller. An incredible talent and teacher, a day with Neil will let you see Calgary and some of Alberta's most iconic sights through a new lens. You'll start your day by touring and photographing some of Calgary's most iconic and photogenic features, and then you'll hit the highway to capture some of the best that Alberta has to offer.

Neil will provide photography tips to take your photos to the next level, share some incredible stories, and show you some of the best, lesser known areas of Alberta and Calgary. You'll return home with quite possibly the best photos you have ever taken.

NOTE: Please bring your own DSLR camera for this trip, and please be dressed for any kind of weather.

Ranch to Restaurant
Monday, October 1, 2018 08:30 - 15:45
Depart from Hotels

Visitors are “wild” about Canadian game meat, and Alberta is home to a passionate community of ranchers, butchers and chefs dedicated to sharing their love of heritage and adventure meats.

Travel south of Calgary city limits, through lush rolling foothills to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch where you’ll learn all about life on the ranch from Adam and Andy. Visit the elk and bison in their enclosures, and meet Tara the friendly Bison who was bottled raised and loves humans.

Next, just around the corner you’ll visit The Granary Road Market where chefs at The Loft utilize local products from the ranch to create mouth-watering dishes. You’ll play with dough in the bakery to form fresh bread, then enjoy a sausage and wine tasting. From here we’ll venture to The Lake House, perched directly above Lake Bonavista, where you’ll enjoy a distinctly local, Rocky Mountain meal.

NOTE: Please wear closed toe footwear that you're comfortable getting dirty.

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