Calgary Zoo With The Grandkids
Today I've got a special story for you from Calgary, the heart of Alberta. I had the chance to visit the famous Calgary Zoo, not for business, but for a more personal and grander purpose. Let's dive into this tale of wildlife, family, and a granddad's first encounter with his adorable little grandkids.
Strapping On My Adventurer Boots
It had been a long time coming. Due to COVID and travel restrictions, I could not see my two sons and their families for what felt like an eternity. The silver lining of my business trip to Calgary was the golden opportunity to meet my grandchildren finally, Liam and Ava. I could hardly wait!
The Journey Begins
As soon as my work duties allowed, we set off to spend a beautiful day at the Calgary Zoo, conveniently located just east of downtown and easily accessible by Calgary's C-Train light rail system. With over 1,000 animals and 272 species calling this place home, I knew it would be a day to remember.
Penguins and Rainforests, Oh My!
The zoo was divided into seven distinct zones, each with a world of wonder awaiting us. The "Penguin Plunge" zone was first on our list. The kids were thrilled at the sight of these waddling wonders - Liam even tried to imitate their funny walk, which was the most adorable sight.
Next, we found ourselves amid the breathtaking beauty of the Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens and the ENMAX Conservatory. Even as the kids marveled at the colourful butterflies fluttering around, I couldn't help but admire the sheer variety of plant life around us.
Our journey through the "TransAlta Rainforest" felt like stepping into another world. The lush greenery, the exotic animals, and the soothing sound of trickling waterfalls was a refreshing break from our urban lives.
Unfortunately, the "Canadian Wilds" were closed during our visit, much to our disappointment. But, as we say, the adventure must go on!
A Granddad's Joy
Watching my grandchildren discover the wonders of the world was an overwhelming experience. I could see my curiosity and enthusiasm mirrored in their wide-eyed wonderment. From Liam's fascination with the imposing elephants of "Destination Africa" to Ava's delight in the "Prehistoric Park" as she explored the world of dinosaurs, each moment was a memory etched in my heart.
A Day Well Spent
As the day drew to a close, we wrapped up our adventure in the "Eurasia" section of the zoo. It was a fantastic end to an even more incredible day.
Sure, my business trip had brought me to Calgary, but the joy of reconnecting with my sons and meeting my grandkids made the journey unforgettable.
Calgary Zoo – A Stamp of Approval
Recognized by TripAdvisor with its Travellers' Choice Award in 2015 and named one of the top zoos in the world for conservation research, the Calgary Zoo lived up to its reputation. It is a true testament to the wonders of nature and the joy of discovery.