Calaway Park Is The Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park In Western Canada.
Calaway Park has been battling the Calgary boredom blues for a quarter of a century and winning hands down.
Located just ten kilometers west of
Canada Olympic Park
on the Trans-Canada Highway, the park has expanded since its opening day in 1982 and is now the largest outdoor family amusement park in western Canada.
It operates on 90 acres of its 160-acre expanse, and an RV Park and Campground adjoins the amusement park.
Calaway Park offers pleasure-seekers 32 rides, 27 games, daily live entertainment, picnic areas, and special events.
SAMBA SPIN was a new addition for 2009. Come and check it out.
The surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains lend scenic beauty to the park and serve as a dramatic focal point for the taller rides.
Traces of a former licensing agreement with Hanna-Barbera are still evident, with some of the older buildings and rides displaying a definite Flintstones theme.
Newer themes have been added in the form of wandering costumed characters, including the park’s two mascots, Jack Bunny and Jill O’Hare.
The Jack and Jill Kids Club, open to children aged three to twelve who hold season passes, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005.
Other park performers are cast members of Calaway Live, the theater group that provides daily live entertainment at the indoor and outdoor stages.
Marquees announcing the day’s performances are scattered throughout the park, as show times vary.
Amusement rides and games provide a more hands-on form of entertainment, and there is a nice selection to appeal to different skill sets, age groups, and comfort levels.
Carnival games, race games, and win-every-time games offer both challenges and prizes.
Calaway Park is home to Twiz & Twirl, the world’s first dual zone interactive maze, and the Silver Dollar Shooting Gallery.
Guests can take a swing at Mulligan’s Island Mini Golf or fish for the catch of the day at the Trout Pond.
Rides include those designed for children, adults, and thrill-seekers.
Toddlers enjoy their own little section of the park, and there are several soft-mat playgrounds like the Ball Crawl, filled with safe, kid-friendly toys.
Calaway Park is one of the safest amusement parks in North America, maintaining strict safety measures and height requirements for its activities and rides.
The U-Drive Safety School of Motoring reflects the park’s safety consciousness in its theme and offers the whole family a pleasant ride in an antique car.
Big Eli gives riders a fresh, taller perspective in its 50-foot high Ferris wheel cars, and the Boulder Bumpers bumper cars safely satisfy those reckless-driving cravings.
For heart-racing excitement, Calaway Park has more than its share of thrill rides.
The Storm is a gravity-defying circular trip that lifts passengers up and upside down.
Ocean Motion is a ship that swings its passengers back and forth at dizzying heights, and the Vortex is the park’s corkscrew roller coaster, complete with twists, turns, and stomach-flipping upside-down action.
There are other rides guaranteed to cool you off on a hot day. Shoot the Chutes carries guests up and down two water slides in a series of wild, wet vertical drops.
Calaway Park also hosts special events throughout its season, including an opening weekend celebration that offers season tickets for half their regular price and Rad Dad Father’s Day promotions.
There’s a picnic area for day visitors, and an RV Park and Campground for overnight guests, as well as facilities for birthday parties.
In May of 2007, the park will begin its twenty-sixth season, operating for 101 non-consecutive days before shutting down again in September.
The season is short, so it’s best to make room now for some fun in the sun at Calaway Park.Visit
or call (403) 240-3822.
Pictures courtesy Calaway Park
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