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May 30, 2017

Granary Road – A Must See This Summer

This weekend we had the privilege of touring Granary Road located minutes outside of Calgary. The same people that brought you Jurassic Forest North of Edmonton have created an incredible destination for families to enjoy all year round. We visited before the landscaping was done so please note that in any picture we post there will be some changes and the ground will be covered with mulch in the play areas.

The Market at Granary Road

When you first pull up you see a beautiful building that will house The Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery, which will have fast-casual food during the day and will transition into a more sophisticated menu during the evening, as well as The Market. The restaurants will be using produce grown in the huge greenhouses that sit beside it making it the freshest it can possibly be. Your lettuce will never be in a truck and transported! You cannot get fresher than that.

The Mezzanine area offers spectacular views of rolling hills, farmers fields and the active learning park. The vaulted ceiling, hardwood walls, windows everywhere and iron trusses create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a meal or wandering the market which will run year round Thursday to Sunday.

The market vendors have been hand picked and include:

  • Produce from their on site greenhouse
  • Award-winning Butcher Shop
  • Artisan Cheese and Sausage
  • Handcrafted home goods and women’s accessories
  • Pizza and pastas fresh out of a stone oven
  • World-Class Chocolatier and Decorative Cake Baker
  • Hand Scooped Old School Ice Cream,
  • Fresh mini donuts and salty nut snacks
  • Top Shelf Wine Shop

The Active Learning Park

Just outside The Market is three kilometers of trails that lead the kids through 11 exhibits with themed activities at each stop. These areas are developed by a team that includes Calgary teachers to ensure that the content is aligned with Alberta Education’s Program of Studies for science so the kids will be learning through play! Each play area has something for all ages making this an easy place to visit with a group of kids. Trust us when we say you need to plan to spend a full day here.

The pictures speak for themselves for how much time was spent making each exhibit an incredible place for kids to explore. For more details on each play area you can see a full map and description here. My kids loved the Ant Farm Adventure, Bat Cave Hangout (there will be a Blind-As-A-Bat Echolocation Maze where participants will put on a helmet with sensors.This lets kids feel what echolocation is like!), Orchard Tree House, and Arachnid Web (mostly because the giant spiders were VERY life like and freaked me out quite a bit!)


There is also a petting zoo, Mushroom Meander, Wetlands Discovery, Chicken Coop (yes there will be real chickens who apparently love to go on swings!), and a Frog Pond with in ground lily pad trampolines.


Kids 3-14: $14.00 + GST

Adults 15+: $17.00 + GST

Seniors 60+: $15.00 + GST

Families are welcome to bring their own food, bathrooms will be easily found within the park, and paths are wide enough to accommodate strollers. They have put a huge emphasis on creating a space that is affordable for families, a place that you can visit again and again, and a safe area that will encourage kids to get out and play.

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  • Danielle

    This looks incredible can’t wait to visit what are your days and hours open?

    May 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Hi Danielle! It’s not open quite yet, but keep an eye on their website at to stay in the loop. They plan to open in June!

      May 31, 2017 at 11:07 pm Reply
      • Danielle

        Ah ok I see thanks so much for getting back to me

        June 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • Monica

    The cost is waaaay to much. It would cost my family $94.00 to go!! Places like this need to look at better options for pricing of larger families. Things like family rates or multiuse discounts, working with the citys “fare entry” program or not charging for adults. They limit their market with overpriced admission rates. Similar to the zoo and the science center.

    June 1, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      Going with a large family would get expensive quick and we completely understand that. In the next while we will be sharing other options for families that will be a bit more budget friendly. And maybe when they open they will offer a group discount or a membership option that will make the cost lower for large families.

      June 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Stacey Adolph

    Would it be worthwhile for 1 yr olds? Would love to visit with my twins if it is.

    June 1, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      We think your 1 year olds would love it!

      June 6, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Brianne

    $62 for one day… any season pass options or memberships? That is not very affordable (mum, dad, 2 kids, single income household making just above the “low income” threshold)

    June 1, 2017 at 11:12 am Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      Hi Brianne. I am sure there will be season passes available but we didn’t see that option when we went for our sneak peek. We completely understand that it does cost money to go and that going a lot would add up quickly but we did like that you could spend so much time there making it worthwhile and they do allow you to bring your own food which helps with cost. It won’t be an everyday thing for us either but we will definitely be making it a place where we take special trips when we can.

      June 6, 2017 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Linda george

    I would love to take my grandchildren here. Just need directions

    June 2, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      Hi Linda. It is just South of Calgary. 226034 112th St West
      MD of Foothills is the address we typed into Google Maps to get there.

      June 6, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply
  • farida

    where is located?

    June 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      Hi Farida. It is just South of Calgary. 226034 112th St West
      MD of Foothills is the address we typed into Google Maps to get there.

      June 6, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Nicole

    is it open now? What are the times of operation? Thanks

    June 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply
    • Alberta Mamas

      Hi Nicole,

      Their grand opening is next week and they will be open to the public after that. Please see their website for details on dates and times they are open.

      June 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply
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