TELUS World or Science is Calgary's premier destination for truly interactive science and arts learning. As we prepare to move to a new location in fall 2011, we are presentingthe world renowned exhibitions, Einstein & Darwin. This is the 2nd of 3 major exhibitions experiences we are hosting before we move.
Run by designer Jenna Herbut and her brother Chandler, also a designer, the fairs showcase the work of more than 140 Canadian artisans and designers at events Merge magazine has described as "the craft sale for the next generation." The laid-back emporium—that has received tons of positive press—thrums with the energy of desingers such as Eve and Enoch, adhesif clothing, and MMS Brittles as they enthusiastically promote their wares. Music serenades ears wandering between booths, and homemade creations from vendors such as Monkey Butter sate hunger with snacks that are as sweet and savoury as a love poem written in worcestershire sauce.
As an extension of her mission to improve designers' livelihoods, Jenna channels her background in marketing into a parallel venture Make It! University, which helps artisans hone their business models.
Specializing in party-based travel programming, BustLoose.com has enthralled nightlife lovers for three decades with mobile fetes such as the Halloween Howler Club Crawl. Carousers costumed as vampires or all stages of a butterfly's life cycle get admission and cover charge at four clubs, revealed along with the meeting spot upon booking. Equipped with stereo and lighting systems, tinted windows, and dance poles or dance areas, each party bus transports up to 44 passengers from spot to spot in the company of the The Bust Loose! Party Patrol. Upon reaching the starting venue—which may include clubs such as The Bank or The Back Alley—revellers down one free libation, followed by drink specials and games such as bar napkin eating contests throughout the night.
Majestic pine trees sway in front of a mountain backdrop. Paddles break the river current. The experienced wilderness guides with Discover Banff Tours grant visitors modern methods for exploring the pristine natural landscapes in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In the winter, they lead groups on ice walks across frozen waterfalls and grottoes, helm dogsled and horse-drawn sleigh rides on wooded trails, and ski or snowmobile down mountain slopes. Later in the year, guides lead grizzly-bear-watching tours and evening wildlife safaris on warm summer nights, and take adventurers whitewater rafting down Bow and Kananaskis Rivers. Year-round, they showcase the park’s rugged landscape on bus tours. Staffers limit outdoors excursions to small groups, giving visitors one-on-one instruction while quickly checking that none in their party are bears in disguise.
Sprawled over 10 acres, the large maze at Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm can keep people searching for an exit for hours. But the wanderers are not entirely left to their own devices. Throughout the bucolic labyrinth, guests encounter stations with clues and activities that should help them on their way—though even those might be tricky to find if visitors choose to navigate by night. The farm also offers a 3-acre maze surmountable for families and small kids, who can complete it in roughly 20 minutes.
But Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm offers more than twisting paths through the cornstalks. The fun farm teems with family-friendly attractions, including a miniature-golf course, a massive slide, and trampoline-like jumping pillows borrowed from ogres with chronic neck problems. Visitors can also pelt each other with harmless, foam Nerf balls in the Friendly Fire game.
Though they’re only performing, Screamfest’s actors embody their roles so completely that onlookers may believe the zombie apocalypse is really upon them. Chainsaw-wielding madmen, sinister clowns, and zombie witches evoke shrieks as they stalk about the grounds, growling and bellowing spine-chilling tales about what happens to people that don’t pay their taxes on time. Live performances by sword swallowers and fire-eaters dumbfound visitors, and bug-eating contests grant brave guests the chance to become participants in the fright fest.