Easter weekend: What's open and what's closed in Calgary

The Easter long weekend means some services and businesses may be closed or have limited hours from Friday to Monday. Here's what you need to know to plan your weekend.

Buses will run on Sunday schedule, street sweeping will continue

The Easter long weekend means some services and businesses may be closed or have limited hours from Friday to Monday (April 19-22).

Here's what you need to know to plan your weekend.

Getting around

Calgary Transit
Calgary Transit will run on its Sunday service schedule on Friday and Sunday. Buses will be running on the regular weekday service schedule on Monday.

Parking and road closures
On-street parking is free on Monday and holiday rates will be charged in Calgary Parking Authority parkades and select surface lots. Regular rates will be in effect at the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark and Heritage Park.

There will be parking restrictions on 17th Avenue during the Stanley Cup playoffs for both home and away games when the Calgary Flames are playing, from the Saddledome (Macleod Trail) to 14th Street S.W. between 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Also on 14th Street S.W.

Stay off 14th Street S.W.
Over the weekend, the city will be shutting down large stretches of 14th Street S.W. from Southland Drive to Heritage Drive, and parts of 90th Avenue S.W. to work on the new Bus Rapid Transit lanes. The times are staggered but in general it will be either closed or reduced to a single lane. Heritage Park will be accessible via Heritage Drive and southbound 14th Street.

Spring cleaning

Street sweeping is underway across the city and will continue throughout the holiday weekend including Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Refer to the Street Sweeping Map for your neighbourhood schedule.

There are no changes to garbage and recycling pickup on Good Friday. All city landfills are open on Friday and Monday; Shepard and Spyhill are both closed on Sunday.

Family-friendly activities

Looking for some fun, family-friendly activities to get you out of the house?

Butterfield Acres
Everyone's favourite petting farm has just added an extra time slot for the Legendary Easter Hunt to its sold-out calendar, on Saturday at 3:40 p.m. (call 403-239-0638 to get in on that). But you can still visit Butterfield Acres to see the spring babies over the weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo is open with regular hours but also the chance for Easter weekend fun — face painting, bunny races and crafts during its Easter Eggstravaganza, Friday and Saturday. On Easter Sunday, you can take in the Easter Brunch in the Post Hotel, the Enmax Conservatory or the Safari Lodge.

Telus Spark
Calgary's science centre is open all weekend, with slightly adjusted hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the current interactive exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top. Note: Elastic Acrobatics and the High Wire is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Calgary Farmers Market
The Calgary Farmers Market is holding Easter at the Market until 2 p.m. Saturday — photos with the Easter Bunny and Easter cookie decorating.

Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park is open all weekend, featuring Easter tea every day, and an Easter brunch on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also take in a egg painting and a vintage car show. The park can still be accessed via Heritage Drive and southbound 14th Street S.W.

Fort Calgary
Fort Calgary is open all weekend and offers three seatings for an Easter brunch on Sunday.

Leisure Centres
Southland Leisure Centre will be open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Village Square Leisure Centre will be open on Friday, and also on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Most malls will be open for Colonel By Day while some LCBO stores will be closed. (CBC)

Aquatics & Fitness Centres
The following pools will be closed on Friday and Sunday:

  • Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
  • Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
  • Foothills Aquatic Centre.
  • Glenmore Aquatic Centre.
  • Inglewood Aquatic Centre.
  • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre.
  • Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre.
  • Shouldice Aquatic Centre.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre.
  • Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre.

Golf courses are open

The following city golf courses are open this weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday:

  • Confederation Park.
  • Maple Ridge.
  • McCall Lake.
  • Shaganappi Point.

City closures

City of Calgary administrative buildings, including City Hall, will be closed April 19-21.

The following facilities will be closed on Friday and Sunday:

  • The Animal Services Centre.
  • Athletic Parks (advanced bookings only).
  • Arts Centres — North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower.
  • Soccer Centre (Friday, Sunday and Monday).