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What to know around Calgary during May long weekend

With the smoke starting to clear from the Alberta wildfires, Calgarians are now turning their attention toward the Victoria Day long weekend.

There are a lot of things to do this weekend, but some city services will be affected. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

City services and Calgary Transit

May long weekend is a popular time for people to catch up on or finish their outside spring cleaning.

If you plan on making the trip to the landfill it’s important to know that they will be operating on altered hours.

The Spyhill and East Calgary landfill, which are located at 11808 – 69 Street NW and 3801 – 68 Street SE, respectively, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The Shepard landfill, which is located at 12111 – 68 Street SE will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday and will be closed on Sunday.

For more information go to the City of Calgary’s website under landfill hours and locations.

Transit and parking will also be operating at different hours during the weekend.

Buses, CTrains, and On Demands will be operating under Sunday hours both May 21 and May 22.

Please note: Downtown Calgary Transit stations (7 Avenue) will be closed this weekend for maintenance and utility work. From May 20-22 Sunalta to Bridgeland/Memorial on the Blue Line, and Sunnyside to 39 Avenue on the Red Line will be closed. There will be shuttle buses in the area to transport riders, the city said.

If this means you may be doing more driving, you can take solace in the fact that outside of the Zoo, TELUS Spark and Heritage Park, payment is not required for on-street ParkPlus zones, and holiday rates will be in effect in select CPA surface lots and parkades.

There will also be modified hours at city recreation centres. For the full scheduling go to the city website under recreation.

Events in and around the city

Heritage Park and Calaway Park have their opening weekends this weekend, and Calaway Park has a couple of new attractions this year for patrons to enjoy. Winsport’s downhill carting course is also opening this weekend.

If you want to head out of the city, the High River Little Britches Rodeo is going on this weekend.

Some other places putting on events during the weekend are

If you want to tempt weather fate, you can also see if there are campsites available out west in the Kananaskis or other areas of Alberta. Just remember, there are wildfires going on and the fire danger is very high to extreme. That means it’s important to be responsible and adhere to rules around open fires and the use of OHVs.

if you want to stay closer to home and take advantage of our outdoor spaces, it’s going to be beautiful out there this weekend (smoke stay away) and you could take a trip down the Bow River. Stay cautious and keep those lifejackets on!