SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Make your next family celebration, party or memorial extra special by hosting it at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo! We have a variety of indoor and outdoor locations to choose from, and we do everything to ensure an exceptional experience for you and your guests. And best of all, every event you host at the zoo helps support animal conservation. It’s a win-win for everyone!

WE HOST A WIDE RANGE OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS

BOOK YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION NOW!

Explore our Special Occasion Events by Type

Anniversaries, Baby Showers & Birthday Parties

Banquets & Cocktail Receptions

Engagements, Proposals & Photoshoots

Graduations, Retirements & Reunions

Plus many more…!

  • Fundraisers
  • Private Holiday Celebrations
  • Religious Celebrations
  • Stampede Parties
  • Open to all of your ideas!

Explore our Venues

ENMAX Conservatory

 

Venue Capacity (*Reception): Up to 225 Guests

Venue Rental Price: $750 to $2,300

Venue Food & Beverage Minimum Spend: $450 to $6,250

Venue Size (Sq. ft.): 2,376

 

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Safari Lodge

 

Venue Capacity (*Reception): Up to 350 Guests

Venue Rental Price: $950 to $2,550

Venue Food & Beverage Minimum Spend: $900 to $8,750

Venue Size (Sq. ft.): 4,000

 

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Asia Lawn & Tent

 

Venue Capacity (*Reception): Up to 300 Guests

Venue Rental Price: $2,250

Venue Food & Beverage Minimum Spend: $1,500 to $5,500

Venue Size (Sq. ft.): 3,570

 

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A TASTE FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, the exotic experiences don’t end with the animals. Our chefs extend that feeling of discovery and excitement with inspired creations to delight your senses. With one of the largest catering  teams in the city, we’re confident your guests will enjoy a first-rate dining experience as civilized or wild as your taste.

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Zoolights Enchanted Dinner Event. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski
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Contact us today for more information!

Phone: (403) 232-7770

Email: [email protected]

BOOK YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION NOW!

FAQs

Can we come to the Calgary Zoo to do a Site Tour of your Venues?

Yes – in fact, we encourage it! We’d be thrilled to welcome you to the zoo for a private Tour of our facilities. Site Tours are free and we will take you through the Venues of any locations that you’re interested in. Please contact us to schedule the Site Tour.

How does your Special Occasion pricing work?

Generally speaking, our Events have two essential pricing components:

  1. Venue Rental Fee (which varies based on the location that you select)
  2. Venue Food & Beverage Minimum Spend (which varies based on the location and week day that you select)
What is the Venue Rental Fee and what’s included in that price?

The Venue Rental Fee depends on the Venue that you select – it ranges from $750 to $2,550. The Venue Rental includes Admission to the Calgary Zoo (for all of your guests), tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware, and glassware.

What is the Venue Food & Beverage Minimum Spend mean?

The Food & Beverage minimum spend is the amount that you are required to spend on food & non-alcoholic beverage for all of your guests. This amount does not include alcohol, and there is no maximum to what you may choose to spend on your selections. This amount varies based on the Venue that you select and the day of the week that your Event will be taking place. Please note that your Venue Rental Fee, alcohol, and AV needs do not apply to this amount. As an example, if your Food & Beverage minimum is $1,250 and you have 50 guests, you will need to spend $25 per guest on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

How do I confirm my Event with the Calgary Zoo and make payment?

We book Events on a first-come first-served basis and your date is not guaranteed until we receive the initial deposit and the signed Contract Agreement. Please contact us for more details.    

What is your cancellation policy?

You have the right to cancel the Event and terminate the Contract Agreement by giving the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo written notice. If you cancel the Agreement by giving at least six (6) months written notice, we will refund the deposit – except for Team Builders, Christmas & Holiday Parties, and all BBQ’s (E.g. there are no refunds for these types of Events). Corporate and social functions cancelled in writing between two and six (2 and 6) months before the Event date will result in forfeiture of the entire deposit(s). Events cancelled within two (2) months of the date will result in the full anticipated charges of the Event being invoiced.

Do you have an in-house caterer? Can we bring our own food & beverages?

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, the exotic experiences don’t end with the animals. Our chefs extend that feeling of discovery and excitement with inspired creations to delight your senses. With one of the largest catering teams in the city, we’re confident that your guests will enjoy a first-rate dining experience as civilized or wild as your taste! No outside food or beverage is permitted.

Are we allowed to decorate our Venue?

Absolutely, yes! Please consult with your Event Sales Coordinator on the full list of prohibited items (due to the safety and welfare of the animals) which include but are not limited to: all balloons, rice, confetti, piñatas, sparklers, fireworks, and all open flames. All décor must be free standing and the setup time allocated is up to 3 hours (including time for Catering to set the Venue). Upon request, your Event Sales Coordinator can check the availability of your Venue for earlier setup.  

Can our guests come in early or stay at the zoo after the Event?

Yes, your Event includes admission to the zoo for you and your guests. Guests may arrive up to two hours prior to the Event start time to enjoy the zoo. From 6:00 pm and onwards, you and your guests are requested to remain inside the Venue. Please note that your guests will not be able to access the Venue location before the start time. In order to facilitate entry, your guests will give the name of the Event Party that they are attending.

Where do guests park?

The guest parking location will be determined by your Venue (E.g. where the Event is being held). Please contact us for more information on assigned Parking locations. Note: parking is not included in your Event – the cost is $12 per vehicle daily. Any attendees with a valid Engage or Inspire membership may use their pass for parking access. Please note that all vehicles must be moved by 11:00 am the following day or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.