Is it a scavenger hunt? Is it an outdoor escape room? Is it a puzzle?
Whatever it is, it’s the best way to reignite your interest in being a tourist in your own town! Mystery Town Tours turns an ordinary city into a challenging puzzle you can solve. Whether you’re just passing through, or you’ve made your home in Calgary for years, join the adventure! A Mystery Town experience will lead you on a clue solving journey, revealing great shopping and dining, history and art, and secrets even the locals don’t know about.
If you have a mobile phone and a few people who want to have some fun, you’re ready to go! From family and friends to parties or teambuilding, any group of people will work. Pick your tour, in either Canmore or Calgary, and an intended date (but don’t worry, the date is flexible) and get touring.
Once you begin your game, you will be sent a series of approximately 20 clues by text or app. Each clue will lead you on an easy walk to a different location where you will solve a puzzle or find a hidden word. Text your answer in and if it’s correct, you’ll get the next clue. Remember, the clock is ticking, but there will be breaks along the way for refreshment. After all, it’s supposed to be fun! (You can always ask for a hint if you’re stuck, although you’ll take a 10-minute penalty.) Once the adventure is complete and you’ve solved the mystery, check out how well you did on the leaderboard. Was your time the fastest or did you end up lingering over your tour just a little longer?
If you’re up for a little drive, or perhaps you have out-of-town visitors, head to the mountains! While you’re visiting Canmore you can choose from 3 tours*: Unchained Melody, Smuggler’s Blues, or Around the World. Rescue Melody Coal in Unchained Melody for an adventure where you’ll travel approximately 6 kms and take around three and a half hours. This tour is recommended for kids 12 and over. Or help the NWMP unravel a 100-year-old mystery in Smuggler’s Blues, with 3.5 km of walking (or biking!) and two hours of time. In Around the World, take 2 hours and travel 2 kms to help Melody Coal learn where she must fly to start her next world tour (and try not to get distracted by too much food & drink along the way!).
Mystery Town Tours currently has two tours in Calgary*: Sculpted in Time and Airport Caper. With Sculpted in Time, it doesn’t matter whether you’re treating this as a mad dash or an enjoyable meander because you’ll get to discover downtown Calgary in a whole new way. You can help local sculptor, Imolda Bronze, recover her designs from her unscrupulous rival, Rob Ansteel (don’t get waylaid by too much shopping along the way!). This tour takes 3 – 4 hours to complete, but the whole tour is not designed for children. Families are invited to try the first half of this adventure, Carvings in Time, for a kid-friendly option.
It was a cold winter’s afternoon when we discovered Mystery Town Tours and the Airport Caper. Teamed up with strangers at an event, and no idea what we were getting into, we were given our first clue at the Calgary International Airport. This tour doesn’t leave the airport building, and it didn’t take us long before our team was chatting, guessing, and speeding off to our next clue. I was surprised at how much fun running around the airport could be, even without tickets to a tropical destination! The challenge? Find the manifest information with the destination and names of some very important passengers for the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. This tour is 2.5 kms and takes an hour or two, with optional breaks. Perfect for kids, it’s a great way to kill time during a long connection, or even just for some rainy day entertainment! If you have an early morning flight, start your vacation the night before. Stay at the lovely Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and test your puzzle skills during the Airport Caper during the evening.
No matter what tour you choose, enjoy the discovery this amazing activity will bring. Appreciate the scenery, check out the shops, and discover the secrets of your town. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy a fine Alberta summer day with people you love. And proving your terrific puzzle-solving skills is just a bonus.
*Tours are subject to change.
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