09/24/2014 02:38 EDT | Updated 09/24/2014 02:59 EDT

Doors Open YYC: Calgary Offers Backstage Pass To Inner Workings

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Calgarians interested in getting a backstage pass to the city's inner workings are in luck.

This weekend, the city will swing open the doors to 12 facilities as part of the annual Doors Open YYC event.

Visitors can get a glimpse of how firefighters use the "jaws of life" at the Calgary Fire Training Academy, or check out how water is processed at the Pine Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant.

A tour of the Shepard Landfill will allow visitors to see firsthand how the city is responding to tree debris from the surprise summer snowfall earlier this month.

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Door Open YYC is "a unique and interactive way for citizens to experience functions of The City that they normally wouldn't be able to see," explains a press release.

A full list of the city sites include:

  • Calgary Fire Training Academy
  • Calgary Civic Complex
  • Central Irrigation Control Centre
  • Manchester Asphalt Plant
  • North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre
  • Ralph Klein Park
  • Oliver Bowen Maintenance Facility
  • Pine Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Traffic Management Centre
  • Shepard Landfill
  • Traffic Operations Sign Shop
  • Southland Leisure Centre

Additionally, dozens of other Calgary shops, exhibits and facilities will open their doors to the public, including the SAIT Aviation Centre, Fiasco Gelato, and the Calgary Stampede.

Doors Open events originated in 1990 in Glasgow, Scotland and have since expanded to more than 44 countries.

The City of Calgary offers these tours free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 27 and 28.

Some tours require pre-registration due to limited space and availability. Calgarians are encouraged to visit for full details.

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