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Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019
Welcome to Cowtown! Calgary gets its nickname because it once was a real cowboy settlement. That was until the discovery of oil and gas, after which it soon turned into a real metropolis. Still, the nickname and white cowboy hat (the symbol of the city) have not disappeared. Neither has country music, which is still very popular round here. It’s for this reason that Calgary is sometimes referred to as Nashville North. Calgary is also famous for the 1988 Winter Olympics, and many reminders still exist around the city. Not surprisingly it’s also a popular ski resort, helped by its location on the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Downtown Calgary has by far the biggest hotels in the region, and largest selection, mostly four stars and generally focused on catering for families and couples. In these hotels you’ll often have free internet access and private parking. Most of the city’s sights are within walking distance of Calgary’s best hotels, but even so they are still well served by public transport too. Make sure you check out Calgary’s most popular sites, such as the Calgary Zoo with its dinosaur animatronics.
MacLeod offers a tranquil setting, but with downtown Calgary just steps away. Hotels around the MacLeod Trail are usually set up to cater specifically to business travellers and families, but also have properties perfect for those just passing through, with a number of travel lodges and motels operating in the area.
Calgary is a wonderful place if you like skiing, skating and snowboarding. Montgomery, on the western edge of Calgary, sits closest to the Rocky Mountains, and it is here that you’ll find sport hotels specially equipped for winter sports enthusiasts. This includes services like equipment hire and shuttle buses to the slopes in the Rockies. Here you will find mostly three and four star resorts, offering affordable comfort. Sports fans should also definitely check out the Canada Olympic Park, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988.
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