Come to Calgary and enjoy its riverfront, theatre and architecture.

Calgary was once a farming town, but went through tremendous growth thanks to discovery of that black gold under its crust; oil. Today, Calgary is the third largest city in Canadia and although it’s a city with a modern urban culture, that pioneer past is not lost, in its penchant for country music and the love of the white Stetson.

It is not difficult to get around Calgary’s sights. The orderly laid streets form a grid pattern, and there is an excellent public transport network to boot.

The most famous event in the city is the annual Calgary Stampede, when more than a million people descend on the city for a ten-day festival packed with rodeos, music and agricultural exhibits. Sing along during a wagon race and watch with bated breath as the daring ride bulls.

It’s not only during the Stampede you can see animals. At the Calgary Zoo you'll be taken into habitats from across Canada and beyond. Not only from the present either, but from the past too; the zoo has a Prehistoric Park where life-size replicas of dinosaurs roam through ancient landscapes. In the Drumheller Valley, about 135 kilometres outside of Calgary, is the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where you’ll find the fossils on which these replicas are based.

If you come here in the winter months then you’ll find plenty of opportunity for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and ice skating. But if you’d stay inside away from the cold then you can always go to the art galleries of Stephen Avenue, just south of downtown Calgary, or visit the Glenbow Museum in the centre of the city.

One evening, visit the Jubilee Auditorium to watch a Broadway musical, an opera or ballet performance, or dine at one of the multicultural restaurants at “International Avenue”. Here you can enjoy diverse cuisines, such as Ethiopian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Indian, Philippine and Cantonese. If you like good food, this is the place to be!

Known for

Natural Parks, Rivers and Theatres

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Where to stay in Calgary

Downtown Calgary
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Downtown Calgary

Shopping, Urban, Dining

Enjoy the popular shops in Downtown Calgary. CORE Shopping Centre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at 3rd Street SW Station or 4th Street SW Station to see more of Calgary.

Southwest Calgary
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Southwest Calgary

Friendly People, Culture, Historical Buildings

Southwest Calgary is a destination travellers like for its river views, and you might hop aboard the metro at Southland Station or Anderson Station to explore sights like Heritage Park Historical Village.

Southeast Calgary
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Southeast Calgary

While you're in Southeast Calgary, take in top sights like Stampede Park or Scotiabank Saddledome, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Canyon Meadows Station or Shawnessy Station.

Beltline
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Beltline

Architecture, Ice Hockey, Urban

Visitors often come to Beltline for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Calgary Tower and Stampede Park. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Victoria Park - Stampede Station.

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Ice Hockey

Well-liked for its architecture and entertainment venues, Victoria Park is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Scotiabank Saddledome and 17 Avenue SW, and jump on the metro at Victoria Park - Stampede Station to get around the city.

Bridgeland
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Bridgeland

Zoo, Nature, Wildlife

Visitors to Bridgeland like its zoo. Jump on the metro at Bridgeland - Memorial Station or Calgary Zoo Station to see top sights like Calgary Zoo while you're in the area.

Top hotels in Calgary

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB
£77/night
29 Aug-30 Aug
4/5Very Good! (1,947 reviews)

Located in the heart of Calgary, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Casino Calgary and Sunridge Mall. Calgary Zoo and Calgary Tower are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,947 reviews)

"Very clean. Friendly staff. Great room service. Wireless signal was strong and reliable."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
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Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
3.5 out of 5
1250 Mckinnon Dr NE, Calgary, AB
£60/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
4/5Very Good! (1,654 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Casino Calgary and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Calgary Zoo. Sunridge Mall and Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (1,654 reviews)

"The bed was incredibly comfortable but the toilet seat was falling off and the towels were threadbare."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
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Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
£72/night
6 Sep-7 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (4,573 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Cross Iron Mills Mall, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Calgary Zoo and University of Calgary. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,573 reviews)

"Alem, the shuttle driver, was so wonderful, kind, honest, caring, a safe and timely driver attentive to the needs of her passengers. That started the whole stay off with a delight. The two girls at the front desk were efficient, smiling, integrally happy to see each and every guest and serve them ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport

Popular things to do in Calgary

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

With a tourist information center and views over the zoo, Olympic Plaza, Old City Hall and Chinatown, this downtown landmark is the ideal place to get your bearings.

Scotiabank Saddledome
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Scotiabank Saddledome

Catch an event at Scotiabank Saddledome during your trip to Calgary.Stroll along the riverfront or experience the entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Canada Olympic Park
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Canada Olympic Park

Ski the slopes, take a bobsled ride, catch an ice hockey game and tackle mountain biking trails at this park that was opened for the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Top activities in Calgary

Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour
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Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour

£144

Travel into the Canadian Rockies and along one of the world's most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. At the glacier, board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Explore this moving mass as you step out onto ice that’s deep enough to bury the Eiffel Tower.

Calgary Bow River Segway Adventure
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Calgary Bow River Segway Adventure

£53

Explore Calgary's parks and riverside trails on a Segway, a speedy modern personal transporter that lets you cover more ground than you might on foot. Spend some time getting a handle on how the Segway works, and then put your skills to work as you roll around beautiful Bow River Valley.

Calgary City Half-day Tour
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Calgary City Half-day Tour

£49

A guided tour takes you to explore the city of Calgary; from the historic site to the newest modern building: Studio Bell(admission included): Home of the National Music Centre. It organizes interactive education programming, artist incubation, exhibitions and performances daily, as well as an artist-in-residence program.

Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise
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Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise

£110

See the very best of Banff in a day. Take a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and enjoy free time to explore the city. Start your exciting adventure with pickup from select Calgary, Canmore, or Banff hotels.

Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour
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Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour

£71

Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks.

Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park
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Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park

£73

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks, see the saturated strata in colorful canyons, and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion.

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