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!
Natural Parks, Rivers and Theatres
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.
Catch an event at Scotiabank Saddledome during your trip to Calgary.Stroll along the riverfront or experience the entertainment choices in this vibrant area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.