The largest city in Canada’s affluent Alberta province Calgary’s cosmopolitan reputation is long established. Blending a laidback attitude with big city vibrancy and even its own rodeo Calgary offers a truly unique taste of Canadian life. Packed with trendy eateries world-renowned galleriesindependent stores and peaceful parks it is suitable for everyone from business visitors to families and of course lovers of the great outdoors. The city’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains and idyllic National Parks has secured its position as one of Canada’s most sought after destinations.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Calgary
Downtown — Take a walk down Stephen Avenue to discover chic boutiques delectable dining bustling bars street entertainers and the impressive Calgary Tower. Hectic but lively there’s no denying that Downtown is the staple must-see tourist hotspot of the city.
Beltline — Fast paced and energetic with a diverse population and great nightlife Beltline is another of Calgary’s most exciting central neighbourhoods. It has a wonderful mix of top-class restaurants fast-food joints and popular delicatessens. Just south of Downtown Beltline is more residential but offers an honest taste of urban Calgary life.
Kensington Village — Fans of cafe culture will fall in love with Kensington Village. Boasting countless coffee houses and popular lunch spots Kensington’s buoyant vibe offers a flavour of Calgary’s laidback approach to life. Keen shoppers will also find it packed with independent stores from vintage fashion to bookshops.
Chinatown and Bridgeland — You shouldn’t visit Calgary without experiencing its broad multicultural heritage. Chinatown has an electric vibe and a great selection of Chinese Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine. Just across the river Bridgeland offers a taste of Ukrainian and Italian culture.
Things to See in Calgary
Canada’s oldest National Park Banff National Park is just a stone’s throw from Calgary and is a must-see. If you’re not keen on the idea of an intensive hiking or camping trip a coach tour to Banff and Lake Louise means you can enjoy the natural beauty spots without having to break a sweat getting there. Helicopter tours of the region are also very popular with tourists with different options on offer catering to a variety of budgets.
Things to Do in Calgary
For an unsurpassed view across the city and beyond to the Rocky Mountains don’t miss a trip to Calgary Tower conveniently located in Downtown. This 171 metre tower’s glass observation deck may not be for the faint of heart but its revolving restaurant could be ideal if you want to enjoy panoramic views in style. Alternatively keep your feet on the ground and bring the city’s fascinating history to life with a jaunt to the Heritage Park Historical Village or indulge in a little R&R at one of the city’s popular spas. There are many great experiences waiting for you in Calgary – see what you can find with Expedia.