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This area of Southern Alberta contains nearly 1,000,000 inhabitants.
Edmonton, the provincial capital, is about 170 miles to the north of Calgary, and Beiseker is 35 miles to the northeast.
Want to start your trip in style? A renowned attraction, Calgary Tower should be at the top of your schedule.
Give the kids a treat and enjoy some quality time at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ironhorse Park. Strathmore Family Centre and the Calaway Park are also worth visiting if you're looking for more family fun.
You and your kids will have a blast investigating the big and the small inhabitants at the Calgary Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about feeding times and where to find the zoo's rarer specimens.
Whether you want to take on the dealer at blackjack or just enjoy the exciting atmosphere, you'll find what you're looking for at the Elbow River Casino, the Deerfoot Casino and the Grey Eagle Casino.
The Devonian Gardens plays an integral role in safeguarding the area's botanical specimens. Be sure to stop by and admire the work that they do.
Pack a picnic basket and take it easy for a while in the quiet, green surroundings of Stanley Park and Riley Park. George Lane Park and Edworthy Park are two more nice places to while away the afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.
A visit to Elbow Valley Visitors Center is one way of finding some interesting information about the area.
To admire impressive views of untouched landscapes and tumbling water, make the trip over to Elbow Falls.
Discover the local wildlife with a visit to one of the region's lakes, such as Allen Bill Pond and Sikome Lake Aquatic Facility.
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head out on an adventure to Fish Creek Provincial Park and Carburn Park. Nature-loving tourists will also enjoy South Glenmore Park and North Glenmore Park.
See the world in a new light with a visit to one of the area's fascinating cultural institutions. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at the Military Museums and the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. The Firefighters Museum of Calgary and the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame are also well worth a visit.
Appreciate the diverse range of artifacts and gadgets at the TELUS Spark or Discovery Dome, a great day out for geeks and amateurs alike.
Do you love art? There are galleries of all sizes here. Immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere at the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of Calgary. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, finish up the day at the Herringer Kiss Gallery and the Altitude Art Gallery.
By illuminating our history, the Nose Creek Valley Museum and the Museum of the Highwood help us prepare for tomorrow.
To learn more about the area's colorful past, consider visiting its many remaining historical sites. Start your history tour at Heritage Park Historical Village and Lougheed House. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. The Robert the Bruce Statue and the Sitting Eagle Statue are two more great places to check out.
Make sure you go to visit Louise Bridge and Hextall Bridge, a pair of sturdy yet elegant structures that arc across the city's waterways. Those with a passion for civil engineering will also want to get a picture of Centre Street Bridge.
If you take an interest in the battles of long ago, check out the old fortifications located at Fort Calgary Historic Park.
Learn a little about the region's spiritual side and enjoy some quiet contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral and Historic St. Paul's Anglican Church. If you'd be interested to see some more religious sites, have a stroll around St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Church.
Calgary's most famed sights often overshadow its lesser-known, but equally rewarding activities. Peace Bridge and the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts might catch your interest. Also, think about checking out Stampede Park and Rodeo Arena if your schedule allows.
Accommodation in Calgary
If you are not sure yet where to stay in Calgary, visit our Calgary hotel options. There are no less than 170 different places to select from.
Starting out at the premium end of the scale, check out the latest Expedia deals at the Kensington Riverside Inn, at 1126 Memorial Drive NW, or the Hotel Le Germain Calgary, at 899 Centre Street SW. The Hotel Elan, 1122 16 Ave Sw, and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Calgary, 1020 8th Ave SW, are other nice Expedia-listed lodging options that are sure to please.
No visit to Calgary is truly complete without stopping by Calgary Tower. If you'd like to stay close to this iconic sight, the Kensington Riverside Inn and the Hotel Le Germain Calgary are both recommended options.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Deerfoot Mall, Centre Street Church, and Fox Hollow Golf Course. Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Sunridge Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Deerfoot Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino and McMahon Stadium. Cross Iron Mills Mall and University of Calgary are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located 4 blocks from the Stephen Avenue entertainment district, the Calgary Tower, and the convention center, Hotel Arts is 1 km (0.5 mi) from Uptown 17th Avenue and the Stampede and Exhibition Grounds.
This 15-story downtown hotel, adjacent to Eau Claire Market, is connected via skywalk to numerous Calgary shops and businesses.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Deerfoot Mall, Centre Street Church, and Aero Space Museum of Calgary. Fox Hollow Golf Course and Confederation Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
A series of heated walkways links 60 other buildings to this 35-story hotel, which lies 2 blocks from Chinatown and the Eau Claire Market and 3 blocks from the Bow Valley Trail.
Located in Downtown Calgary, this romantic hotel is steps from Vertigo Theatre and Calgary Tower. Scotiabank Saddledome is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Deerfoot Mall, Centre Street Church, and Aero Space Museum of Calgary. Fox Hollow Golf Course and Confederation Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).