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Once a farming and ranching town, Calgary has experienced expansive growth thanks to the escalating price of its richest resource: oil. Now Calgary is Canada’s third largest municipality, offering a modern urban culture that embraces its pioneer past. It’s easy to discover Calgary’s attractions: The well-planned city is laid out in a grid and has an excellent public transportation system. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the observation deck of the Calgary Tower.
The Calgary Stampede is the city’s most well-known event, attracting over a million visitors with its 10-day line-up of rodeos, music and agricultural displays. Cheer with the crowd for the displays of horsemanship in the chuck wagon derby and hold your breath at the competitive bareback bull riding.
When the stampede’s not in town, you can still see animal life at the Calgary Zoo where you’ll be immersed in habitats from Canada and beyond, as well as from the past! The zoo features a Prehistoric Park, where life-size replicas of dinosaurs roam through ancient landscapes. In the Drumheller Valley, around 85 miles (135 kilometers) from Calgary, you’ll find the fossils these replicas are based on at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
If you’re visiting in winter, there’s plenty of skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding and ice skating on offer at Canada Olympic Park. If you’re an indoor type, check out the art galleries south of downtown on Stephen Avenue and the Glenbow Museum downtown.
In the evening, head to downtown Jubilee Auditorium for a Broadway musical, an opera or a ballet. Or, try one of the multicultural restaurants across the Bow River at 17th Avenue Southeast, also known as International Avenue. Here you’ll find diverse flavors from Ethiopia, Portugal, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong and more. Foodies will love the gourmet tours of this area!
Calgary is also the gateway to ski villages such as Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis. It’s also close to the Alberta Badlands, a photogenic wonderland of strange rock formations, paleontological finds and ghost towns.
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 in Kananaskis, this hostel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Nakiska Ski Resort and 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Fortress Mountain Ski Resort. Brewster's Kananaskis Ranch Golf Course and Mt Yamnuska Trailhead are also within 25 mi (40 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.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Sunridge Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Casino Calgary. Village Square Leisure Centre and Fox Hollow Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Beltline, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grace Presbyterian Church and Calgary Tower. Scotiabank Saddledome is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
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).
Situated in Okotoks, this bed & breakfast is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from Bow River and within 20 mi (32 km) of Fish Creek Provincial Park and Spruce Meadows. Sikome Lake Aquatic Facility and Southland Leisure Centre are also within 25 mi (40 km).
This Calgary hotel is located in the heart of the city, connected via skywalk to the Calgary Tower, Glenbow Museum and Telus Convention Centre.