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Calgary
Travel Guide

Calgary showing a city and a skyscraper

Home to one of the largest rodeos in the world, this city is alive with art, festivals, pioneer history and wintersports and is a gateway to the Canadian Rockies.

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.

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3515 - 26 Street NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $43 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Aero Space Museum of Calgary and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Sunridge Mall. Casino Calgary ...
3.6/5Good! (3,068 reviews)
"For the price you can't beat it. Cost us only $50 per day and that included weekends. The beds were nice and big and comfy. The tv had about 10 channels all the top ones. The tub is nice and deep good for soaking. Has a fridge that kept everything really cold. The covid breakfast is a granola bar ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
24 Aero Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $98 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Deerfoot Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino and Cross Iron Mills ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,308 reviews)
"Clean and modern hotel with pleasant staff. The shower looks fancy with it's multiple nozzles, but the water pressure is pretty weak. Comfortable bed and pillows."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
888 7th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $105 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Downtown Calgary, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sitting Eagle Statue and 17 Avenue SW. Calgary Tower and Calgary Telus Convention ...
3.6/5Good! (988 reviews)
"The staff are amazing, so kind and helpful! We, very much so enjoyed our trip and will always come back to this Sandman during our stays in Calgary!"

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2021

Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
2 out of 5
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $77 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in Southwest Calgary, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chinook Centre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Rockyview General Hospital. Stanley Park and Heritage ...
3.8/5Good! (1,034 reviews)
"All was good older hotel but looks like revamped and clean great service"

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Calgary, AB
The price is CA $90 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Marda Loop, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of 17 Avenue SW, Calgary Tower, and Stampede Park. Scotiabank Saddledome and BMO Centre are ...
1/5 (1 review)
This listing is a fraud. Unit listed is occupied by someone for long term and the owner does not exi
"This listing is a fraud. Unit listed is occupied by someone for long term and the owner does not exist. Still waiting for VRBO to contact me and give a full refund, since i had to book different place to stay. Horrible service."

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2020

Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
Calgary, AB
Located in Southeast Calgary, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of McKenzie Meadows Golf Club, Spruce Meadows, and Heritage Pointe Golf Course. Oasis ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Clean and spacious
"The place was really clean and spacious, and the host made sure to regularly check in. Would do it again!"

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2021

Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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