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 $49 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Peter Lougheed Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sunridge Mall and Casino Calgary. ...
3.5/5Good! (3,089 reviews)
"The place is good for the price that they charge."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
3 out of 5
1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
This family-friendly Calgary hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Peter Lougheed Centre and Sunridge Mall. Deerfoot Mall is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,336 reviews)
"Enjoy the ease of check in and out"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $124 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Southwest Calgary, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chinook Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, and Heritage Park Historical Village. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,311 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Love the hot tub"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
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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 $90 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Southwest Calgary, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chinook Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, and Stanley Park. Heritage Park Historical ...
3.8/5Good! (1,068 reviews)
"the tub was very hard to stand in and have a shower rounded edge and no safety strips"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
3.5 out of 5
1000 2021 100 Avenue North East, S, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, Cross Iron Mills Mall, and Calgary Zoo. McMahon Stadium ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,008 reviews)
"We booked a "standard room" and were pleasantly surprised to find it was a full suite! Very convenient to Calgary Airport. Pretty good buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
Nuvo Hotel Suites
Nuvo Hotel Suites
3 out of 5
827 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $104 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Beltline, this boutique aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrata Opera Centre and Calgary Tower. 17 Avenue SW and CORE Shopping Centre are also ...
3.8/5Good! (866 reviews)
"I appreciated that Safeway was right across from the property."

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

Nuvo Hotel Suites
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