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Visit Calgary

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.

Top Hotels in Calgary

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
CA $101
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Cross Iron Mills Mall, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Calgary Tower and Calgary Zoo. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,075 reviews)

"Very comfortable room. walk in shower in bathroom was nicr. Breakfast was good."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
24 Aero Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
CA $105
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

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! (3,306 reviews)

"We booked in at Clique but got “upgraded” to Applause. But then we had to walk through the hotel lobby to get to the gym and hot tub. Not convenient. We would have rather stayed at clique where we had originally booked. And our room was no different than the rooms we’ve stayed in at clique. Seemed ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Wingate By Wyndham Calgary Airport
Wingate By Wyndham Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
57 Freeport Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
CA $76
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from SpacePort and within 6 miles (10 km) of Deerfoot Mall and Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Cross ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,598 reviews)

"The breakfast buffet was excellent. The quality of the room and bed were very good"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2019

Wingate By Wyndham Calgary Airport

Popular things to do in Calgary

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

4/5(666 reviews)

With a tourist information center and views over the zoo, Olympic Plaza, Old City Hall and Chinatown, this downtown landmark is the ideal place to get your bearings.

Canada Olympic Park
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Canada Olympic Park

4/5(440 reviews)

Ski the slopes, take a bobsled ride, catch an ice hockey game and tackle mountain biking trails at this park that was opened for the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Calgary Zoo
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Calgary Zoo

4.5/5(680 reviews)

See exotic animals and even dinosaurs as you wander through botanic gardens and re-creations of diverse habitats ranging from Africa to South America.

Top activities in Calgary

Calgary City Half-day Tour
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Calgary City Half-day Tour

CA $79

A guided tour takes you to explore the city of Calgary; from the historic site to the newest modern building: Studio Bell(admission included): Home of the National Music Centre. It organizes interactive education programming, artist incubation, exhibitions and performances daily, as well as an artist-in-residence program.

Calgary Tower Observation Deck Admission
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Calgary Tower Observation Deck Admission

CA $19

Get an unsurpassed 360-degree view of Calgary and the surrounding region from the Calgary Tower's observation deck. Standing 626 feet (191m) above ground, take in panoramic views of the city, the majestic Canadian Rockies, and rolling plains as far as the eye can see.

Banff Winter Discovery Tour with Hot Springs
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Banff Winter Discovery Tour with Hot Springs

CA $99

Venture into the Canadian Rockies for a day of alpine adventure, taking in breathtaking views of the peaks, lakes, and forested valleys of Banff National Park. Between stops at scenic viewpoints, stop to soak in the mineral-rich waters of Banff's thermal hot springs.

Gasoline Alley Museum Admission
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Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

CA $11

Discover the history, culture, and cult of cars with a visit to the Gasoline Alley Museum, where the spirit of the 1940s is on colorful display. Vintage vehicles, gasoline pumps, and restaurants all celebrate the far-reaching social impact of the popularization of the automobile.

Studio Bell - General Admission Ticket
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Studio Bell - General Admission Ticket

CA $21

Studio Bell is more than a museum. Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at multiple Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out with interactive instrument installations, and sing along in our sound booths.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Admission
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Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Admission

CA $13

Visit: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, 169 Canada Olympic Rd SW Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta T3B 6B7 Canada Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award winning 40,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art technology which helps to share the stories of its Honoured Members.

Reviews of Calgary

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.87717713843375%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.656689459424591%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.7353889820668301%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5160624435556702%

3/5 - Okay

Anonymous

Dec 9, 2019

It was just okay. Nothing extraordinary. Ice machine not working as well.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 9, 2019

Lived there before and loved it just changed jobs and had to move

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 9, 2019

it's not only cold but very windy with high occurrence of precipitation

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

People should be more polite.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

Calgary is a wonderful city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

Impatient traffic.

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