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CalgaryCanada

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
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 $109 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

This family-friendly Calgary hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Sunridge Mall. Deerfoot Mall and Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,557 reviews)

"Excellent customer service. The waterpark is great for the kids."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2020

Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3525 26 Street Northeast, Calgary, AB

Situated near the airport, this 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 is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...

3.5/5Good! (336 reviews)

"It is a very busy place. The front desk staff can sometimes be rude though, but the manager I met with has dealt with my issue very professionally (a big thumb up)."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Riviera Hotel 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 Sep 30 to Oct 1

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! (2,649 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was excellent. Very clean and comfortable. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2020

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport

Popular places to visit in Calgary

Calgary Zoo
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Calgary Zoo

4.5/5(713 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.

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

4/5(698 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(458 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.

Top things to do in Calgary

Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from Calgary
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Banff Area Full Day & Canyon Walk Tour from Calgary

CA $99
Per adult
Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake
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Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake

CA $97
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour
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Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour

CA $116
Per adult
Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park
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Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park

CA $120
Per adult
Full-Day Drumheller & Horseshoe Canyon Tour
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Full-Day Drumheller & Horseshoe Canyon Tour

CA $96
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Foothills Adventure by Sidecar
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Foothills Adventure by Sidecar

CA $339
Per adult

Reviews of Calgary

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 36.32898232644103%
4 - Good
4466
4 - Good 51.58831003811944%
3 - Okay
934
3 - Okay 10.78895691348042%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.7508374725655539%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5429132493935543%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 7, 2020

Highly recommend Calgary Zoo!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

May 26, 2020

If you are going to Calgary do not stay here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 21, 2020

Lots of great shopping and restaurants!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 19, 2020

I don’t access much of the city as my visit was during The global quarantine. The two times I stepped out to get food/supplies they followed safe distancing practices.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 17, 2020

Driving in Calgary is a pleasure.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 11, 2020

We like Calgary, they have alot to do, unfortunately we weren't in town for sight seeing and everything was closed, but there's alot of beautiful walking trails around Calgary and downtown along the river

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