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.

Where to stay in Calgary

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3515 - 26 Street NE, Calgary, AB, T1Y 7E3
The price is CA $55 per night from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21
CA $55
per night
Feb. 20 - Feb. 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value ...
3.4/5 (2,965 reviews)
"Amazing price, clean rooms, friendly staff, and excellent restaurant onsite. However, the area around the hotel seems a bit sketchy, lots of weed smokers right outside main entrance (would appreciate them being a little farther from entrance), and the elevators were operating very poorly when we ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2023

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel By CLIQUE
Acclaim Hotel By CLIQUE
4 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB, T3N 0A3
The price is CA $118 per night from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18
CA $118
per night
Feb. 17 - Feb. 18
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,390 reviews)
"Great airport hotel"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Acclaim Hotel By CLIQUE
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
888 7th Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 3J3
The price is CA $108 per night from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6
CA $108
per night
Mar. 5 - Mar. 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,096 reviews)
"Everything was great. The staff was welcoming. It’s just the bed which was bit shaky when we moved even a bit. But since it was a short stay we didn’t bother to complain."

Reviewed on Feb. 1, 2023

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.
GLOBALSTAY. Modern Downtown Condos. Free parking
GLOBALSTAY. Modern Downtown Condos. Free parking
4 out of 5
1320 1 St SE, Calgary, AB, Calgary, AB, T2G 0G8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Elbow River Casino and Cowboys ...
3.9/5 Good! (74 reviews)
"Close to downtown, and all amenities you need."

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2022

GLOBALSTAY. Modern Downtown Condos. Free parking
GLOBALSTAY. Gorgeous Downtown Condos. Free parking
GLOBALSTAY. Gorgeous Downtown Condos. Free parking
3.5 out of 5
1410 1 St SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 5T7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Elbow River Casino and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
FOB
"Only problem was missing garage door fob for access into underground parking"

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2023

GLOBALSTAY. Gorgeous Downtown Condos. Free parking
SETON Stylish & Urban 1 Bed condo
SETON Stylish & Urban 1 Bed condo
Calgary, AB
Stay at this condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions McKenzie Meadows Golf Club and Blue Devil Golf Club are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (13 reviews)
Excellent place
"We enjoyed our stay. The listed pictures were exactly what it was. Comfortable bed. We will definitely book it again when we come to Calgary."

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2023

SETON Stylish & Urban 1 Bed condo
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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