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Known for Natural Park, River and Theatre

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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.

Things to do in Calgary

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Set out for a full day immersed in the striking natural beauty and rugged landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. Snowshoe along the shoreline of shimmering Lake Louise, snap photos of the luminous teal waters of Emerald Lake, and see the Natural Bridge that arcs over the roaring rapids of Kicking Horse River.

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Check out Canada's favorite sport and feel the excitement of a Calgary Flames (NHL) hockey game. Cheer on the Calgary Flames and get ready for some fast paced, action-packed hockey. Games are at the famed Calgary Saddledome and are suitable for the whole family.

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