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 $45 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Peter Lougheed Centre, Aero Space Museum of Calgary, and Sunridge Mall. Casino Calgary ...
3.5/5 Good! (3,075 reviews)

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
4 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Cross Iron Mills Mall, Calgary Zoo, and University of Calgary. Calgary Telus Convention Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,331 reviews)
"Great stay!"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Acclaim 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 $104 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,059 reviews)
"Nice hotel"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
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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 $72 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Located in Southwest Calgary, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chinook Centre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Rockyview General Hospital. Stanley Park and Heritage ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,111 reviews)
"Was a perfectly adequate hotel for our needs. Was clean, comfortable and in a good location. I would stay there again."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 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 $114 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,030 reviews)
"To close of Of the airport. Not smell really good in the rooms and they forgot pick up some full garbage bags."

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown
3 out of 5
Suite B-711 4th St. SE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $133 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in Downtown Calgary, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Calgary Tower, and Scotiabank Saddledome. Stampede ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (572 reviews)
"Organized and clean. Nice suites."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown
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