Calgary

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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 $51 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
3.4/5 Good! (2,853 reviews)
I will stay here all my trip to Calgary
"lost cost hotel. I was amazed at the size, comfort of the room, and service of the staff. the area offers a lot of places to eat and shopping."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

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 $115 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
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! (1,010 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2022

Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
25 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB, T3J 4V7
The price is CA $88 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,009 reviews)
"Well-lit parking lot - a good option for park and fly - friendly shuttle drivers and they came to the airport within the 20 minutes promised. Bar and restaurant onsite."

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2022

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.
Basement apartment for your stay.
Basement apartment for your stay.
Calgary, AB
Stay at this vacation home in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Spruce Meadows and Shawnessy Shopping Centre are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Clean room and great location!
"Very clean and spacious basement room. It is not a separate entrance so we entered the house from the front door to access the basement downstairs. We were three of us and two slept in the bed room and one on the sofa in the living space. There was an extra duvet for the third person. The kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2022

Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
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 Calgary Zoo and Elbow River ...
4/5 Very Good! (64 reviews)
"Views are amazing from the aprtment we had.Security very nice. Facilities within the complex excellent. Review for cleanliness was less because the area outside of he proerty too many homeless people within 500 metres of the place. Station about 200 metres away excellent for commutin."

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2022

Monki-Di Executive Suites - Alura
Monki-Di Executive Suites - Alura
3.5 out of 5
1320 1st Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0G8
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Calgary Zoo and Elbow River Casino are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (54 reviews)
"A perfect location, very clean with all amenities and excellent communication"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2022

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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