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Calgary
Travel Guide

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 Mar 6 to Mar 7

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly 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 ...

3.6/5Good! (2,995 reviews)

"Great price - they are updating hotel and rooms not yet done offered at wonderful savings."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
The Fairmont Palliser
The Fairmont Palliser
4 out of 5
133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $155 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Downtown Calgary, this spa hotel is steps from Vertigo Theatre and Calgary Tower. Calgary Telus Convention Centre and Bow Valley College are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,298 reviews)

"Great old historic building, staff is pleasant and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

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Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
4 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,877 reviews)

"Assistance with my luggage checking in, any request was handled quickly and courtesly, clean room, and convenient layout of the room. Good location to airport."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2021

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
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Nuvo Hotel Suites
Nuvo Hotel Suites
3 out of 5
827 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Beltline, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Herringer Kiss Gallery and 17 Avenue SW. Calgary Tower and Calgary Telus Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (821 reviews)

"Clean, quiet, central location. Excellent service. Great value."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2020

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Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
3 out of 5
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $73 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Southwest Calgary, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chinook Centre and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Rockyview General Hospital. Stanley Park and Heritage ...

3.8/5Good! (1,006 reviews)

"Overall a nice motel. Staff were friendly. Rooms have been updated. Kitchenette well stocked. Good location. Beds were not the best. Everything was clean."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
2825 Sunridge Way NE, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $88 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stampede Park, Scotiabank Saddledome, and Calgary Tower. Calgary Zoo and McMahon Stadium ...

4.4/5Excellent! (646 reviews)

"Great staff and rooms. Clean and modern. Close to restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2021

Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
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