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 $49 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,722 reviews)
"Thanks"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
888 7th Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 3J3
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $117 per night from May 29 to May 30
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 ...
3.9/5 Good! (960 reviews)
"Great room for a decent price would stay here again"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
3 out of 5
1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6V4
The price is CA $130 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,318 reviews)
"I didn't like that they don't clean your room or change towels or empty garbage."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Best Western Plus Port O'Call 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.
Luxury 2 bedroom condo Sleep 6
Luxury 2 bedroom condo Sleep 6
Calgary, AB
The price is CA $109 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary ...
4/5 Very Good! (10 reviews)
My second time staying at zee’s place
"I must say, the place is better than it even looks. I’d like to thank you for your generosity, cooperation and professionalism. I will be booking again in the future. God bless, Thank You"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2022

Luxury 2 bedroom condo Sleep 6
Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
4 out of 5
1320 1 St SE, Calgary, AB, Calgary, AB, T2G 0G8
The price is CA $206 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Scotiabank Saddledome and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (30 reviews)
"One of the reasons I booked here was the fitness center which is shown in the listing photos. However, when I got my check-in instructions I learned that the fitness room is not available for temporary guests. Didn't get my workouts in."

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2022

Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
Simply Comfort. Downtown Calgary Apts
Simply Comfort. Downtown Calgary Apts
3.5 out of 5
211 13th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 5T7
The price is CA $323 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (78 reviews)
"Very nice and clean place."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Simply Comfort. Downtown Calgary Apts
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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