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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 $40 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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! (3,033 reviews)
"Location was good. Lots of people coming and going not wearing masks during this COVID time"

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
3 out of 5
1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $100 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
This family-friendly Calgary hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary and Sunridge Mall. Deerfoot Mall and Centre ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,460 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

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The Fairmont Palliser
The Fairmont Palliser
4 out of 5
133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is CA $169 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (1,252 reviews)
"The property is so beautiful and the staff are kind and very helpful. We felt very comfortable and safe while staying here and 10/10 would recommend a stay here and we will be back."

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

The Fairmont Palliser
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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 $74 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (1,022 reviews)
"Excellent location for our purposes. Close to medical appointments at Rockyview Hospital (only minutes away). Numerous restaurants to choose from in the vicinity. Short walk to Chinook Mall."

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
One Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Calgary
One Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Calgary
Calgary, AB
The price is CA $60 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Calgary Chinatown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, Calgary Tower, and Calgary Telus Convention ...
One Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Calgary
Near Airport
Near Airport
Calgary, AB
The price is CA $60 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated in Calgary, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of SpacePort, Sunridge Mall, and Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Cross Iron Mills Mall and ...
Near Airport
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