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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.

Top Hotels in Calgary

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3525 26 Street Northeast, Calgary, AB
CA $44
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary, Sunridge Mall and Casino Calgary. Calgary Zoo and Stampede Park ...

3.6/5Good! (79 reviews)

"It was clean hotel was updated. Nice location to access a lot of services."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
Park Inn by Radisson, Calgary Airport North, AB
Park Inn by Radisson, Calgary Airport North, AB
2.5 out of 5
27 Freeport Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
CA $84
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from SpacePort and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cross Iron Mills Mall and Deerfoot Mall. Century Downs ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (753 reviews)

"Staff were super nice and offered a late check out since I got in late. Good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Park Inn by Radisson, Calgary Airport North, AB
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
3 out of 5
1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
CA $106
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

This family-friendly Calgary hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Aero Space Museum of Calgary, Deerfoot Mall and Sunridge Mall. Centre Street ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,000 reviews)

"Standard hotel. Pool was grimy but super busy Quiet and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel

Popular things to do in Calgary

Calgary Zoo
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Calgary Zoo

See exotic animals and even dinosaurs as you wander through botanic gardens and re-creations of diverse habitats ranging from Africa to South America.

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

With a tourist information center and views over the zoo, Olympic Plaza, Old City Hall and Chinatown, this downtown landmark is the ideal place to get your bearings.

Canada Olympic Park
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Canada Olympic Park

Ski the slopes, take a bobsled ride, catch an ice hockey game and tackle mountain biking trails at this park that was opened for the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Top activities in Calgary

Calgary Tower Observation Deck Admission
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Calgary Tower Observation Deck Admission

CA $19
Per adult
Calgary City Half-day Tour
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Calgary City Half-day Tour

CA $79
Per adult
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Admission
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Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Admission

CA $13
Per adult
Banff Winter Discovery Tour with Hot Springs
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Banff Winter Discovery Tour with Hot Springs

CA $99
Per adult
Gasoline Alley Museum Admission
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Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

CA $11
Per adult
Studio Bell - General Admission Ticket
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Studio Bell - General Admission Ticket

CA $21
Per adult

Reviews of Calgary

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3018
5 - Excellent 36.427278213639106%
4 - Good
4278
4 - Good 51.63548581774291%
3 - Okay
883
3 - Okay 10.657815328907665%
2 - Disappointing
61
2 - Disappointing 0.7362703681351841%
1 - Terrible
45
1 - Terrible 0.5431502715751357%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Traffic roads etc and city planning of infrastructure is not my favourite place to drive. Prefer Edmonton

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

The centre of Calgary was quite crowded and full (the streets were narrow) but overall we enjoyed ourselves

4/5 - Good

Jacin

Feb 20, 2020

Not crazy busy like other big cities

3/5 - Okay

Zen

Feb 19, 2020

Most of the roads are one-way streets, and numbered. Very confusing even with Google maps.

2/5 - Disappointing

Sherri

Feb 19, 2020

Calgary was beautiful, and hosted my daughters 3 day indoor soccer tournament. Our hotel experience was disgraceful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Calgary is better in the summer time. Mountains are close to drive. Beautiful.

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