Calgary

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Calgary featuring 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 $76 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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! (2,748 reviews)
"Clean and spacious rooms. Front Desk very friendly and supportive. Missing the ‘breakfast to go’ package."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 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 refundable
The price is $111 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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 Very Good! (956 reviews)
"I stayed for 2 nights and the room and facilities exceeded my expectations. The room was large with tea/coffee and toiletries provided. Air Canada lost my luggage so this was super helpful. The hotel location is perfect for exploring Calgary. The waiter in Moxie Restaurant was delightful (it was ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 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 $154 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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! (1,332 reviews)
"I think they need new beds both of ours weren’t very comfy"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 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.
RTR Ranch Retreat
RTR Ranch Retreat
3.5 out of 5
Range Rd 252, Mossleigh, AB, T0L 1P0
The price is $93 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3.5-star spa cabin in Mossleigh. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Discover genuine guest reviews for RTR Ranch Retreat along ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Wonderful atmosphere and location. Beautiful views and nice cabin. A little small and no attached bathroom (portapotty about 20m away) and showers were another 40m away. But amazing hosts, friendly, welcoming, and very attentive. And amazing views and property!"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

RTR Ranch Retreat
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 $137 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly condo in Calgary. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Scotiabank Saddledome and ...
4/5 Very Good! (41 reviews)
"The apartment was perfect and would be the best place to stay at stampede time. But given only one key made it a problem because of the security measures in place. Two keys would be essential. Secondly, we were almost late for a function because someone was moving out of the building and only one ..."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Simply Comfort Modern Downtown Condos
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 Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary Zoo are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (50 reviews)
"Your main takeaway is that this is not a hotel. It is a fully furnished one bedroom condo from a private individual. Once you know this, everything else will make sense. The property is excellent and clean. It’s way better than what you would get for the same price at a hotel. The location is very ..."

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Monki-Di Executive Suites - Alura
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.

Getting around Calgary

Make the most of Calgary’s great location close to stunning countryside by renting a car. Organize your rental at the airport or at one of the many car rental services in the city center. Within Calgary itself, you can easily get around on the public buses and the LRT, known as the C-Train. The heart of the city can be explored on foot, and copious bike paths make it simple to get around on two wheels. Visit the Calgary Transit website.Browse Calgary rental cars.

Best time to visit

Beautiful Calgary is renowned for the stunning scenery that surrounds it and the many opportunities for outdoor fun it offers. Take full advantage of the city’s natural charms by visiting when the weather will allow for lots of time outdoors. Avoid the icy winter and choose instead to come between May and September, when daytime temperatures will be pleasant and you will only need a jacket in the evenings.

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