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Calgary
Travel Guide

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $34 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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 ...
3.5/5Good! (3,063 reviews)
"the rooms are very big, comfortable beds we had two queen. every room has a fridge, mic, and a small sink in the room. it is clean and friendly. the location worked for us, kind of outside the city crowds but with all the big stores one may need."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
24 Aero Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
The price is $79 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Deerfoot Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino and Cross Iron Mills ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,305 reviews)
"The staff was fabulous and the room was very clean."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
888 7th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
The price is $89 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Downtown Calgary, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sitting Eagle Statue and 17 Avenue SW. Calgary Tower and Calgary Telus Convention ...
3.6/5Good! (988 reviews)
"The staff are amazing, so kind and helpful! We, very much so enjoyed our trip and will always come back to this Sandman during our stays in Calgary!"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown 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.
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 $59 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (1,034 reviews)
"All was good older hotel but looks like revamped and clean great service"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Calgary, AB
The price is $72 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Marda Loop, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of 17 Avenue SW, Calgary Tower, and Stampede Park. Scotiabank Saddledome and BMO Centre are ...
1/5 (1 review)
This listing is a fraud. Unit listed is occupied by someone for long term and the owner does not exi
"This listing is a fraud. Unit listed is occupied by someone for long term and the owner does not exist. Still waiting for VRBO to contact me and give a full refund, since i had to book different place to stay. Horrible service."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

Main Floor Unit, Bright and Open
Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
Calgary, AB
Located in Southeast Calgary, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of McKenzie Meadows Golf Club, Spruce Meadows, and Heritage Pointe Golf Course. Oasis ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Clean and spacious
"The place was really clean and spacious, and the host made sure to regularly check in. Would do it again!"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Two Queen Beds, Walkout Basement Suite in Seton, Calgary
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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