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CalgaryCanada

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

Glenbow Museum showing interior views as well as a large group of people

Downtown Calgary

4.5/5Wonderful!(394 area reviews)

Calgary Tower and Scotiabank Saddledome are top sights in Downtown Calgary, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at 3rd Street SW Station or 4th Street SW Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Calgary
Canada Olympic Park which includes modern architecture

Southwest Calgary

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

Southwest Calgary is a destination travelers like for its river views, and you might hop aboard the metro at Southland Station or Anderson Station to explore sights like Stampede Park.

Southwest Calgary
Calgary featuring street scenes, a festival and signage

Southeast Calgary

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Southeast Calgary, check out sights like Calgary Zoo or Deerfoot Casino and hop on the metro to see more the city at Chinook Station or 39th Avenue Station.

Southeast Calgary
The whole reason I came here was to see this cool bridge. Yes I'm weird but when I seen photos I had to come and check it out. I just love stuff like this.

Northwest Calgary

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Northwest Calgary, check out sights like McMahon Stadium or Market Mall and hop on the metro to see more the city at Dalhousie Station or Crowfoot Station.

Northwest Calgary
Calgary Tower featuring a city and a skyscraper

Beltline

4.5/5Wonderful!(102 area reviews)

Take time in Beltline to visit attractions like Stampede Park and Scotiabank Saddledome. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Victoria Park - Stampede Station to see more of the city.

Beltline
Calgary Chinatown

Calgary Chinatown

You'll enjoy the restaurants and riverfront in Calgary Chinatown. You might want to make time for a stop at Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre or The New Gallery.

Calgary Chinatown

Top Hotels in Calgary

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
3.5 out of 5
24 Aero Crescent NE, Calgary, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $76 per night

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! (2,694 reviews)

"Very clean, amazing shower, and very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Hotel Clique Calgary Airport
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3525 26 Street Northeast, Calgary, AB
The price is $40 per night

Situated near the airport, this 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 is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...

3.6/5Good! (241 reviews)

"Hotel is making nice improvements. Stayed in renovated room. Very nice. Convenient location"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Riviera Hotel Calgary Airport
Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
3.5 out of 5
1250 Mckinnon Dr NE, Calgary, AB
The price is $63 per night

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,711 reviews)

"We are so Happy for the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport

Popular places to visit in Calgary

Stampede Park
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Stampede Park

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Stampede Park is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Calgary. Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or experience its entertainment choices.

Calgary Zoo
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Calgary Zoo

4.5/5(94 reviews)

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

Scotiabank Saddledome
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Scotiabank Saddledome

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Catch an event at Scotiabank Saddledome during your trip to Calgary. Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

4.5/5(212 reviews)

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

4.5/5(155 reviews)

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.

Chinook Centre
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Chinook Centre

4.5/5(96 reviews)

With a visit to Chinook Centre, a favorite shopping spot in Calgary, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Calgary

Full-Day Downtown Banff & National Park Tour
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Full-Day Downtown Banff & National Park Tour

$70
Per adult
Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake
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Full-Day Trip to Yoho National Park & Moraine Lake

$70
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour
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Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour

$82
Per adult
Calgary Bow River Segway Adventure
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Calgary Bow River Segway Adventure

$63
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Heritage Park Historical Village & Gasoline Alley Admission
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Heritage Park Historical Village & Gasoline Alley Admission

$21
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues
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Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues

$9
Per adult

Reviews of Calgary

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
571
5 - Excellent 44.43579766536965%
4 - Good
550
4 - Good 42.80155642023346%
3 - Okay
140
3 - Okay 10.894941634241246%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 1.245136186770428%
1 - Terrible
8
1 - Terrible 0.622568093385214%

1/5 - Terrible

Alie

Apr 2, 2020

There’s nothing to do here

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

We enjoyed Banff & Lake Louis more than Calgary, but it was winter. The Zoo was Awesome! The hockey game would have been walkable from apartment had Covid-19 not shut it down. Can’t wait to visit again.

4/5 - Good

Skiertom

Mar 13, 2020

Just passing through.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

beats Detroit!

4/5 - Good

Wong-LA

Feb 22, 2020

Clean and small city with much attractions except going to Banff.

5/5 - Excellent

Subbu

Feb 12, 2020

Great. Winter sports lover will enjoy during the season. Summer time also great for outdoor activity. Banff is nearby.

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