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Where to stay
in Calgary

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.

Best Neighborhoods for Art and Culture

A hive of cultural activity, Calgary has neighborhoods where art and design scenes are thriving. Stay in the Beltline area for its art galleries, furniture showrooms, public art walking tours and artist-packed cafés in Victoria Park. The Beltline encompasses the 17th Avenue SW retail and entertainment district (the Red Mile), so look for a hotel there as well. Stay along the most multicultural street in the city, International Avenue, with its bright murals depicting local history and food tours celebrating five continents along 35 city blocks. Accommodations in Eau Claire give you a front-row seat for the many festivals that liven up this neighborhood. Set out from your hotel in Kensington to snap a pic of the Peace Bridge, catch an art house film at Plaza Theatre and sample fair-trade coffee at one of the many cafés. Come to East Village for its dazzling architecture and music venues; stay for its coffee roasters, bakeries and great accommodations.

Beltline

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.

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Victoria Park

Well-liked for its architecture and entertainment venues, Victoria Park is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Scotiabank Saddledome and 17 Avenue SW, and jump on the metro at Victoria Park - Stampede Station to get around the city.

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Kensington

River views, restaurants, and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Kensington. Sights like Plaza Theatre and Riley Park are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Calgary area at Sunnyside Station.

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Top Areas for Dining

From bratwurst to Korean tapas, the Calgary dining scene is moving quickly beyond meat and potatoes. Stay along 4th Street for seemingly limitless dining choices. Farm-to-table fare, contemporary Mexican, epic brunches; it's all here. Friendly Chinatown is a pleasant sensory experience and a hotel here puts you within walking distance of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian eateries. Look for accommodations in Bridgeland for excellent Italian food. It was once known as Little Italy, but it now also has a burgeoning brunch scene. Head out of town a bit and stay in the residential neighborhood of Banff Trail, with myriad cafés, sandwich shops, restaurants and the beautiful Canmore Park, a great place for a picnic.

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.

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Bridgeland

Visitors to Bridgeland like its zoo. Jump on the metro at Bridgeland - Memorial Station or Calgary Zoo Station to see top sights like Calgary Zoo while you're in the area.

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Banff Trail

If you're passing through Banff Trail, you may want to check out its live music. From there, jump on the metro at Banff Trail Station to see more of the area.

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Best Spots for Sightseeing

Most visitors start with a stay in Downtown Calgary, where life centers on Stephen Avenue, an enjoyable pedestrian-only mall. Dine on renowned Alberta steak, catch a performance at Arts Commons or shop at upscale Bankers Hall. Choose a hotel in the Marda Loop for a local vibe. This walkable neighborhood is quintessential Calgary, and home to the famous Marda Gras Street Festival each August. Alternatively, pick a hotel in top-rated Inglewood on Calgary's original main street. You'll get a taste of the city's history, including its musical past, along Music Mile.

Downtown Calgary

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.

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Inglewood

You'll enjoy the restaurants and parks in Inglewood. You might want to make time for a stop at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary or Pearce Estate Park.

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Marda Loop

Marda Loop is well-liked for its shopping. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Calgary area, you might plan a trip to 17 Avenue SW or The Military Museums.

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