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Where to stayin Calgary

No longer defined by cowboys and Angus beef, Calgary now offers world-class arts, a thriving dining scene and upscale shopping. Learn about Calgary's neighborhoods to find the best place to stay for your interests, whether that's live music in Inglewood or shopping and dining along 17th Avenue. Nature lovers will also feel at home in Calgary because of its many outdoor activities in the warmer months and great access to skiing in the winter. Revitalized and ever-friendly, Calgary is where you want to stay in Alberta for a hip, youthful urban escape, with plenty of great hotels to suit any taste.

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 sporting events, 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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17 Avenue SW

Visitors to 17 Avenue SW like its restaurants and parks, and Fourth Street is a sight worth a stop.

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Kensington

River views, restaurants, and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Kensington. Sights like Riley Park and Plaza Theatre 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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Fourth Street

You'll enjoy the coffeehouses and parks in Fourth Street. You might want to make time for a stop at 17 Avenue SW or Central Memorial Park.

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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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Stephen Avenue

You'll enjoy the riverfront and shopping in Stephen Avenue. You might want to make time for a stop at CORE Shopping Centre or Art Gallery of Calgary.

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Inglewood

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

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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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Great Places to Stay for Outdoor Activities

Calgary's outer suburbs allow for easy access to the city, but they also open up a world of possibilities for enjoying the outdoors. Stay in Bowness in northwest Calgary to ski or snowboard at WinSport, the city's only urban hill. Or, from here, hit the Trans Canada Highway toward the Canadian Rockies. If you're willing to stay a bit farther out, Canmore is an excellent place to stay if you're in town for a mountain holiday, particularly skiing. This quaint city is well located near many top ski resorts. Choose accommodations in Southern Calgary for the best access to the historic Cowboy Trail, set in high ranching country and an excellent choice to stay for a ranch vacation.

Bowness

Visitors highly recommend Bowness for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Bowness Park while you're in town.

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