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Calgary
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels 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
The price is $36 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (2,988 reviews)

"The hotel was nice located and the service was very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
4 out of 5
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Cross Iron Mills Mall, Calgary Zoo, and University of Calgary. Calgary Telus Convention Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,904 reviews)

"Staff and clean rooms are the main point and restaurant is good too"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
The Fairmont Palliser
The Fairmont Palliser
4 out of 5
133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is $123 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Downtown Calgary, this spa hotel is steps from Vertigo Theatre and Calgary Tower. Calgary Telus Convention Centre and Bow Valley College are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,300 reviews)

"Great old historic building, staff is pleasant and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Fairmont Palliser
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.

Vacation Rentals in Calgary

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
3 out of 5
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is $50 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Located in Southwest Calgary, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chinook Centre and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Rockyview General Hospital. Stanley Park and Heritage ...

3.8/5Good! (1,004 reviews)

"We enjoyed our one night at the Super 8 in Calgary. The beds were very comfortable, wifi was reliable, and it was handy to have a fridge and microwave in the room. Considering the restrictions that Covid-19 has made necessary, the bagged breakfast wasn't fancy but it was pretty good. The doorknobs ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
2825 Sunridge Way NE, Calgary, AB
The price is $70 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stampede Park, Scotiabank Saddledome, and Calgary Tower. Calgary Zoo and McMahon Stadium ...

4.4/5Excellent! (647 reviews)

"Great staff and rooms. Clean and modern. Close to restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport
Nuvo Hotel Suites
Nuvo Hotel Suites
3 out of 5
827 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is $71 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Beltline, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Herringer Kiss Gallery and 17 Avenue SW. Calgary Tower and Calgary Telus Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (816 reviews)

"Clean, quiet, central location. Excellent service. Great value."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Nuvo Hotel Suites
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.

Popular places to visit in Calgary

Top things to do in Calgary

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
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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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