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Calgary

Known for Natural Parks, Rivers and Theaters

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.

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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.

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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.

Catch an event at Scotiabank Saddledome during your trip to Calgary. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

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.

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

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Get an unsurpassed 360-degree view of Calgary and the surrounding region from the Calgary Tower's observation deck. Standing 626 feet (191m) above ground, take in panoramic views of the city, the majestic Canadian Rockies, and rolling plains as far as the eye can see.

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Travel into the Canadian Rockies and along one of the world's most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. At the glacier, board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Explore this moving mass as you step out onto ice that’s deep enough to bury the Eiffel Tower.

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See the very best of Banff in a day. Take a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and enjoy free time to explore the city. Start your exciting adventure with pickup from select Calgary, Canmore, or Banff hotels.

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Discover the best of the Canadian Rockies on this one-way tour to Jasper. Ride along the Icefields Parkway, see the beautiful Athabasca Falls, and feel like you're floating above the ice-capped peaks on the Glacier Skywalk.

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Take an unforgettable journey in the picturesque city of Banff. Ride along the famous Tunnel Mountain Drive, head to the top of Sulphur Mountain via the Banff Gondola, and stand in awe of beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Your journey begins with convenient hotel pickup.

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Explore the frozen expanses of the Columbia Icefield, snap photos of the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and learn about the erosive legacy of the Crowfoot Glacier on this day trip around Banff and Jasper's national parks.

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