Calgary

Canada

Lake Minnewanka which includes a lake or waterhole, landscape views and mountains

4.5/5Top Destination

Come to Calgary and enjoy its riverfront, theater, and architecture.

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.

Known for

Natural Parks, Rivers and Theaters

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Where to stay in Calgary

Downtown Calgary
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Downtown Calgary

Shopping, Urban, Dining

4.5/5 (291 Ratings)

Enjoy the popular shops in Downtown Calgary. CORE Shopping Centre is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at 3rd Street SW Station or 4th Street SW Station to see more of Calgary.

Southwest Calgary
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Southwest Calgary

Friendly People, Culture, Historical Buildings

4.5/5 (7 Ratings)

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 Heritage Park Historical Village.

Southeast Calgary
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Southeast Calgary

4/5 (48 Ratings)

While you're in Southeast Calgary, take in top sights like Stampede Park or Scotiabank Saddledome, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Canyon Meadows Station or Shawnessy Station.

Beltline
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Beltline

Architecture, Hockey, Urban

4.5/5 (70 Ratings)

Visitors often come to Beltline for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Calgary Tower and Stampede Park. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Victoria Park - Stampede Station.

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Hockey

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.

Bridgeland
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Bridgeland

Zoo, Nature, Wildlife

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.

Top Hotels in Calgary

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB
$83/night
Aug 26 - Aug 27
4/5Very Good! (1,948 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casino Calgary and Sunridge Mall. Calgary Zoo and Calgary Tower are also within 6 ...

4/5Very Good! (1,948 reviews)

"Overall was very pleased with hotel, the only issue I had was that the key cards kept not working, so had to constantly go to front desk to get new ones"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
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Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
3.5 out of 5
1250 Mckinnon Dr NE, Calgary, AB
$65/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4/5Very Good! (1,654 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Casino Calgary and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Calgary Zoo. Sunridge Mall and Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf ...

4/5Very Good! (1,654 reviews)

"The room looked clean but noticed there was other people’s food lifted in the fridge."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
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Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
25 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB
3.9/5Good! (1,112 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Aero Space Museum of Calgary and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Sunridge Mall. Calgary Zoo and ...

3.9/5Good! (1,112 reviews)

"Everything was as expected. Friendly staff, clean room, Moxie's in the lobby is great."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport

Popular things to do in Calgary

Calgary Tower
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Calgary Tower

4.5/5 (179 Ratings)

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.

Scotiabank Saddledome
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Scotiabank Saddledome

4.5/5 (85 Ratings)

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

Canada Olympic Park
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Canada Olympic Park

4.5/5 (128 Ratings)

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.

Top activities in Calgary

Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour
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Columbia Icefield Discovery Sightseeing Tour

$175

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.

Calgary City Half-day Tour
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Calgary City Half-day Tour

$59

A guided tour takes you to explore the city of Calgary; from the historic site to the newest modern building: Studio Bell(admission included): Home of the National Music Centre. It organizes interactive education programming, artist incubation, exhibitions and performances daily, as well as an artist-in-residence program.

Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise
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Banff Gondola & Lake Minnewanka Cruise

$134

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.

Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour
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Full-Day Columbia Icefield Tour

$86

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.

Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park
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Full-Day Tour to Waterton Lakes National Park

$89

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks, see the saturated strata in colorful canyons, and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion.

Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues
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Canmore Clue Solving Adventure - Smugglers Blues

$9

Itinerary After downloading the free APP, and activating your game, you will get to the start location and start the game. Your first clue will be arrive at your phone. Follow directions to solve the clue, and enter the correct answer to receive the next one.

Reviews of Calgary

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
427
4 - Good
424
3 - Okay
112
2 - Disappointing
13
1 - Terrible
4

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

Great city with great people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

wake up in the morning, walk downstairs, then walk to airport check-in. couldn't have been easier.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

Love the people so down to earth and nice.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Wish we had more time to explore. We got to the hotel around 3:00 and had early morning flights so we did not go to the downtown area. Our son enjoyed the brewers near the hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Fantastic Northern City. Will come back again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

just a stop on our way to Banff

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