Calgary in Alberta offers a getaway to a world of adventure and freedom, where panoramic views are everywhere you look, whether you stay in the city or head out on the highway for a tour of the beautiful areas surrounding Calgary.
From the visitor attractions in the city, to the scenery of the mountains, to the dinosaur digs of Alberta, Calgary and the surrounding area offer landscapes and activities to suit every taste, and Calgarians will treat you with warm western hospitality during your visit.
Throughout the year, shopping, theatre, galleries, symphony, ballet, concerts and dazzling nightlife are close at hand. Few cities offer the range of cultural experiences, recreational activities, seasonal events and festivals, and elaborate park and pathway systems that Downtown Calgary can, attracting more than 4.5 million visitors a year.
Amidst the gleaming office towers of downtown are 18 major tourist attractions, more than 800 stores for shopping, parks and extensive pathways, 23 major annual Downtown festivals, 7 major public spaces, as well as a selection of 200 restaurants, cafes and bistros and 50 nightclubs and pubs.
Walk, jog or bike along winding paths that follow sparkling rivers, golf in green valleys or ski in the high country. Float over the city in a hot air balloon on a warm summer morning. Go trail riding, heli-hiking, fishing, touring or whitewater rafting under bright blue skies. Explore prairie history at a pioneer settlement, museum or fort, or spend a day at the Calgary Zoo.
Calgary is located 610 miles (975 km) east of Vancouver and 388 miles (620 km) east of Kamloops in British Columbia, and 80 miles (128 km) east of Banff in Alberta.
Discover Life on earth at the Calgary Zoo, from the splendour of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa. While strolling along a peaceful pathway, winding your way through serene woodlands, you suddenly realize that as you are observing nature, nature is observing you. Also on the zoo grounds are the Botanical Gardens and the Prehistoric Park, which offers an image of Western Canada as it might have appeared when dinosaurs reigned supreme.
The Botanical Gardens at the Calgary Zoo boasts a collection of over 4,000 ornamental plant species hardy to the unique growing conditions of Calgary. Creative displays of tulips in spring and annuals in summer add to a spectacular viewing oasis of perennial, shrub and tree collections. Evergreens, colourful bark, texture and rock-work provide winter interest.
The Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo is unique to the world, displaying an image of Western Canada as it might have appeared when dinosaurs reigned supreme. Travel into the past, where more than 100 species of plants and a collection of life-sized dinosaurs reflect our present understanding of that ancient time. The swamplands of prehistoric Alberta were a haven for living dinosaurs. Over millions of years, the dinosaur bones that were buried in these muddy swamps become fossilized. The muddy swamps turned to rock and today, Alberta’s badlands are one of the best places in the entire world to find fossilized dinosaur bones.
Located in the heart of Calgary is the Glenbow Museum. Discover the delicate artistry of a seventeenth century rapier, the faint champagne stains on a 1920s wedding dress, a settler’s trunk full of Austrian silverware, a buffalo hide that recounts the thrill of a Siksika warrior’s triumphs, the shell-studded ceremonial stool of West African kings, or a poignant message of a lonely soldier to his mother.
Watch history unfold before your eyes at Fort Calgary Historic Park, in the community of Inglewood in Calgary. Tour through the exhibits, experience the environment, the lifestyle and events that make Calgary’s history a truly worthwhile story. Calgary’s past is full of colourful characters, exciting events and fascinating facts. There were booms and busts, heroes, moments of glory and times of tragedy. But one common thread tied them all together: the men and women who settled Calgary lived their lives with a spirit of tremendous optimism. And that spirit continues to thrive in Calgary today.
Travel back in time at the Heritage Park Historical Village and discover the treasures of Western Canada’s past. All the sights and sounds of pre- 1914 life are recreated at Canada’s largest living historical village. Heritage Park features over 66 acres of lush parkland, over 150 historical exhibits, thousands of artifacts, and lively interpretive activities. Framed by the majestic Rocky Mountains and surrounded by billowing trees and blue water, Heritage Park beckons to those individuals that want to savour a truly unique western experience.
Push, pull, open, look, talk and listen in an exciting hands-on science playground at the Calgary Science Centre that features North America’s newest multi-media theatre.
The Calgary Tower is the most famous and identifiable physical landmark in the city of Calgary, and is the fourth tallest structure in the city. The 4.57 metre wide observation deck provides the best place to get an overview of the city and beyond.
Canada Olympic Park is a year-round sport and tourist attraction, the premier site of the 1988 XV Olympic Winter Games, where ski jumpers soar and bobsleighs thunder. Day or night, from half an hour to half a day, a visit to Calgary would not be complete without stopping at Canada Olympic Park.
Golf: Golfers en route to British Columbia and the Rockies have a feast of golf ahead of them. The 27-hole Banff Springs Hotel Golf Course offers a challenging golf course with great fairways and a spectacular scenic layout where moose and elk roam. The feature hole, the Devil’s Cauldron, is an elevated tee above a glacial lake. Teeing-off amongst the backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges with local wildlife as your gallery is an unequalled golfing experience available at several courses in the area, including Silver Tip Golf Course and Stewart Creek Golf Club in Canmore, Kananaskis Country Lorette Golf Course, and Kananaskis Country Kidd Golf Course. Golf Vacations in Alberta and British Columbia.
Calgary boasts major annual festivals and special events, including the Calgary Folk Music Festival in late July, the Jazz Festival in late June, and the renowned Calgary Stampede.
Kick up your heels in July at the The Calgary Stampede, which bills itself as the The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth. The city comes alive, with tons of activity and excitement at Stampede Park. The event hosts many top name acts, popular country performers, and upcoming talent in the Youth Talent Showdown. Head on in to the Rodeo for some top quality cowboy action, check out the chuckwagon races and rustle up some grub in one of the fine eateries in the Calgary Stampede.
East of the Stampede Grounds, on a bluff overlooking downtown Calgary and the Saddledome, Scotsman’s Hill is an excellent spot from which to view the city and the mountains beyond.