Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic urban landscape surrounded by incomparable natural grandeur. It’s a place where you can relish the great outdoors by day and world class cuisine and entertainment by night. A place buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage.
Calgarians have a need for speed, like seeing chuckwagon teams pound madly towards the finish line or four guys in a bobsled zooming down a frozen track at 120 km/h (75 mph). The legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics burns brightly, with top notch facilities where new Olympic hopefuls train for gold. Immerse yourself in Calgary’s Wild West spirit at the Calgary Stampede, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Catch the excitement of bull and bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and roping. Take in a concert, do the midway, find a street party –you’re all invited.
As a recently designated Cultural Capital of Canada, Calgary has come of age with a spectrum of arts and performing arts – theatre, music and dance. Attend a cultural festival at Prince’s Island Park or a global fireworks competition. And there’s some serious culinary magic to be found in the restaurants and fine dining rooms around town.
Arts, Culture and History
Delve into the history of western Canada at the Glenbow Museum. Learn about the city’s origins at Fort Calgary. Discover “How the West was Once” at Heritage Park Historical Village – Canada’s largest living history museum. Explore the Aero Space Museum. Take in a play, symphony or opera downtown at Arts Common (formerly the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts).
Dare to step onto the glass floor observation deck at the top of the Calgary Tower for panoramic views of the city – and a clear view to the street, 160 m (525 ft) below. Find out more about how the world works at the TELUS Spark science centre. Get to know some of Canada’s most impressive animals in the Calgary Zoo’s Canadian Wilds exhibit. With 34 mid-way rides and 23 food outlets, Calaway Park is a grand place to play for the whole family.
Stroll downtown’s Stephen Avenue and shop the CORE. Explore Kensington Village or 17th Ave. Cruise for antiques in historic Inglewood, Calgary’s original downtown district. Visit the wildly popular outlet mall, CrossIron Mills.
Cheer on local professional ice hockey and football teams, the Flames and the Stampeders. Witness the elegance of show jumping at Spruce Meadows. Or get in on the action and visit the Olympic Oval speed skating track. At Canada Olympic Park you can shoot down the bobsleigh track and ride on the Skyline Luge – the longest luge course in the world.
Discover a natural oasis and enjoy the great outdoors on the bike paths winding through the river valley. And of course there’s an app for that. In winter, snowshoe or cross-country ski in Fish Creek Provincial Park – one of the largest urban parks in North America.
Wander through the mysterious Canadian Badlands, a moonscape of unusual rock formations and dinosaur bonebeds. One hour east.
Head west then south on the Cowboy Trail and learn about the history of ranching at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Less than an hour away.
Check out the coollittletowns around Calgary for adventures off the beaten path in Southern Alberta.