Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic urban landscape surrounded by incomparable natural grandeur. It’s a place where you can savour the Rocky Mountain wilderness by day and world class cuisine and entertainment by night, a place buzzing with entrepreneurial 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 sleigh zipping down a frozen track at 120 km/h (75 mph). The legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics burns brightly, with top notch facilities where Olympic hopefuls train for gold. Immerse yourself in Calgary’s wild west spirit at the Calgary Stampede, the biggest rodeo on the planet. Grab your cowboy hat and join one million revellers for ten days of non-stop action.
Designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012 means Calgary has a significant voice in the Canadian cultural landscape.
Stampede. Olympics. Energy. Heritage. Here’s your insider Calgary checklist!
One of CNN’s top five best parties in the world
Get roped into the fever of the world’s most prestigious rodeo, the
Calgary Stampede. Catch the excitement of bull and bronc riding, steer wrestling and chuckwagon races. Catch the concerts, do the midway, find a street party - you’re all invited.
Lace up those blades and see why the
speed skating track is considered the fastest ice in the world. Shoot down
Canada Olympic Park's bobsleigh track. The Jamaican bobsled team did it in 1988, now you can too.
Pro sports – live!
Cheer on local professional ice hockey and football teams, the
Stampeders. Witness the elegance of show jumping at Spruce Meadows.
Once upon a time
Delve into the culture and history of Alberta and beyond at the
Glenbow Museum. Step back in time at Heritage Park, a lively western town of yesteryear.
to shop the best local and international designers. Browse the funky boutiques in
and haute couture along
17th Avenue SW. Cruise for antiques in Inglewood, Calgary’s original downtown district.
Find time for fitness
You don’t have to head to the mountains for a shot of Mother Nature. Discover a natural oasis right here in town - one of North America’s longest networks of pathways winds along Calgary’s riverbanks and beyond. And of course there’s an app for that: visit this
City of Calgary
page for download info.
Get outta town!
Wander through the mysterious Canadian Badlands, a moonscape of weird rock formations and dinosaur bonebeds. One hour east.
Head west then south on the
and learn about the history of ranching at the
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Less than an hour away.
Check out the
around Calgary for adventures off the beaten path in