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Welcome to Calgary

Located just outside the spectacular Banff National Park, Calgary is a bustling hub of stylish bars, diverse restaurants, chic boutiques, and green-lawned parks, with enough to keep visitors of all ages happy. Host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary has a rich sporting pedigree, and it’s an ideal base from which to step into Alberta’s great outdoors. Explore the streets and walkways with ease on a guided Segway tour, on which you’ll take in top sites of interest such as the Bow River, Fort Calgary, Inglewood, St. Patrick's Island, and the Trans Canada Trail. Discover the flavors Canadians love (bison, honey, Saskatoon berries) with an artisanal food and craft beer walking tour, and perhaps meet some of Alberta’s passionate brewpub owners. While you’re in Calgary, take time to learn about the First Nations peoples on a guided day trip, and embrace the culture of Canada’s northern plains. Travelers keen to head into the Rockies can take a helicopter sightseeing tour for panoramic views over the soaring peaks and plunging valleys, or explore the mighty Columbia Icefield by coach tour—which often stretch all the way from the Banff National Park to the southern end of Jasper National Park. From there, it’s just a trip to the waters of UNESCO-listed Lake Louise, widely considered to be one of Alberta’s top natural attractions.

Top 10 attractions in Calgary

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede is a grand celebration of Canada’s Western heritage that has been attracting visitors every year since 1923. Visit to experience small-town fun in a big way. The Stampede includes rodeo events, chuckwagon races, blacksmithing competitions, a midway, 300 performers on five stages, and First Nations cultural events.More
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Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower

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Standing sentinel over the city’s downtown since 1968, Calgary Tower features an observation deck with a glass floor and a revolving restaurant 627 feet (191 meters) above ground. Both afford 360-degree views across the city to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance.More
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Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum

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Glenbow is the largest cultural museum in western Canada, in particular highlighting the history and culture of indigenous Canadians.The museum combines artifacts, artworks, archives, documents and fun interactive exhibits.Tour the Blackfoot nations gallery, imagine riding in an Inuit kayak or pioneer wagon, and see photographic exhibits, sculptures, modernist and historical art.Learn more about the past and present by taking an interactive tour of Alberta and hear the stories of Canada’s first inhabitants.More
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Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary

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Visit the spot where Calgary was born at Fort Calgary, and explore the city’s formative years from 1875 to 1914.A wooden fort was built here by the North West Mounted Police in 1875, and today, the legacy of those times is re-created with interactive exhibits, replica barracks, guided tours and an interpretive center. It is a National Historic Site of Canada.Dine in the former home of a Canadian Mountie, try on an authentic Mountie uniform and explore the fort’s extensive riverside grounds surrounding the meeting point of the Elbow and Bow rivers.More
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Heritage Park

Heritage Park

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Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta, is an open-air historical and learning museum that gives visitors the chance to experience what life was like on the Canadian Prairies from 1860 to 1950. Costumed interpreters and many hands-on, interactive exhibits help you go deeper into your fun-filled encounter with the living past.More
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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

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As one of Canada’s most significant historic coal mines, the Atlas Coal Mine is a National Historic Landmark and the site of the country's last standing wooden coal tipple (a sorting and loading machine.) It is a chance to dive deep into the country’s history of coal mining, as well as the time period during which mining was more prominent. Original mine buildings, hundreds of artifacts, roving characters, and unique machinery all bring history to life. There’s also a narrow gauge train tour and a coal car that takes visitors around the property, and an underground mining tunnel tour that recreates the experience of the miners.Outside of the mine itself, visitors can see well-preserved plant buildings and miner houses, including a lamp house, wash house, supply house, and blacksmith. The site of many historic structures, the mine is popular with photographers and well as history enthusiasts.More
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Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

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Heritage Park is a historical village in Calgary that showcases the history of Western Canada from 1860 to 1950. It is Canada’s largest living museum, divided into four areas that each represent a different period of time.Some of the area historic buildings still stand, while others have been brought in and restored. Traditional schools, homes, and saloons of the past give a sense of what life was like in each era. The park’s staff stands dressed in period costume, while horse and carriage or vintage automobiles roam the streets.Other historic working artifacts of make history come to life. Interactive areas demonstrate the evolution of Canada’s industries, including fur trading, the Prairie Railroad, and the era of the automobile. Available activities include riding an authentic steam train or making your own old-fashioned ice cream. Visitors experience the history of Canada as it comes to life in nearly 200 available exhibits.More
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Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

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Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is a state-of-the-art cultural center in Calgary. Spanning 160,000 square feet (14,865 square meters), the architecturally notable center includes a museum, performance hall, live music venue, recording studios, radio station, classrooms, and media center.More
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The Hangar Flight Museum

The Hangar Flight Museum

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Kids big and small are fascinated by The Hangar Flight Museum, highlighting the history of Canadian aviation.As well as displaying historic civilian and military aircraft, the museum hosts exhibits of visiting aircraft.Go for a spin in a plane flight simulator, or take an educational tour to learn more about the museum’s prized collection of vintage aircraft.More
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Calaway Park

Calaway Park

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For all the fun of the fair, with family-friendly rides and live entertainment, visit Calaway Park.The largest amusement park in Canada’s west, Calaway Park has 34 rides spread over 36 hectares (90 acres).From special rides for youngsters like the Aeromax crop duster to the whirling Adrenaline Test Zone and Bumper Boat splashdown, there are rides for all ages, from calm to thrilling. Height restrictions apply and some rides require adults to accompany youngsters.Highlights for those with strong stomachs include the Chaos and Storm rides, and the corkscrew Vortex roller coaster.At the park you’ll also find 23 food outlets and 25 skill-testing games.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Calgary

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Excellent experience in Drumheller
kanaen0130, Sep 2019
Calgary to Royal Tyler Museum | Drumheller | Badland – Private Sightseeing Tour
I took a private tour to visit Drumheller since the regular tour usually only stay in the museum less than 2 hours.
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You must go to see the Rockies if...
Sandra C, Oct 2017
Banff Day Trip from Calgary
You must go to see the Rockies if visting Calgary and this trip was great from the Hotel pickup to the return and the Gondola up the mountain was incredible with awsome scenery.
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Great way to see Banff and the Rocky...
Sherry M, Sep 2017
Banff Day Trip from Calgary
Great way to see Banff and the Rocky Mountains.
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The Driver, Patrick and the helper...
Joan W, Jul 2016
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
The lakes and fall are beautiful.
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Awesome trip
mnc_3000, Aug 2019
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
00 Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls day trip from Calgary.
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The Canadia beauty in one day
rogeryhsu, Sep 2018
Banff Day Trip from Calgary
I do wish they cut one of the view point (like Fairmont Spring Hotel) and increase the time of staying at lake shore for those who do not want to take a lake cruise.
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This 10 hour day started with a two...
Richard M, Sep 2017
Banff Day Trip from Calgary
We drove through town to see the resort.
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We were in Calgary for the Stampede...
barbara l, Nov 2017
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
We walked to 2 waterfalls and finally had time to shop and dine in Banff.
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This 12 hour day involved a two hour...
Richard M, Sep 2017
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
The sights were spectacular as rains had cleansed the air of smoke allowing the tourists to view the pristine waters of the lakes and the breathtaking waterfalls.
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We enjoyed our all day trip from...
cecilysherritt, Sep 2017
Banff Day Trip from Calgary
It was especially nice to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate after the trip to the sulfur springs!!
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While working in Calgary, I wanted...
Phill Clegg, Jul 2015
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
While working in Calgary, I wanted to visit the Rockies.
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This tour ticked all the boxes for...
Helen C, Aug 2014
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
I had been to this part of the world before but went again because Lake Louise is just so stunning I had to see it again!

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