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Things to do in Calgary

Things to do in  Calgary

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

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Billing itself as the greatest outdoor show on earth, you can expect something special at the Calgary Stampede. And with everything you’ve come to love about rodeos, state fairs, grandstands, concerts and carousels, something special is what you get. Every year since 1923, this ten day event annually attracts more than a million people who come to see what happens when you offer the biggest payouts to rodeo contestants and marry it with chuckwagon races, blacksmithing competitions, midway, markets, dancing, singing, and a heavy native people’s participation. It’s an event of grand scale that kicks off with an opening parade featuring dozens of marching bands, over 150 floats, clowns, dancers, politicians and business leaders. It’s extravagant, beautiful, dusty, and it smells like funnel cake and horses – in short, it’s the defining event of Calgary, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.More
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Calgary Tower

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Calgary Tower is a city landmark, teetering over the city’s downtown skyscrapers since 1968. Atop the tower’s shaft you’ll find ‘the pod’, home to an observation deck and revolving restaurant. From here you have stunning views over the city, all the way to the snow-capped mountains fringing the horizon. Peer through the binoculars on the observation deck, walk out on the glass floor rimming the edge of the observation deck if you dare, and dine in the revolving restaurant, Sky 360. During special events, the Winter Olympics cauldron on the tower’s summit is lit, re-creating the Games magic.More
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Heritage Park

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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 represents 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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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. 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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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.More
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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

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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

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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

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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.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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