What to do in Calgary

What to go in Calgary

Known for its western hospitality, chef-driven cuisine, classic and quirky theatre and lively music events and outdoor festivals, Calgary is a vibrant city centred around four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With the stunning snow-capped Rockies as a backdrop and a lively vibe in the town centre bars and restaurants, Calgary is best known for the annual Stampede when cowboys and girls from across the world descend to battle for the top rodeo honours.

Visit during the Calgary Stampede

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Attend the largest outdoor rodeo in the world! Enjoy this 10-day festival and experience professional cowboys compete in a myriad of rodeo events including bull riding, robing, chuck wagon racing and barrel racing. Tracing its routes back to 1880s it is the highlight of the Calgary summer, cementing this Alberta city's reputation as "Stampede City".

Spend the day at Calgary Zoo 

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One of the city's most popular attractions, Calgary Zoo is Canada's largest and most visited zoological park. Sitting on a 120-acre side on St. George's Island in the Bow River, the zoo is home to over 1000 animals representing over 272 species, many of which are rare and endangered. Spring is always a fun time to visit due to the arrival of newborn animals.

Take in 360-degree city views from Calgary Tower

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The Calgary Tower was built to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday in 1967, now more than 50 years later it is one of the most iconic Canadian buildings. Find a viewing platform with a glass floor and revolving restaurant 191 meters above the city, allowing visitors to enjoy excellent views over the city and beyond to the mountains.

Catch the sunset over downtown Calgary

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Take in panoramic views of the city at Scotsman’s Hill, the perfect spot to catch the sunset after a day exploring Calgary. Walk the ridge to find the best vantage point for a picture and with just the right light, you can see the Canadian Rockies.

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Posted on 13th January 2023


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