Languages: English, French, Chinese
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Time Zone: MST (UTC-7)
Driving Side: Right Side
Main Attractions: Calgary Zoo, Telus World of Science, Calgary Tower, Chinatown district, Spruce Meadows, Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park Historical Village
Snuggled in the hilly terrains of Rocky Mountains, Calgary is the largest city in the Alberta province of Canada. The cosmopolitan air of the city, along with its wealth of all-season outdoor adventurous activities and sports, makes it one of the most breathtaking holidaying destinations in the country. In fact, tourism contributes a lion’s share to the booming economy of the place. Besides, its mysterious wilderness, magnetic tourist attractions, vibrant annual festivals, galvanizing spa experience, and much more, makes Calgary one of its kind. For its unsullied charm, Calgary was accredited the cleanest city in the world, in a survey published by Forbes magazine. Discover more of Calgary, and learn about things to do and places to see in the city.
Things to Do in Calgary
Enjoy Wild West at Calgary Stampede!
The ten-day celebration of ‘Calgary Stampede’ in July forms the soul of this ‘cowboy city’. People bring out the wild chapters of rugged west by donning themselves in blue jeans and vibrant Stetsons. This annual outdoor event lures all Wild West fans and sees rodeos and wagon-racing teams, wigwams, exotic Indian dances as well as colorful agricultural celebrations. Apart from the buzz in the Stampede Grounds, local restaurants, clubs and parks - all come to life with a new vigor during the event. An event surely not to be missed!
Catch a View from Calgary Tower!
A visit to the Calgary Tower, located on 9th Ave on Center Street, should be on the charts, if you want to get a breathtaking aerial view of the city. With a lofty height of 191 m (627 ft), it claims credit as a milestone monument of the place. The giant torch on the tower proudly marks the spirit of the Olympics. You should head on to the viewing platform of the tower if you want to catch some stunning views of the wide panorama below. Else, simply unwind and treat your taste buds in the revolving restaurant at its top.
Relish the Orient in Chinatown!
Chinatown comprises one-twentieth of the total Downtown area in Calgary and its large area indicates the extent of Asian influence in the city. It is Canada’s second largest Chinatown and is located between the Bow River and 4th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary. You can jaunt to the place to pick some exotic accessories and curios. There are also shopping malls, which promise some good grabs. Inhale the Calgary Chinese culture by taking a trip to the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, which is one of the largest cultural centers of Canada.
Take a Trip to Devonian Garden!
This large indoor park, which is sprawled across 2.5 acres, is a must-visit for all those who appreciate natural beauty attaining new ardor, with fabricated care. Housed on Toronto Dominion Square, this landscaped garden is home to more than 20,000 plants. Segregated into sections like Quiet Garden, Sun Garden, Creek Bed, Reflecting Pond, etc, the garden also harbors other highlights, in the form of sprinkling waterfalls, fountains, bridges, sculptures and turtles pools, and so on.
Engage in Adventure!
Nothing beats the charm of winter sports in Calgary. Be it the wild lap of the Rocky Mountains or the important winter sporting complexes, such as Canada Olympic Park and Olympic Oval, tourists visiting the city can engage in a variety of sports and games, in the form of skiing, ski jumping, downhill skiing, snowboarding, etc. Apart from that, there are options of indulging in different summer sports as well. Golfing forms another major sport and the region boasts of a large number of prestigious golf courses.