Explore Calgary

Explore Calgary
Nothing beats an up and coming cosmopolitan city with a thriving cowboy community that truly wrangles bulls. What a combination! And Calgary has just that and more. Over the past 10 years Calgary has had a real spike in population, specifically from “big oil” up in the northern parts, and with that has brought a renewed younger energy. Calgary has thriving nightlife, urban chic restaurants, and an active arts and cultural community. Plus Calgary is a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains, home of the famous Banff Springs hotel, skiing, and plenty of hiking trails leading to beautiful turquoise lakes.
Calgary City Hall
Stephens Street, Downtown Calgary
Calgary Stampede

Places to Visit nearby Calgary

  • Banff
  • Cannmore
  • Drummheller
  • Edmonton
  • Moraine Lake
  • Lake Louise
  • Royal Tyrell Museum

Unique Things to See and Do in Calgary

  • Play “cowboy” at the Calgary Stampede
  • Visit the Calgary Zoo
  • Wander the Arts Commons
  • See Olympic Park
  • Explore Calaway Park
  • Step back in time at Fort Calgary
  • Enjoy the view from the Calgary Tower

The Calgary Scene

The biggest attraction that pulls in a huge crowd is the Calgary Stampede. It is 10 day long event aimed at preserving the history and heritage of western cowboy living - where they host stock show events, bull wrangling, cowboy challenges, tractor shows, and even heavy horse pulls. Riders with Championship titles demonstrate how to take down a steer, work cattle with dogs, and display general horsemanship skills. And of course no event is truly great without live music, dancing, fair food, rides for kids, and big name country stars! People come from all around the world to party at the Calgary Stampede. Held in early July, the temperature is hot so dress appropriately, which means crop tops and short shorts for the women, and of course cowboy hats for everyone!

If you’re not heading to Calgary during the Calgary Stampede don’t worry, Calgary still offers plenty to see and do. The downtown core of Calgary has really transformed over the past 10 years, and one of the most notable changes has been the influx of new restauranteurs and notable chefs.

Getting Around Calgary

Once you’ve arrived in Calgary, getting around by public transit is quite simple. Public Transit is a combination of buses and a light rail system called the C-Train. The C-train is an above ground light rail system that operates 24 hours a day. Tickets for the C-train or bus are interchangeable. If you are travelling in downtown only, the C-Train is free, however if you travel outside of downtown you must purchase a ticket. For visitors planning on travelling to multiple locations in the city, there are day passes offering unlimited travel. A single ticket is valid for one use within 90 minutes and costs $3.15 for an adult. A day pass costs $9.50.

If you are planning to travel outside of the city or take day trips to different locations, you can either sign up for guided tours that include transportation or you can rent a car. Renting a car is good for getting out to the smaller communities. Banff is only an hour’s drive from Calgary (not including rush hour traffic) and Edmonton is a 3 hour drive from Calgary.

Did you know…?

You can dine at the top of the Calgary Tower and enjoy a 360 degree view.

Calgary Tower

Did you ALSO know…?

The Peace Bridge is a pedestrian bridge constructed for the people commuting back and forth from downtown. The bridge has over 6000 crossings a day.

Calgary Peace Bridge

Best Time of Year to Travel to Calgary

Calgary is best to visit in the summer when the city puts on tons of festivals, live performances, and the weather is warm. To the west is Kananaskis  country where locals go to “summer vacation.” There are plenty of provincial parks and great lakes to swim in. The temperature around Calgary is variable, so it could reach a high of 35C in July and then cool down at nighttime to 15C with summer storms and rains. The winters are cold and snowy with temperatures dropping as low as -13C or colder with wind chill.

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