There are so many things to experience in this diverse city; it will be necessary to plan ahead to ensure you’ll get to everything you MUST see.
Traffic is busy in the city and parking is very expensive. So if you have a car with you, leave it at your hotel when exploring the city and use it for trips to outlying attractions. The Calgary Transit System (TTC) is easy to use and quite inexpensive. Taxis are also readily available.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Calgary, and here are some places you should look into:
|17th Avenue Shopping
Located in the heart of inner city Calgary, 17th Avenue is a place where people work, live, shop and dine. You’ll find over 200 locally owned and operated boutiques in this area, one of Calgary’s oldest communities.
The city is famous for the Calgary Stampede, a huge agricultural fair and rodeo held every July for 10 days. Almost 100 years old and billing itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” it is the event of the year!
Alberta Boot Company
Though not a typical touristy-attraction, Alberta’s only Western boot manufacturer is a fun place to visit and shop for a new pair of boots. With over 12,000 pairs in stock, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for you.
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
You don’t have to travel to Beijing to see amazing Chinese architecture; you’ll find it here in Calgary! The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is one of the largest cultural centers in Canada. Within, the centre features an art gallery, a museum and several businesses.
Canada Olympic Park
The host city of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games takes pride in its sporting legacy. Canada Olympic Park is a multi-purpose athletic facility designed for skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding during the winter.
Calgary Science Centre
Science is all around you at this great centre. Some of the most amazing exhibits and films in North America are located in three main exhibit areas.
Visit the Calgary Tower for beautiful panoramic views of the city. The Calgary Tower was built and opened in 1968. At 626 feet in height, this was once the tallest building in Calgary’s skyline.
Don’t you just love zoos? If you agree with that statement, make sure you find time to visit the Calgary Zoo, with more than 1,000 animals from all over the world.
Purported to be Canada’s second largest Chinatown, this neighborhood dates back to 1910. It is located between the Bow River and 4th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to enjoy this attraction. This 2.5 acre enclosed roof garden holds 20,000 plants!
Eau Claire Market
This market area is more than your typical grocery market! Found at 200 Barclay Parade SW, Eau Claire Market is a unique shopping area located near Prince’s Island Park. You’ll enjoy browsing around in one-of-a-kind shops and chic art galleries.
|Firefighters Museum Society of Calgary
Become a firefighter for a few hours at the Firefighters Museum Society of Calgary.
Fort Calgary Historic Park
When you visit this site you’ll see the reconstructed 1875 Fort site, an Interpretive Centre with exhibits depicting Calgary from 1875 to the1940s.
With over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space in more than 20 galleries, the Glenbow Museum is at the top of Calgary attractions. Make sure you allow enough time to view its collection of over a million objects. Western Canada’s largest museum includes a permanent First Nations Gallery.
Grain Academy Museum
With a rich farming and ranching history, it’s no surprise that Calgary would have a museum where its visitors can learn about the grain industry.
Heritage Park Historical Village
What was it like living on the prairie? Find out by visiting the largest living historical village in Canada. Heritage Park Historical Village re-creates all the sights and sounds of pre-1915 life in Western Canada.
Museum of the Regiments
This is one of North America’s largest military museums! Vintage tanks and carriers are on display, and learn more through high-tech displays, galleries, and special exhibits.
Did you bring your running shoes? Do you enjoy riding bike or rollerblading? If you answered yes, take advantage of Calgary’s pathway, the largest pathway and trail system in North America.
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Though hours drive from Calgary, this is worth the trip. The world’s largest display of dinosaurs in a state-of-the-art setting is found here. It’s amazing to see more than 35 complete dinosaur skeletons!
Stephen Avenue Walk
Stephen Avenue Walk, located in downtown Calgary on 8th Avenue, is one such area where it’s easy to spend an afternoon.
Open year-round you can explore this world-famous show jumping facility, attend the five major annual tournaments, shop during seasonal fairs or simply walk through the facilities and enjoy the surroundings.
Victoria is said to be the ‘soul of Calgary’; and when you visit this community, you’ll see why. Victoria Crossing is an expansive historic area that is over 100 years old and has played a significant role in the development of Calgary as a leading urban center.