The largest city in Alberta, Calgary lies in the foothills of the majestic Canadian Rockies. Popularly known for its petroleum industry, it is also known as a cattle-ranching capital due to its hosting of the annual Calgary Stampede, a rodeo event that takes place for 10 days. A young Canadian city, its development was exacerbated as it was selected for a stop along the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The discovery of natural gas and crude oil has spurred Calgary’s growth as a great economic hub of the province.
The city came to be acclaimed internationally when it hosted the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Tourism is now an integral part of Alberta’s economy and attracts millions of visitors each year. It sees more sunshine and clear skies than any other Canadian city. Winter can be extremely cold or pleasantly mild if warm chinook winds blow at the time. The metropolitan city presents an awe-inspiring outdoors, impressive museums, superlative shopping/dining options, and an engaging arts, music, and culture scene.
Canada Jetlines operates from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Calgary International Airport (YYC). Calgary is conveniently located for tourists traveling to Canmore and Banff. There are airport shuttle services such as Brewster Express and Banff Airporter, and public Roam transit.
Calgary is a vibrant city with proximity to the world-famous national parks like the Banff and Canadian Rockies. It is a great gateway to the mountains for outdoor recreations like skiing, hiking, and biking. The national parks boast of jaw-dropping visuals of their crystal-clear lakes and rivers with the magnificent mountains in the backdrop
Being a bike-friendly and a walkable city, there are numerous pedestrian walkways and cycle paths. Public transit, rental cars, shuttles, taxis, and limousines are also a great means of getting around in the city. Public transport constitutes of buses and two Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines, called the C-Train. The Roam transit serves Bow Valley, including Canmore, Lake Louise, and Banff.
The best times to visit Calgary are either June through August when the weather is at its best and most of the city's special events and festivals take place and November through March when ski season is in full swing
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Feel the freedom at Calgary’s #1 summer outdoor activity. Take a chairlift ride up to the top of a purpose-built downhill track to enjoy this gravity-fuelled thrill ride. The custom-designed wheeled cart puts you in control of your speed as you take on over 50 twists and turns, is easy to learn and perfect for riders of any age and ability.
Summer on 17th takes place all summer in Tomkins Park and features tons of fun and FREE events! Check out weekly outdoor fitness classes, live music, DJ & drag shows, outdoor movies and so much more!
Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past.
The Calgary Zoo
From the splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo takes you to see almost 900 animals from around the world. Trek through the gorilla’s rainforest, safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds to see a grizzly bear.
Every July, millions of people come to Calgary's Stampede Park to take part in one of the world's largest rodeos and other popular activities such as chuckwagon racing and agricultural shows.
Languages: English and French
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Airports: Calgary International Airport (YYC)