Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city, with easy access to some wondrous scenery.
Things to See and Do in Calgary
A family attraction for all ages, the Heritage Park Historical Village is well worth a visit. Discover how western Canadians lived over 100 years ago. Besides the museums, there are vintage vehicles and an antique railway collection. You can even take a short boat cruise on a paddle wheeler as you discover what life on the frontier was really like.
Take some time out and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Prince’s Island Park. The largest of Calgary's inner city parks and is located on an island in the Bow River. In the summer, the park hosts festivals such as the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Expo Latino, and Shakespeare in the Park.
In July, there’s only one place in town to be and that’s the Calgary Stampede. “The Greatest Show on Earth” sees the city host rodeos with saddle bronc, bull riding, and barrel racing amongst the events on offer. With live music also on hand, the atmosphere is truly amazing and to top it off, there’s an amusement park with rides for all ages.
For a view of the city, head to the Calgary Tower. The tower’s viewing deck stands 160m (525ft) above the city.
Head east from Calgary to the city of Medicine Hat. With more hours of sunshine than any other city in Canada, it makes spending time outside even more worthwhile. Break the journey by stopping off at Dinosaur Provincial Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s one of the most astounding parts of the country. Known for its Badlands topography, it’s also one of the richest dinosaur fossil areas in the world.
42km south of Calgary lies the town of Okotoks, home to the Big Rock, the world’s largest known glacial erratic. The Big Rock was transported to its current spot approximately 12 – 18 thousand years ago by melting ice sheets.
Head west towards the Rockies and the town of Canmore. Whether you stop off to explore the caves or continue on towards Banff and Lake Louise, you’ll discover some of the most majestic mountain views in North America.