Set against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is the home of cowboys and its western history can be seen all around the city. Yet its impressive skyline and modern streets tell another story: one of a vibrant and thriving modern-day city. See it for yourself and discover the city’s whole story on a Calgary holiday.
Why not start your Calgary holiday by getting the lay of the land? Standing 191 metres above downtown Calgary, Calgary Tower’s Observation Deck awaits with 360 ̊ views over the city. Once you’ve seen it from above, you’re ready to dive into the city’s heart. Explore downtown, with its incredible dining, shopping and entertainment, then make a stop at the impressive Studio Bell, home to the National Music Institution, to explore Calgary’s rich musical heritage on a guided tour. For adventurers with a love of adrenaline, a visit to Canada’s Olympic Park is a must. Built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the park is now open for everyone to enjoy, boasting zip lines, summer bobsled, a tube park and mini golf during the summer months.
Lose yourself in Calgary
The Bow River runs through the city, offering up an aqua-blue oasis and an abundance of wildlife. Take to the Bow River Pathway, following as the water meanders its way through Calgary. Along the way, walk across the unique webbed structure of Peace Bridge, it’s iconic red hue mirroring that of the Canadian flag, to Prince’s Island Park. A world away from the buzz of the city, the park’s a haven of flora and fauna surrounded by the river’s flowing water.
Calgary is the perfect gateway to the Rocky Mountains, so why not combine your Calgary holiday with a Rockies adventure? Head to Banff and take in the incredible mountainous vistas from the Banff Gondola and canoe the stunningly turquoise waters of nearby Lake Louise.
Great sample itineraries
Calgary holidays are a gateway not only to discovering a bustling Wild West city, but also to exploring the Canadian Rockies. Why not take a look at some of our sample itineraries and give us a call so we can put together a trip that’s tailor made to you?
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Escorted Tour From East To West Canada
Being a year round destination, Calgary has something to offer for every season. With countless activities and incredible landscapes, Calgary is here to be discovered.
Known as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" the Calgary Stampede is North America's premier rodeo and western festival. It takes place for 10 days July. With live music, chuck wagon racing and some of the most unique food, this is a show not to be missed.
Enjoy a full day filled with adventure and discovery. The heritage park covers 127 acres, including an authentic paddle wheeler and steam train. Enjoy some delicious baked goods from the bakery, take a wagon ride and check out Gasoline Alley Museum. Period costumed townsfolk stroll through the park to bring history to life.
For 360° panoramic views of Calgary, take the elevator 191 metres above downtown. You'll be able to see the majestic Rocky Mountains, foothills and prairies on a clear day. Feeling brave? Stand on the glass floor to watch the streets below.
Experience the most spectacular train trip in the world, aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer. Many of the Rocky Mountaineer's longer itineraries either start or end with a stay in Calgary before heading into Banff National Park where you'll board the train and be transported through the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
Home of the 1988 Winter Olympics, the park still boasts the jaw-dropping ski jump and bobsled track that was used during filming of the movie Cool Runnings. Open all year round, the park offers zip lines, summer bobsled and mini golf during the summer and a tube park, public bobsled and luge during the winter months.
The combination of no sales tax, being pedestrian friendly and an excellent mix of shops makes Calgary the perfect place for retail therapy. The Chinook Centre is the biggest mall in the city and boasts plenty of designer and high street brands.
"The Calgary Stampede is a must see if you’re visiting in July, with an incredible atmosphere, but it sells out fast, so make sure to book early."
"My favourite restaurant in Calgary is The Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall - a real cowboy saloon complete with regulars in cowboy hats, mechanical bull, country music and fall off the bone ribs."
Each July, Calgary’s Stampede Park hosts the annual Calgary Stampede. It’s an iconic event that celebrates the best of Wild West culture. For 10 days, millions of visitors gather to enjoy one of the world’s biggest rodeos, a parade, agricultural shows and more.
Taste of Calgary
Spread over a long weekend in August, the Taste of Calgary event offers locals and visitors the chance to try a whole range of Calgary’s incredible global cuisines. Local restaurants offer up samples of their creations at the Eau Claire Market Plaza, alongside drinks and great live music.
Country Thunder Festival
Since 2016, the Country Thunder festival has come to Calgary’s Prairie Winds Park each August, bringing with it incredible music by some of the country’s biggest names.
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