The 1988 Winter Olympic Games put Calgary on the map, but it’s its unique mix of culture, community and good vibes that has kept it there. If you’re looking to soak up all the natural beauty and outdoor adventure that Alberta has to offer – alongside some of the comforts of the big city – head straight to Calgary. This friendly city will make you feel at home in no time.
Learn about the history and culture of Calgary at some of its amazing museums. If you’re a bit of a history buff, check out some of the Canadian planes and fighter jets from war at the Military Museum, before learning about Calgary’s cultural history at the Glenbow Museum. If you’re looking for something a little more interactive, check out the planetarium at Telus Spark or bust out a tune in the recording booths at Studio Bell.
If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, you won’t even need to venture outside of the city limits to find some fun. Visit Canada Olympic Park for the best slopes in the city, which are perfect for skiing or snowboarding in the winter, but also make for great mountain biking trails in the summer. Climb up to the top of Calgary Tower for views of the nearby Rockies, or stroll down Stephen Avenue Walk for more casual day-time activities. By night, get a little more dressed up and head straight back here, as this famous boulevard is home to the best nightlife in the city.
When it comes to food, Calgary’s got you covered. It’s annual Taste of Calgary festival is a foodies’ dream. Get down to this food and wine show to sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer. If you don’t quite make it in time for the August festival, don’t worry: you’ll always find something tasty in the city. Chow down on foie gras poutine or Calgary’s own ginger beef. There’s so many things to do in Calgary Canada, and you’ll have #noregrets on a North American tour with Contiki.
Currency: CA Dollar
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Dialing Code: +1
Time Zone: (GMT-06:00)
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