Your complete guide to the best things to do in Calgary, Canada. Whether you want to see the famous Stampede or fish in the Bow River, you’ll be blown away at what to do in Calgary!
Calgary is Alberta’s largest city by population and is a young, hip and vibrant city with numerous skyscrapers and art lined pedestrian walkways.
Yet it still exudes an old west feel, Calgary wasn’t given the nickname “Cowtown” for no reason!
It is a big city with a small-town feel, rich in old western history.
However, it also maintains a culturally diverse identity as over 120 languages are spoken throughout the city.
The city sits at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.
Just 50 miles to the east of the Canadian Rockies. It is the stepping off location for the exploration of many of the beautiful Canadian National Parks – such as Banff and Jasper.
Calgary was founded in the mid-nineteenth century as Canada was solidifying its national identity.
A fort bearing the city’s name was built in 1875 to protect fur traders, farmers and ranchers who were beginning to populate the region.
Despite the city’s proximity to unimaginable natural beauty, ironically, the oil and energy industry remains the greatest contributor to the city’s economy and has led to the development of the city throughout recent history.
The Canadian Pacific Railway is even headquartered in Calgary, so you can catch a scenic train around North America before or after your stay.
Whether you’re interested in understanding the rich and beautiful history of the region, or you just need a few days to settle into metropolis life to ground yourself before exploring the Great Outdoors, there are tonnes of incredible things to do in Calgary!
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The Best Things to Do in Calgary
As the gateway to spectacular beauty in both national and provincial parks, Calgary is often the first stop for those interested in exploring Alberta’s natural beauty.
With Banff less than an hour and a half away, you could easily make day trips from Calgary to the interior parts of Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.
Or you could hunker down in the city and explore its many city parks.
But if you’re looking for a bit of culture and entertainment, there are also plenty of museums, restaurants, bars and sporting events to keep you entertained during your…