Calgary Quick Facts

  • Established: 1875
  • Population: Approx. 1.2 million (Metro)
  • Nickname: Cowtown
  • Hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Awaken your sense of adventure and discovery by travelling to Calgary, a sophisticated and beautiful city settled on the banks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Its surroundings are magical with the Canadian Rockies playing backdrop to its prairies and foothills. This city is an important corporate centre with some brilliant skyscrapers and it hosted the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, which means its facilities are top notch. For a panoramic view of the city take a trip to the top of Calgary Tower where you can see what the birds see and plan your next activity. The Canada Olympic Park and Oval are excellent training venues for winter sports, with the Park also turning into a mountain biking trail during summer!

While you’re here the travel guides of Canada will recommend a visit to the Devonian Gardens – one of the world’s largest indoor gardens and stay for a spot of shopping in The Core Shopping Centre right below. If you fancy experiencing something different outdoors, the Bow River is a popular fly-fishing river and within the city limits are numerous urban parks which are all interconnected by a huge pathway system for walking, biking and rollerblading. Check out the Peace Bridge, very pretty, connecting the city core and the north shore of the Bow River. Of course, many of Canada’s national parks are only a short drive away as well. We recommend taking a guided tour of Calgary to see more of what it has to offer.

Experience the diversity of Calgary by exploring such popular tourist attractions as Calaway Park (which is Western Canada’s largest family amusement park), the Calgary Stampede in July (the world’s greatest rodeo and western festival), and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, among others. And of course, you can’t go wrong visiting the Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history museum. This is a family friendly arts and culture attraction giving everyone a glimpse of the past and also adding to the fun and adventure for all visitors. They even have a working steam train, paddle steamer and electric streetcar! The Saddledome is the draw card for sports enthusiast and it hosts special events in the off-season. Theatre goers need not be disappointed here with many theatre companies, orchestras, performing arts centres and film venues operating regularly. Check out our travel directory of Calgary at the top of this page for more info that may help with your stay.

But hey, there’s so much more in Calgary than these tourist attractions. This vibrant city is home to some exciting multicultural neighbourhoods; so together with several sports and recreation activities available – the possibility for adventure in this city is exciting. Interestingly, increasing density and popularity of some downtown areas have contributed to the nightlife and triggered a culinary revival which is now being widely celebrated so you’re in for a good treat when visiting Calgary.

So save a date and explore the city when you can!


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