A beautiful city such as Calgary has so much to offer visitors, it can be hard to choose what to see while you are there. From the Calgary Tower which gives you a bird’s eye view of the city, to a visit to the Canadian Rockies, to a walk-through of Canada Olympic Park, you’ll be kept busy for days when wandering around Calgary. Here is a list of top five attractions you can’t miss during your trip to Calgary.
This freestanding tower is a great starting point for any visitor to the city. The 360 degree view from the top will give even the most jaded travelers a reason to pause. If you are looking to grab a drink or even a sit down dinner, the observation deck has a full service restaurant to satisfy your cravings.
The tower is right in the middle of downtown and close to many of the best hotels in Calgary. If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, you should start looking in this area.
As Calgary is known as the Gateway to the Rockies, what better way to spend a day then exploring Banff Park, its wildlife and the splendor it has to offer. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to find something to keep you entertained. Summer brings warm weather and hiking galore. Wintertime means skiing and a variety of snow sports. With multiple ski resorts within driving distance from the city, there’s no excuse to be bored while in Calgary.
Canada Olympic Park
The 1988 Winter Olympic Park is still in use today as a high performance athletic training facility, in addition to being open to the public for recreational purposes. Warm weather visits to Canada Olympic Park will bring you the opportunity to try the 16 miles of trails. Those travelers who prefer cold weather sports will love all the snow focused activities here too. Any time of year, active travelers will love a visit to this park.
While it only happens once a year, timing your visit to Calgary during this festival will help to ensure you have an action-packed time whether it’s on your own, as part of a couple, or with your family. With a full-blown rodeo, a derby, a parade, a plethora of concerts, animal and agricultural shows, and much more, you won’t be disappointed in your visit to the Calgary Stampede. Don’t be too sad if you miss this event though, it’s a reason to come back next year.
Prince’s Island Park
When the weather is nice, there is no better place in Calgary than outdoors at Prince’s Island Park. Home to many events and festivals throughout the year, this park is filled with picnic areas, water fountains, gardens, and a café (for those who work up an appetite while walking around this inner city park). One can even find canoe access to the river from here, if active travelers want to explore the cityscape via the water.