Calgary is located in the province of Alberta, famous for the Canadian Rockies. Set in the south of the province in an area of foothills and high plains, Calgary is approximately 80 km east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, and makes a great base to visit the mountains.
In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and e-co-tourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area.
Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan or outdoor adventure, a fun-filled city getaway or a one-stop holiday experience to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you’ll find it all in Calgary.
Attractions in Calgary
Travel back in time, expand your imagination and see attractions larger than life with all that Calgary tourism has to offer. Whether it's exploring the TELUS World of Science or marvelling at the animals at the Calgary Zoo, a whole world awaits you in beautiful Calgary.
You and your family can have endless fun at Calaway Park, Western Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park. Enjoy 33 rides and attractions, 24 games, stage shows, and tons of treats from one of the many restaurants. Unlimited rides, shows, attractions and parking are included for one easy daily admission price.
There are 10 days in July that show the world what makes Calgary so special. Each year, visitors come from across North America and around the world to experience the heart-stopping action of one of the world's roughest and richest Rodeos, the world’s top Chuckwagon Races, the Grandstand Show, world-class agricultural activities and adrenalin-pumping rides at North America’s largest mobile midway and one of Western Canada's largest music festivals.
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Calgary Stampede – 6 to 15 July
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions and much more.
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Restaurants in Calgary
When people think of Calgary, many conjure up an image of cowboy boots and thoughts of western hospitality. While this spirit remains alive and well, Calgary has also grown into a dynamic, metropolitan city. The restaurant and food business has taken off, giving rise to new and exciting eateries, many concentrated in some of the city's main districts. All Calgary restaurants have gone smoke-free as of January 2007, including patio dining. In general, most inexpensive and moderately priced restaurants in the city have a casual dress code with a few upscale and expensive venues requiring formal wear.
Buzzards Cowboy Cuisine is an authentic cowboy restaurant specializing in steaks and burgers. Bottlescrew Bill's Pub is located next door offering a selection of over 200 different beers. It has outdoor patios and Calgary Tower is nearby. 1886 Buffalo Café is set in a historic 1886 building and specializes in all-day breakfast. Selections include Kenny's Special, Ed's Benedict, bacon and eggs, chilli omelettes and breakfast sundae. 5th Avenue Grill at 5 Calgary Downtown Suites is a fully-licensed restaurant and lounge that offers casual fine dining at good value.
Shooping in Calgary
From fashion and accessories to home design and décor, and everything in between, Calgary offers an abundance of shopping choices from the most affordable to the most extravagant. And the best news of all - Alberta has no provincial sales tax, making Calgary an ideal destination for retail therapy!
The Bay Downtown is a fantastic department store located in the cultural district, where you’ll find an endless choice of fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, and made-to-measure men’s suits. You can purchase official Winter Olympics’ merchandise at the Olympic shop; and after all that shopping you can relax at the gourmet food market.
If you want to find something none else has we suggest you get yourself down to Inglewood, Calgary's original main street with over 140 independently owned outlets, historic buildings, antique shops, eateries, clothing shops, art galleries and collectibles; situated just five minutes east of downtown Calgary.
Weather in Calgary
The Calgary area enjoys a mild and ever-changing climate. During the summer months the temperatures can vary dramatically, with temperatures soaring into the 30s and dropping far below that during the night. Calgary has the sunniest winter months with an average of 2,300 hours of sunshine annually.
Because of its close proximity to the mountains the region has become famous for its Chinooks; a warm, dry wind, most noticeable in the winter, that causes the temperature to rise above freezing.
Calgary is ranked first out of Canada's 100 largest cities by Environment Canada for the sunniest days year-round and in the winter.
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