Most people know Calgary as the centre of Canada’s energy industry, as the closest metropolitan centre to the Rocky Mountains and as the home of the world-renowned Calgary Stampede. Calgary is definitely all of those things, but it’s also so much more. - Mayor Naheed Nenshi
As Canada’s fifth-largest city and home to Canada's largest rodeo, Calgary is sure to please those seeking big city entertainment with a generous dose of small town appeal.
Cowboy culture has deep roots in Calgary and is unmistakable when the Calgary Stampede rolls into town for 10 days every July. Catch western hospitality at its best with the rodeo, chuck wagon races, agricultural competitions and exhibits, the popular Indian Village and so much more. Calgary in July? You’ll also experience the famous Calgary Stampede parade kickoff, pancake breakfasts, dancing in the streets, a midway with over 40 rides, concerts by today’s hottest artists and nightly fireworks!
Whether you’re here for a short term rental or longer term relocation, you’ll never find yourself searching for an excuse to spend time outdoors. Within the city limits, there are numerous spots for cycling, inline skating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and picnicking. If you’re willing to take a short drive, you can bet your cowboy hat that there are even more outdoor pursuits to chase down just outside of the city.
If you’re worried about the cold come winter, not to worry because the Plus 15 is here. Also referred to as the Skyway, it is the world's most extensive pedestrian skywalk system, with a total length of 18 kilometres and 62 bridges, running approximately 15 feet above street level, linking together office towers, shops, restaurants, and bars.
The unspoiled mountain playground of the Canadian Rockies is just an hour's drive west of Calgary. Whether you enjoy skiing and hiking or simply want a quiet retreat, Banff National Park and the surrounding area offer some of the best outdoor activities in the world any season of the year. Here, you'll discover world-class ski resorts (including Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort), stunning hotels and spectacular hiking trails among snow-capped peaks.
In the nearby town of Canmore, there are plenty of cultural, artistic and outdoor events and activities to keep you entertained. Go for a walk around the town's main strip and have dinner at one of Canmore's quaint cafes or upscale restaurants.
In the evening, downtown is the hub for big city entertainment. From live theatre to art galleries, a symphony, the ballet and plenty of nightclubs guaranteed to draw crowds, there's always something to do in downtown Calgary.
If you're travelling with the whole family, you'll also love Calgary's numerous family friendly attractions, including Calaway Park, the Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, TELUS World of Science and Heritage Park.