Calgary is one of the largest provinces of Alberta. Being the third-largest municipality in Canada, Calgary is full of different great things to see and do!
Here I have rounded up the top 6 things without which no trip to the city is complete.
1. Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park is Canada’s largest historical village where you get an insight into Calgary’s bright past. You get to know the course of local life from 1860 through to the 1950s, the reality of different periods in history, through an engaging experience complete with costumed staff. Traditional Métis Bannock bread making, street theatre performances, and fiber art displays are the daily activities in different areas of the park.
2. Calgary Stampede
Calgary Stampede is an annual function held every July which is a true Albertan institution and the source of the city’s ‘Stampede City’ nickname. Every year, more than a million visitors visit this place to watch this 10-day event that comprised of a rodeo, parade, derby, exhibition, and market, which is also known as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.’
3. Calgary Zoo
Located in the east of the city, the Calgary Zoo is a non-profit organization, which also includes the Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens. Spread across an area of 120 acres, the six parts of the park house have almost 800 animals, from 120 different species along with many types of fish and insects. These animals get sufficient space to roam and this zoo is popular for its worldwide recognition.
4. Fish Creek Provincial Park
This is the biggest urban park in Canada, situated in the southern part of the city. Fish Creek Provincial Park spreads from east to west over a distance of 19km. It has man-made Sikome Lake which is known for swimming during the summer months. The eastern area of the park also has an Artisan Garden along with a visitor center and the fine-dining Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.
5. Calgary Pathway System
Located in the city’s scenic Alberta are the Calgary Pathway system covers over 800km of regional and local pathways. This becomes the largest network in North America. The pathways have popular routes for walking, jogging, biking, and many other outdoor activities. It connects downtown Calgary to its outer suburbs, and most of the route runs along the south side of the Bow River and through the well-maintained forest.
6. Calgary Tower
The city’s famous Toronto CN Tower, the Calgary Tower stands over the city at 191m tall. You can catch an overwhelming view of the downtown from its observation deck, which includes many of the city’s most famous landmarks. The tower also features a fine-dining restaurant with a rotating dining room, the Sky 360 Restaurant, and also a more casual dining option, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, on the ground floor.
These are some of the amazing things you can do and see in Calgary if you plan to visit this place in Canada on your next vacation.