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Things to do in  Calgary

Welcome to Calgary

Located just outside the spectacular Banff National Park, Calgary is a bustling hub of stylish bars, diverse restaurants, chic boutiques, and green-lawned parks, with enough to keep visitors of all ages happy. Host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary has a rich sporting pedigree, and it’s an ideal base from which to step into Alberta’s great outdoors. Explore the streets and walkways with ease on a guided Segway tour, on which you’ll take in top sites of interest such as the Bow River, Fort Calgary, Inglewood, St. Patrick's Island, and the Trans Canada Trail. Discover the flavors Canadians love (bison, honey, Saskatoon berries) with an artisanal food and craft beer walking tour, and perhaps meet some of Alberta’s passionate brewpub owners. While you’re in Calgary, take time to learn about the First Nations peoples on a guided day trip, and embrace the culture of Canada’s northern plains. Travelers keen to head into the Rockies can take a helicopter sightseeing tour for panoramic views over the soaring peaks and plunging valleys, or explore the mighty Columbia Icefield by coach tour—which often stretch all the way from the Banff National Park to the southern end of Jasper National Park. From there, it’s just a trip to the waters of UNESCO-listed Lake Louise, widely considered to be one of Alberta’s top natural attractions.

Top 10 attractions in Calgary

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Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower

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Standing sentinel over the city’s downtown since 1968, Calgary Tower features an observation deck with a glass floor and a revolving restaurant 627 feet (191 meters) above ground. Both afford 360-degree views across the city to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance.More
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Calaway Park

Calaway Park

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For all the fun of the fair, with family-friendly rides and live entertainment, visit Calaway Park.The largest amusement park in Canada’s west, Calaway Park has 34 rides spread over 36 hectares (90 acres).From special rides for youngsters like the Aeromax crop duster to the whirling Adrenaline Test Zone and Bumper Boat splashdown, there are rides for all ages, from calm to thrilling. Height restrictions apply and some rides require adults to accompany youngsters.Highlights for those with strong stomachs include the Chaos and Storm rides, and the corkscrew Vortex roller coaster.At the park you’ll also find 23 food outlets and 25 skill-testing games.More
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Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede is a grand celebration of Canada’s Western heritage that has been attracting visitors every year since 1923. Visit to experience small-town fun in a big way. The Stampede includes rodeo events, chuckwagon races, blacksmithing competitions, a midway, 300 performers on five stages, and First Nations cultural events.More
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Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

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Possibly the city’s most popular attraction, the Calgary Zoo has been caring for animals and animal lovers since 1929. Surrounded by botanical gardens with a rain forest and butterfly enclosure, Canada’s second largest zoo is home to more than 1,000 critters representing dozens of species from all corners of the globe.More
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Heritage Park

Heritage Park

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Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta, is an open-air historical and learning museum that gives visitors the chance to experience what life was like on the Canadian Prairies from 1860 to 1950. Costumed interpreters and many hands-on, interactive exhibits help you go deeper into your fun-filled encounter with the living past.More
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TELUS Spark

TELUS Spark

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For adults and kids alike, the TELUS Spark Science Center, is a highlight of a visit to Calgary. From ecology to forensics, human health to robotics, Spark knows no bounds.The HD Digital Dome Theatre brings science to the huge screen, and year-round exhibits entertain and inform.Explore the universe, discover the scientific innovations that have changed the world, put on your thinking cap in the inventor’s workshop at Open Studio and test your ideas in the Prototype Lab.There is also a Creative Kids Museum within the center to appeal to the imaginations of even the smallest scientists in the making.More
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The Hangar Flight Museum

The Hangar Flight Museum

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Kids big and small are fascinated by The Hangar Flight Museum, highlighting the history of Canadian aviation.As well as displaying historic civilian and military aircraft, the museum hosts exhibits of visiting aircraft.Go for a spin in a plane flight simulator, or take an educational tour to learn more about the museum’s prized collection of vintage aircraft.More
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Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary

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Visit the spot where Calgary was born at Fort Calgary, and explore the city’s formative years from 1875 to 1914.A wooden fort was built here by the North West Mounted Police in 1875, and today, the legacy of those times is re-created with interactive exhibits, replica barracks, guided tours and an interpretive center. It is a National Historic Site of Canada.Dine in the former home of a Canadian Mountie, try on an authentic Mountie uniform and explore the fort’s extensive riverside grounds surrounding the meeting point of the Elbow and Bow rivers.More
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Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum

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Glenbow is the largest cultural museum in western Canada, in particular highlighting the history and culture of indigenous Canadians.The museum combines artifacts, artworks, archives, documents and fun interactive exhibits.Tour the Blackfoot nations gallery, imagine riding in an Inuit kayak or pioneer wagon, and see photographic exhibits, sculptures, modernist and historical art.Learn more about the past and present by taking an interactive tour of Alberta and hear the stories of Canada’s first inhabitants.More
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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

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As one of Canada’s most significant historic coal mines, the Atlas Coal Mine is a National Historic Landmark and the site of the country's last standing wooden coal tipple (a sorting and loading machine.) It is a chance to dive deep into the country’s history of coal mining, as well as the time period during which mining was more prominent. Original mine buildings, hundreds of artifacts, roving characters, and unique machinery all bring history to life. There’s also a narrow gauge train tour and a coal car that takes visitors around the property, and an underground mining tunnel tour that recreates the experience of the miners.Outside of the mine itself, visitors can see well-preserved plant buildings and miner houses, including a lamp house, wash house, supply house, and blacksmith. The site of many historic structures, the mine is popular with photographers and well as history enthusiasts.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Calgary

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Amazing time!!!
Daniel_S, Aug 2021
Banff Area 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff
We didn’t feel it was worth it so we went to the hot springs.
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Excellent experience in Drumheller
kanaen0130, Sep 2019
Calgary to Royal Tyler Museum | Drumheller | Badland – Private Sightseeing Tour
I took a private tour to visit Drumheller since the regular tour usually only stay in the museum less than 2 hours.
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Fab tour of Banff National Park
dmiska, Feb 2020
Banff Day Trip From Calgary
Also he included stopping in Banff, beautiful town, and also wanted us to see a smaller town, whicwhich was also beautiful called Canmore.
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