Calgary is a city that is nestled between the striking cosmopolitan of Toronto and Vancouver and often comes across as very modest in comparison to those two world-famous cities. Calgary is well-known for its western culture as it is labelled as the ‘Texas’ of Canada, which can be witnessed in the Calgary Stampede, where the July rodeo is known as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. Calgary boasts of understated beauty with its Rocky Mountains and cowboy traditions but the city is also a major metropolitan area with its main focus on the petroleum industry, which makes Calgary one of the wealthiest cities in Canada.
The city is ethnically diverse as most of its residents are immigrants so, Calgary is a mix of a lot of cultures and ideologies. Calgary is an ideal place to travel to if a person wants the feel of a big city as well as wants the country essence. So, here are the ten things a person can do when in Calgary.
Glenbow Museum is a museum of arts and culture, where the main focus is on showing the culture of the Albertan people. You will find a lot of fascinating collections and artifacts from western Canada. The museum also features military memorabilia where the collection is classified into Arms and Armour, Canada at War, Famous People and Battles, Firearms, and Mounted Police. The Museum also exhibits minerals, Native North American collections and World Culture collections where artifacts from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania are displayed. This museum is a great place to understand the rich history of the Albertan people.
The Calgary Tower is a free-standing observation tower with a panoramic view of the city. People visiting the tower not only get to see the amazing view but they can also dine at the restaurant, Sky 360, which is a revolving restaurant. So, enjoy your food with a picturesque view of the city.
Stephen Avenue Walk is a historic site that was a retail centre in the past. The Avenue still serves as a shopping hub with nine primary shopping centres, galleries, high-end restaurants, pubs and bars, Cafés and, boutiques. This Avenue is the only pedestrian mall in Calgary so, take a stroll in Stephen Avenue Walk and rejoice in the history behind the place and don’t forget to buy a souvenir to sweeten the deal.
Calgary zoo is one of the best zoos in Canada and being among the best zoos is not an easy feat to achieve as Canada is home to a lot of incredible zoos. Calgary zoo is special for its successful conservation programs and research. The zoo features more than 1,000 animals from different parts of the world along with botanical gardens, a butterfly conservatory.
Calaway Park is a family amusement park and the largest outdoor amusement park in Western Canada. Calaway Park features family-friendly activities as the park draws in a lot of young families due to Calgary having a large percentage of young population. The park is home to 32 rides, 20 food locations, and 23 games. Calaway Park is a good place to spend a day at, as the park makes sure that you have a fun experience.
Visit Calgary Stampede and experience the true culture of Calgary. As mentioned above Calgary is a place famous for its cowboy traditions and the rodeo features the best of the best competitors and animals. The Stampede hosts six events including steer wrestling, Tie-down roping, Saddle bronc and bull riding on a daily basis at 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Park is the second-largest living history museum in Canada and one of the most visited tourist places in Calgary. As you wander through the park, you see all the historic buildings steeped with western Canadian culture dating back to the 1860s to the 1950s and you fully get the feel of the past as the staff dresses up in historic apparel and old automobiles with horse-drawn carriages.
This is a science museum with interactive and educational exhibits. This museum is very kid-centric so, children get a fun experience with workshops, school programs, and science and art camps. The Museum hosts programs like an open studio to teach the youth how to use technology in art. They have galleries like Earth and Sky, Energy and Innovation which explores geology, meteorology, astronomy, and various forms of energy.
If you want some adventure on your trip, then visit this ski hill which was the venue for the 1988 Winter Olympics. You can do a lot of activities like ski jumping, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding in winter and in summer you can indulge in mountain biking, zip lining and summer festivals.
Visiting all the museums, shopping centres, ski hills are very exciting activities to do but a person needs some peace and Prince Island Park gives you just that. Come here for a much-needed relaxing time and have a calming picnic under a tree. The park also hosts festivals like the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Carifest, Shakespeare in the Park, etc.