Top Things to Do in Downtown Calgary - an Epic Itinerary - Your Destination is Everywhere (2022)

The city of Calgary is widely known for the Stampede festival, for the Calgary Flames, and for being the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Sure those are great. However, there are also loads of awesome things to do in downtown Calgary.

With an ever-changing skyline, beautiful displays of public art, and two gorgeous rivers running through it, there sure is a lot to explore. So before you’re hitting up the trails in the Rockies, take some time to discover what this lovely city has to offer.

After all, there must be a reason why it has been ranked in the top 5 of the most livable cities in North America in the last 10 years. In this post, we will discuss some of the most well-known landmarks, attractions, and things to do in downtown Calgary.

Table of Contents

  • How to get to Calgary Downtown
  • Where to stay in downtown Calgary
  • Things to do in downtown Calgary – an itinerary
    • 1. Central Library
    • 2. Calgary City Hall
    • 3. Olympic Plaza
    • 4. Famous 5 Statue
    • 4. Glenbow Museum
    • 5. Calgary Tower
    • 6. Wonderland Sculpture
    • 7. Mario Armengol Statue *
    • 8. Calgary Chinatown
    • 9. Stephen Avenue walk
    • 10. Devonian Gardens
    • 11. Eau Claire neighborhood
    • 12. Prince’s Island Park
    • 13. Peace Bridge
  • Plus 15 network
  • Where to eat in downtown Calgary
  • Is downtown Calgary safe for walking?
  • Take away – things to do in downtown Calgary

How to get to Calgary Downtown

Even as a local whose family owns a car, we rarely drive downtown for 3 reasons:

  1. The city of Calgary has an amazing public transportation system, especially in the downtown area. Trains and buses almost always arrive on time (from personal experience).
  2. There isn’t many free public parking lot so finding a spot to park is always a hassle.
  3. The downtown area has lots of one-way streets, you can easily get confused if you are not familiar with the city.

So public transit is the correct way to go. I recommend taking the C-train as it is cheap and easy to use. Just follow Google Maps, hop on to your nearest C-train station and you’ll be on your way (both the red and blue subway lines will take you there).

Most visitors’ first stop is City Hall station because of its convenient location. It is located on the eastern edge of downtown Calgary and is usually the starting point for many walking tours.

If you live way up north where there isn’t a train station close by, you most likely will take bus #3 or #301 down Center Street. I usually use the Calgary Transit website to check the time. It is super easy to navigate and the drivers are always happy to help.

Alright, now let’s move on to talk about the best things to do in downtown Calgary!

🚶🏼 Downtown Calgary walking route (5 km)

I put together this walking guide to help you navigate through downtown Calgary. You will walk through some of the most iconic attractions in the area and get a real taste of what the city is all about.

The 5 km walk starts at City Hall Station (point A on the map) and ends at Sunnyside Station (point B).

I recommend using this only as a guide so feel free to change the route to meet your time budget and interests. The walk alone is about 1.5 hours but you probably will want to stop and check out various attractions, parks, and shops.

So I would give it 3-4 hours in total.

Where to stay in downtown Calgary

Accommodation options are endless here in downtown Calgary. Some of the best hotels in the city are located in this area, from 5-star luxurious hotels to mid-range suites. Here are some of my favorites. They are just a short distance away from the top attractions, bars, and restaurants.

🏠 ExecSuite Inc.

  • 9.5/10
  • Mid-range
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✔️ $126 per night for 1 large double bed (2 adults)

✔️ Excellent location, only 1.5 km from the Calgary Tower

🏠 Regency Suites Hotel

  • 9.3/10
  • Mid-range
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✔️ $117 per night for 1 large double bed (2 adults)

✔️ Every suite has a full kitchen

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🏠 Residence Inn

  • 9.2/10
  • Mid-range
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✔️ $154 per night for 1 extra-large double bed (2 adults)

✔️ On-site resaturant with free breakfast, continental and buffet breakfast options

🏠 Sheraton Calgary Eau Claire Hotel

  • 9.1/10
  • Luxury
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✔️ $209 per night for 1 large double bed (2 adults)

✔️ On-site pool, waterslide, hot tub, fitness center

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Things to do in downtown Calgary – an itinerary

1. Central Library

Address: 800 3 St SE
Direction: on the east side of City Hall Station. Get off the train, head east, and turn right onto 3 Street SE

The new Central Library was recently opened in 2018 to accommodate the growing urban population of the city. It is the largest library in Calgary, featuring a collection of over 450,000 books.

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The library itself has a modern and innovative look that contrasts against many of the old-styled, historic buildings in the area. Its platform is raised slightly to allow C-train tracks to cross from above and below.

Overall, I think this library is the most interesting building in the city. It’s definitely not something you have ever seen before. Its interior is quite stunning to look at with its numerous archways and staircases.

So come inside and check out the free activities and workshops that they offer, or just wander around and admire this impressive architectural work.

2. Calgary City Hall

Address: 800 Macleod Trail SE
Direction: on the other side of City Hall Station (west end). You can either retrace your steps or make a loop via. 9 Ave SE

Calgary City Hall normally would be your first stop after getting off the train, but we made it our 2nd because it’s more convenient this way. It’s on the other side of the train station, across from the central library.

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This historic landmark has been the seat of government for the city council for more than a century. It was mostly built out of sandstone blocks in the Romanesque Revival architectural style, finished with red tile roofs and a 100-foot tall clock tower.

I usually just admire it from the outside and move on pretty quickly, but the city does offer informative small group tours that take you through various government buildings.

3. Olympic Plaza

Address: 228 8 Ave SE
Direction: across the street from City Hall

Originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympic medal ceremony, the Olympic Plaza has now been converted into a beautiful public green space. It features paved walking paths, several “interesting” (artistic I suppose) sculptures, and water fountains!

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Hanging out with my family here at Olympic Plaza is one of my favorite memories as a kid. We would bring our toys here every weekend to play in the wading pool and the water fountains.

In the winter, the pool turns into a glittering outdoor skating rink with great views of the surrounding skyscrapers and stunning light displays. Everything is free unless you are renting the skates.

Continue to make your way to the south side of the Olympic Plaza. This is the beginning of the famous Stephen Ave Walk (8 Ave). This section is very nicely shaded, lined with little coffee shops and restaurants.

This vibrant and historical street has its own section in the post. We’ll take a detour to check out some other attractions before returning here.

4. Famous 5 Statue

Address: 228 8 Ave SE
Direction: located at the southwestern corner of the Olympic Plaza

The statues of The Famous Five were create to commenmorate Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Edwards, Irene Parlby, and Louise McKinney. These women played a large role in the fight for gender equality in Canada.

Nowadays, you can find these bronze statues at the southwestern corner of the Olympic Plaza.

4. Glenbow Museum

Address: 130 9 Ave SE
Direction: From Olympic Plaza and Stephen Ave (8 Ave), make a left turn on Macleod Trail and a right turn onto 9 Ave.
– Adult (18+): $19
– Senior (65+)/Student: $13
– Youth (ages 7-17): $12
– Child (6 and under): Free

Glenbow Museum is one of the largest museums in Western Canada, featuring over a million art pieces, natural and historical artifacts, and archives. In grade 9, my art teacher took all of us here to get “inspired” for our art projects.

Although I have never been a museum person, I have to say the Glenbow was so fascinating. I got to learn a ton about the history of Alberta and also about the culture/lifestyle of the Indigenous people. All of their exhibits were so well organized, beautiful, and together, they tell a story.

To fully experience and take in everything this museum has to offer, you will need at least half a day. I highly recommend paying the Glenbow a visit regardless, even if that means you will have to come back later.

5. Calgary Tower

Address: 101 9 Ave SW
Direction: you can already see it from Glenbow museum; walk for about 100 m west (they are on the same street)
– Adults (13-64): $18.00
– Seniors (65+): $16.00
– Children (4-12): $9.00
– Children (3 and under): free

Next on the list, we have the one, the only, the Calgary Tower. Located at the heart of the downtown neighborhood right at the end of Center St, it is a sight that is hard to miss.

Even though it is no longer the highest building in the city, it is still Calgary’s most well-known and iconic landmark. When I think of Calgary, this is the image that comes to mind. Visiting the tower is hands down one of the best things to do in downtown Calgary!

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This 191 m free-standing structure offers a 360° aerial view of the city. You can see other neighboring skyscrapers, the Bow River, the people that look just like little dots, and the mighty Canadian Rockies to the west.

If you have been to Toronto, the Calgary Tower is in many ways similar to the CN Tower. (The CN Tower was actually built after). It has a glass floor for visitors to walk on and take photos. My siblings and I loved it; my mom on the other hand took forever to even put a foot on it haha.

On the 2nd floor is the SKY360 restaurant. They elevate high-quality, simple ingredients and turn them into spectacular dishes.

As someone who is always trying to travel on a budget, I rarely spend money on attractions. However, the admission ticket for Calgary Tower is pretty reasonable I think, and it is totally worth it. I definitely recommend checking it out.

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6. Wonderland Sculpture

Address: 110 6 Ave SE
Direction: walk for about 400m on Center Street (the street in front of Calgary Tower entrance) until you reach 6 Ave

Calgary downtown is known for its public art displays. It has everything from animal sculptures, to giant archways, to abstract displays. But perhaps the most famous out of them all, is the Wonderland Sculpture.

The Wonderland Sculpture is a stunning piece of art, located in the heart of Calgary downtown. It is a 12 m high sculpture of a young girl’s head made out of wires. As you move around the sculpture, it seems as though it is morphing into different shapes.

It is so interesting and fascinating to look at from all angles.

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You are actually allowed to walk inside the sculpture, but not allowed to climb it.

What’s also worth mentioning is the skyscraper in the backdrop. Standing at 236 m high, “The Bow” is an impressive architectural landmark and has become one of the most recognizable buildings in the Calgary skyline. It is characterized by its unique crescent-moon shape and its brilliant shade of blue.

There is an observation deck on floor 54 but unfortunately, you need to be a registered visitor as it is not open to the public.

7. Mario Armengol Statue *

Armengol Statues are tall (and naked) statues of men and families in a small park, located on the 1stStreet and 6th Avenue SE in downtown Calgary. These statues are about 6.5 meters tall and are 10 in number. The images are known to be depicting the “Brotherhoods of Man and the Family of Man”.

The statues look like a happy family – with adults and kids enjoying themselves together and in harmony. It was built by a Spanish artist of the same name – Mario Armengol (in 1968. It was built as part of the Montreal Expo in 1967).

The statues were then transported to Calgary and donated to the city in 1968 and it has been standing tallsince then. (pun intended).

8. Calgary Chinatown

Chinatown, located in northeastern downtown Calgary, is a small but robust neighborhood. It is a testimony to the Chinese community’s contribution to the city, as well as their legacy.

This area is known for its delicious food. You can get a taste of the finest Chinese cuisine at the Silver Dragon Restaurant or Ho Won Restaurant. And if bubble tea is your thing, then swing right over to Gong Cha Chinatown. There are also several sushi places and Vietnamese restaurants nearby so you are spoiled with choices when it comes to places to eat.

Just a short walk away is the Chinese Cultural Centre. It is a must-visit attraction because it is home to a great collection of traditional Chinese art and artifacts.

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9. Stephen Avenue walk

Address: 8 Ave SW
Direction: Wonderland sculpture is on 6 Ave; you have to walk 2 blocks south to reach Stephen Ave (8 Ave)

Your trip to downtown Calgary is incomplete if you do not walk through Stephen Avenue. Always so lively and vibrant, Stephen Avenue has always been the “main street” of Calgary. Lined on both sides with patio restaurants, cafés, pubs, and shopping centers, it is a very popular street with locals and visitors alike.

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I especially love walking through Stephen Avenue in the summer because of its amazing atmosphere. Chances are there will be live music, local food trucks, ice cream trucks, and quite a lot of people.

Having been declared a Canadian historic site in 2002, a stroll through Stephen Avenue will take you back in time. The architectural styles of the buildings and old-school lamp posts design clearly contrast with the modern cityscape surrounding it. You will also certainly enjoy the beautiful flower displays and public arts along the street.

Overall, Stephen Ave is a street that has so much to offer. Walking on it is definitely one of the top things to do in downtown Calgary.

10. Devonian Gardens

Address: 324 8 Ave SW (use the directory inside the mall to locate the garden)
Direction: CORE Shopping Center is located on the north side of Stephen Ave.

Devonian Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and I can see why. This indoor botanical garden is located on the 4th floor of the CORE Shopping Center, right in the heart of Calgary downtown.

Whether you have spent hours shopping or just strolling by, remember to check out this beautiful urban park. It features over 500 species of trees and 50 varieties of plants.

The plant displays are of course stunning, but there are also water fountains, picnic areas, an indoor playground, and a large pond full of koi fishes. It feels like a tropical oasis thanks to the large window panes that provide natural sunlight.

11. Eau Claire neighborhood

Address: 200 Barclay Parade SW (Eau Claire market)
Direction: Walk north until you reach 2 Ave SW, turn left onto Barclay Parade

The Eau Claire neighborhood is located along the bank of the Bow River, just west of Center Street. This area has lots of small restaurants and coffee shops.

Just look for the YMCA or the Sheraton hotel, but Eau Claire Market is also pretty hard to miss. This “market” is actually a bustling shopping center that features so many specialty shops. They offer many local and unique products that you should check out.

The Bow River Pathway is just nearby. It’s a perfect place for an easy relaxing stroll. In the summer, you will come across water fountains, flower displays, playgrounds, and lots of Canadian geese. Sometimes, there’s even live music and food trucks.

Overall just a very fun neighborhood to explore.

12. Prince’s Island Park

Direction: head north until you reach the Bow River Pathway (you will know when you see the river). Cross any of the bridges and you’re there.

Prince’s Island Park is located just north of Calgary downtown. It hosts many of the city’s special events and festivals throughout the year (Canada Day celebration, Calgary Heritage Festival, Calgary Folk Festival).

At over20 hectares, Prince’s Island Park is an urban oasis. After walking through streets lined with buildings on both sides, it would be nice to get a change in scenery.

You will come across water fountains, flower gardens, open green spaces, and a children’s playground. It is no surprise that the park is very popular all seasons as it is the perfect place for walking, biking, having picnics, or just hanging out with families and friends.

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One reason why I love Prince’s Island Park so much is that it is home to so many geese and ducks. They are not afraid of people at all and they will come right up to your face.

Our family used to come here a lot in the summer. The Bow River is always so beautiful during this time of year. Sometimes we would bring our canoes (rental is available too!) and paddle down the river.

There are lots of little, round pebbles along the shore that I like to take home and paint. There are also plenty of great spots to view the Calgary skyline, which is stunning at sunset. Visiting Prince’s Island Park is no doubt one of the best things to do in downtown Calgary.

13. Peace Bridge

Direction: make your way to the west end of the park. You will have to get back to the main downtown core area (southside) before crossing Peace Bridge.

Peace Bridge was built to accommodate the increasing amount of pedestrians and bikers that commute every day to the downtown area. The bridge is unique in that there are no beams or cables; its entire length stretches unsupported across the Bow River.

The vibrant red hue of the bridge contrasts nicely against the clear river and the natural scenery nearby. It is definitely an eye-catching sight.

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Peace Bridge is a very photogenic spot. It is not uncommon to see newly-wed couples coming here to take photos (or high school students taking their grad photos). It is especially beautiful at night when fully lit.

I wouldn’t say that Peace Bridge is an attraction that you need to go out of your way to see, but definitely stop by if you’re in the area.

14. Kensington neighborhood & Sunnyside Station

After crossing Peace Bridge, walk along the Bow River Pathway (Memorial Dr) for about 100 m. Turn right on 9 St NW and make your way to Sunnyside Station. Congrats! That’s the end of our downtown Calgary walking tour.

If you still have some time left, you can explore the Kensington district nearby. I think it is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Calgary, being over a century old. Here you can find quirky cafes, boutique shops, and restaurants.

Plus 15 network

Calgary is home to the +15 network. This is not an attraction by itself but it is something I was so fascinated by when I saw it for the first time.

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The +15 network is one of the world’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems, with over 67 pedestrian bridges and a total length of 16 km. Most of the buildings within the downtown core are connected at the 2nd-floor level (+15 feet), making it super easy to walk around on those chilly winter months.

I always love using the skywalks because they are so fun. They are clean, spacious, and they are decorated with beautiful artworks.

Check out the +15 skywalk map here.

Where to eat in downtown Calgary

If you happen to feel hungry as you’re walking through Calgary downtown, here are some amazing options:

Sky360: as mentioned before, Sky360 is located above the observation deck of the Calgary Tower. Great food, stunning views (especially at night), perfect for a special occasion.

Caesar’s Steakhouse and Lounge: a classic Canadian steakhouse featuring the country-famous Alberta beef. They offer a great selection of wines and cocktails.

SALTIK: also a steakhouse but this one has a more modern vibe. The BBQ Sirloin here is very good.

Teatro Ristorante: Italian cuisine. They are known for their risotto and fresh pasta. I love the spacious interior and their service was amazing.

Is downtown Calgary safe for walking?

Yes absolutely!

Calgary is one of the safest cities in Canada. Pickpocket and petty crimes are almost unheard of here.

You will have no problem strolling through its downtown but having said that, it is always good to be cautious and prepare for the worst-case scenario.

Take away – things to do in downtown Calgary

Calgary’s downtown is a vibrant area with lots to offer. With a mix of historical buildings, modern skyscrapers, public art displays, and a diverse culinary scene, your options are endless. I hope you enjoy this guide on things to do in downtown Calgary itinerary and let me know in the comment below what you love the most.

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How do I spend a day in Calgary? ›

One Day in Calgary Itinerary
  1. Breakfast Downtown. To get fuel for the rest of the day, I recommend grabbing a fresh breakfast! ...
  2. Stephen Avenue Walk. ...
  3. CORE Shopping Centre & Devonian Gardens. ...
  4. Calgary Tower. ...
  5. Village Ice Cream. ...
  6. Studio Bell. ...
  7. Central Library. ...
  8. Famous 5 Statue.
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How many days are enough in Calgary? ›

How long should you spend in Calgary? As a general rule, I'd recommend spending at least two full days in Calgary, although with three you'll have more breathing room. This will also allow you to take a day trip somewhere, probably to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump historical site located just south of the city.

Where can I walk around downtown Calgary? ›

Nearby Trails
  • Elliston Park Loop Trail.
  • Pearce Estate Park.
  • Prairie Winds Park Loop.
  • Stanley Park to River Park.
  • Carburn Pond Loop Trail.
  • Edworthy Park Loop.
  • Downtown & Nose Hill Park.
  • Bow River Pathway in Fish Creek Park.

What is Calgary most known for? ›

Some of the things Calgary is known for include:
  • The Canadian Pacific Railway Headquarters.
  • The Calgary Fire of 1886.
  • The Calgary Stampede.
  • Calgary Flames - NHL Hockey Team.
  • Red Mile - Sea of Red Jerseys during the NHL playoffs of 2004.
  • Hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics.
  • Hosting the 2009 World Water Ski Championship.
17 Apr 2020

What is the #1 tourist attraction in Alberta? ›

Banff National Park is the most visited tourist attraction in Alberta and arguably the most impressive national park in Canada. Just 130 kilometers west of Calgary, the area encompasses spectacular mountain scenery, major ski resorts, beautiful lakes, and the tourist town of Banff.

What is the nicest area in Calgary? ›

A: Edgemont, Citadel, and Hawkwood are some of the safest neighbourhoods when it comes to living in Calgary, based on their low crime rates per capita.

What is a high Salary in Calgary? ›

Average Salary in Calgary

A person making $130,000 a year in Calgary makes 91.9% more than the average working person in Calgary and will take home about $92,363.

What is the best month to visit Calgary? ›

The best time of year to visit Calgary is from late May to the end of September. The shoulder months of October and April could have fine weather, but you also could have snow. In winter, Calgary is renowned for having unpredictable weather.

Is Calgary a cheap city? ›

Calgary has the second lowest cost of living in Canadian cities and is more affordable than many large North American cities. We also have the most affordable housing market in North America. In Alberta, provincial tax, personal income taxes and inheritance taxes are among the lowest in the country.

Are buses free in downtown Calgary? ›

Calgary, Canada

The CTrain travels downtown along 7 Avenue between City Hall and West/Kerby Stations. This stretch of the CTrain system is our free fare zone. This means that you can hop on for free when traveling along 7 Avenue. To navigate, press the arrow keys.

Where is the best view of downtown Calgary? ›

Crescent Heights Lookout Point

This is by far the best view in Calgary! There is a walking path along Crescent Road that is approximately 2km round trip, offering unobstructed views of the city skyline, including the Calgary Tower.

Is downtown Calgary walkable? ›

Calgary's City Centre has amazing pathways along both sides of the Bow River, with numerous pedestrian bridges allowing pedestrians to crisscross back and forth as desired. You can walk the entire length of the City Centre, east to west without ever encountering a car.

What is a nickname that Calgary is commonly known by? ›

Cowtown and Stampede City are popular nicknames for this city. Contrary to the image suggested by Calgary's nickname, Stampede City is very modern and prosperous.

Is Calgary bigger than London? ›

While London has a population eight times that of Calgary, has been a city of more than 1 million people for over 200 years and is considered to be the No.

How many Muslims are there in Calgary? ›

The Calgary area's Muslim population is around 100,000 and growing.

What are the top 5 most visited places? ›

The Top 10 Most Visited Cities In The World:
  • Bangkok (Total International travelers: 22.78 million)
  • Paris (Total International travelers: 19.10 million)
  • London (Total International travelers: 19.09 million)
  • Dubai (Total International travelers: 15.93 million)
  • Singapore (Total International travelers: 14.67 million)
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What is the cheapest place to live in Calgary? ›

  • Deer Ridge is located in the Southeast segment of Calgary. ...
  • Evanston is one of five communities located within Calgary's Symons Valley area. ...
  • Beddington Heights was first developed as a railway station on the Canadian Pacific line. ...
  • Rocky Ridge is located at the western edge of Calgary.
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Why are houses so cheap in Calgary? ›

What makes Calgary housing affordable is an economy that has been depressed by low oil prices. The price of oil has soared in the past year, but Mr. St-Arnaud said the energy sector has been cautious about reacting to the recent jump in oil prices by hiring and making new investments.

What percent of Calgary is Indian? ›

Calgary is home to more than 240 different nationalities, and is ranked third in proportion of visible minorities in Canada.
Select Ethnic Origin GroupNumberDistribution (%)
East Indian90,6256.6
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What is the most in demand job in Calgary? ›

Demand jobs in Calgary, AB
  • Para-Transit Driver Virtual Hiring Event. ...
  • COVID 19 Specimen Collector - Film & Television. ...
  • Housekeeper. ...
  • Haul & Tow/ Step Deck Owner Operators Needed for RV Transport. ...
  • PM (Preventative Maintenance) Serviceman. ...
  • Amazon Delivery Driver. ...
  • Tank Truck Operator. ...
  • Addictions and Peer Support Staff.

What is middle class salary in Calgary? ›

Median Family Income
2018Annual Change
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What is middle class in Calgary? ›

Income Classes in Canada
Income groupSalary range
Lower-middle class$32,048 – $53,2413
Middle class$53,413 – $106,827
Upper-middle class$106,827 – $236,000
Upper classMore than $236,000
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Is Calgary cheap to live in? ›

The city boasts the most affordable property market in North America and the lowest cost of living among Canadian cities. It is located in Alberta, with no sales tax and only a 5% GST, which makes life even more affordable. Calgary's cost of living index is 73.95, which is lower than most Canadian cities.

Is Calgary worth visiting? ›

Yes, it's within easy access of the dramatic Banff National Park, but it's also a snug little city to spend a few days exploring. Honestly, there's a heap of places to see and some epic things to do in Calgary; so much so that it's worth tagging onto any Alberta itinerary.

Is Calgary the coldest in Canada? ›

Winnipeg, Manitoba has the coldest winter weather of any major Canadian city. It ranks first for the lowest average temperatures. Winnipeg also is Canada's city that most often drops to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) or below and it is least likely to have a day above freezing during winter.

What language does Calgary speak? ›

The data shows that Punjabi and Tagalog remain Calgary's top two most spoken languages, aside from English. That's followed by Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Arabic and Urdu. One of Canada's two official languages, French, is the 12th most spoken language in Calgary homes.

Is downtown Calgary expensive? ›

According to Mercer's annual Cost of Living Index, Calgary is Canada's third most expensive city.

What is the safest area to live in Calgary? ›

Located about fifteen minutes from downtown, West Springs is amongst the safest and best neighborhoods in Calgary. You'll find that most houses built in this area tend to be quite spacious and luxurious. West Springs is also becoming known as an up-and-coming foodie destination in Calgary.

Is Train free in downtown Calgary? ›

The downtown portion of the C-Train which travels along 7 Avenue is known as the free fare zone. It is free to ride either C-Train route between 3rd Street East and 11th Street West along 7 Avenue, but a fare must be purchased if traveling outside of the downtown area.

What can you do in Calgary without a car? ›

Walk: Explore Calgary neighbourhoods on foot and get a unique perspective of the city. The Beltline, Inglewood, Kensington, East Village, and Chinatown are full of great restaurants, shops, and festivals that are accessible with a 10 – 30 minute walk of downtown Calgary.

Where can I park for free in downtown Calgary? ›

There is always free street parking after 6 PM Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday in downtown. If you want to park off-street, the Calgary Parking Authority offers 50% off Fridays after 11 AM every week at their downtown parkades. CORE mall downtown offers 3 hours for free with validated parking.

What is the most beautiful park in Calgary? ›

  • Prince's Island Park. 1,409. Islands • Parks. ...
  • Fish Creek Provincial Park. 981. Parks. ...
  • Bow River. 748. Bodies of Water. ...
  • Calgary Pathway System. 579. Biking Trails • Jogging Paths & Tracks. ...
  • Spruce Meadows. 1,116. Sports Complexes • Parks. ...
  • Nose Hill Park. 370. Parks. ...
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre. 237. ...
  • Bowness Park. 305.

What is downtown Calgary called? ›

The downtown is divided into several residential, commercial, corporate, and mixed-use neighbourhoods, including the Financial District (CBD), Eau Claire, Chinatown, East Village, Beltline, and the West End.

What is the main shopping street in Calgary? ›

One of the city's most iconic street, 17th Avenue S.W. (and the streets that adjoin it) has made and maintained a name for itself as a go-to retail district in Calgary. Grab a coffee and do some window-shopping, or step inside the boutiques and open yourself to a world of unique everyday items and high-end fashion.

Is downtown Calgary safe to live? ›

Violent crime has increased 10 per cent from the five-year average across the city and 7.5 per cent above the five-year average in the city's downtown core. But the rate of crime in Calgary is only slightly above levels recorded in 2019.

What makes Calgary unique? ›

Calgary is the third most diverse major city in Canada with more than 120 languages spoken in the city. Calgary is 848 square kilometres in size, or 327 square miles. Calgarians are community-minded; Albertans hold the 2nd highest national volunteer rate at 55 per cent.

What is the sister City of Calgary? ›

Phoenix is Calgary's most recent sister city and is the fifth largest city in the United States. The Calgary- Phoenix sister city relationship was established due to the complementary nature of the two cities' economies and communities.

What are Calgary residents called? ›

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Why is it called the 6? ›

The reason Toronto is called “The 6” / “6” / “6ix” is because of the six municipalities making up Metro Toronto before they were all joined in 1998. Further, the name (annoying as it may be) is also derived from the main area code in Toronto, 416.

Is Calgary bigger than Toronto? ›

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and a major investment hub in North America, but which other locations make up the top ten? The ten largest cities in Canada are Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Vancouver, Brampton and Hamilton.

Is Calgary or Toronto bigger? ›

For instance, Calgary is significantly smaller than Toronto, so if you're looking for a more fast-paced lifestyle, Toronto might be the better choice. On the other hand, Calgary has a lower cost of living, so it could be a more affordable option for you.

Is Calgary better than Vancouver? ›

For the summer holidays, Vancouver wins for its amazing scenery and not too hot weather. For winter, Calgary wins if you prefer cold and sunny weather over wet and mild temperatures.

Which city in Canada has most Muslims? ›

The majority of Canadian Muslims live in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The population of Muslims in Canada is 4.9% as of 2021 up from 3.2% as of 2011. In the Greater Toronto Area, 10% of the population is Muslim, up from 7.7% in 2011, and in Greater Montreal, 8.7% of the population is Muslim, up from 6% in 2011.

How many Pakistanis are in Calgary? ›

Metro Regions With Significant Population of Pakistani Canadians (2001 - 2021)
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How many Punjabis are in Calgary? ›

As of the 2021 Census, more than half of Canada's Sikhs can be found in one of four cities: Brampton (163,260), Surrey (154,415), Calgary (49,465), and Abbotsford (38,395).
Sikhism in Canada.
Total population
British Columbia290,870 (5.92%)
Alberta103,600 (2.48%)
Manitoba35,470 (2.71%)
Quebec23,345 (0.28%)
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What is there to do in Calgary in 24 hours? ›

10 Things to Do in Calgary in 24 Hours
  • Check-in to the Hotel Arts upon arrival. ...
  • Walk around the city to check out the outdoor sculptures. ...
  • Take advantage of happy hour specials at Raw Bar. ...
  • Eat dinner at Foreign Concept. ...
  • Grab a night cap at Proof. ...
  • Start your day with breakfast at Blue Star Diner.

Should I spend a day in Calgary? ›

It is possible to explore Calgary city highlights in one day. Focus on the downtown areas, relax, eat, and sightsee. You can also use this one day Calgary itinerary as a stopover before heading to (or leaving from) Banff National Park. We have included additional sightseeing ideas for a 2 day trip to the city.

How do you get around Calgary without a car? ›

Calgary Transit: Calgary Transit is an efficient and inexpensive way to explore Calgary without a car. Bus routes and two C-Train lines make it easy to navigate almost anywhere in the city. The C-Train is free to ride between City Hall Station and Downtown West/Kerby Station in the downtown core.

How can I enjoy Calgary? ›

Top Attractions in Calgary
  1. Heritage Park Historical Village. 3,176. Historic Sites • Parks. ...
  2. The Calgary Zoo. 4,509. Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos. ...
  3. Calgary Stampede. 3,122. Cultural Events. ...
  4. Calgary Tower. 3,361. ...
  5. Prince's Island Park. 1,409. ...
  6. The Military Museums. 561. ...
  7. Fish Creek Provincial Park. 981. ...
  8. Bow River. 748.

What is the most popular mall in Calgary? ›

Chinook Centre is Calgary's largest shopping, dining, and entertainment destination with over 250 stores. Major department stores like Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, make it easy to spend the day at Chinook Centre.

Is there a little Italy in Calgary? ›

Bridgeland might be known as Little Italy but has gained a reputation as the breakfast capital of Calgary and features several hole-in-the-wall restaurants you just have to try.

Is shopping in Calgary cheaper? ›

With the least sales tax (no PST or HST) in all of Canada, there's only the five per cent Government Sales Tax (GST) tacked on, making Calgary a mecca for big-ticket items.

Is downtown Calgary parking free after 6? ›

Calgary Parking Authority offers FREE street parking after 6pm daily and all day Sundays and holidays. Shop and get free or next-to-free parking with The CORE Shopping Centre, Banker's Hall, and The Bay.

Why is Calgary so great? ›

Located in the Alberta province, Calgary is ranked as one of the cleanest, livable cities in Canada. The metropolis of over 1.5 million people is situated on the eastern side of the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the Bow River at 3,428 feet elevation.


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