Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (2022)

We have been to Paris, Prague, and Amsterdam BUT, Calgary downtown will be forever SPECIAL. I should admit we equally LOVE Toronto and Vancouver – other Canadian cities and their downtown, but each time we drive to Calgary, we fall in love with it again (and again). Too bad, we have not moved to Calgary (yet!), but who knows?

Our favorite hangout place is the downtown area. So we got all the best things to do in Downtown Calgary for your itinerary, including Calgary attractions, shopping, hotels, and restaurants. Use this guide to get some of the FREE things to do in Calgary.

Things to do in downtown Calgary – Calgary Downtown Attractions

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (1)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click one of them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Calgary Tower

The image of the Calgary Tower actually warms up my heart. It is my very own Eiffel tower! As we arrive in downtown Calgary, the tower with a red ribbon (red tower deck, my imagination is at play here) welcomes you with a BIG smile and it follows you everywhere in the downtown area – in a parking lot, restaurant, park, hotel-like everywhere.

The Calgary Tower is a free-standing observation tower located in Downtown Calgary. It has an observation deck that offers a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city, all the way to the Canadian Rockies. It is a real treat to see the city from the top – you can view the Calgary Saddle dome, Bow River, and downtown buildings.

We have visited the Calgary Tower and the observation deck at different times of the year. During winters, the city looks like it’s covered in vanilla frosting and during summers, it’s the bright blue hues that delight you.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (2)

The observation tower has a glass floor and you can walk over it, and take photos. And if you are like me, you will take 1000000 minutes to muster all the courage to sit this way and not look down!

You see, I love sky-rise buildings and city views, but for the love of God, I am TOO afraid to look down, sorry!

On the second floor of the Calgary tower, you can sit back and relax in their restaurant.

Summer also calls for food and fun times, so you will see plenty of summer activities at the foot of the Calgary Tower. This tower gives you great photo opportunities and is iconic to the city of Calgary – so don’t miss it!

  • Price: Free from the outside. (Observation deck admission fee: $18 CAD/adult). Book here
  • Location: 6 Ave SW

Stephen Avenue Walk

Our favorite – favouritest (sorry I ran out of superlatives here) spot in Calgary. Colorful, vibrant, and lively lane – this is the Stephen Avenue Walk. Also my favorite because it is sprinkled with historical facts in every nook and corner of this lane (so watch out for those).

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (3)

This all-pedestrian lane is bustling with activities in the summertime – ice cream, beaver tails, music, food trucks, local art and displays, and more.

Stephen Avenue is also lined with some of the BEST restaurants and pubs in the downtown Calgary area. There is a shopping mall of the same name – Stephen Avenue Place located nearby.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 8 Ave SW

Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum is an art and history museum located in downtown Calgary. It is one of the largest museums in western Canada and boasts a variety of art displays and historical artifacts, all year round. The museum also conducts art exhibitions and events from artists around the globe.

They are closed on Mondays and are open on other days from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Friday they are open till 08:00 pm.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (4)
(Video) THE TOP THINGS YOU CAN DO IN CALGARY CANADA: Calgary, Alberta // Nat and Max

The Glenbow Museum organizes some amazing art and fashion displays as well. Recently they had a Christina Dior exhibition (how cool, Calgary!)

  • Price: $10- 16 CAD
  • Location: 9 Ave SW

Wonderland Sculpture

The Wonderland Sculpture is a HUGE wired head sculpture of a young girl located in front of the landmark building – The Bow. The sculpture is about 12 meters tall and was created by a Spanish sculptor – James Plensa.

The sculpture speaks of the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of young Albertans (like me!)

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (5)

You can actually walk inside the “neck” of the sculpture head. It is NOT allowed to climb on the sculpture. Definitely an awesome sight in Downtown Calgary – also one of the Instagrammable spots in the city.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 110 6 Ave SE

The Bow Building

The Bow is a stunning (office) building, located in downtown Calgary. It is easily the most recognizable skyscraper in the Calgary skyline.

The office space is the headquarters of Encana Corporation and Cenovus Energy. The Bow building is ONE of the tallest buildings in Calgary, and it is characterized by a curled or “C” shape.

This skyscraper has 58 floors, including an observation deck – on the 54th floor- for visitors, with a beautiful garden. There are retail and dining floors as well. The + 15 skywalk public transportation system allows pedestrians to access other buildings in the vicinity.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 110 6 Ave SE

Prince Island Park

Prince’s Island Park is located on the north end of downtown Calgary and along the Bow River. This is a stunning green space in the middle of the city and a perfect place to relax, take a stroll or hang out with friends and family.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (6)

For a long time, I was actually confused about why this park was called Prince’s Island Park and Eau Claire Park, which is located very close to this place.

So the island park is named after a businessman named Peter Anthony Prince. He founded the Bow River Lumber Company and the Eau Claire Lumber Company.

In the late 19th century, the Eau Claire mill was established along the Bow River and a channel was dug to transport logs to the mill. Over the years, this channel separated from the mainland and now became Prince’s Island Park.

Prince’s Island Park is a beautiful oasis and a great spot to admire the city’s skyline. This park also hosts music festivals (Calgary Heritage Festival, Calgary Folk Festival) and other events in the city. We were here during the 150thcelebrations of Canada Day and just fell in love.

Prince’s Island Park is a dear favorite as the city loves its legacy – the founder, Peter Anthony Prince was credited to be one of the early pioneers of Calgary’s development. (He is also credited to have founded Calgary Water Power Company – used sawdust to power street lights)

The park also has a riverfront café and unique (name) bridges over the Bow River, including a Jaipur bridge.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW

Eau Claire Park

The mill area that was built by Prince’s Island Park, is now known as the Eau Claire area.

As you walk away from the Island Park and towards parking lots, restaurants, and the Sheraton hotel – that’s the Eau Claire area. It also has a market space of the same name – the Eau Claire market.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (7)
  • Price: Free
  • Location: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW

Peace Bridge

The Peace Bridge is a foot traffic bridge located over the Bow River in downtown Calgary. It was built by another Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. The bridge is stunning at all times of the year. Our favorite time is during fall, as the red color of the bridge, shines brightly and warmly against the fall foliage.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (8)
(Video) 10 BEST Things To Do In Calgary | What To Do In Calgary

The bridge was built and opened recently in 2012.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: On Bow River, west side of Prince Island’s Park
Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (9)

China Town

Calgary Chinatown is located in the northeast part of downtown. The Chinese community arrived here in 1880 and this neighborhood is a testimony to their contribution and legacy.

The Chinese Cultural Centre located here has a lot of traditional art and decor, which makes it one of the unique centers in the whole of North America.

Visit Chinatown to admire the quaint Chinese neighborhood and for some DELICIOUS food!

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (10)

In Chinatown, there is a New Art Gallery, which is worth visiting. It is a contemporary art display gallery, operated by a non-profit organization since 1975.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 2 Ave SW

Famous 5 Statue

The Famous Five are the five (5) prominent Canadian pioneers who fought for women’s suffrage – the right to vote, be a part of the senate and participate in public matters (Person’s Case led by Emily Murphy).

There is a statue of the Famous 5 located in the Olympic Plaza area of Downtown Calgary. This sculpture was designed by Edmonton sculptor Barbara Paterson depicting the five women, celebrating their victory (of women’s participation in public affairs) over a cup of coffee (which is very Canadian)

The Famous 5 statues have citations inscribed on them.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: Women are Persons, 8 Ave SW

Olympic Plaza

The Olympic Plaza is a beautiful park and “hang out” space for locals (especially downtown workers) and tourists alike for a quick rest or a lunch break. The plaza was built in 1988 for medal ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (12)

During summers, it is a great place to enjoy some cool breeze, and music and watch kids play. In the wintertime, bring your skates in to enjoy the ice rink here. “Skate Hut” at the Olympic Plaza is a beautiful outdoor rink, which is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: MacLeod Trail & 7thAve SW

CORE Shopping Centre & Devonian Gardens (Calgary Downtown Mall)

Calgary’s CORE Shopping centre is a popular shopping arena in Downtown Calgary. It spans over 3 city blocks and boasts of Holt Renfrew’s flagship store along with 160 other retail stores.

The CORE Shopping centre consists of 4 floors – of retail bliss and cuisines (restaurants and food court), but also a delightful indoor botanical garden, called the Devonian Gardens.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (13)

We accidentally happened to drop by the CORE shopping centre and explored the beautiful indoor oasis. This place has so much greenery – tons of plant variety (over 550 kinds) and a pool with colorful fishes (koi pond).

There are designated children’s play areas and dining/seating tables as well. Devonian Gardens also conducts exhibitions and art displays. Their living wall is a beautiful creation – a MUST visit! This will surprise you, pleasantly.

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 324 8 Ave SW

Mario Armengol Statue

Armengol Statues are tall (and naked) statues of men and families in a small park, located on 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).

(Video) Top 10 Things to do in Calgary, Alberta 2022 | Canada Travel Guide

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

  • Price: Free
  • Location: 1stStreet and 6thAvenue SE

Studio Bell National Music Centre

Studio Bell is home to the National Music Centre. It is located in the East Village part of Calgary. The centre has five floors of exhibitions showcasing the story of music in Canada.

Although quite a climb and effort to explore it all – if you are a music fan you must not miss it!

Studio Bell is also a beautiful architectural marvel, and great for photos! The centre opened in 2016.

  • Price: Suggested rate of $15 per entry
  • Location: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L8

Calgary Central Public Library

The gorgeous new Central Library is the largest in the city, and it is located near the City Hall Station. So very convenient to get there via the public transportation system.

The Central Library building features over 450,000 books and showcases a beautiful and modern architectural style that is juxtaposed with vintage historic buildings in the area.

Step into the library and marvel at the fun spaces of virtual learning and good ol’ bookshelves. Study and seating areas are airy, with a lot of light coming in and…wooden finishes that are seamlessly designed to add a luxury feel to it.

The exterior of the library reminds me of the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik Iceland, as you can see some Nordic/Scandidanian elements. The library was designed in collaboration with a Norweigan architectural firm, Snøhetta.

The new Central library opened its doors in 2018, and in 2019 it made it to the list of the 100 greatest places to visit in the world!

The Calgary Public Library was established in 1912.

  • Location: 800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Most Fairmont hotels in Canada are sort of a landmark in their city and the Fairmont Palliser hotel in Downtown Calgary is no different. This iconic hotel is a historical landmark – it was built in 1914 when railways were developing and engulfing western Canada.

What was then a “mere” resting place for travelers and workers is now a luxurious hotel with stunning interiors and architecture.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (14)

During winter, there is a giant gingerbread on-site (lobby) that visitors come to see and photograph. The Calgary Tower and other tourist sights can be seen from the balconies of the Fairmont.

You can photograph the Calgary Tower and the hotel next to each other, or take a peek at the Canadian Railway sign close by, which is a reminder of the past days of industrial growth.

It’s like living a piece of history.

  • Price: Luxury hotel
  • Location: 133, 9 Ave SE

Fort Calgary National Park – Historic site

The Fort Calgary Park historical site is located on the edge of downtown Calgary. Although not in the downtown core, we thought this place needs a mention in this post.

Fort Calgary is located a 10-minute walk from downtown, at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers (or a 4-minute drive from the Glenbow Museum).

Fort Calgary site was founded by the Northwest Mounted Police to curb the illegal whiskey trade. It was founded in 1875. The fort today is a national historic site and houses a museum with many remnants of the bygone days.

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (15)

The fort has some of the structures in their original state and some are re-created. When you explore the museum living quarters and walk from one room to another, it is like living the history itself.

(Video) Calgary Canada Travel Guide: Best Things To Do in Calgary

And if you are like me, who LIVES, BREATHES, and WEARS history, you will find a cheeky girl with red mounted police uniforms!

  • Price: $12/adult (parking rates are additional)
  • Location: 750 9 Ave SE

Downtown Calgary Tourist Map

Here is a handy map with Downtown Calgary Tourists spots and restaurants

Hotels Calgary Downtown AB

Downtown Calgary has some of the finest and most luxurious hotels. The location is on-point, with quick access to the city’s TOP highlights, restaurants and pubs, shopping, and the river valley.

We have an awesome guide to hotels in Calgary up on this blog and we will pick 3 favorites from the downtown area here for you.

We recommend using Booking.com to find accommodation. It is our favorite hotel website for quickly comparing the prices of multiple hotel booking sites at once.

  • Fairmont Palliser Hotel – One of the most luxurious and iconic hotels in the whole of Calgary and located in the downtown area is the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. The location of the hotel is very convenient to access all the tourist highlights, including restaurants and bars. The hotel also has 2 restaurants and a spa on-site. This hotel is perfect for couples, individuals, and small families. FUN FACT: Salil and I were engaged here.
  • Sheraton Eau Claire Hotel – Sheraton Eau Claire is located by the Eau Claire market and hence will be very close to Prince’s Island Park. Just outside the hotel, you will find breakfast and coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. We stayed here a couple of times (summer and winter) and their staff is very friendly and the accessibility to nearby restaurants is just amazing (you can just walk down)
  • ALT Hotel East Village – This is a new hotel located in downtown Calgary (Confluence Way). This is budget to a mid-range hotel offering modern amenities and location convenience. The exterior design of the hotel is very eye-catching and you will probably notice it when you drive to the downtown area.
Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (16)

Recommended Top Downtown Calgary Restaurants

Calgary has multi-cuisine restaurants and DOWNTOWN Calgary is full of them. Other than the food, we feel ambiance is key and these restaurants do live up to the hype (without a hefty price tag).

Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (17)

All the listed restaurants are added to Google Maps in this post.

  • SALTIK – Upscale restaurant, popular for steak, sandwiches, cocktails, and wine. Modern clean eating
  • Vero Bistro Moderne – Bistro-style French cuisine
  • Ten Foot Henry – Rustic style restaurant interiors and theme, serving brunch and full course meals
  • Native Tongues Taqueria – Mexicana bliss in your mouth. Love the décor of the restaurant and the quality of Mexican food here.
  • Sky 360, Calgary Tower – Food, with AWESOME views. Perfect for special occasions

Best Bars in downtown Calgary

  • Barcelona Tavern (cocktails) 501 8 Ave SW
  • Escoba Bistro & Wine Bar at 624 8 Ave SW
  • CRAFT Beer Market on 10 AVE SW
  • Milk Tiger Lounge (mixed drinks, late-night snacks) 1410 4 ST SW

Vegan Food Restaurants

  • Tamarind Vietnamese Grill & Noodle House – 1111 6 Ave SW
  • Veg-in YYC – 216 6 Ave SE
Ultimate Things to do in Downtown Calgary Itinerary (18)

Beyond Downtown Calgary itinerary

If you are visiting Calgary and have additional time in the city, be sure to check off the following attractions,

  • Heritage Park Historical Village: Located on 120+ acres of land, this heritage site is one of the most visited sightseeing spots in Calgary. Filled with historical buildings, and train rides including antique wagon excursions and more. You can easily spend one full day there. Heritage Park Historical Village is the second largest living museum in Calgary.
  • WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park: Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988. Today you can visit the park and there are lots of activities that you can participate in and enjoy (even in the summer!)
  • Calgary Stampede: This is an annual rodeo event that happens in Calgary with a parade, shows, and lots of events. Calgary Stampede which is called the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth runs for 10 days in July (after Canada Day week). We recommend booking flights and hotels ahead of time if you are planning to attend, as the city gets super busy and crowded!
  • Calgary Zoo: The Calgary Zoo is located very close to downtown, and can be reached via public transportation and footpath via the Bow River pathway. The Zoo is recognized internally for its work in the field of species recovery and reintroduction. It will take about 2 hours to explore
  • Telus Spark Science Centre: Located only a few minutes away from Downtown Calgary is the Telus Spark Centre. This is an innovative science center and museum. It is great not only for kids, but also for curious adults as you can explore and work with different interactive elements, check out amazing lights and sound shows, seasonal science events, and more!
  • Calgary road trip: Calgary is the perfect spot to base yourself and then explore more of the province and travel Alberta. You can visit Drumheller, Sylvan Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park, and of course Banff National Park and Lake Louise
  • Festivals to enjoy in Calgary: Calgary Stampede, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Heritage Festival

Getting to Calgary:

Calgary International Airport will get you to the city if you are flying to Alberta. This airport is also the closest to get to Banff and the Canadian Rockies!

Here is a detailed guide to getting from Calgary airport to Banff National Park!

So that is a wrap! These were some of the amazing things to do in Calgary downtown.

Additional Resources

  • Calgary GuideCalgary Mini Guide
  • Day trip from CalgaryDrumheller things to do in a day trip
  • Banff GuideThings to do in Banff Itinerary for all seasons
  • Banff in winterBanff Winter guide
  • Banff AccommodationBanff Hotels Guide
  • Winter guide: Visit Toronto to Prince Edward Island in Canada in winter

Pin: Things to do in downtown Calgary – Calgary Downtown Attractions

FAQs

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 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 3 days enough for Calgary? ›

If you have a weekend or 3 days to work with and you're looking to do an easy trip to a beautiful west coast city in Canada that has that perfect balance of drop dead scenery, adventure, culture, and culinary, then look no further than Calgary.

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.
5 Nov 2022

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 the best month to go to 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.

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 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 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 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

Can you visit 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.

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.

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.

Is Calgary Transit free downtown? ›

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 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.

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.

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.

Does Calgary have a hop on hop off bus tour? ›

Top Bus & Motorcycle Tours of Calgary

There is currently no hop-on hop-off bus services available in Calgary but plenty of guided bus tours to help you explore the city. Blue Sky Tours is a bus tour company with a city tour for everyone.

What is the rainiest month in Calgary? ›

The month with the most rain in Calgary is June, with an average rainfall of 2.9 inches. The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 13 to April 10. The month with the least rain in Calgary is January, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.

What month has the most snow in Calgary? ›

April is the month with the most snowfall in Calgary, Canada. Snow falls for 9.5 days and accumulates 102mm (4.02") of snow.

Why is Calgary better than Toronto? ›

Calgary vs Toronto 2022: Which is Better? There's no clear answer on which city is better. Toronto has more going on in terms of entertainment and climate, but Calgary's laidback lifestyle, outdoor activities, and lower cost of living are appealing. Both have strong economies with high wages and job opportunities.

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.

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 the Red Lot free in Calgary? ›

The RED LOT is free and available for all ages and will be held during each home playoff game.

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.
...
POPULATION BY SELECTED ETHNIC ORIGIN.
Select Ethnic Origin GroupNumberDistribution (%)
French118,0858.6
Chinese104,6207.6
Ukrainian90,7406.6
East Indian90,6256.6
31 more rows

Where do Indian live in Calgary? ›

Based on my experience, Indians are largely concentrated in the NE quadrant. This quadrant also has a high concentration of people from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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.
9 Feb 2021

Where should I go on a road trip in Calgary? ›

Rocky Mountain Road Trips from Calgary
  1. Banff National Park (Photo credit: Devaan Ingraham)
  2. Banff Gondola (Photo credit: Chris Amat/Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection)
  3. Lake Minnewanka Cruise (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Damian Blunt)
  4. Rockies Heli Canada (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Darren Roberts)
1 Sept 2022

Which quadrant is best in Calgary? ›

It's generally accepted the best Calgary neighbourhoods, in terms of aesthetics, lie in the northwest and southwest suburbs. These are closest to the Rockies with attractive mountain views. Much of Calgary's commercial and industrial enterprises are situated in the southeast quadrant.

What is unique about Calgary? ›

Calgary is home to more than 1.4 million people. Our citizens are young: the median age of Calgarians is only 37.2 years. 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.

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 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.

How much is a taxi from Calgary to Banff? ›

Take a Taxi in Calgary

The approximate cost from the Calgary Airport to Banff for the 140km journey is $250 one way.

Can you Uber from Calgary to Banff? ›

Calgary is 130km from Banff and Canmore, or 80 miles. This is a 90 minute drive. How much is Uber from Calgary to Banff? Uber will cost you anywhere from $130 to $400, depending on the demand for its service.

Is downtown Calgary expensive? ›

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

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.

Is shopping cheaper in Calgary? ›

Less Taxing

Out-of-province shoppers know that a trip to Alberta means they'll spend less (or can buy more — whichever way you want to justify it). 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.

How much does it cost to park downtown Calgary? ›

Calgary Parking Rates
Parking TypeSpotHero Average Price Offered
Commuter ParkingCA$8 - CA$13
Weekend ParkingCA$7 - CA$10
Event ParkingCA$8 - CA$10
Overnight ParkingCA$15 - CA$20

Can you sleep in your car in Calgary? ›

In general, there are no laws prohibiting you from sleeping in your car. But you need to follow parking signs at rest areas, parking lots and on main streets to determine whether extended parking is allowed.

Is park and ride free in Calgary? ›

Did you know that most of our CTrain Stations and several of our main bus terminals have Park and Ride lots? These lots have both free parking and reserved parking.

What is the most popular food in Calgary? ›

Calgary is famous for beef but there's a lot more on our menus. Our city is emerging on the global table of renowned cuisines for the quality of our produce. We are known as a city for our maverick approach to life with incredible independent and chef-owned restaurants to explore.

What is the famous shopping street called? ›

Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

Shopping on Fifth Avenue is the ultimate dream of any shopper, and its name has long been synonymous with luxury.

How many days do you need in Calgary and Banff? ›

You need to spend 5 days, to SEE & DO the real Banff : like hiking and canoeing in summer & Skiing and Snowboarding in winter.

How much time do I need at Calgary Airport? ›

Many airlines advise passengers to arrive two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for US and international flights.

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.

What month is best for Banff? ›

The best times to visit Banff are June to August and December to March. Nature lovers will want to get to the park when the weather is warm and welcoming (and while the hotel rates in town are at a reasonable level).

Is Jasper or Banff better? ›

Banff, without a doubt, has the better location in terms of ease and access to the mountains. Jasper is much more of a haul to get to, and if coming from Calgary, you'll have to pass through Banff and drive the Icefields Parkway to reach Jasper.

Is it better to stay in Banff or Calgary? ›

While Calgary offers incredible nightlife, shopping, fine dining, and entertainment, Banff offers stunning views and world class natural wonders. Travelling to both destinations is a great way to enjoy the beauty of one of Canada's most popular National Parks, while enjoying all that city life has to offer.

Do I need a Covid test to fly into Calgary? ›

No pre-entry or arrival COVID-19 tests are required.

How long does it take to walk the Calgary airport? ›

The walking distance between gates A and gates D/E is 12 minutes, the YYC LINK needs only 5 minutes.

Can you bring food through airport security Calgary? ›

Did you know that solid food items, such as sandwiches, apples and granola bars, are permitted in both your carry-on and checked baggage when travelling within Canada?

What's Calgary famous 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 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.

Videos

1. Calgary (Alberta) ᐈ Things to do | What to do | Places to See ☑️
(Canada City Guides - Tripoyer)
2. 3 DAY CALGARY GUIDE | 23 THINGS TO DO | Calgary | Drumheller [Vlog]
(Annietime Anniewhere)
3. Calgary Travel Guide: How to travel Calgary in 2 days! (we're locals)
(Must Do Canada)
4. CALGARY in 4 Days | Things to See, Do, and Eat from the City
(Going Awesome Places)
5. My Solo Trip to Alberta, Canada | Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore & Calgary
(Allison Anderson)
6. BANFF ITINERARY you should follow
(Natasha and Cameron)

Top Articles

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Ray Christiansen

Last Updated: 01/29/2023

Views: 5456

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (69 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Ray Christiansen

Birthday: 1998-05-04

Address: Apt. 814 34339 Sauer Islands, Hirtheville, GA 02446-8771

Phone: +337636892828

Job: Lead Hospitality Designer

Hobby: Urban exploration, Tai chi, Lockpicking, Fashion, Gunsmithing, Pottery, Geocaching

Introduction: My name is Ray Christiansen, I am a fair, good, cute, gentle, vast, glamorous, excited person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.