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Nestled in the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, you’ll find endless outdoor activities, miles of pristine walking trails, and plenty of dining and shopping in this truly cosmopolitan city in the heart of Alberta. Calgary appeared on the world stage when it hosted the 1988 Winter Olympic games, the first Canadian city to do so. Today, Canada Olympic Park still welcomes guests who enjoy a range of activities including mountain biking, mini golf, a skyline luge, and zip lining.
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Each July the city hosts the famous Calgary Stampede, which draws over a million visitors to one of the world’s largest rodeos, accompanied by concerts, parades, exhibitions and competitions.
The size of this event has coined the nicknames of “Cowtown” and “Stampede City” and lives on in the Canadian Football League called the Stampeders®.
First time visitors to this beautiful city will enjoy starting in downtown Calgary with a bird’s eye view from atop the Calgary Tower. In addition to the panoramic views of the skyline and majestic mountains, learn about the city’s history and famous landmarks. Dine above ground at Sky 360, perched 510 feet (155 meters), or at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the second floor.
Visitors to downtown Calgary enjoy strolling along Stephen Avenue Walk, a historic portion of the city from the 1800s. In this area today, you’ll find beautiful museums, a flourishing cultural center and chic shopping district full of international designers, boutiques and popular retail stores.
Cross the sleek glass Peace Bridge above the Bow River and relax in Prince’s Island Park, which hosts many public events like concerts, the Canada Day celebration, and Calgary Folk Festival. Want a more action packed day? Stanley Park along the Elbow River is a perfect spot for picnicking, swimming, canoeing, lawn bowling in the summer and tobogganing in the winter months.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to the 1875 Fort Calgary and the Military Museum of Calgary honoring Canada's navy, army, and air force.
Located just north of downtown, lies the campus of the top-ranked University of Calgary. A leading research university, the campus also hosts many athletic venues, including the Olympic Oval Ice Arena and the McMahon Stadium, home of the Calgary Stampeders.
Immerse curious kids in science and discovery at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, Telus Park’s interactive multimedia exhibits, and check out the ancient and giant dinosaur fossils at the Calgary Zoo. Enjoy a day at Calaway Park, Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park, or ride the Ferris wheel at Heritage Park Historical Village featuring 180 attractions and exhibits showcasing highlighting Western Canada’s settlers and First Nation’s people.
Drive west on the scenic Tunnel Mountain Drive for a day trip to Banff National Park and Yoho National Park to view some of Canada’s most breathtaking natural wonders including: Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”; gorges at Johnston Canyon; the majestic Victoria Glacier; powerful Takakkaw Falls; and the expansive scenic trails at Kicking Horse Pass. Along the way you may spot deer, elk and bears. While in Banff, ride to the top of the mountain in a gondola for incredible views then cruise Lake Minnewanka.
Make one of Best Western’s Calgary hotels your homestead when visiting this gorgeous western Canadian city.
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