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10 Best Things To Do In Calgary (Canada)

  1. Calgary Zoo

Who doesn’t like animals eh? Well, the Calgary Zoo is home to some of the most amazing animals on this beautiful earth. Bears, gorillas and Giraffes to name a few. But our favorite is the penguins. This will be the best $30 you will spend in Calgary. Don’t forget about the $12 parking fee though!

  1. The Calgary Tower

Every city has their landmark. San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, New York has the Statue of Liberty (to name a few). Calgary’s is the ‘Calgary Tower’. It is 626 feet tall and takes 62 seconds to get to the top in the elevator. When you’re are at the top take in the breathtaking 360 views of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. But wait…there’s more. Don’t leave without stepping onto the glass floor where you look down to the street below some 550 feet. Not for the faint of heart!

  1. The Calgary Stampede

The ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ happens every year at the Calgary Stampede. Tons of amusement rides for the kids and by far the best rodeo on earth. Scheduled July 8th – 17th. If the kids are at Grandmas for the weekend then be sure to check out Nashville North (over 18’s) where the biggest names in country music like Johnny Reid, Eric Church and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band come to play

  1. 17th Ave Entertainment & Restaurants

If shopping is your thing, then visit 17th Ave. You won’t find your average high street vendors here but instead, local, independently owned boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores. After a day of shopping try some of the amazing restaurants that line the avenue. Places such as Una Pizza and Lulu Bar serve some of the best food in Calgary.

  1. Heritage Park Village

Go back in time and learn some of Canada’s true culture at Heritage Park. Over 200 exhibits with plenty of fun things for the kids. $13.50 for kids and $26.50 for adults. But hold your horses…the park will be opening in May 2022

  1. Catch a Flames Game

With the Calgary Flames on the brink of making the 2022 Stanley cup playoffs the buzz around the Saddledome is electric. As of March 1st, the stadium will be back to full capacity. This is an absolute must when visiting Calgary. Tickets are as low as $35 and can be booked at www.ticketmaster.com

  1. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Give yourself at least a few hours to get around this spectacular museum housing amazing full size dinosaur structures. The line ups can be long, and it can get cramped at some of the more popular exhibits but you will leave with a wealth of knowledge.

  1. Day at Calaway Park Amusement Park

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains this theme park is great for adults and children respectively. Unlike many other theme parks the lineups are not usually that long and for only $50 for children and adults it’s affordable for a day of fun with the family.

  1. Visit Banff Springs Hotel

Just a short drive west of Calgary (1.5 hours) lies Banff with one of the most spectacular hotels on planet earth. 764 rooms, 15 floors, 12 restaurants and over 100 years of history. Even if you don’t have a room booked the staff don’t mind you exploring the hotel. Sit on the deck with a cocktail and enjoy the incredible views of the Rocky Mountains. For those who don’t mind a ghost story or two make sure you ask one of the staff members about the scary things seen and heard at the hotel.

  1. Visit Calgary on an empty stomach!

As someone who was in the food and beverage industry for many years, I can vouch that Calgary has some of the best restaurants and bars north of the equator. Bridgette BarTeatroRouge and Alloy are some of the best restaurants anywhere. Want something a little more European and laid back? Try James Joyce Irish pub on 8th Ave where they serve a mean pint of Guinness. The Calgary tower has a revolving restaurant (Sky 360) with 360 views of the city, great service, delicious food and yummy cocktails. Annabelle’s Kitchen Downtown on 8th Ave is a modern Italian ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant with incredible pizza like the ‘Southern Nights’ (roast chicken, zucchini fennel, crispy onion, asiago, mozzarella and red sauce). Needless to say, their pizza is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients. They also offer great wine, an innovative cocktail programme and local craft beer.

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