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Calgary Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Calgary

Calgary is a relaxed, friendly destination that has a cosmopolitan, welcoming vibe, high-quality shopping opportunities, great food, and plenty of family attractions. It's not surprising that it's such an easy city to fall in love with.

This is a city that shines in summer and winter. When temperatures drop, Calgary becomes one of North America's most popular skiing destinations. You can stay in the city and enjoy everything it has to offer, and be within a short drive of Rocky Mountain resorts like Castle Mountain.

When summer comes, Calgary could hardly be a more enjoyable place to spend time. Parks like Prince's Island are idyllic picnic spots. X Fest and the Calgary Folk Music Festival entertain locals and visitors alike, while 17th Street bursts into life, with its diverse range of stores, cafes, and galleries.

Whenever you visit, Calgary has something to offer, from NHL ice hockey to alpine escapes. Book your tickets today and explore "stampede city". You won't leave disappointed.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Calgary

What to do in Calgary

Calgary Tower
Calgary Zoo
Banff National Park
Heritage Park Historical Village
Top activities in Calgary

When to Visit Calgary

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When you visit really depends on whether you intend to ski. The slopes are at their best between November and March, but not all of the city center businesses will be open owing to the cold. To enjoy the city itself, head to Calgary in April or May when hotel rates will be low and crowds relatively thin on the ground. Summer is also an excellent time to visit, but book ahead to get the best accommodation rates.

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When the weather is nice in Calgary

How to Get to Calgary

Airports near Calgary

YYC Calgary
YQF Red Deer

Airlines serving Calgary

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Where to Stay in Calgary

Most of the best hotels in Calgary are situated in the Downtown area and Inglewood, where good options include the Marriott Downtown, Le Germain Hotel, and the Fairmont Palliser. Just over the river, the Kensington Riverside Inn is a luxury hotel housed in a converted mansion that features a gourmet restaurant. Further down the price scale, there's a comfortable HI Hostel in the city center, while the Acclaim Hotel is a good choice if you want to stay close to the airport.

Popular Neighborhoods in Calgary

Where to stay in popular areas of Calgary

Most booked hotels in Calgary

How to Get Around Calgary

The Cost of Living in Calgary

Shopping Streets

Calgary is an excellent place to shop, but there are two major retail neighborhoods. Inglewood is the first, where you'll find independent stores like Adorn Boutique, Gummi Boutique (which specializes in kids clothing), and craft stores like Galleria. The other major shopping area is 17th Street, which features unique businesses like Indo Designer Rugs and Blue Ivy Decor, a hip home interior retailer.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering or need picnic food, you can find what you need at supermarkets like Sunterra, Market 17, and One Way Foods, or Crossroads Market. If you don't fancy shopping for yourself, Kolmol also offers a grocery delivery service to hotel rooms and apartments. Food shouldn't be too expensive, with 12 eggs costing about C$3.40 and a pound of apples around C$1.80.

Cheap meal
Cheap meal
$13.08
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
$51.87
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket
$2.54
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$3.24

Where to Eat in Calgary

Beef is Calgary's premier cuisine and restaurants like the Vintage Chophouse, Modern Steak, and the Cattle Baron Alberta Steakhouse can prepare a locally reared steak however you like it. For gourmet French food check out La Chaumiere, Japanese Village serves succulent wagyu beef, and the Coup specializes solely in serving satisfying vegetarian dishes. Expect to pay C$18 for a mid-range meal.

Most popular restaurants in Calgary

CHARCUT
CHARCUT
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Contemporary Canadian
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Redwater Rustic Grille - South
Californian
Excellent (4,054 reviews)
River Café
Canadian
Excellent (3,766 reviews)
Bolero
Bolero
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Brazilian
Excellent (3,562 reviews)
Bonterra Trattoria
Italian
Excellent (3,405 reviews)
Smuggler's Inn
Steakhouse
Excellent (2,640 reviews)
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