At the foot of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains glitter the impressive skyscrapers of downtown Calgary. A city where visitors and locals alike enjoy a vibrantly diverse life of dance, theatre, art, musical and sporting entertainment as well as culinary delights to compliment the most discriminating palate.
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Calgary, considered the 'Heart of the New West', is located in south western Alberta, in a region of foothills and high plains. It is the third largest city in Canada and shines with optimism and possibilities for the future. It has many things to offer those who love the city life, as well as the great outdoors, with the Canadian Rockies only an hour away.
There are endless things to do in Calgary, from first class shopping, theatre, galleries, restaurants, ballet, concerts, dazzling nightlife, jazz festivals to NHL hockey games and so much more. The shopping in Calgary is a shopper’s wonderland, as Alberta is the ONLY province in Canada without a provincial sales tax. Here you can find numerous local arts and crafts, handmade by Calgary locals.
There are more than 25 museums located in Calgary that showcase Calgary’s western history. One of these museums is located at the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. At this location, there is a 90 minute bus tour of where some of the events were located, including bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping and freestyle skiing. You can also see bobsleigh and ski-jump simulators at the Olympic Hall of Fame & Museum.
With so many activities Calgary has been called the showcase city for Canada. Built to honour Canada’s Centennial, the Calgary Tower overlooks downtown Calgary. The tower, completed in June of 1968, was originally called the Husky Tower, but became the Calgary Tower in 1971. Outstanding views of the city can be seen from the observation deck from glass floor, which looks over 9th Avenue SW and Central Street North.
Get out your cowboy boots for the annual ten day Calgary Stampede. The stampede is held every year at the Stampede Park the first week in July. It is the largest outdoor show on earth. This tribute to the Cowboy is a time of street dancing, barbeques and Calgary hospitality for all. The parties go all night and the fun is everywhere. Many different rodeo events can be seen here including bull riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and wild pony racing. You can also visit the Saddledome for various concerts and Nashville North for original Stampede night life.
Some other interesting places to visit in Calgary would be the Calgary Zoo and its Botanical Garden and Fort Calgary, the original home to the North West Mounted Police.