What to do in Calgary?
My brother lives in Calgary and over the last few trips we have enjoyed; Heritage Park Historical Village, Calaway Park, Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, Fort Calgary, Gas Town, there’s a company that does Calgary Walks and a really nice park to the north with views of a big bridge.
PS if you like a beer or two check out the official off-license 😉
EDIT there use to be a botanic garden in a shopping center that’s well worth a visitPosted 4 years ago
Stampede and the Stampede grounds are probably worth a day especially if you get tickets to the Rodeo and Wagons.
Sports wise that is the start of the CFL season at McMannon stadium; I like the CFL but to some it is an acquired taste.
The Glenbow museum in downtown Calgary is worth a look. Fort Calgary is also good. I’d rent a bike from Eau Claire market (not that good as a place in it’s self) and then do a ride up / down the Bow River. For some more adrenalin activity go to Calgary Olympic park and rent out a AM bike and play on the trails for a day.
I think (but I’m not sure) that you can hire canoes and go for a canoe on the Glenbow lake from heritage park. Failing that there are plenty of companies that do shuttle services along the Bow river for canoeing and floating. They drop you at the NE and pick you up in the SW. Enjoy a float and join the rest of Calgary in trying not to get busted for having alcohol in the boats…. A good activity to people watch. If it’s your thing then the fly fishing is world class within Calgary and a number of companies run trips locally.
If you can do it all I would hire a car one day and drive out to the mountains and back. A nice loop would be to go South through the prairies towards long view (on the Cowboy trail); come back via Highwood pass (Highest road in Canada). Gives you a mix of Alberta and rockies whilst avoiding the area around Banff. You could extend that trip by visiting the Head-Smashed-in Buffalo jump site neat Fort Macleod.
I’m not sure but I think some companies do day tours to the Dinosaur National park and Drumheller area. As a geologist I love those places and the Tyrell Museum is one of the best paleontology museums in the world (but if you live in London you’ll have been spoilt by the national history museum.)
Hope that helps.Posted 4 years agoPopocatapetlSubscriber
if you’re after a good night out, head to Cowboys!
And, i always enjoyed the Patio bar at Broken City for chilled out evenings. Patio bar
A trip up to the Canada Olympic park is good too. You can watch the Ski jumpers practising all year round on the big hill. Olympic Park
Hope you have a great time!Posted 4 years agojohn_drummerMember
Banff & Canmore (slightly nearer Calgary) are both on the railway to Vancouver. Shouldn’t take more than an hour by train to Canmore, a little longer to Banff – the trains are rather long and take a while to get up to their (limited) maximum speed 😉
Definitely a bike shop in Canmore, who may or may not be willing to lend/rent you a bike. Nordic Center above the town should have some good trails in summer, but watch out for the bears!
Lake Louise is definitely very picturesque…
Posted 4 years agodohMember
when i was there the tramp watching was really good, I’m from glasgow and they put our tramps to shame. if you go up the tower you can see tramps for miles around.
get a car and head out into the unknown it is an amazing country to see from the comfort of a car. the homes for sale lots where my fav. whole houses to buy and drive away on a couple of lowloaders amazing 🙂Posted 4 years agoshindiggyMember
Zoo is ok, accessible via the c-train. A thing to note with your bus tickets you get a free transfer onto another bus within the hour, so two buses for the price of one.
Calgary is a great city, visit the Olympic park which hosted the 86 Winter Olympics. Visit Sylvan lakes, Banff, lake Louise.
The botanical grades are called Devonian gardens and is free entry.Posted 4 years ago
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