Holidays to Calgary
Unforgettable Calgary offers a diverse stay
Calgary is one of the few truly diverse destinations available to travellers exploring North America. The destination mixes the excitement of the big city with areas of exceptional beauty, so you can take in plenty when you pay a visit. Squeeze more into your Calgary holidays by planning ahead and familiarising yourself with the variety of things to do and see.
You won’t struggle to find something active to do in this southern Canadian city. Run, cycle or walk along the 700 kilometres of river pathway that wind through it. Silverwing Golf Club lets you get a round in and at the same time admire views of downtown Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. The city is the perfect place from which to explore this famous mountain range, whether you choose to see it by bus, on foot, or by bike. If you are staying in the heart of Calgary you can still find a quiet piece of greenery to relax in. The City of Calgary Parks comprises over 8,000 hectares of open space to wander. Pack a picnic and get away from the crowds for a few hours before discovering the local wildlife at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.
Arts and culture
Calgarians have a keen interest in arts and culture, as its various museums, galleries and theatres show. Alberta Ballet is one of Canada’s finest companies, blending the classic and contemporary to wow the crowds. Calgary Opera is another nationally-recognised performing arts company based in the region. For a view of Canada’s contemporary artists visit the Michelangelo Gallery located in the Devenish building. The Glenbow Museum also celebrates Western Canada through its collections and shines the spotlight on Southern Alberta in particular. For sports fans the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame excites with its hands-on exhibits covering ice hockey, boxing, baseball and more.
If shopping is a must during your time away, a Calgary holiday is perfect for you. The Core is one of the city’s premier destinations for shopping, with over 160 stores across four storeys. For a break from browsing you can visit the Devonian Gardens located at The Core itself, which is one of the world’s largest public indoor parks. An intriguing alternative is CrossIron Mills which places leading retailers in a unique setting. If you are fortunate enough to have cooking facilities at your chosen accommodation, visit the Crossroads Market, where you can pick up locally-grown produce and locally-reared meat, plus a variety of other fresh items fit for a feast.
Food and drink
Your dining options are varied and always growing, as Calgary’s culinary scene is constantly expanding. Steakhouses line up next to restaurants focused on cuisine from Japan, Italy, France, India and other nations known for their love of food. CHARCUT Roast House is award-winning and focuses on farm-fresh food from a downtown location. For a taste of southern cooking, visit Bookers BBQ & Crab Shack at Calgary’s East Village.