Around Calgary

Whatever you know about Calgary, there’s so much more to discover.

We’re modern and progressive, rooted in traditions and values. We’re mountains to the west, rolling prairies to the east.

Parks, culture, shopping, festival, family attractions and entertainment, dusk-to-dawn nightlife. It’s all here to enjoy.

Here’s just some of what you’ll find:

Downtown Calgary

The CTCC is in the heart Downtown Calgary. Wander down the Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall and you’ll find:

  • Arts Commons, the city’s multi-venue art centre is home to Theatre Calgary, One Yellow Rabbit and a host of touring performers.
  • Art and art galleries, ranging from the Glenbow Museum to public art to public and private galleries. See Downtown Calgary’s art gallery directory for details.
  • Shopping of all kinds, including at The Core (TD Square & Holt Renfrew), Hudson’s Bay and Banker’s Hall.
  • Dining and libations, from pubs, wine bars, bistros, restaurants, pizzerias, sports bar, noodle houses and steak houses. See Downtown Calgary’s restaurant directory.
  • Run, walk or ride on more than 1,200 kilometres of paved pedestrian and cycling pathway radiating from downtown Calgary along five waterways (including the Bow and Elbow rivers) and to every quadrant. Find cycling and walking route maps.

Throughout Calgary

Wherever you go in Calgary and whatever you do, count on friendly welcomes and year-round adventures. We recommend:

  • The Calgary Zoo is more than just a place to see animals. It’s a force for animal care, research and conservation. And it’s easily reached from the CTCC.
  • Canada’s largest living Heritage Park, Heritage Park is where you can discover year-round exhibits, Gasoline Alley Museum and “How the West was Once.”
  • Canada Olympic Park is home to athletes of all ages, abilities and interests. Check out the park’s many from the Skyline Luge, mountain biking and zipline in the summer to skiing, snowboard, hockey and bobsleigh in the winter.
  • Just four blocks east of the CTCC, the National Music Centre at Studio Bell opens in 2016 and will tell the story of Canadian music and appeal to the senses of visitors from around the world.
  • Immerse yourself in everything Calgary has to offer at Visit Calgary, the official website of Tourism Calgary.

Experience Alberta

A province of unforgettable beauty, Alberta is filled with mountains, foothills, forests, prairies and parks. Learn more at Travel Alberta.

Calgary cool & cosmopolitan

Calgary is home to more than 1.2 million people. Just 25 years ago, the city’s population was barely more than 700,000.

Calgary has more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city.

At 1,139 metres (3,740 feet) above sea level, we are the country’s most elevated city.

Calgary’s city centre was the two highest building in Western Canada: Brookfield Place (811 ft./847 m) and the Bow Building (774 ft./236 m).

Calgary is Western Canada’s transportation and distribution hub.

With 150 head offices in the city, Calgary is Western Canada’s head office leader.

Alberta has no provincial sales tax.

Calgary is home to over 125 corporate head offices, making us the second-largest head office city in Canada.

Canada’s best-selling cocktail, the Caesar, was invented in Calgary.

Calgary has more than 10,000 hectares of parks and is a one-hour drive to the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

More than one million people attend the Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth, every year.