Beautiful and bustling Calgary is Alberta’s largest city, known for its lively neighbourhoods, warm hospitality, and proximity to the Canadian Rockies. Start exploring downtown, at the Calgary Tower, where you’ll see the best views in the city. Then wander Stephen Avenue Walk, a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, or head inside to Bankers Hall, a mall housing high-end retailers. Shoppers and strollers alike will also enjoy Kensington Village, 17th Avenue, and Inglewood, which has a burgeoning brewery scene. Bordering downtown, Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood – East Village – is undergoing a major revitalisation. Don’t miss storied heritage buildings, the city’s birthplace at Fort Calgary, the award-winning pathway RiverWalk, and new architectural marvels Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and the Central Library. The Peace Bridge is another landmark structure that’s quickly become one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Other popular Calgary attractions include the Calgary Zoo, Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park Historical Village, and science center TELUS Spark. For outdoor enthusiasts, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway in North America, as well as vast public parks, like Nose Hill and Fish Creek Provincial Park. Ample activities also await at WinSport, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Or, if you’re more into watching sports, Calgary has an NHL and Canadian Football League team, as well as a National Lacrosse League team.