All eyes were on Calgary, Canada during the winter Olympics. Why not start making plans to make it your next destination? With so many things to do in Calgary, you'll likely be making return trips to include all of the best attractions in Calgary on the map. Expedia is like having a free travel agent, helping you to choose all the must see Calgary activities as you make your travel itinerary. From tourist favorites to local top spots, Calgary is packed to the brim with a long list of Calgary excursions. Get a jump start on making the trip of a lifetime happen now!…
Things to do in Calgary
Take a step back in time to an 1880s pre-railway settlement, complete with homesteader log shacks, ruthless whiskey traders, and lawless police officers. Venture to the 1860s fur trading fort, where you can explore artifacts from the First Nations People.
At the prairie railway village, circa 1910, hear fascinating stories from the diverse groups of settlers that established several small towns in Western Canada. Visit a cottage that served as both a hospital and church, and then explore a 1-room schoolhouse, which was used to educate farm students from grade 1 to 8. Arrive at Heritage Square, typical of a Southern Alberta town square in the 1930s, and view a replica of Calgary's third Canadian Pacific Railway Station.
Throughout your time at the park, enjoy seeing Western Canada's rich history preserved and thriving, with many historic buildings transported here for display.
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The Calgary Tower has one of the highest observation decks in the world, and is just steps away from downtown Calgary’s museums, art galleries, theaters, restaurants, and shops. Enjoy a tour on the observation deck, check out distant landmarks with high-powered binoculars, and learn about Calgary’s history and future plans.
Step out onto the glass-floored viewing platform for a stomach-clenching view down to the city streets below. Gaze out over iconic Calgary structures like the Saddledome, Canada Olympic Plaza, the Stephen Avenue Walk, and the East Village.
If you’d like to dine in one of the tower’s sky-high eateries, SKY 360 is a rotating restaurant with a contemporary design, and Ruth’s Chris, on the second level, dishes up New Orleans-style cuisine. Read More close
Turn your own car, RV, or rental car into a self-guided touring vehicle with the GyPSy Guide, a small GPS device that plugs right into your stereo to track your travel and automatically turns its commentary on and off at certain points. Stop along the way for as long as you like—there’s no set order, so pick your own schedule and pace.
Nestled at the foot of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary has a wealth of great natural and man-made attractions for you to explore. Stop at the 350-foot (117-m) long Rosedale Suspension Bridge—built in 1931 for local coal workers, the bridge now provides access to the Canadian Badlands.
At the Royal Tyrrell Museum, check out one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world and discover the underwater Alberta of 375 million years ago. In downtown Calgary, admire the heritage buildings along Stephen Avenue and gaze up at The Bow—this skyscraper is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. Don’t miss a chance to explore the nearby capital of Edmonton, as well.
With over 4,000 points of interest, the recorded commentary from professional tour guides covers a wide range of topics, from local scenery, wildlife, and attractions to advance notice for important highway intersections and quirky tales from Canada.
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Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
Upon arrival at the heliport, board your helicopter, strap in, and reach speeds of 100 miles per hour (60 km/h) on your ascent to 8,000 feet (2,438 m) above the ground. Your expert pilot takes you over Barrier Lake—a manmade reservoir that creates hydroelectric power—and the area's striking landscapes. Pass Heart Mountain, whose peak features a heart-shaped layer of limestone.
After 20 minutes in the air, land in the wilderness and step into your hiking boots. Set out to explore the area, pausing to appreciate its deep, natural quiet. Keep your eye out for animal tracks as you traverse a carefully laid out trail. Visit an alpine lake and take in the towering mountains reflecting off the glassy water.
Once you reach the backcountry, sip on a glass of sparkling wine. Then after you've taken your final photos, return to the heliport, heartened by a day well spent.
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Before you head out onto the river, certified guides make sure you have all your rafting gear and provide a detailed safety briefing. Then it's down to the river’s edge to board the raft and push off into the river’s current. There is plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the raft, paddles, and the guide’s commands as you and your fellow rafters begin to navigate the river.
You may see birds that frequent the river valley, like the osprey, harlequin duck, and bald eagle, as the riverbanks glide by. If you are really lucky, you may spot a grizzly bear, elk, or mountain goat during the trip.
The gentle swirling waters lead to some exciting Class II and III rapids that get the adrenaline pumping and give you a chance to show off your teamwork and rafting skills as you try to paddle in unison. There are sure to be some rapids that get the crew a little wet.
After an enjoyable trip down the river, end your journey with a delicious barbecue lunch on the riverbank of the mighty Kicking Horse River. You can also play volleyball and enjoy other lodge amenities at the private Hydra River Guides site.
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The pick-up and drop-off locations in Calgary are:
Calgary City Center & Airport
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The pick-up and drop-off locations in the Rockies are:
Banff City Center
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Lake Louise City Center
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There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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On your first day, get ready for heart-thumping, white-knuckle action at the world's roughest and rowdiest rodeo. Watch as professional wranglers ride bulls, barrel race, go bareback, and showcase their cowboy strength with activities like tie-down roping and steer wrestling.
The next day, experience the power of the GMC Rangeland Derby. The world’s top chuckwagon race and a Calgary Stampede original, this event sends 36 teams of horses and drivers sprinting around the track. The evening is topped off with the music, stunts, and pyrotechnics of the TransAlta Grandstand Show and a fireworks finale that lights up the sky.
Various local and international talents take to the stage throughout the events, including Calgary’s Stampede Showband, one of the world’s finest marching ensembles. Between shows, make sure to visit the Indian Village for a look at the colorful heritage of the First Nations, immersing yourself in cooking demonstrations, tepee-raising, dance, and games.
Check out displays on agriculture with hands-on activities to explore life on the farm, and head to the barns for a guided tour that takes you up-close to the livestock and animals that—next to the wranglers—are the stars of the show.
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Get a good dose of laugh-out-loud fun at Calgary’s premier comedy club, which frequently hosts Canadian comics and international headliners in its 300-seat showroom. Listen to premier talent like Roseanne Barr, Dan Cummins, and hilarious local jokesters drop one-liners and monologues that will have you rolling in your seat.
Check the website for upcoming performers—the comedic roster is updated frequently—and once you’ve found a gig that suits your style, head to the show. The Laugh Shop also has a full bar and dinner menu available, so you can sip a drink or have a snack between sets.
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Your trip starts before you hit the water, with a detailed safety briefing from a licensed river guide. Then get geared up with all your rafting equipment and take a short trip to the launch point. Enjoy a close-up view of the raging Kicking Horse River before stepping into the raft and shoving off into the swirling currents.
The guide then runs through some standard rowing instructions needed to navigate the upcoming sections of river. The upper Kicking Horse River is known for deep canyon walls and mighty white water; it features 6 class IV downstream rapids sure to amp up your adrenaline. The river is cold and fast, the rapids are big, and the water roars over the edge of your boat, soaking you and your fellow rafters as you power through the curlers, standing waves, and heavy water that lies before you.
After an intense whitewater ride, the river calms and ends in the town of Golden. Dry off and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch on the riverbank. You can also play volleyball and take advantage of other lodge amenities at the private Hydra River Guides site. This trip is sure to satisfy even the most adventurous thrill seeker!
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Set in the impressive Canada Olympic Park, this adrenaline-pumping experience sees you free-wheeling down the Olympic track, ably negotiating 14 twisting turns. In a 5-man sleigh, take your position and get ready for your professional driver's final push as you launch down the tracks.
Summer bobsledding is an ideal option for thrill-seekers not willing to brave those toe-curling temperatures the area is known for during winter months. But be warned—this is not an activity for the faint of heart! Read More close
The excitement builds as you travel by chairlift or shuttle to the ski jump tower at Canada Olympic Park. Get instructions on how to zip while being suited up in your comfortable harness. A practice zip at the base of the hill gets you amped up, then make your way up the jump tower. At the top, take in the sweeping, panoramic views from the highest vantage point in Calgary.
Take a deep breath and leap off the platform, feeling the rush of soaring through the air as you drop 328-feet (100-m) towards the base of the ski jump. Hit speeds of up to 87 miles per hour (140 km/h) on 3 trips down fastest zipline in North America. Read More close