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!…
Top 7 Things to do in Calgary, Alberta
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
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.
Then, your pilot lands with ease in the backcountry so that you have the opportunity to enjoy a short hike through the lush, alpine wilderness. Be sure to snap plenty of photos before hopping back into the helicopter and returning to the base. Read More close
Marvel at vintage cars, fuel tankers, and express trucks dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Explore a 1915 Ford Model T, a follow-up to the original 1905 model and the first of its kind to be mass-produced.
Slide into the driver’s seat of one of the many cars on display and be transported back to the days of drive-in movies. An audio tape crackles to life and a movie projects on the far wall for a glimpse into this nostalgic trend that saw its heyday in the late 1950s.
The Family Gallery features a myriad of hands-on features for children of all ages. The littlest drivers can jump on a pedal car or trike for a spin around the gated track, play with road-themed toys of all shapes and sizes, and unleash their inner automobile designer as they color in classic cars. Read More close
Make your way to Kananaskis on your own, or opt for convenient pickup from Banff or Canmore. The helipad and launching point for your tour is situated in the perfect location for accessing the snow-capped summits and stunning emerald lakes of the region. Meet your pilot and get situated inside helicopter, and then watch the ground drop away beneath you as the rotors whir into action and you lift up into the sky.
Listen as your pilot offers commentary about the region’s geology and points out interesting natural features. Spot the distinctive trio of peaks known as the Three Sisters, and swoop down over the glacial blue waters and pebbly shores of Lake Minnewanka. Looping back over dense evergreens, circle the snow-dusted, 10,000-foot (3,200-m) summit of Mount Sparrowhawk. Take a final pass over Mount Allen’s steep ridges to see where downhill skiers competed in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games before heading back to Kanaskanis and touching down. Read More close
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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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Head to Kananaskis on your own or opt for convenient transportation from Banff or Canmore and make your way to the helipad, getting acquainted with your pilot as you grab a seat by the window and the engine roars to life. Watch the landscape spread out beneath you as you climb skyward and your pilot sets a course for the untouched wilderness and pristine surroundings of Banff National Park.
Wind your way over glimmering emerald lakes and millennia-old glaciers, slowly carving their way down mountain ridges and through forested river valleys. Cut through passes to reveal new panoramas from the Kananaskis Valley to Nakiska, home of the 1988 Olympic downhill skiing events. The climax of your adventure is an unparalleled view of the dramatic peak of Mount Assiniboine, the highest summit in the Southern Rockies, known as the Matterhorn of the Rockies for its resemblance to the jagged mountain in the Swiss Alps.
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