Calgary City Guide

Travel Guide

Calgary Introduction


There are a number of reasons for a visit to Calgary, there is a wide variety of things to see and do no matter who you are travelling with. We only wish to offer a few suggestions of what to do in Calgary but share some of our knowledge about what is there. Just like in other cities, there are plenty of good and bad places to visit and if this is your initial time of visiting Calgary or if you are a seasoned visitor, there is always something new to see or do. It can be wise to set in your mind what you want to do and see, and Calgary has a wide array of exciting places to visit that with stick with you for a long time.

Ten Top Attractions

When you are in Calgary there are a lot of attractions that you should be aware of to possibly plan into your trip. The esteemed Alberta vicinity of Canada has attractions that you may know and perhaps others that aren't known to non local locals of Calgary we have amassed a Top Ten list to guide you:

1. Spruce Meadows
2. Fish Creek Provincial Park
3. The Calgary Zoo
4. Heritage Park
5. Calgary Stampede
6. Calgary Pathway System
7. The Military Museums
8. Edworthy Park & Douglas Fir Trail
9. Bow River
10. Prince's Island Park

calgary zoo

This collection are just to get you going if you have taken a quality guide book you will be able to find more and if you have long enough in Calgary. You will discover other enjoyable locations and attractions in and around the Calgary vicinity of Canada.


Calgary is not a difficult city to navigate, once you have an eye for the place and understand the layout with the help of some local landmarks it should become pretty simple. You can cover a lot of the city on foot but make sure you stick to places you know after dark. If you want to travel greater distances across Calgary there are a number of modes of transportation. Calgary has a Metro system than is known as the C-Train, it consists of 2 lines covering 44 stations and is a quick and effective way to get around the city. There is a good, reliable bus network where tickets can be purchases to cover multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use Calgary Taxis, where you can seek local knowledge from your driver. What ever method you use to explore Calgary ensure you see as much of it as you can.

Calgary Metro 'C-Train' Map

Calgary Metro, C-Train, Map


If you wish to stay in Calgary for a period longer than one day you will be looking for a place to sleep. Calgary offers a broad range of facilities to sleep these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to more modest hotels, B&Bs and hostels. If you are a business traveller ensure the hotel you decide to select has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in Calgary may result in problems at certain times. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top chain and independent hotels. Calgary also offers an excellent array of lower star hotel options that provide basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you are visiting on a small budget there is a number of hostels and guest houses in the city which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whatever accommodation type you select in Calgary ensure you take time to seek out deals that are available on countless travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn't playing a game.

Recommended Hotels

1. Residence Inn Calgary Airport
2. Hotel Le Germain Calgary
3. Courtyard Calgary Airport
4. Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport
5. Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport


There are endless places to eat in Calgary, the venue you are limited to is only bound by your budget and tastes. There are quite a lot of good cheap places that offer Canadian meals that won't leave you out of pocket. If the restaurant type you are looking for is of the high end there are a wide number of these, but you will need to make a reservation also ensure you are dressed correctly. If you just want quick food there are the familiar names like Burger King exist, but if you are on the trail for something more real you should try asking a local or a taxi driver where they suggest. Part and parcel of visiting a city is to enjoy everything about it, including it's food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Calgary. whether it is a café, restaurant or the food that can be bought and eaten on the street. You should try and seek your local vouchers and try something that you have never had before.

Recommended Places To Eat

1. La Brezza Ristorante
2. OEB Breakfast Co.
3. The Himalayan
4. La Casa d'Italia Ristorante
5. Blue Star Diner

The Shops And Outlets

Calgary is great for shopping, there are some great areas of the city where you can buy fantastic items and gifts. Calgary has a wide array of high end shops and boutiques, for those interested in buying clothes. It also has popular brand name outlets, here you can buy fashions at lower prices. If you are on the look out for bargains, Calgary has a number of popular markets where you will be able to find big savings on clothes and gifts. Like most cities, Calgary has a number of Malls where you can shop till you drop. There is also a number of specialist shops that offer items with a twist unique to Calgary

Shopping Locations

17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District - Popular Shopping Area With Gift And Novelty Shops
Downtown Calgary - Popular Shopping Area With Gift And Novelty Shops
Haskayne Mercantile Block at Heritage Park Historical Village - Shopping Mall / Shops / Restaurants
Olde Towne Okotoks - Elegant Shopping Street With Unique And Popular Outlets


When getting to grips with a city such as Calgary it is essential to have to facts. These is a few that could come in handy.

Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Region: Alberta
International Dialing Code: 1
Calgary Coordinates: 51.0500° N, 114.0667° W
Altitude: 1,045 m (3,428 ft)
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Language: English
Calgary Time Zone: MST (UTC-7)
City Population: 1,096,833
Metro Population: 1,214,839
Temperature High In 24 °C / 75 °F
Temperature Low In -3 °C / 27 °F

Keeping Safe

Just like other cities Calgary has it's pros and cons, it is important to keep your wits about you and you will be fine and undertake a great trip to this fantastic Canadian area. Take a good guide book and know where you are going, try not to make it obvious you are a visitor to the city by flaunting expensive devices around and try not to carry more cash than you need on your person. Stick to areas you know after dark and if you do get lost, stay calm and visit a shop to consult your guide book or map. You might be enjoying yourself, but still be alert. Stay street wise and you will have a great trip to Calgary. On the whole Canada is a very safe country with warm and friendly residents. Some basic groundwork pays dividends and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.

Sporting Teams

Calgary is a city that really enjoys it's sport there are a number of professional sports teams within Calgary that if you get the chance are well worth a visit at some truly great sporting venues.

calgary flames

National Hockey League Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome
Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium
National Lacrosse League Calgary Roughnecks Scotiabank Saddledome
North American League Calgary Vipers Foothills Stadium

20 February 2016

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