Calgary is one of those places where not many people visit, but once they do, they never want to leave this beautiful Canadian city. There is much see and do to keep you active while wandering around the city. From the stellar view from the Calgary Tower, to learning about the city’s past at Fort Calgary, to playing with the locals at the annual Calgary Stampede, you’ll be hard pressed to get bored while in Calgary. Here is a list of the top attractions to make planning your vacation a bit easier.
The Calgary Tower
If you’ve never been to the city, an overview is what you need. Literally. The tower boasts the best bird’s-eye view and one of the best restaurants in town, if you fancy catching a nice bite to eat at the top. The Calgary Tower has a long history, which is always fun to learn about, but current day happenings are what most people are interested in. If you are an early riser, you’ll enjoy the light show the tower puts on before sunrise. Night owls can catch a show from dusk to midnight, too.
Explore Fort Calgary
Established 140 years ago, Fort Calgary sits on the site where the city was originally established. The vantage point from the fort gives visitors a good idea of how the city became the bustling space it is today. Visitors can view the history of the city through an authentic lens and get a better understanding of the character and values of the city, past, and present. History lovers will truly enjoy their time spent in this time capsule of the 19th century.
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Visit the Calgary Stampede
Timing is everything with the stampede, and if you can manage to time your trip for when this annual event is held, you’ll want to come back year after year to experience it again and again. During the day, you have exhibitions to explore, bucking broncos and bulls to see, and various fair-style food to try. But don’t worry, there are nightly shows to keep you entertained after the sun goes down, too. It will be a ropin’ good time, no matter what you decide to do.
If you’ve never been to an indoor park and botanical garden, you are in for a treat when you visit the Devonian Gardens. Be ready to have your senses overwhelmed as you explore the flora of the botanical garden. Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit confused whether you are inside or outside as you wander through the waterfalls, bridges, koi ponds, and all that the gardens hold. After a leisurely walk through the gardens, you can head downstairs to do some shopping at the Core Shopping Center and pick up a souvenir or two.