25 Best Things to Do in Calgary (Canada)

Canada is a great many things. It’s British Columbia’s rugged wilderness; Saskatchewan’s endless fields of sunburnt wheat; It’s the rich traditions of the Arctic north, it’s the quirky communities of the Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and of course, it’s a unique selection of multicultural city centers, each with their own sense of identity. Calgary, located in the Province of Alberta, is one of Canada’s most understated cities, one that is often overshadowed by its more dazzling sister Vancouver on the west coast, or it’s big brother, Toronto, in the far east. But Calgary is one of those quintessentially Canadian cities that provides its visitors with experiences they won’t have elsewhere.

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Nestled alongside the Bow River, about 50 miles east of the spectacular Canadian Rockies, Calgary is fifth largest city. Even more interesting is that Calgary’s population of 1.2 are among some of the youngest in Canada! That’s right, the average age in this city is 35.7, which means one thing; You are guaranteed to have a great night out in this town. But don’t be fooled, Calgary isn’t merely a party town, there are plenty of family friendly activities. Calgary is as multicultural as Canada’s larger cities, with some 120 different languages spoken here! The city’s wide open spaces, and laid back atmosphere give it the nickname “Cow Town”, couple that with the juxtaposition of a booming tech industry and a younger, multicultural demographic, there is an endless number of activities to keep you entertained. Here are the top 25 things to do in Calgary:

1. The Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower

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The Calgary Tower

Every major Canadian city has an impressive means to get a birds eye view of all the action and Calgary is no different. One of the best ways to orient yourself around any city is to get above it all and the Calgary Tower, some 1228 meters above sea level gives you a 360 view of the city. The 62 second trip from the bottom takes you to the first observation deck where you and 249 of your closes friends can enjoy sweeping, uninterrupted views. And once your breath has been completely stolen, head to the second observation deck and enjoy a cocktail, some appetizers and the best view in town.

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25 Best Things to Do in Calgary (Canada):

The Calgary Tower

  • The Calgary Tower: Jeff Whyte / shutterstock
  • The Calgary Zoo: Timothy Yue / shutterstock
  • Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump: canadastock / shutterstock
  • Heritage Park Historical Village: DOPhoto / shutterstock
  • The Calgary Stampede: Jeff Whyte / shutterstock
  • 17th Ave, Calgary: Jeff Whyte / shutterstock
  • Calgary Statue: TRphotos / shutterstock
  • Calgary Saddledome: TRphotos / shutterstock
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum: Nick Fox / shutterstock
  • Calaway Park: Jonathan Verge / Wikimedia
  • Canada’s Sport Hall Of Fame: Jeff Whyte / shutterstock
  • Blues Can, Calgary: facebook.com
  • Tourtiere Canadian Traditional Meat Pie On A Dish: martiapunts / shutterstock
  • Expo Latino: Flickr
  • Fort Calgary: Lucas Carvalho Gomes / shutterstock
  • Cowboys Nightclub Calgary: beforelastcall
  • Horseback Riding Tour: klarka0608 / shutterstock
  • Bow River: BGSmith / shutterstock
  • Prince Island Park: MaksiMages / shutterstock
  • Big Rock Brewery: facebook.com
  • Military Museum, Calgary: Jeff Whyte / shutterstock
  • Banff National Park: Galyna Andrushko / shutterstock
  • Fairmont Banff Springs: Timothy Yue / shutterstock
  • Columbia Ice Field Tour: i viewfinder / shutterstock
  • The Rocky Mountaineer: Chantal de Bruijne / shutterstock