The largest city in Alberta, Calgary is situated between the Canadian Prairies and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. After oil was discovered nearby in the early 1900s, Calgary boomed into what is now one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, attracting thousands every year to its world-famous rodeo event, the Calgary Stampede.
While Calgary is comprised of several neighborhoods, the downtown core is where the commercial, entertainment and shopping districts are located. Stephen Avenue Walk and Barclay Mall are two popular pedestrian zones.
Calgary is home to a large number of skyscrapers with observation decks offering incredible views of the city and Rocky Mountains. The most notable of these are The Bow and Calgary Tower.
Calgary offers many family attractions including a world-class zoo, amusement parks, botanical gardens, a hands-on science center.
While the city plays host to several annual festivals of music, film, heritage and dance, the most famous is the Calgary Stampede, an Old West celebration held over ten days in July with rodeos, chuckwagon races, parades, competitions, crafts and food.
The nightlife scene in Calgary rocks with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs. The Beltline and 17th Avenue are the city’s most popular entertainment districts.