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Best Things To Do in Calgary

There are numerous reasons to go to Calgary, the most obvious one being to hit the slopes. Perched in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, the city becomes a home base for many winter sports enthusiasts. Stop by the Canada Olympic Park to watch athletes train or even try out some of the facilities for yourself. And remember that there's much more to this city than ski slopes and hiking trails. You can relive the former Wild West glory days at Heritage Park, cheer on the local sports teams at the Saddledome, or indulge in a little retail therapy along the Stephen Avenue Walk. If you have kids in tow, take a walk on the wild side at the Calgary Zoo.

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#1
Prince's Island Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: According to a TripAdvisor user, this island park near the Calgary Zoo is "A great place to go for a ... read more»

#2
Heritage Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Calgary's Wild West past still thrives at this 66-acre living-history village. Nestled beside the Glenmore Reservoir and just south ... read more»

#3
Glenbow Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Heralded as one of Canada's finest, the Glenbow Museum caters to history buffs and art aficionados alike. Exhibits here ... read more»

#4
Spruce Meadows
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If the Calgary Stampede doesn't satisfy your appetite for equine action, make your way to Spruce Meadows. This top-notch ... read more»

#5
Calgary Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The massive Calgary Zoo houses more than 1,400 animals—from tigers to gorillas—in enclosures that are representative of ... read more»

#6
Canada Olympic Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A tribute to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, this massive sports complex is still used throughout the year as training ... read more»

#7
Calgary Tower
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Standing a whopping 626 feet high, this landmark was once the tallest building in the city. It was originally constructed ... read more»

#8
Stephen Avenue Walk Free attraction
Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Occupying three blocks of downtown's 8th Avenue, the Stephen Avenue Walk is one of the city's most popular ... read more»

#9
Calgary Stampede & Stampede Park
Festivals, Museums, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located just south of downtown Calgary, Stampede Park captures the Canada's attention every July during the world-famous Calgary Stampede ... read more»

#10
Scotiabank Saddledome
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: For a taste of true Canadian sportsmanship, make your way to Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the National Hockey League's ... read more»

#11
Fort Calgary Historic Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: To see where it all began, head to Fort Calgary Historic Park, circa late 19th century. This 40-acre space encloses ... read more»

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