With its vibrant energy, proud Western heritage and breath-taking scenery, Calgary is the perfect place for a Canadian adventure. Immerse yourself in the city’s lively arts scene with a visit to a performing arts, cultural or culinary festival. Or enjoy spectacular natural landscapes at one of four UNESCO World Heritage Site day tours from Calgary - the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Holidays in Canada aren't complete without a visit to an authentic western rodeo. The world renowned Calgary Stampede offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family and is definately not to be missed!
Calgary is beautiful in winter with many activities to enjoy. A Canada Signature Experience, WinSport is one of the most well-known spot in the city, having hosted the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary. There visitors can figure skate, take a ride on the bobsled or luge track, ski, snowboard, or slide down the hill on a tube. Away from WinSport visitors can also take in the river valley and downtown via 95 km of trails to walks, snowshoe, or ride fat bikes on.
Standing over 600 feet above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower is an icon in the city's skyline. With the highest 360˚ observation deck in the world, the panoramic city view is an experience above the rest. For the adventure seekers, step out onto the glass observation deck and look down at the streets below for a true thrill. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Calgary Tower, so come and discover Calgary’s crown jewel during its Golden Jubilee.
Every July, the Calgary Stampede distils more than a century of western heritage into ten unforgettable action-packed days of music, food, excitement, and the very best of western hospitality. The whole party kicks off with a colourful street parade and ends with a huge Grandstand show featuring singing, dancing and plenty of fireworks. In between, you'll get to watch expert rodeo riders, bucking broncos, barrel racing and, championship chuck wagon racing. The whole city joins in the spirit of the stampede, from pancake breakfasts to plenty of cowboy hats. This is one festival not to be missed!
July 5th - 14th 2019
July 3rd - 12th 2020
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, celebrates the Canadian music story. Featuring five floors of interactive displays, artifacts and instruments, Studio Bell is Calgary’s newest cultural attraction and an architectural masterpiece of nine interlocking towers, clad in glazed terra cotta in the heart of Calgary’s East Village.
Calgary is the perfect choice for any luxury holiday and makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Alberta region. The city features a comprehensive selection of luxury, boutique and brand hotels, from historical to contemporary. With hotels located in all four quadrants of the city, it's easy to explore world class attractions, savour a variety of eclectic dining experiences or enjoy shopping. If you're visiting the Calgary Stampede, there are many hotel options conveniently located close to the Stampede Park, so you can maximise your Stampede time and fun. Spend some quality time immersing yourself in the energy and excitement of Calgary before venturing into the Canadian Rockies for a mountain adventure.
Summer in Calgary tends to be warm and dry with glorious skies and balmy evening temperatures. It doesn’t really get dark until around 10pm, which gives the city a wonderful outdoor atmosphere and feel. During the winter, temperatures cool and the snowfall creates new opportunities to skate, ski and sled in and around the city. Calgary experiences chinook winds that can change the temperature from -20˚ to +20˚ from morning to afternoon! With more sunshine hours than any other major city in Canada, Calgary is an all season destination. Don't forget to pack your sunglasses!
Time difference: GMT -7 hours
Currency: Canadian Dollar.
Language: English, French.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 9 hours.
Arrival Airport: Calgary International Airport.
Entry details (for British passport holders): Visas are not normally required for short visits to Canada. However the FCO recommends checking eligibility prior to confirming travel plans. If you travel to the US, you must adhere to the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Your passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
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