Author: Yan Desjardins, Executive Director and Founder
Canada’s fourth-largest city, Calgary, has seen rapid growth as a city by being the oil capital of Canada. Calgary’s population is 1.5 million and is another city neighbouring the great Canadian Rockies.
Its proximity to Banff National Park makes it an attractive city for people who travel to Canada. Many organized trips are available that will take you to the extraordinary nature of the different parks and mountains around.
Experience Alberta’s rugged terrains.
Right around Calgary, there are so many beautiful landscapes waiting for you to discover. Some of the most famous Canadian landscapes can be found around Calgary.
Let’s start with the most iconic Canadian landscape. Banff National Park is a large park spreading over more than 6000 square kilometres. There are many great attractions to visit all over Banff when you travel to Canada.
Five Stars resorts and indulgence in Banff.
Banff is home to one of the most iconic Canadian hotels: The Fairmont Banff Springs. This year-round luxury mountain resort offers a unique experience right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. If you are an avid golfer, you will love the world-class golf course and if you are a winter skier, you will be thrilled on the nearby slopes. Take advantage of your 10 years Canada visa and make Banff one of your annual favourites!
Next on the list, is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
After your long travel to Canada, imagine waking up to the pristine blue water of Lake Louise. This 4 seasons resort is also located in the heart of Banff. With quick access to all the sites and activities around, it is a great choice if you want to combine luxury with the great outdoors.
Experience Canada’s wild west.
Hop on a horse and travel through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are many options for a stay that can uplift your experience in a variety of ranches, farms and other accommodations.
This off-the-beaten path adventure is a great way to connect with nature when you travel to Canada. You will be able to access sites and view landscapes that are not available through mainstream tourism.
Take a closer look at The Cowboy Trail website and find out more about all of the different activities and services.
Calgary’s main event: The Stampede!
Calgary’s most famous event and also one of the biggest of its kind in the world. The Stampede is held in July each year and is home to many horse riding competitions and rodeos. Each year, the biggest names in country music come to perform at the Stampede. Don’t miss out on all of the family activities available throughout the festival.
Millions of visitors come to the Stampede each year. Many of those visitors travel to Canada from different parts of the world for this occasion. So strap on your cowboy boots and join in the Stampede!
What to do and where to go in Calgary.
If you are more into low-key activities, you can take a stroll down Prince Island Park and take beautiful city skyline pictures. You can find many green spaces to picnic and soak in the city views.
Do you like strolling in the streets of the city, shopping around and visiting eclectic stores? Then, head to the 17th Ave and the Entertainment District, where you will see many original and quirky shops and excellent pubs and restaurants where you can sit, sip and relax. Other neighbourhoods like Marda Loop, Kensington, and Inglewood might pique your interest.
One of Calgary’s top tourist attractions is the Calgary Tower. Many come to visit the tower each year to catch the city’s best views! Take a lift up to the observatory at sunset, and you’ll be sure to take stunning pictures from above.
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