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High Performance Rodeo

Calgary’s international arts festival is, rather unusually, held in midwinter. International and Canadian acts stage experimental theatre, avant-garde dance shows, poetry readings and musical performances. One of the highlights is the annual 10-Minute Play Festival in which local up-and-coming theatre groups perform 10-minute plays with just 24 hours’ notice, the only inspiration being a prop and one line of dialogue.

Date: 09 January 2020 — 27 January 2020
Venue: Various venues.

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival

Bringing laughs to Calgary since 2001, FunnyFest aims to improve your mental and physical well-being through stand-up comedy. Each year, Western Canada’s largest comedy festival hosts around 70 acts, many of them Albertan born and bred, and claims to deliver over 11,000 punchlines. Shows generally last around one and a half to two hours during which you’re guaranteed to see at least six performers.

Date: 30 May 2020 — 09 June 2020
Venue: Various venues.

Calgary Stampede

Each July, for 10 days, Calgary hosts one of the grandest celebrations of cowboy culture in the world. Over one million visitors, most of them in cowboy hats and boots, descend on the city for a week and a half of chuck wagon races, rodeos (the roughest in North America), parades, square dancing and free pancake breakfasts. By night, there is music, cabarets, dancing, fireworks and a lively bar scene. The main venue for the Calgary Stampede is Stampede Park (complete with an amusement park, concert halls, bars, restaurants, animal displays and a range of stalls), although the festive atmosphere infects the entire city.

Date: 05 July 2020 — 14 July 2020
Venue: Stampede Park.

C$18 for park admission.

Calgary International Blues Festival

Spread out a picnic blanket in Shaw Millennium Park to enjoy the best of North America’s blues artists. Several acts take to the outdoor stage each day, then the partying continues with late-night dancing at the nearby Kerby Centre. Aspiring blues musicians can sign up to singer-songwriter and instrumental workshops. The organisers also run a Midwinter Bluesfest in late February.

Date: 29 July 2020 — 04 August 2020
Venue: Shaw Millennium Park.

Calgary Fringe Festival

Inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this steadily growing indoor theatre celebration presents local, national and international acts, some experienced, others new to the fringe scene. There’s a vibrant assortment of music, dance, theatre, kids’ productions and comedy. What makes this festival especially intriguing is that performers are selected by lottery, so expect the unexpected. All shows take place in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood, with venues a short walk from one another.

Date: 02 August 2020 — 10 August 2020
Venue: Various venues in Inglewood, east of Downtown.


Thousands throng to Elliston Park to watch Calgary’s late-summer skies light up in this international fireworks competition, with several countries competing for the ‘Best Of’ and ‘People’s Choice’ awards. As well as extraordinary pyrotechnic displays, there are live musical performances, cultural pavilions reflecting Alberta’s diverse ethnic communities, a café serving international specialities, a night market and a kiddie zone with bouncy castle, story area and crafts.

Date: 15 August 2020 — 24 August 2020
Venue: Elliston Park.

C$ 21 (regular entry fee), C$ 46 (Global Pass), C$ 46-176 (Festival Pass).

Calgary International Film Festival

Established in 1999, Calgary’s film festival is fast becoming one of Canada’s largest. The event screens more than 200 films from over 60 countries in 10 days. There’s every genre imaginable, from aboriginal, action and animation to family, fantasy and food. The most outstanding films are selected by juries, with glitzy award presentations and gala evenings all part of the fun.

Date: 18 September 2020 — 29 September 2020
Venue: Various venues.


Calgary shares this respected literary festival with nearby mountain town Banff. An impressive line-up of over 70 authors arrives in Alberta each October, leading an exciting range of discussions, debates and readings in both English and French. Previous participating writers have included Margaret Atwood, Annie Proulx, John Irving and Alexander McCall Smith. At WordFeast, you can join top authors for dinner in one of the city’s best restaurants.

Date: 16 October 2020 — 23 October 2020
Venue: The Banff Centre and various Calgary venues.

Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park

Heritage Park opens up for weekends in the run-up to Christmas with an old-fashioned, winter wonderland-themed event. This is a real family affair, with horse-drawn carriage rides, carol singing in the church and live historical theatre. Children (and grown-up kids too) can pass on their requests to Santa Claus and pat his reindeer. The Haskayne Mercantile Block is also open for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Canada Day 2020: What to do and what’s closed this long-weekend

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Street parking and most city-owned parkades are free, with Sunday levels of public transit

All dressed up — in red and white — with nowhere to go?

From street festivals to fireworks, there are lots of events for Calgarians who want to celebrate Canada’s birthday this long-weekend.

Here’s a roundup of what to do and how to get there:

Fort Calgary

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 750 Ninth Avenue S.E.

Check out a number of family-friendly activities, inside and outside. An Indigenous learning space and a station to try-on Mountie uniforms will be set up indoors. Outdoors, there will be a live brass band, food trucks, an artifact tent and kids crafts.

Prince’s Island Park

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 27 Prince’s Island Path S.W.

Family-friendly fun includes carnival games, mascots, storytelling and arts and crafts — part of the Franco-Albertan Celebration. Story-telling begins at 1 p.m.

Visitors can attend an Indigenous showcase of dancers, bands and cultural teachings in the park as well. Language teachings, storytelling and a smudge ceremony will take place during the Tipis and Metis Tent Cultural Teachings. A powwow begins at 1 p.m.

The Turban, Eh? is back by popular demand. Attendees can learn about the significance of the turban to the Sikh community. Participants can get a red or white turban tied on, too.

A free photo booth and virtual reality will also be set up in the park.

East Village

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 630 Eighth Avenue S.E.

There will be street vendors, food trucks, live music and cultural dancing at the annual street fair in the city’s core. Visit the community garden area for crafts including face painting and balloon twisting. The East Village Bounce Games Park will also have games, basketball and art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eau Claire Market

  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 200 Barclay Parade S.W.

Visit an artisan market, food trucks, music, dance performances and crafts. Free activities include live entertainment, face painting, airbrush tattoos, a magician performance and a petting zoo.

Studio Bell National Music Centre

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 850 Fourth Street S.E.

Admission is free into the centre all day, where visitors can explore exhibitions, join an O Canada sing-a-long and watch piano performances and barn dances.

Chinese Cultural Centre

  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 197 First Street S.W.

The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is putting on multicultural performances and family-friendly activities, which visitors can enjoy while eating authentic cuisine.

Central Memorial Park

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1221 Second Street S.W.

Bring a picnic basket and string instruments to participate in the Canada Day Strum ‘n’ String 2.0 event. A sing-along takes place at 1:30 p.m.

Military Showcase

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E.

Meet the Canadian Armed Forces members on the Tim Hortons Trail. Military displays and educational activities will also be available.

New Central Library

  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 802 Third Street S.E.

Calgarians are welcome to take part in storytimes, Indigenous crafts and a road hockey game at the library. There will also be a film festival and music performances, as well as tours around the new library. Attendees can receive a poem written for them, on the spot.

Canada Day Salsabor

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 800 Macleod Trail S.E.

Dance to salsa and Latin tunes at the Municipal Building Plaza. No dance partner required.

Tim Hortons Canada Day Stage

  • 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E.

Steven Page, a former Barenaked Ladies member, is headlining the event with a performance at 10 p.m. Calgary-based Ghostkeeper, Franco-Albertan band Post Script and Edmonton folk rock band Captain Tractor will also grace the stage before the fireworks.


  • 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Centre Street Bridge

Canada’s birthday celebrations wrap up Monday with a bang on the Centre Street Bridge. Fireworks start at 11 p.m.

Road closures

  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Macleod Trail and First Street S. E.: June 28, 6 a.m. to July 2, 8 p.m.
  • 14th Street S.W. and 17th Avenue S.W.: June 28, 8 p.m. to July 2, 5 a.m.
  • Samis Road N.E. between Centre Street and First Street N.E.: June 30, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Riverfront Avenue S.E. between Reconciliation Bridge and First Street S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue S.E. between Centre Street and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • First Street S.E. between Third Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Macleod Trail between Fourth Avenue S.E. and Riverfront Avenue S.E. (with the exception of a community access lane): July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street lower deck and sidewalks between Memorial Drive and Second Avenue S.W.: July 1, 6 a.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Centre Street upper deck from Eighth Avenue north to Third Avenue south: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Second Avenue between Frist Street S.W. and Riverfront Avenue S.E.: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Memorial Drive from 10th Street N.W. to Edmonton Trail: July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.
  • Sixth Street S.E. between Ninth Avenue S.E. and Sixth Avenue S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Seventh Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eighth Avenue S.E. between Fifth Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.E.: July 1, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • A handful of streets in Crescent Heights and Rosedale will also be restricted to resident access only on July 1, 6 p.m. to July 2, 3 a.m.

Free parking

The city encourages Calgarians to walk, bike or take transit downtown. It has installed bike racks at various event locations. Public transit will also be running on a Sunday level of service.

Street parking is free on Canada Day, but time limits and other restrictions still apply. A number of parking bans will also be in place to support traffic.

The Calgary Parking Authority is offering free parking in all of its parkades on Monday — with the exception of the Arts Commons Parkade, where holiday rates will be in effect. Holiday rates also apply in select city surface lots on Canada Day.


East Calgary is the only landfill open on Sunday. On Monday, East Calgary, Shepard and Spyhill will all be open.

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Calgary is well-known as an important cultural center and center for the arts, and as such it plays host to numerous festivals and cultural events throughout the year. With many seasonal things to see and do in Calgary, check with local newspapers and at Calgary’s main visitors center for the last events listings and information.

National Public Holidays

  • 1st January — New Year’s Day
  • Third Monday in February — Family Day (Alberta)
  • Monday closest to 17th March — St. Patrick’s Day (Newfoundland)
  • March or April — Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Monday closest to 23rd April — St. George’s Day (Newfoundland)
  • Monday before 24th May — Victoria Day
  • 24th June — Fete Nationale / St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)
  • 1st July — Canada Day (known as Memorial Day in Newfoundland)
  • Monday closest to 13th July — Orangeman’s Day (Newfoundland)
  • First Monday in August — Civic Holiday
  • Third Monday in August — Discovery Day (Yukon)
  • First Monday in September — Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October — Thanksgiving
  • 11th November — Remembrance Day
  • 25th December — Christmas Day
  • 26th December — Boxing Day

Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015


  • Theater — mid-January, a gathering of playwrights from around the world, this festival sees performances by the Alberta Theater Projects company at the Martha Cohen Theater, Epcor Center for the Performing Arts on 215 Eighth Avenue


  • Winterfest — early to late February, a month-long winter celebration on Prince’s Island and at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza, with snowboarding competitions, ice sculptures and dogsled races
  • Chinese New Year Celebration — early February, a free event held at the Chinese Cultural Center, with dances, exhibitions, cultural performances and fortunetelling


  • Theater Calgary — throughout March, an amalgamation of international plays and musicals held on Ninth Avenue Southwest and First Street Southeast


  • The Calgary Opera — throughout April, a month of highly rated performances at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium at 1415 14th Avenue Northwest

  • Theater — early May, held at the Martha Cohen Theater, Epcor Center for the Performing Arts on 215 Eighth Avenue Southeast, the Alberta Theater Projects company has a showing of contemporary performances by playwrights from around the world
  • Calgary International Children’s Festival — third Wednesday in May, a five-day celebration with international performers, music, dance and storytelling

  • Calgary Jazz Festival — mid to late June, a collection of jazz performers from Canada and farther afield perform at this popular, nine-day annual event

  • Canada Day — July 1st, a public holiday with celebrations at Heritage Park, Fort Calgary, Olympic Plaza and at Prince’s Island Park
  • The Stampede — early July, Calgary’s biggest event of the year is a 10-day event of dazzling displays by cowboys and professional rodeo athletes
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival — late July, a three-day annual event featuring performers from around Canada


  • Heritage Day — early August, held on sublime Prince’s Island ever year, Heritage Day is a gathering of multicultural exhibits and cuisine


  • CFL Football — throughout September, home games at McMahon Stadium by the popular Calgary Stampeders
  • Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament — early to mid-September, a prestigious horse-jumping event, with some quality horses and riders from around the world competing for the coveted Masters Cup


  • No significant festivals or events in Calgary in October


  • Calgary Winter Antique Show — mid-November, held at the Round Up Center at Stampede Park, the Calgary Winter Antique Show is a massive collection of art, antiques, books and furniture that are displayed for sale
  • Santa Parade — mid-November, a colorful festival and parade along Ninth Avenue in downtown Calgary, marking the holiday season


  • Zoolights — throughout December, a display of more than 1.5 million twinkling lights at Calgary Zoo

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40 Unforgettable Things To Do in Calgary on Your Next Vacation

Calgary’s got more to offer than cold winters and cowboys. In fact, the largest city in Alberta boasts some of Canada’s top draws for foodies, shopaholics and culture vultures alike. Here are 40 things to do in Calgary that will boost “Cowtown” to the top of your bucket list.

The Best Things to Do in Calgary

Calgary Stampede

There’s a reason the Calgary Stampede is known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” In fact, the 10-day annual event is so inextricably linked with its host city that the mere mention of “Calgary” can’t fail to conjure up images of a spectacular rodeo, world-class grandstand shows and nostalgic fairground thrill rides. More than a million people each year join this party, and whether they’re there to admire the magical lasso work of the competitive calf wranglers, or simply to people-watch the crowds decked out in cowboy hats, boots and denim, the atmosphere they generate is nothing short of electric.

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Ten Foot Henry

Thought Calgary’s food scene revolved around the ribeye? Think again! Vegetarian options abound, but few can boast dishes as flavourful as Ten Foot Henry. Be sure to order the tomatoes with whipped feta and sourdough toast and the Caesar salad with kale, cashew and fried egg. Need to nosh on the run? Pop into the takeaway café, Little Henry, next door.

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Dept. is located in Calgary’s trendy Inglewood neighbourhood, known for its unique shops filled with artisanal goods. Browse the quirky mix of art prints, housewares, grooming and apparel and surprise your loved ones with a one-of-a-kind trinket (and maybe a little something for yourself as well).

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Calgary Tower

Although it’s no longer the tallest building in Calgary, this concrete and steel needle still makes the city’s skyline instantly recognizable—even by silhouette. Opened to the public in 1968, it was originally named the Husky Tower, but was renamed after the city itself a mere three years later. Visitors still flock to Calgary Tower for its breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city, and the prairies, foothills and Rocky Mountains stretching far beyond. Take the complimentary tour for invaluable insight into Calgary’s history and landmarks, and top it off with dinner at the rotating SKY 360 restaurant.

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Le Germain Hotel Calgary

For a little luxury in the heart of the city, book a suite at Le Germain—located just steps away from the iconic Calgary Tower. The hotel offers complimentary car service around the city, complimentary continental breakfast, and some of the largest (and most luxurious) rain showerheads we’ve ever come across in our travels. (And it’s dog-friendly, to boot!)

Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

Calgary’s National Music Centre, located in Studio Bell, is a place where musical artifacts, interactive exhibits and halls of fame collide. (Explore more great Canadian halls of fame.) Five floors celebrate music in Canada and showcase everything from the stage costumes of famous Canadian artists to a vocal booth where you can mix your own track. There are also three recording studios for an artist residency program, plus a 300-seat performance hall.

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons

You’ll be hard-pressed to choose which of the outdoor Rooftop Bar‘s draws is more impressive: the panoramic view of the legendary Bow River, or the mouthwatering options on the menu. Although the Napa cabbage salad and fior di latte cheese pizza are highly recommended, our number one pick would have to be the charred corn slathered in aioli, cheese, cilantro and chilies. In a word? Droolworthy.

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The Paddle Station

For those wanting to get up close and personal with the Bow River, nothing beats renting a kayak or raft from The Paddle Station. You can reserve your craft online, pick it up at the launch point and paddle your way through the heart of Calgary. When you’re done, simply leave your craft at the final paddle station and, if desired, take the shuttle service back to your starting point.


Each August, Calgarians and visitors alike gather in Elliston Park to “ooh” and “ahh” at GlobalFest’s spectacular fireworks displays. (For the best views, stake out a spot near the lake—the water catches the reflection for a light show that’s twice as impressive.) The festival is known for its “pyromusicals” (fireworks set to music), cultural pavilions and food stands.

Calgary Farmers’ Market

Open Thursday through Sunday year-round (don’t worry—it’s all indoors!), the Calgary Farmers’ Market draws more than 20,000 visitors each week. Here you’ll find 80 vendors selling everything from fresh local produce and preserves to baked goods. Swing by on an empty stomach and munch your way through the aisles. These farmers’ market tips should come in handy.

Calgary Flames

The Scotiabank Saddledome has played host to many events since it opened in 1983, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. (Here’s how the Olympics changed Canada.) Since day one, however, it’s also served as home the city’s NHL team, the Calgary Flames. To experience a home game is to tick a quintessentially Canadian item off of your bucket list—especially if you manage to catch the Flames take on their Albertan rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.

Juice Because

Not one to be left behind when it comes to food trends, Calgary offers plenty of healthy juice shops including Juice Because. The brand, which has dozens of locations around the city, makes cold-pressed juices, nut milks, cleanses and snacks. Tailor your juice order to your current condition—they’ll provide recommendations to treat everything from a hangover to exhaustion. (In case that doesn’t work, check out the best hangover cures from every Canadian province.)

Liz & Lottie

Seeking a chic souvenir for a lady in your life? Stop by Liz & Lottie in Calgary’s East Village. The store’s impossibly cute collection includes jewellery, handbags, pet accessories, home décor and baby gear.

Betty Lou’s Library

Bored with your hotel bar? Betty Lou’s Library, one of Calgary’s newest and most unique cocktail bars, transports guests back in time to a 1920s-style speakeasy. Make a reservation beforehand, but give yourself ample time to find the entrance. Like all good speakeasies, the location of the front door is a secret!

Native Tongues Taqueria

Calgary might not be the first place you think of when craving Mexican cuisine, but Native Tongues serves up the real deal—and does it well. The menu includes authentic tacos (soft corn tortillas layered with braised meats), tostadas (crispy fried tortillas topped with beans, chipotle chicken or ahi tuna) and donas (glazed donuts made daily). If you can, pop in on a Tuesday for $2.50 tacos. (Tell them Reader’s Digest sent you.)

Hotel Arts Calgary

Tired of generic, cookie-cutter accommodations? The contemporary suites at Hotel Arts have character to spare. Amenities at this downtown Calgary hotspot include an outdoor pool and patio, two restaurants (Yellow Door Bistro, which is ideal for brunch, and Raw Bar, which features modern Vietnamese cuisine), in-room spa services and complimentary bike rentals.

Rath Bicycle

Even if your hotel doesn’t offer complimentary bike loans, you can still explore the delights of Calgary on two wheels. Rent a vintage bike from Rath Bicycle by the hour or the day and take a spin through the charming East Village neighbourhood. The shop also sells and repairs new and vintage bikes.

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Glenbow Museum

A must for culture vultures, the Glenbow Museum is Calgary’s most impressive repository of artwork and artifacts. Founded by prominent Alberta oilman Eric Harvie in 1966, the museum’s permanent collections tell the story of western Canada, including spectacular exhibits devoted to Aboriginal history and culture.

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

For five days in June, Sled Island takes over 35 venues across Calgary to host bands, comedians and film-screenings in an all-out celebration of music and arts. The vibe is youthful, indie and creative—and different every time thanks to a special guest curator who sets the tone for that year’s festival. (In 2020, that curator was producer, rapper and electronic musician Flying Lotus.)

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Calgary Folk Music Festival

If folk music is more your thing, schedule a visit to Prince’s Island Park in July for the Calgary Folk Music Festival. The annual event draws musicians from all around for live performances and expert workshops, with added attractions in the form of a beer garden, craft market and record tent—the perfect place to beef up your collection of vintage vinyl and the greatest Canadian albums of all time..

Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo

While taking a trip to the zoo may not be your first impulse on a cold winter’s day, in Calgary, it’s a tradition. Every year, from late November to early January, the Calgary Zoo hosts a huge event called Zoolights. Sip hot chocolate and wander through a winter wonderland of two-million beautiful lights, warm yourself at a crackling firepit, then get a picture with Santa himself. Once you’ve navigated the Enchanted Forest—complete with Snow White and evil queen—check out more of the best places to spend Christmas in Canada. — Tim Johnson

The Beehive

Among the highlights in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood is The Beehive—a mecca for natural-beauty aficionados, and one of the best-smelling places in the city. Browse the shop’s extensive collection of bath and body products, candles and household cleaners made with organic honey and beeswax. In the meantime, you can learn how to save the bees in six easy steps.


Looking for an elegant spot for après-dinner drinks? You can’t go wrong with the one-of-a-kind cocktails from Proof’s ever-changing menu. Small plates are also great for snacking in the cozy 60-seat space.

The Silk Road Spice Merchant

A treasure trove for home cooks and bakers, The Silk Road Spice Merchant features a wide range of exotic, high-quality herbs and spices from around the world. If you’re having trouble finding an ingredient or simply want to experiment with a dash of something new, The Silk Road is a great place to start. (These brilliant cooking shortcuts could also come in handy.) You’ll find it located among other specialty boutiques in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood.

27 Boutique

Need an outfit for a night out? New threads don’t get more stylish than at 27 Boutique—your one-stop shop for chic clothes, shoes and accessories on 17th Ave SW. The store’s flirty dresses, cute jewelry, fringed finds, ripped denim and chunky heels are just the thing for date night. (Or a road trip, or an afternoon on the boardwalk…)

Granary Road

Travelling with kiddies in tow? Be sure to add Granary Road to your itinerary—especially if you’ve had them cooped up in the car all day. This “active learning park” boasts three kilometres of trails with 11 play zones where kids can climb, swing and slide until they’re completely tuckered out. Grown-up guests will also appreciate the Granary Road market (with produce, olive oils, chocolate and hot food vendors) alongside a restaurant and bakery.

YYC Cycle

Your exercise routine doesn’t have to come to a halt just because you’re on holiday. One of the hottest ways to break a sweat in Calgary is by taking a 50-minute spin class at YYC Cycle. With three locations across the city—all pumping the same upbeat music to keep you motivated—there’s really no excuse not to.

The Livery Shop

Got your credit card ready? You’ll need it when you step into The Livery Shop, because you’re going to want one of everything. Topping the list of “most covetable”: Dainty stackable rings, a jaunty fedora and a Camp Brand Goods long-sleeved tee.

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St. Patrick’s Island

Need a quick respite from Calgary’s hustle and bustle? Take the George C. King Bridge over to St. Patrick’s Island. The 31-acre outdoor space has public art installations, a play space for kids, a fishing area, an amphitheatre and plenty of pathways to stroll.

Regal Cat Café

Missing your fur baby while you’re in Calgary? Head to Regal Cat Café, where you can make friends with the feline residents (as many as 12 kitties call the café home at any given time). If you get terribly attached, it’s worth knowing this: They’re all rescues, and available for adoption!

Pure Contemporary Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar

No need to travel to Hanoi for an elevated take on Vietnamese street food. (Don’t miss this mouthwatering roundup of the best street foods across Asia.) At Calgary’s Pure Contemporary Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar, chef Lam Pham serves up exotic delicacies the char siu sesame donut, filled with pork shoulder, cucumber and pickled veggies.

Theatre Calgary

Although Theatre Calgary has a regular play program throughout the year, things heat up in summer with its popular Shakespeare by the Bow series. The live outdoor performances at Prince’s Island Park make for a truly memorable experience. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and pay what you can.

Hotel Arts Kensington

Offering all the amenities of a grand hotel on an intimate scale, the 19-room Hotel Arts Kensington is one of your best bets for lodging in Calgary’s Kensington Village. For a truly decadent stay, request a river-view room with a fireplace. While you’re at it, make use of the soaker tub and then treat yourself to dinner at the Oxbow restaurant on-site.

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Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival

Got a case of the February blues? Try a shot of light therapy. The Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival provides ample reason to embrace the cold, transforming Calgary into an open-air gallery of illuminated art. The free, family-friendly event includes a mobile playground, a schedule of live performances and oodles of Instagrammable moments.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Hope you remembered to pack your binoculars! The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has been a haven for migratory birds since 1929, and is a must-see for any budding ornithologist. So far, 270 species of birds have been recorded on site. Maybe you can spot the 271st?

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Village Ice Cream

For a scoop or three of hand-made, small-batch, creamy goodness, stop by one of Village Ice Cream’s three Calgary locations. You’ll be sure to find something you love in their artisanal twists on classic ice cream flavours, from Guide’s Mint to Melted Chocolate. (Psst—this is what your favourite ice cream flavour says about you!)

Shelf Life Books

Yes, independent bookstores still exist—and, if Shelf Life Books is any indication, they’re thriving. Even when it’s not hosting a book launch or book club meeting, this local literature hub is always humming with avid readers—and their pups (the store is pet-friendly).

Freak Lunchbox

Got a sweet tooth? There’s no better place in Calgary to satisfy your candy cravings than Freak Lunchbox. Here you’ll find everything weird and wonderful in the world of sweets, with décor that’s just as quirky—the colourful signage dotted throughout the shop was hand-painted by artists from the chain’s Halifax HQ.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Every wonder what it was like to live back in the late 1800s? As Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village is the closest you’ll get without your very own time machine. Here, you can lose yourself in recreations of life in Western Canada circa 1860 (a fur trading fort and First Nations settlement), 1880 (a pre-railway settlement) and 1910 (a Prairie railway town). Live performers help to blur the line between past and present, and make this attraction one that’s sure to delight not just kids, but kids-at-heart, as well.

Annex Ale Project

The newest player in Calgary’s burgeoning craft beer scene, Annex Ale Project aims to make unconventional, experimental beers that get people talking. Speaking of which, this microbrewery’s tap room is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a flight deck.

There’s more to Calgary than its downtown core. Check out these great day trips from Calgary on one tank of gas.

Welcome to the University of Calgary

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We are on an ambitious journey to become one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Join us as we create new knowledge, find new answers, help thousands of students define their future and change the world, all while engaging the communities we serve and lead.

Undergraduate programs

Get set for success at a university with an amazing student experience, in a city where there’s always something new to discover.

Graduate programs

Work with leading researchers to transform your passion into expertise in one of over 160 degrees across 65 graduate programs.

Continuing Education

Realize your passion for lifelong learning. Check out our 1,000+ courses taught by hundreds of instructors — all experts in their fields.


Power learning and research at a university as energetic and full of opportunity as the city in which it’s located.

Can asking questions change the world?

Is everyone truly equal under the law? Can wastewater become drinking water? Is there a better way to detect cancer? Does social media make us less civil?

Every day, our scholars tackle global challenges, make important discoveries and create new knowledge. It all starts with a big question — one that challenges status quo, defies conventional wisdom, confronts the obvious.

Because without asking questions, we can’t move our world forward.

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Engage with us

Active living programs, summer camps for kids, theatre performances, evening classes for adults, skating at the Olympic Oval, and so much more — our campus has something for everyone in the community.

Calgary Stampede

Image by Hans-Peter Merten Getty Images

Billed as the greatest outdoor show on earth, rodeos don’t come much bigger than the Calgary Stampede. Daily shows feature bucking broncos, steer wrestling, chuckwagon races, a midway and a sensational grandstand show. Civic spirits soar, with free pancake breakfasts and a cowboy hat on every head in the city. All of this is strongly tempered by animal rights issues.

Tickets & tours


Each year, numerous animals are injured and several are put down. Humane societies and animal rights activists strongly oppose endangering animals for entertainment and money-making, and spotlight calf roping and chuckwagon races as two of the most dangerous activities at the Stampede. In 2020 three horses died.

Countering that grim reality is the fact that these same chuckwagon races often allow thoroughbred horses that would have been euthanized immediately after suffering injuries on the horse track to live on for years, even decades, doing what they love most: racing. The owners don’t always like the term ‘rescue’ horse, but it’s often true. So the Stampede is a complex, multifaceted issue and a personal one. If you do decide to go to the rodeo, be prepared for the possibility of an injury to happen before your very eyes. There are lots of other entertainment options: rides, amusements and games. But the tradition has always been the rodeo.

If you do decide to visit Calgary during Stampede, book ahead for accommodations and prepare to pay premium prices: nearly every hotel will be full, and rates go through the roof.

Calgary Stampede

Image by Hans-Peter Merten Getty Images

Billed as the greatest outdoor show on earth, rodeos don’t come much bigger than the Calgary Stampede. Daily shows feature bucking broncos, steer wrestling, chuckwagon races, a midway and a sensational grandstand show. Civic spirits soar, with free pancake breakfasts and a cowboy hat on every head in the city. All of this is strongly tempered by animal rights issues.

Tickets & tours


Each year, numerous animals are injured and several are put down. Humane societies and animal rights activists strongly oppose endangering animals for entertainment and money-making, and spotlight calf roping and chuckwagon races as two of the most dangerous activities at the Stampede. In 2020 three horses died.

Countering that grim reality is the fact that these same chuckwagon races often allow thoroughbred horses that would have been euthanized immediately after suffering injuries on the horse track to live on for years, even decades, doing what they love most: racing. The owners don’t always like the term ‘rescue’ horse, but it’s often true. So the Stampede is a complex, multifaceted issue and a personal one. If you do decide to go to the rodeo, be prepared for the possibility of an injury to happen before your very eyes. There are lots of other entertainment options: rides, amusements and games. But the tradition has always been the rodeo.

If you do decide to visit Calgary during Stampede, book ahead for accommodations and prepare to pay premium prices: nearly every hotel will be full, and rates go through the roof.

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