The Greatest Things to See and Do in Calgary Jeff Whyte /

The Greatest Things to See and Do in Calgary

Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and the fifth largest metropolitan area in Canada with over 1.2 million people calling it home. Though it is most widely known for the annual Calgary Stampede, the city has much more to offer for travelers. Its location between the Canadian Rockies foothills and Canadian prairies, provides a dazzling view, a diverse eco-system and a unique place to visit. For a true Western experience, Calgary, Alberta is second to none in Canada. With places like the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, The CORE, and Dinosaur Provincial Park to visit, not to mention Calgary Stampede Park where their largest annual event is hosted, your time here will be filled with adventure, entertainment, culture, education, great food and good times. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all ages whatever time of year you decide to travel.

1. Calgary Stampede

Arguably one of the most well-known annual events in Canada, the Calgary Stampede is a 10 day event with a rodeo, exhibition and festival that is held every summer in July. The event bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth” and attracts over a million visitors each year. It also features a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts and more.

The Calgary Stampede has grown into a huge tourist attraction for the city and one of the largest festivals in Canada. Many of the rodeo events are televised all across Canada to be enjoyed by those who can’t be there to enjoy the adventure in person. The city’s entire identity is tied to the Stampede from the nickname of the city known as “Stampede City” or “Cowtown” to the CFL football team called “The Stampeders”. Western wear and events, barbecues, and pancake breakfasts across the city are commonplace during the Stampede as well as storefront windows ordained with cowboy themes. It is difficult not to get caught up in the Western feel of the city when visiting during the Calgary Stampede.

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