What to do and see in Calgary, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

November 24, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

The sophisticated city that grew out of the Canadian West, Calgary balances the modern and the traditional with pioneer charm. For the full western experience, show up in time for the annual Calgary Stampede, complete with rodeos. Year-round you'll find abundant shopping, dining and nightlife; a short drive away are some of Canada's finest national parks.
Restaurants in Calgary

1. Big Rock BreweryVisit Calgary10 Places to Find Local Beer on Tap

Big Rock Brewery Complex 1-5555 76 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2C 4L8, Canada +1 403-720-3239
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Big Rock BreweryVisit Calgary10 Places to Find Local Beer on Tap

Whether you're a craft beer newbie or a seasoned imbiber... a tour through Big Rock Brewery, Canada's leading craft brewery, is a great way to spend some of your valued time in Calgary. A team of beer passionate folks who live, love and drink craft beer will lead you through a 90-minute brewery tour and tasting that is both informative and fun. All tours are booked in advance through our website and cost $25 per person (including tastings and a complimentary souvenir to take home!).

Reviewed By calgarypedro - Calgary, Alberta

Big Rock Brewery is the Pride of Calgary. Not only do they make some of the best beer in Canada, they are innovative, creative and seasonal in their selections keeping the beer aficionados entertained. the restaurant fills up early for lunch so make Reservations or show up by 11:30 to be seated. The chefs special is always interesting with a German touch to most meals. Bright open space makes this a vibrant busy place but definitely a great place for a business lunch.

2. Spruce MeadowsVisit Calgary10 Must See Calgary Attractions

18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW | 14th Street and Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2J 5G5, Canada +1 403-974-4200
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Spruce MeadowsVisit Calgary10 Must See Calgary Attractions

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes.

Reviewed By starkman2017 - Calgary, Canada

Being a Calgarian I sometimes take for granted our beautiful spruce meadows site.
It always has interesting events taking place. World class horse jumping competitions with competitors from all over the world to local dog competitions or weddings this venue is beautiful.
Depending on the event you may have to pay a small fee for parking. There are huge parking areas on grassy area around spruce meadows
There is a large outdoor area as you enter .there are manmade ponds with water statues. There is a large arena where the shows take place. There is a beautiful clubhouse that depending on the event may be open to the public.
There aretrade shows that take place here in concert with different showjumping events. There are marching bands cultural shows stables with prized horses. In the fall the colours are beautiful. In summer the grounds are well manicured and the flowers planted burst with colour. For the larger venues there are often companies selling food on the grounds and local vendor sponsor tents. There are public service agencies advertising how they can be of service.
Even if there is not a special event it is worth while travelling out to check out spruce meadows.
As for bathrooms, there are many in most areas. They are clean and well serviced.
You can picnic on the grounds but if there is a special event don't bother. There are plenty of food outlets.
I love the spacious open feeling of spruce meadows.

3. Fish Creek Provincial ParkVisit Calgary10 Places to See in One Day in Calgary

13931 Woodpath Rd SW, Calgary, Alberta T2W 5R6, Canada +1 403-297-5293
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Fish Creek Provincial ParkVisit Calgary10 Places to See in One Day in Calgary

One of the largest urban wildernesses in the world, with over 54 miles of trails for hiking, biking and running.

Reviewed By Okanagan-Yogi - Kelowna, Canada

Absolutely love the Fish Creek park network of trails. Wonderful place to escape the City for a run or bike ride. I've accessed the trail from many different points and would love to one day explore the whole thing on a bike. Because I don't live in Calgary and only come to visit family, this place offers me the perfect little escape to go for a run, or to go for a walk with other family members. Trails are not plowed in winter very well.

4. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

205 8 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9, Canada +1 403-571-0849
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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is a cornerstone of Calgary’s multi-faceted arts community and since 1955, has grown to be one of North America’s finest and most versatile live music ensembles. A repertoire that is extensive and broad in scope consistently attracts acclaimed guest artists and conductors. The Calgary Philharmonic offers an average of 83 Concerts per Season designed to fit all musical tastes.

Reviewed By alan a - Calgary

Love to hear our Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra! We frequent the "POPS" with regularity----and the Specialty, and Seasonal Productions. Recently We attended the ST. Patricks Presentation---and it was certainly a Rousing evening! All of Calgary should have a chance to listen to just one performance, and...MoreThanks for your comments! Hope to see you at another Pops concert!

5. Gasoline Alley MuseumVisit Calgary10 Indoor Activities in Calgary

1900 Heritage Dr SW | Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta T2V 2X3, Canada +1 403-268-8500
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Gasoline Alley MuseumVisit Calgary10 Indoor Activities in Calgary

Gasoline Alley Museum is a celebration of industrial design illuminated by a storyline that follows the far-reaching social changes that resulted from the introduction and popularization of the automobile. The museum contains thousands of automobile memorabilia items, most dating from before the Second World War. Local businessman, Ron Carey,generously donated the items to Heritage Park so that they could be put on display for public enjoyment, while being properly maintained. The artifacts displayed at the museum date from the turn of the 20th century to the 1950s and include vintage vehicles, unique gasoline pumps and many products and signage from a host of petroleum companies. Most of the items on display in Gasoline Alley Museum were painstakingly restored by Mr. Carey and his staff.

Reviewed By JoanneJohn2005 - Calgary, Canada

We took the grand kids to Once upon a Christmas and started the day in Gasoline Alley Museum. Our grandson loved all the cars, the games/toys to play with and the scavenger hunt they had going as part of Once upon a Christmas. Nice to...MoreThank you for the kind response! It's always nice to see our youngest visitors enjoying the games and programming at Gasoline Alley. We hope to see you again soon!

6. The Military Museums

4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5J4, Canada +1 403-410-2340
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The Military Museums

The Military Museums. Discover the victories, tragedies, and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. Experience life at the helm in a Second World War ship's wheelhouse, walk through a First World War trench, and witness a bomber squadron's Mission over enemy territory. The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force, and educating the public, particularly youth, about Canada's military. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $5, Youth 7-17 $4, Family $20, Children 6 and under are free. Free admission for veterans and Canadian Forces personnel. Hours: Weekdays 9:00 AM to 5 PM, Weekends & Statutory Holidays 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day. TMM is a Canadian Forces tri-service history, heritage, art, research, and educational institution. It is composed of the following organizations: * Naval Museum of Alberta * Army Museum of Alberta * Air Force Museum of Alberta * Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum * Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives * The King's Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) Museum * The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives * The University of Calgary Military Museums Library and Archives. The Museum of the Regiments was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 30 June 1990. The Queen Elizabeth II Atrium was dedicated to Her Majesty during the visit of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on 25 May 2005. The Military Museums was renamed “The Military Museums” (TMM) by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex during the visit of Her Royal Highness on 3 June 2006.TMM’s $18.5 million capital expansion and renovation has seen the facility grow from 52,000 sq ft to 104,000 sq ft, making it the second largest military museum in Canada. The expanded facility is now tri-service and includes the relocated Naval Museum of Alberta and the newly-created Air Force Museum of Alberta.TMM’s education programs are tied in with Alberta’s provincial education curriculum and have won both provincial and national awards of excellence.

Reviewed By Larry C - Dublin

Visited in January and found it to be a really interesting museum. Well laid out for land, air and sea forces. Great exhibits across all areas. Very detailed history and a must visit if you are interested in military history

7. Bow River

Calgary, Alberta, Canada +1 403-268-2489
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Bow River

This feisty waterway is popular for its adjacent walkways used by walkers and bicyclers.

Reviewed By touchup2017 - Calgary, Canada

This river has Rainbow & Brown Trout up to 15 lbs. and the average size is 3 lbs.
Cutthroat, Lake, and Bull Trout are caught occasionally.
Rocky Mountain Whitefish and the odd Northern Pike round out the sport-fishing list.
The best months for fishing are May, July, August, September, and October.
Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and White Pelicans are often seen.

8. Heritage Park Historical VillageVisit Calgary10 Must See Calgary Attractions

1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, Alberta T2V 2X3, Canada +1 403-268-8500
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Heritage Park Historical VillageVisit Calgary10 Must See Calgary Attractions

When you have the choice of everything from a thundering steam train to antique midway rides to beautifully preserved heritage buildings and homesteads, deciding what to do first isn't easy. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past. No two days at the Park are the same, so come back as often as you like for a history lesson you won't find in any textbook. Our operating season is from mid-May to early October each year.

Reviewed By Barrie-The-Fiddler - Calgary

Heritage Park was the site of the Maple Festival ("Festival des Sucres"), sponsored by the Association Canadienne-Française de l'Alberta. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the park in winter with French, Métis, and Aboriginal music, dance and other activities in many of the park...MoreThank you for your kind review! We're thrilled to be the venue for the Calgary Maple Festival, and we're so happy you had the opportunity to come enjoy it. We hope to see you again soon!

9. Calgary Pathway System

Calgary Parks and Recreation, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5, Canada +1 403-268-3888
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Calgary Pathway System

A series of paths used for recreational purposes.

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, Canada

Although it will never be perfectly and completely clear, the City does a pretty good job of keeping large stretches of the wonderful pathway system adequate for winter walking and cycling. Calgary is lucky that there are long periods of time without a great deal of snow, so once the snow is cleared from pathways, they stay clear for quite a while. Do take care around the odd icy patch, though. Calgarians make great use of the excellent pathway system all year, so visitors should give it a try - just bundle up for the weather.

10. Prince's Island ParkVisit Calgary10 Photo Ops in Calgary

200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 4R5, Canada +1 403-268-3888
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Prince's Island ParkVisit Calgary10 Photo Ops in Calgary

This recreational island is located in the Bow River, providing stressed-out urbanites opportunities to bike, hike and fish.

Reviewed By MetaphysicalCreator - Belize

I absolutely love the walk from memorial drive through the park into downtown. There are a couple different Bridges to cross over the bow river. Either one gives you a delightful picturesque view of the river, Mountains, park and the city. It's so beautiful to have a mix of all the different elements at once! Once in the park you can feed the ducks and skate on one of the ponds! It's awesome! Within the park even though you can see parts of the city line sky scrapers it's peaceful and you feel like you are walking in a winter wonderland. There is paid parking on both the memorial drive side and downtown side at Eau Clair market...the market isn't much to see however there are a few good restaurants and a movie theatre and gym there too, so it's for sure an area you can make a day trip to, and do multi activities, both in and outdoors at once! It's worth the visit! Always a pleasure!

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