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About Calgary

Calgary has a reputation among other Canadian cities for being a bit American and a bit big business. But it’s also known for holding one of Canada’s largest parties: the Calgary Stampede, an amazing produce show, rodeo exhibition, festival and parade. It's also renowned as being the gateway to Banff and the Rockies. Some of the best places to stay in Calgary include boutique as well as traditional options.

An influx of investment has made Calgary a new cultural capital and so there are some quite exciting new restaurants and music venues popping up to keep you entertained in the evenings.

Often referred to as the Red Mile (in reference to the local hockey team’s jersey), 17th Avenue is the heart and soul of downtown Calgary. Take a stroll on a Friday night to see Calgary at its most festive.

A little further on but worth the visit is the Inglewood neighborhood, where arts and industry collide in warehouse cafes, restored theatres and exotic restaurants.

What Not To Miss

  • The Calgary Stampede, celebrated for ten days during July, is a rodeo-cum-exhibition-cum-party. Billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", it's an experience you'll be hard pushed to replicate and certainly won't forget!
  • Head up the 191-metre tall Calgary Tower to marvel at breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and the Rockies. Be sure to remember your camera!
  • Take a trip over the Bow River to Eau Claire which features some of Calgary’s most up-and-coming restaurants and boutique shops.
  • Culture vultures should check out The Military Museum, Gasoline Alley Museum and Glenbow Museum. Or, if you're looking for a fun filled family day out then head to Heritage Park Historical Village, a living and breathing historical museum that'll transport you back in time to another era.
  • For parks, Calgary has many offerings. Fish Creek Park is the largest urban park in North America and Nose Hill Park offers views out over the city and across the foothills to the Rockies beyond.

Calgary offers something for all seasons. The Calgary Stampede revolves around the Canada Day weekend (July 1st) while other local festivals occur throughout the summer. Canoes and kayaks are easily rented from local outfitters on Glenbow Reservoir.

In winter, Calgary is the gateway to the ski resorts. Banff (Sunshine), Lake Louise, Fernie and Golden (Kicking Horse) resorts are all easily accessed from Calgary, although only the first two are possible in a day trip.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Calgary are popular properties, so if you want to secure a room, do yourself a favour and book early.

Best places to stay in Calgary

For Local Exploring

  • The Hotel Le Germain Calgary is right across the street from Calgary Tower: it’s a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of town. There are 143 rooms and suites, with quite opulent decor and original artworks. You’re hip and happening but with a classic, grown up feel.
  • Kensington Riverside Inn is perfect for those who like a boho vibe, as it's in the trendy Kensington area. Rooms are comfortable and modern and you can borrow one of the complimentary bikes for some local exploring.

For An Apartment

  • If you think that an apartment or studio suits your needs, then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Best time of year to visit for the summer festivals and activities is from June to August, with the average daily highs around the early 20s celcius. The winters are bitterly cold, but this is the time to come for winter sports!
  • Fly into Calgary Airport, located 9km northeast of the city, which is well served by public transport links to downtown.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Calgary

  • Kensington Riverside Inn 19 rooms from £117

    Calgary (Alberta)

    Bohemian Kensington district is ideal for those seeking boutique shops, independent cafes and buzzy life of Calgary. Modern rooms are the epitome of comfort, with access to tasting menus and Chef's table at the restaurant. Local exploring is on the cards, as are back to nature family activities.

    Local exploring  -  Hop on a free bicycle and explore this hip area, packed with designer stores, small unique shops, cafes, and restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Devonian Gardens is an indoor botanical garden home to a range of palm trees and other tropical plants.
    Fishing  -  Head to Fish Creek Provincial Park for a spot of fishing.
    Views  -  River.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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  • Hotel Le Germain Calgary 143 rooms from £260

    Calgary

    A luxury boutique hotel under the shadow of the iconic Calgary Tower. The opulent suites feature feather and down comforters, plush linens, original modern art and stylish bathrooms. The downtown location keeps your finger on Calgary's pulse. Cutting edge contemporary, with a classic feel.

    Sights nearby  -  Across the street from the iconic Calgary Tower.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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