Province/Territory: Alberta

Calgary - be part of the energy

  • 700 kilometres of pathway to walk, run or bike.
  • 01 North America's fastest zipline at Canada Olympic Park
  • 360 degree view of Calgary from a revolving restaurant high above the skyline

Prairies to the east and mountains to the west. The vibrant city of Calgary has endless opportunities for urban delights and outdoor adventures. The new exhibit of penguins has The Calgary Zoo bursting with pride; the Telus Science Centre pulsates with fun for the family and Canada Olympic Park is ready to zip you down the slopes on a zipline, a bobsled or on skis.

While restaurants are bursting with fresh ideas, artists are crowding the stage, the street and the galleries with fresh music and art. If you visit during the famous Calgary Stampede – be prepared to whoop it up all day long. Step back in time at Heritage Park Historic Village or the Glenbow Museum, or toss a raft in the Bow River for a lazy float through the heart of the city. Don’t forget to explore beyond the city limits for the day or maybe more. Calgary is a great gateway to the rugged Canadian Rockies, trail rides, working ranches and badlands of prehistoric dinosaur bones.

Urban adventures

  • Explore Calgary's restaurants and farmers markets for culinary delights.
  • Find that special pair of cowboy boots at Alberta Boot Co., or stroll the many indoor malls or boutique lined avenues.
  • Rodeos, parades, chuckwagon races, music and the best ten days in Calgary are during The Calgary Stampede.

Arts & Culture

  • Step back and experience “How The West Was Once,” at Heritage Park Historic Village.
  • Spark your imagination at Telus Spark - Calgary's new Science Centre.
  • Try swimming or skating or boxing with Canadian champions in the interactive displays at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Stroll through over a million artifacts and thousands of works of art to discover Alberta’s humble beginnings of a cowtown to energy resource boomtown at the Glenbow Museum.

Outdoor adventure

  • The Bow River through Calgary is world-renowned for its trout fishing. Outfitters can supply lessons and guides.
  • Rent a canoe or kayak to drift through the city on a hot summer afternoon.
  • Hike, run or in the winter go cross-country skiing through the wilderness in many of the natural parks including Fish Creek Provincial Park.
  • Rub shoulders with Olympic bobsleigh drivers as they pilot your sled on a thrilling high-speed ride down the Olympic bobsleigh course at Canada Olympic Park.

Weather

  • The seasons change but the sunshine stays constant in Calgary. Summer months expect the sunrise before 6 AM with it setting over the mountains as late as 10 PM. In December however, expect the sunrise shortly after 8 AM, setting before supper hour.
  • There is warm summer weather June through August with daily July temperatures of 24 C but cooling to 8 C in the evening. June is the wettest month with 70 mm of rain.
  • September marks the coming of fall with the trees turning shades or orange along the Bow River. Normal daily temperatures are dipping from 10 C in September to 5 C in October with the evenings still above freezing.
  • Winter can be very cold, dipping on occasion to -30 C. Calgary can expect Christmas to have normal daily highs of -3 C dipping to -14 at night. Southern Alberta is notorious for strong warm winter winds that rush west off the mountains. A “Chinook Wind” can raise the temperature 15 C in less than an hour leaving the city in daily temperatures above freezing for a few days.
  • Spring temperatures rise dramatically from the winter months. March has highs of 5 C but by May the average is 16 C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Quick facts

Area: 848 sq km (327 sq mi)
Elevation: 1048 metres (3438 feet above sea level)
Total Population: 1.1 Million (2012)
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Motto: Onward

When to go
  • With the long days of sunlight, summer is delightful in Calgary. So much can be done in a day!
  • The Calgary Stampede is in July, during the hottest part of summer.
  • Golfing is best from late May until the snow flies in October with games played into the evening with the late summer sunset.
  • Ski and snowboard season at Canada Olympic Park runs from December until April with the best snow conditions January through March.
  • Hike, camp, bike and ride in comfort near Calgary from May until October but always be prepared for the cool evenings.
  • Plan your vacation to Calgary around festivals, celebrations, competitions and concerts.
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