12 Greatest Issues To Do In Calgary

Calgary is usually seen because the entry level to the nice outdoor in Alberta. Sure, it’s inside easy accessibility of the dramatic Banff Nationwide Park, nevertheless it’s additionally a cosy little metropolis to spend a number of days exploring. Truthfully, there’s a heap of locations to see and a few epic issues to do in Calgary; a lot in order that it’s price tagging onto any Alberta itinerary. 

To be trustworthy, I hadn’t even considered visiting Calgary earlier than we visited. I noticed it as ‘the airport’ to get into the Canadian Rockies and discover the gorgeous nature. That being mentioned, I’m so glad we made a cease within the metropolis as we cherished our few days right here; a lot in order that we’ve been again fairly a number of instances since!

After all, when you’re travelling to the perfect locations in Alberta, you’ll be wanting to go to Banff, perhaps go snowboarding in Sunshine Village, see the gorgeous Lake Abraham (bubble lake) or Grotto Canyon and Canmore?

Nicely, simply be sure you go away a day or two to spend a while in downtown Calgary, too.

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With that in thoughts, I wished to share a number of the greatest issues to do in Calgary in your subsequent journey. Oh yeah, and with any of our posts, pop us a message when you want every other recommendation. Have the perfect time in Canada! 

1.) Kensington 

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Okay, so Kensington is certainly one of my favorite neighbourhoods in Calgary and a spot that’s acquired a very cool vibe! It type of jogs my memory of Camden in London (or the Decrease East Aspect in NYC) and is a good place to wander across the unbiased shops or yummy eating places. 

For me, wandering this space is definitely probably the greatest issues to do in Calgary, particularly when you’re hungry. For some tasty bites to eat, make certain to pop into 

Additionally, for some nice espresso, pop into Increased Floor. Their roast is so good. 

Learn extra: Greatest issues to do in Alberta

2.) Inglewood 

Inglewood is a type of areas that’s so easy to go to when staying within the centre of Calgary. With it being round a 25-minute stroll, it’s truthfully price heading throughout on a weekend or within the night to profit from the cool little bars and eateries. 

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We popped over to Gorilla Whale which is a Japanese-fusion restaurant that serves up a number of the greatest ramens in all of Calgary. Plus their yakitori skewers and cocktails are wonderful. It’s the proper place for dinner; simply make certain to order a desk earlier than you go. This place fills up quick. 

While right here, be sure you go to Fair’s Fair Books, too. It’s such a comfortable place that has an epic e book choice of outdated and new books. It’s a treasure trove for bookworms.

Lastly, when you fancy warming up, pop into Gravity Espresso & Wine, which, not solely has nice espresso (and wine) but in addition dwell DJs on sure days, too.

Learn extra: Greatest issues to do in Banff

3.) Studio Bell 

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Perched within the centre of Calgary, Studio Bell is certainly one of Canada’s largest and greatest houses of Canadian music. Housing hundreds of reveals, it’s someplace that any music lover will completely love. If that’s you, you’ll simply discover this to be probably the greatest issues to do in Calgary. Not solely that, the constructing is fairly cool, too. 

Now, a go to to Studio Bell will seemingly take round 90-minutes and is nicely price stopping by in your stroll across the centre. That being mentioned, when you’re not a music-lover, you may wanna give this spot a miss. In spite of everything, it’s all concerning the music! 

Afterwards, you’ve had your fill at Studio Bell, King Eddy is nicely price visiting (subsequent door). It’s a historic music venue and eatery that’s good for a chew, or an compulsory Ceasar!

Learn extra: Our time exploring Studio Bell

4.) Wonderland Sculpture 

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Proper subsequent to the Bow skyscraper (within the centre of Calgary), seeing the Wonderland Sculpture is among the greatest issues to do in Calgary if you wish to see some native arts. 

Being a whopping 12-metre excessive wire face, the Wonderland Sculpture is nice to see. Now, you clearly gained’t spend greater than 10-minutes right here, nevertheless it’s nicely price seeing. 

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Oh yeah, and for a tasty brunch, pop over to OEB Breakfast Co that serves up one of many mightiest breakfasts within the metropolis. Their partitions are so fluffy and the eggs benedict is so good. 

Learn extra: One-week itinerary for exploring Banff

5.) Calgary Library (Central Library)

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Now, you may not suppose that visiting a library is among the greatest issues to do in Calgary, however belief me, this one is.

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Nicely, when you love books and structure a minimum of! 

You see, Calgary Library is completely gorgeous and homes an enormous mixture of books a stunning cafe and a few unbelievable structure that it’s best to see. Even when you’re not ‘into’ books, simply pop in for a fast wander. It’s beautiful.

Learn extra: Visiting the Calgary Library

6.) Prince’s Island Park

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Strolling Prince’s Island Park is among the greatest issues to do in Calgary on a sunny summer time day.  For me, it’s the kinda place that’s good if you wish to step away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Calgary and actually simply sit back for a short while. That being mentioned, when you go to in winter, you may as well strive your hand at some outside skating )on the lagoon), too. 

Plus, there are trails for each walkers and cyclists, too. Oh, and throughout the summer time months, you might be there on a day when one of many metropolis’s occasions are held. Preserve an eye fixed out for listings if you arrive. 

Afterwards, pop over to Village Ice Cream for a few of Calgary’s most yummy treats. No joke, their salted caramel gelato is heaven. 

Learn extra: Greatest hikes in Alberta

7.) Calgary’s Heritage Park

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Calgary’s Heritage Park brings historical past again to life on this dwelling historical past village.

This can be a paradise for historical past lovers such as you with re-enactments of how life ‘within the west’ was as soon as like. Throughout your go to, you should have the prospect to commerce at a reproduction buying and selling put up, go to a ranch in addition to the historic village, too.

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Lastly, when you’re feeling as much as it, you possibly can then go on a steam practice, take a journey in a horse-drawn wagon or cruise alongside in a paddle wheeled boat. It’s nice for households. 

Learn extra: One-week itinerary for exploring Banff

8.) Glenbow Museum

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The Glenbow Museum is heralded as one of many best of Canada’s museums and probably the greatest issues to do in Calgary for positive!

The reveals are primarily targeted on Western Canada’s tradition with shows from the First Nations historical past and extra historic artefacts that return centuries. 

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Not solely that, however you’ll additionally see artwork and sculptures from Europe, Asia and Africa, too. 

Lastly, for a chew to eat, jump over to Ten Foot Henry that serves up a number of the tastiest sharing plates in Calgary. Their salmon gravlax and masala hen is all the things and extra! 

9.) Canada Olympic Park

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The Canada Olympic Park was the venue for the 1988 Winter Olympics and this huge winter sports activities advanced is used as each a coaching floor for any future Olympians. 😉

It’s an ideal place to strive your hand at snowboarding, too! Although, if snowboarding is just not thrilling sufficient for you then you possibly can strive bobsleigh or the luge, too.

Oh, and Don’t overlook to go to the Olympic Museum if you are there.

10.) Calgary Tower

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The Calgary Tower was as soon as town’s tallest constructing at 626 ft excessive and constructed to commemorate the nation’s Centennial in 1967.

Right this moment, you possibly can go to the highest for the spectacular views of town and the close by Rocky Mountains. To get to the highest you possibly can take the elevator or would you like to climb the 762 steps? Ha!

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Simply an FYI, we took the elevator. There’s no manner we’d have made these steps! 

Afterwards, take a cab over to Native Tongues for a number of the greatest Mexican meals in all of Canada.

Plus, they create a number of the tastiest mescal cocktails, yummy tostadas and freshly-fried doughnuts. Love this place.

Learn extra: Our go to to the Calgary Tower 

11.) See some Canadian Hockey

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The Saddledome is the place you can see the Calgary Flames play their residence video games! 

We cherished watching a sport and it was a lot enjoyable. Although, it completely stunned me how brutal and contact-heavy hockey is! We noticed a participant get knocked out by a puck. Nonetheless, he was all superb… I believe! 

All in all, it’s such an ideal expertise, and nicely price going while in Calgary. 

Learn extra: Greatest hikes in Alberta

12.) Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary is the place the historical past of town all started as a mounted police stronghold. These days, seeing it is among the greatest issues to do in Calgary if you wish to discover a number of the metropolis’s historical past.

Though it was buried till the 1970s, now although you possibly can go and witness the reconstruction and see some authentic stays of the fort, too.

Learn extra: One-week itinerary for exploring Banff

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