I love the Canadian city of Calgary. Hopefully, you will not want to make this the only city you visit in the country, so for those of you looking to experience the best of what Calgary has to offer, I highly suggest these stops for an action-packed two days in the city.
DAY 1 – Early to rise
Morning: To get your city bearings head to the CALGARY TOWER. You will stand 191 metres above terra firma, on the glass floor of the world’s highest 360-degree observation deck, and enjoy unsurpassed panoramic views of the city skyline and the distant Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Then glide down the pathways of central Calgary on a guided SEGWAY TOUR. See the sites as you learn all about the city’s history, art and architecture.
EAST VILLAGE is a vibrant community with walkable access to public art and culture, entertainment hubs and public spaces like the River Walk and new retail and dining options. Stroll along the Bow River, and cross over to St. Patrick’s Island, a wilderness setting in the heart of the city.
Have lunch in the historic Simmons building, East Village.
Afternoon: HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE charts the history and growth of early Western Canadian history over four eras. You will hear stories and may meet fur traders, First Nations people, railway workers and prairie town folk. A highlight of the 1910 village is the Gasoline Alley Museum. Then board the Thundering Steam Train and/or a paddlewheeler boat.
Evening: Enjoy a WALKING FOOD TOUR in one of Calgary’s many eclectic neighbourhoods.
You’ll sip, sample and savour a range of products and meet local food artisans along the way. Or stroll along the river pathway to Prince’s Island Park, another green oasis in the city.
Dine at the award-winning River Café in the park and during the summer catch one of the many performances or concerts that are staged there.
DAY 2 – Go with good speed
Morning: WINSPORT, the legacy site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, is home to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame where visitors can participate in interactive activities and learn about Canada’s sporting history.
New sports men and women are inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame every year, and their stories are shared through curated exhibitions, immersive experiences and digital narratives.
The family-friendly SKYLINE LUGE CALGARY is a unique wheeled gravity ride that gives thrill seekers full control over their descent on a purpose-built 1.8 kilometres track that drops over 100 metres.
WinSport’s 90-metre ski jump tower offers North America’s fastest ZIPLINE. Riders reach speeds of 120km/h as they travel 500 metres and experience a vertical drop of over 100 metres.
Afternoon: STEPHEN AVENUE WALK is a pedestrian walk, situated along 8 Ave SW (Stephen Avenue) and spanning six blocks in the heart of downtown Calgary.
Along the way you may see buskers, festivals and live music, while for shoppers, there are nine major shopping centres and department stores, an eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries and some of Calgary’s finest restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars.
Then view downtown Calgary from its original highway, the BOW RIVER. Marvel at the city’s architecture as you float under the modern Peace Bridge and the historic Centre Street Bridge.
Evening: Many of Calgary’s favourite hot spots are found on 17th AVENUE, including more than 20 restaurants, lounges and inspirational cafes. 17th Avenue is also a shopping destination, featuring eclectic and trendy shops and boutiques.
Where to book?….
If Canada is on your travel radar, then you’ll be wanting to use a travel agent who has a good knowledge of the country. I’m lucky enough to have travelled to different provinces. So, I do have a really decent understanding of distances and what can realistically be done in the time frame you have.
Over the years, I have built up an excellent working relationship with some excellent tour operators, who have been tried and tested many times, and will help me book a totally bespoke itinerary for you.
My choice of airline would be either Air Canada or WestJet. Both are renowned for their hospitality and service, and each has an outstanding domestic network across the country. In short, this means that you can combine Calgary with many other amazing places in Canada. If you want to use British Airways, from Heathrow, this is possible, but please bear in mind that they do not have a domestic network within Canada.
When neither carrier offer a convenient departure point, I can arrange flights with KLM, via Amsterdam, or Air France, from a regional departure point. I really do not suggest using any US carrier, as aside from having to clear US immigration first (a nightmare at the best of times), and having to purchase an ESTA, even when you are in transit, you’ll find that flight times are greatly increased.
So, please complete the contact me form below, with your requirements, and I’ll organise a free, no-obligation, quotation for you. All suppliers I work with are ABTA (or equivalent) and ATOL bonded, for your financial security, and they too have a formidable knowledge of the country.