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Top Tips for Visiting Calgary

1. Book the Stampede Early

The Calgary Stampede is one of the most hotly-anticipated events each year not only in Calgary, but in Canada as a whole. Buy your Stampede ticket and book your hotel early if you want to include this unforgettable event in your Calgary visit, as they can sell out over a year in advance.

 

2. Visit Olympic Park

If you have time during your visit, head out to the Olympic Park – home to the winter sports of the 1988 Olympics. Open year round, this is a great day out for thrill-seekers, featuring a tube park, ziplining, mountain biking and much more.

 

3. Attend a Festival

Like many major Canadian cities, Calgary also offers a wide variety of festivals throughout the year - especially in the summertime. From music festivals featuring international headliners to foodie offerings from Calgary’s best chefs, there is something to suit all tastes. Check out the line-ups in advance and plan your visit around one of these exciting events.

 

4. Head up to Scotsman’s Hill

If you would like an alternative to the Calgary Tower for panoramic views of the city, head up to the top of Scotsman’s Hill. If you are visiting during the Stampede but don’t have a ticket, head up this riverbank in the evening to watch the daily fireworks show.

 

5. Visit Calgary Zoo

There are over 900 animals at the Calgary Zoo and it’s open year-round – soon 4 giant pandas from Toronto Zoo will be added to this roster! Visit during your trip for a fun-filled family day out.