A dynamic and lively city, Calgary is home to an amazing array of things to do and see.
While the city is perhaps best known for its Canadian cowboy culture, the former 'Cowtown' has been undergoing something of a transformation in recent years. This is especially apparent in the city’s hospitality sector, with a steady stream of new restaurants, coffee shops and bars opening doors and complementing the ever-expanding culinary and arts scenes. With a variety of happily walkable neighbourhoods to explore, visitors are sure to find their fill of live music, independent shopping and riverside strolls.
For many visitors to the city, it's the Calgary Stampede, a ten-day cowboy-themed festival that is the biggest draw. The event, which takes place every July at its own Stampede Park, attracts more than 1.2 million spectators, who come to see traditional 'wild west' activities such as bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and chuckwagon racing, as well as a host of rodeo events.
Thanks to the city's location in the western province of Alberta, Calgary holidays also provide the opportunity to venture into the Canadian Rockies. Being around 90 minutes from the picturesque Banff National Park, home to enigmatic Lake Louise, visitors to the city can add a slice of the great outdoors to their itinerary with ease.
Calgary is home to many characterful and historic restaurants
Particular favourites include the sumptuously decorated Caesar's Steak House & Lounge and Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, set inside a former ranch house.
Invented at a local bar in 1969, the Caesar cocktail features vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce among other ingredients, and helps take the edge off after a busy day.
Alberta beef is known for its unique flavour, and you'll find plenty of places to try it in Calgary. For those looking to try something a little different, restaurants in the province also have bison burgers and ribs on the menu.
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