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Calgary

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Overview

Yeehaw! Discover Canada’s Wild West with holidays to Calgary, where urban cowboy meets city glamour. This iconic city is home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede and is just a stone’s throw away from the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

No matter whether you plan to travel the west by car, train or coach, Calgary holidays are the perfect start or finish to your western Canada holiday.

Calgary is not only the gateway to the legendary Canadian Rocky Mountains, it also has a wealth of exciting attractions and activities to offer. In July every year, the world famous Calgary Stampede takes over the entire city and is definitely one for you to tick off your bucket list! For over 100 years, the city has been celebrating its wild western heritage with Chuckwagon races, live rodeos, concerts, fairground attractions, and so much more to enjoy.

The Calgary Stampede takes place in July, so book your tickets quickly to make sure you have a front row seat to all the action. It is one of the biggest events in Canada, with tickets and hotel availability scarce as you get closer to the event. So make sure you don't miss out when planning your Calgary holiday.

Things to do

One of the top things to do on a Calagary holiday is to visit the Calgary Stampede, which is aptly named ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’. Every year in July the city of Calgary transforms into one big celebration of all things Western, so be sure to pack your cowboy boots and Stetson and join in the party. But Calgary isn’t just about cowboys and cowgirls, there is a lot more to enjoy around this fantastic city.

Step back in time and discover “How the West was Once” at Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village. Tread the boards of a real Western town, meet the voyagers who made famous journeys into Canada's wilderness and hear the fascinating stories of the First Nations people. Plus you can spend some time wandering around Gasoline Alley, one of the finest collections of old cars anywhere in the world, with some dating back to the 1920s.

For those who enjoy a little adrenaline rush, head up to WinSport Calgary, located at the Canada Olympic park. Here you can ride a zip line from the top of the Olympic Ski jump made famous by Eddie the Eagle, or travel down the Bobsleigh track with a professional driver reaching speeds of 100km/h!

Calgary is the only city that is surrounded by four world UNESCO heritage parks, so your choice of epic scenery is endless. Venture out of the city for a day trip to the Rockies, the Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump or visit a ranch; whatever you choose to do, Calgary is the perfect base to explore.

Holidays to Calgary during the winter are popular with winter sports enthusiasts as Alberta is renowned for offering great skiing conditions. The Rocky Mountain range and in particular Banff is home to three of Canada’s best ski resorts. Visitors during this time of year can expect wide open and quiet trails as well as breath-taking scenery.

Popular things to do in Calgary

  • Admission to Calgary Tower

    £12 per adult, £7 per child (4-12)

    Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower observation deck offers a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the rolling foothills, and the expansive prairie landscape. If you dare, stand on the amazing glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets directly below. Enjoy a complimentary tour and learn about Calgary's history, landmarks, and future plans for the city. Admission includes an audio guide with information in English, French, German and Mandarin.

    Departures: Daily from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016. Except Dec 25.

  • Calgary Stampede Tickets

    Starting from £54pp

    A Wild West double-header that needs two days to fit it all in. Not only do you get two days of all the great on-park events and entertainment, you'll also get a prime Stampede Rodeo ticket for one day and an Evening Show ticket for the next day along with mementos that will help you relive the thrill forever. Alternatively enjoy two great days on Stampede Park - catch all the heart stopping Rodeo and Evening Show action from great seats and enjoy special Stampede mementos including vouchers and discounts, all in one great package.

    Departures: Daily between 8 to 17 July 2016

  • Calgary Walking Food Tours

    Wed & Thur tour £55pp, Sat Farmers Market £17pp

    Sample Calgary's culinary gems while strolling at a leisurely pace through the city.
    6 to 8 stops are included on each tour, all while learning about art, architecture and historical landmarks along the way. On Wednesday’s tour visit Inglewood - one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods - where you will get to enjoy an Italian lunch, see a knife skills demonstration, learn about blending spices, savour a chocolate tasting plus a private tour of Rouge restaurant and garden with wine, honey and sweets plus lots more. On Thursday it is off to Kensington to enjoy fine French food, Albertan poutine, pizza, cheese, savvy wine and delicious cupcakes and cookies. Saturday is a special day as you head to Calgary Farmers’ Market, where you can taste the flavours of Alberta and meet the ranchers and farmers who bring their food to your table.

    Maximum 14 guests per tour
    Departures: Between 20 May – 09 Oct 2016

  • Heritage Park Historical Village

    £10 per adult, £7 per child (3-14)

    Explore Heritage Town Square, which includes restaurants, shopping and the world-class Gasoline Alley Museum. Discover how the introduction of the automobile changed Canada's culture. Seasonally, from May until October, step back in time to the lively Historical Village. Meet friendly pioneers, visit the First Nations encampment, ride an authentic steam train, enjoy the antique midway and immerse yourself in the old west. All rides are included with admission.
    This excursion is a Signature Experience with Destination Canada.

    Departures: Daily between 21 May – 10 Oct 2016

  • Winsport Canada - Adrenaline Combo

    £59 per person

    Experience the Summer Bobsleigh Ride and Zipline at the Park for one low price.
    This excursion is a Signature Experience with Destination Canada.

    Zipline: Soar from the top of Canada Olympic Park’s ski jump tower on North America’s fastest zipline! Fly down the unique cable system in a comfortable harness, reaching speeds between 120 and 140km/h. As Calgary’s highest vantage point, the ski jump tower provides a zipline that is 500 metres long with a vertical drop of more than 100 metres.
    Summer bobsleigh: Experience the thrill of the summer Bobsleigh Ride at Canada Olympic Park. Accompanied by a professional driver, each rider and three friends will soar down the Olympic track, twisting and turning around 14 turns, traveling at speeds up to 100km/h while reaching 4G Forces. This will be 60 seconds you will talk about for the rest of your life!

    Minimum age 14
    Departures: Daily between 16 May – 7 Sep 2016 (Excluding 19,21,28 Jun)

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Top tips

Top tips for visiting Calgary

Top Tip 1

• Visit the Calgary Stampede. Yee-haw! Our number one tip for visiting Calgary is to go to the Stampede. This exhilarating event happens annually in July and takes over the entire city. For more than 100 years Calgary has been celebrating its wild western roots with live rodeos, concerts, fairground attractions, chuckwagon races and much more.


Top Tip 2

• Become one with nature. Calgary is surrounded by four UNESCO world heritage parks, so stunning scenery is on your doorstep. Visit the Rocky Mountains, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, or a traditional ranch. No matter where you want to explore, Calgary is a great place to start.


Top Tip 3

• Sit back and enjoy the view. If you’re visiting Calgary as part of a wider Western adventure why not travel part of your journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer. This legendary two-day train ride, with overnight accommodation will take you directly through some of Canada’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife!


Top Tip 4

• Pick up your chopsticks. Calgary is home to Canada’s fourth largest Chinatown, which means delicious Asian food is just a few steps away. Located in the northeast area of Downtown Calgary, Chinatown is definitely worth a visit.


Top Tip 5

• Take nature indoors. Visit Devonian Gardens, Calgary’s newly renovated indoor garden and Botanical Park. With a living wall, koi ponds, fountains, children’s play areas, over 550 trees and a restaurant, this is a great attraction for families.


Top Tip 6

• Get a bird’s eye view of the city. Take a trip to the Calgary Tower and discover the city from 525 feet in the air. The observation deck offers visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and surrounding area, including the spectacular Rocky Mountains.


Top Tip 7

• Visit Calgary Zoo. Discover wildlife from around the world at the Calgary Zoo. Home to over 800 animals, this is the second largest zoo in Canada and one of the most popular. With 6 different destinations, animal experiences, gardens and cafes this is a great outing for any visitor.


Top Tip 8

• Learn about Calgary’s history Canada’s largest living history museum, The Heritage Park Historical Village, is a great day out for families in Calgary, designed to give visitors a taste of the past. Set in the city’s beautiful Glenmore Reservoir, the park combines history, adventure, discovery and fun – it’s a wonderful attraction for people of all ages.

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Calgary, call one of our dedicated team who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!


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At a glance


  • A vibrant and welcoming city
  • The gateway to the Rockies
  • 9 hour flight from London, Manchester and Glasgow

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At a glance


  • A vibrant and welcoming city
  • The gateway to the Rockies
  • 9 hour flight from London, Manchester and Glasgow

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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