Yahoo! 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. Canadian Affair’s travel experts can help you plan a tailor-made holiday, explore latest holiday offers, latest travel advice and more.
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, but 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 flights and holiday.
Things to do
One of the top things to do on a Calgary 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 five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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 and Banff National Park 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
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.
Departures: Daily (except Dec 25)
Heritage Park Historical Village
from £18 pp
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.
Departures: Selected dates between May 16 - Dec 31
Browse our amazing range of holidays in Calgary
Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown Hotel
A comfortable and conveniently located hotel in the heart of downtown Calgary. The rooms are spacious with dark wood furnishings. Some rooms offer a small ...see more
Delta Hotels By Marriott Calgary Downtown
Located in downtown Calgary but close to the Bow River, the hotel’s guest-rooms are comfortable and classy, neutrally decorated with dark wood furnishings. ...see more
Westin Hotel Calgary
The Westin is an elegant hotel in a great central location on Calgary’s vibrant West Side.
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The Fairmont Palliser is a stunning hotel in an excellent location, right next to the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown. Rooms are beautifully decorated ...see more
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
Situated between Calgary International Airport and the city centre, Coast Plaza Hotel is one of the largest hotels in the city and offers great amenities ...see more
Sheraton Cavalier Calgary
The Sheraton Cavalier is a stylish hotel with fantastic amenities in a great location.
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The Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
The Executive Royal Hotel has a convenient position fifteen minutes from both Calgary Airport and the downtown shopping and attractions.
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Calgary Marriott Hotel
In a great location for the downtown attractions, the Calgary Marriott is an excellent base from which to explore the city.
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Hotel Le Germain Calgary
The Hotel Le Germain is a luxury boutique hotel with a good location in the heart of downtown Calgary.
Rooms are contemporary and chic, with ...see more
Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown
The Ramada enjoys a great location right in the heart of Calgary’s shopping district and offers some excellent amenities.
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Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South
The Sandman South offers a great location close to the parks on the shores of Bow River, while still a short drive from downtown Calgary.
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Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West
The Sandman Calgary West enjoys a location away from the bustle of the city centre, but being on the Trans-Canada Highway allows convenient navigation ...see more
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
The Acclaim Hotel is a contemporary hotel in a good location just a few minutes from the international airport, and twenty minutes into downtown Calgary.
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Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is located just steps from the airport gates, situated between the international and domestic terminals ...see more
Clarion Hotel Calgary Airport
The Clarion Hotel is in a good location between the airport and the centre of Calgary and offers excellent amenities.
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Airport- In Terminal
The Delta hotels by marriott Calgary Airport in Terminal couldn’t be much better placed, connected by indoor walkway to the terminal itself, and ...see more
Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is situated in the centre of downtown Calgary featuring many guest rooms and suites with great city views. Rooms are equipped ...see more
Holiday Inn Macleod Trail South
Situated to the south of Calgary, the hotel is in a great position for the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Zoo and just ten minutes from the centre of ...see more
Red Roof Plus & Suites
The Travelodge is conveniently situated just a few minutes from the international airport, while still just a short drive to downtown Calgary and other ...see more
Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport
Just a few minutes’ drive from the airport and fifteen minutes from downtown Calgary, the Sandman Hotel is a great starting point whatever your plans. ...see more
Roaming the Rockies Holiday
Get to know the majestic Rocky Mountains on this 13-night motorhome holiday. Start in the Stampede City of Calgary before delving into the mountains and ...see more
Rockies Winter Escape Holiday
The Canadian Rockies are renowned for the perfect powder snow that draws skiers from far and wide but you don’t have to ride the piste to have a white ...see more
Rockies Winter Rail Holiday
You may have visited the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and coastal city of Vancouver during the summer months, when the days are warm and long, but there ...see more
Mountain Express (Begins in Vancouver)
The ultimate adventure perfectly designed to showcase key highlights of Western Canada for those who want to see as much as possible in a short time. ...see more
Calgary Stampede Extravaganza Holiday
Embrace the western spirit with this fantastic holiday taking you through the stunning scenery of the Rockies before embracing the Stampede spirit in ...see more
Western Journey Holiday
Marvel at sparkling glaciers, plunging canyons and fierce rivers search for elk, mountain goats, bears and whales. Experience the romance and hospitality ...see more
Calgary and Banff Short Break
Aside from the Stampede, year round Calgary celebrates many diverse cultures with an impressive festival and events calendar. There is always something ...see more
Western Highlights Holiday
Take in all the West Coast’s best attractions on this magical fly-drive journey. The adventure begins in the Stampede City of Calgary discovering stunning ...see more
Rockies Trail Holiday
The Rocky Mountains are your gateway to Canada. Marvel at spectacular mountainous views and coastlines as you journey through rugged scenery of Alberta. ...see more
Journey through the Clouds Discovery Calgary I
Experience the magical West through the Rocky Mountains! This journey takes you between Vancouver and Calgary, and includes the stunning mountain towns ...see more
West Coast Wonders and Alaskan Cruise
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime with the pristine Canadian Rockies. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, ...see more
Canadian Rockies By Rail Holiday
This action packed itinerary takes you on a wonderful journey right through the heart of the Rockies to the popular mountain towns of Banff and Jasper, ...see more
Rocky Mountain Getaway Holiday
This is one of our most popular tours as you can easily fit it into whatever you have planned for your holiday ...see more
Unlimited Adventures Holiday
A spectacular adventure packed with world-class resorts. A mosaic of landscapes awaits you as you travel from the towering mountains of the Rockies to ...see more
Ranchlands and Prairies Holiday
Discover a world of fossils, cowboy culture & central Canada treasures, on a unique package combining ‘off the beaten-track ‘destinations in Saskatchewan ...see more
Western Delights Holiday
A quest through the heart of the Canadian Rockies to experience the true delights of Western Canada at your own pace. From scenic coastal roads, picturesque ...see more
Rockies Rail Adventure Holiday
A classic itinerary travelling through the Canadian Rockies with visits to Banff and Jasper National Parks, before taking the VIA Rail train ‘The Canadian’ ...see more
Sky to Sea Rail Tour Holiday
This action packed itinerary takes you on a wonderful journey right through the heart of the Rockies to the popular mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise ...see more
Mountain Rails Holiday
The Rocky Mountaineer train will bring you through a dramatically-changing countryside whilst travelling through valleys, canyons and mountain passes. ...see more
Rainforest to Gold Rush Grand Adventure Calgary II
Enjoy the extreme and diverse landscapes of the Northern Rockies. From temperate rainforests to desert canyons, you will travel from the cowboy city of ...see more
Journey through the Clouds Discovery & Alaska Cruise
An exciting tour of Canada’s West with so much to explore, including Banff, Jasper and Vancouver and so many ways to enjoy with the Banff Gondola ...see more
Rocky Mountain Wild Holiday
A carefully blended itinerary creates an unforgettable adventure, pairing two iconic experiences into one, the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains meet a ...see more
Bones, Boots, Beats & Bears
Journey through diverse landscape of mountains, prairies, forests, and badlands. Drive the Cowboy Trail with picturesque rolling hills, ranch land and ...see more
Majesty of the Rockies Luxury Gold Holiday
This journey guarantees to be nothing short of magical. Explore the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, as you travel in exceptional comfort to the ...see more
Roaming the Rockies with Campgrounds
Get to know the majestic Rocky Mountains on this motorhome holiday. Start in the Stampede City of Calgary before delving into the mountains and exploring ...see more
Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta Holiday
This spectacular guided tour is perfectly packaged to discover the true spirit of adventure, as you discover the breath-taking treasures of Canada’s Rocky ...see more
Top tips for visiting Calgary
Top Tip 1
• Visit the Calgary Stampede. Yahoo! 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 five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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 onboard 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
• From the shops and restaurants of 17th Avenue to the live music venues of Inglewood, there is no better way to experience Calgary than to explore its neighbourhoods. Wander the different neighbourhoods in the city, meet the locals, and get an insider's view into what makes Calgary such a vibrant place.
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 six 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!