Gateway to the dramatic Rockies, Calgary is the perfect destination for anyone looking to get away for a weekend or a few days. Calgary is filled with many activities, from winter wonderland adventures to walks that transport you through history. Don’t forget to add these to your Calgary bucket list when planning your next Canada trip.
There are no less than FIVE ski resorts in the mountains surrounding Calgary. The different resorts offer some of the best skiing and other winter sports. The snow-filled slopes are filled with adventures for any type of enthusiast. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding just some of the options for winter travelers to Calgary. Even just a day trip is a possibility, as all five resorts are less than 2 hours from downtown Calgary.
A snow enthusiast wanting to check off a World Heritage site can head to Banff and explore the landmarks and wildlife. You’ll learn more about the history of the area and get a few great pictures in the process.
If you’re wanting a panoramic view of Calgary, the Calgary Tower has your number. Fitness buffs will get their daily workout in after climbing the 762 stairs to the top. The views of downtown Calgary and the surrounding Rocky Mountains will take your breath away.
The tower is downtown, surrounded by the hotels in Calgary. Staying around the tower will give you a good home base for exploring the city.
For those travelers looking for some good souvenirs or a cute new outfit, there is shopping aplenty in Calgary. Head over to 8th Avenue for the Stephen Avenue Walk. This pedestrian-only area in downtown is filled with boutique shops, street performers, and even festivals. Those looking for a quick bite to eat can find some delectable restaurants along this street too.
Travelers that want some nighttime action can head to 8th Avenue and check out the several dance and music clubs in the area.
The Calgary Zoo is home to more than 800 animals and one of the largest zoos in Canada. You’ll be able to take a vacation within a vacation when visiting the zoo when you see the African savannah, Eurasian plains or even Antarctica and it’s penguins. Local wildlife is on display as well and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of a moose or even a bear.
Those that visit Calgary sans car will still be able to visit the zoo. Calgary’s C-Train light rail system will take you straight to the zoo.
History and culture buffs will be thoroughly satisfied after a visit to Glenbow Museum. It’s not just art work that keeps visitors coming back for more, it’s the plethora of aboriginal artifacts, military history artifacts, and thousands of books in the Glenbow library. Don’t get lost while in the museum – it may take you hours to find your way out of the maze of rooms!
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