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Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is a cosmopolitan city which has had rapid growth due to its status as the center of the oil industry. It maintains its roots in cowboy culture and outdoor recreation. With Provincial and National Parks an easy drive away, Calgary is the hub for exploring these areas of natural beauty.

Calgary's iconic views include the bridges spanning the Bow River, including the Calatrava-designed Peace Bridge, and the dense high rises of the downtown.

The historic Center Street Bridge leads through Calgary's Chinatown, past the Eau Claire district to the dense commercial core of high rise offices.

Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America with 1000 km of trails throughout the city's communities and along its riverbanks.

Stephen Avenue is the 5-block major pedestrian mall in the historic part of downtown, with access to the Glenbow Museum and Arts Commons, major department stores, patio dining venues, and interesting public art.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Center, has exhibits on Canadian music history, hands-on instruments areas, and concerts in a contemporary setting.

The Calgary New Central Library, in the revived East Village won international architectural awards for its innovative design and sustainability features.

The Calgary Stampede is an annual exhibition and rodeo which attracts about 1 million visitors each year.


The Calgary Zoo is Canada's top zoo and conservation research facility, with 7 distinct zones: Canadian Wilds, Destination Africa, Penguin Plunge, Botanical Garden, Rainforest, Eurasia and Prehistoric Park.

Traditional dancers from the Tsuut'ina, Stoney and Siksika nations participate in pow wows.


During festivals on Canada Day and Heritage Day, various ethnic groups share their foods and traditions.

The 12-meter tall "Wonderland" sculpture, by Jaume Plensa, represents the hopes and dreams of young Albertans.

Calgary celebrates its multicultural heritage and its youthful energy in many ways.

Spruce Meadows is a world-class show jumping venue, home of the Calvary Football Club, and a multi-event facility. It is known for its international festivals and inexpensive family entertainment.

Heritage Park Historical Village is a living history museum with authentic buildings, period artifacts and costumes, and antique automobiles, streetcars and steam locomotives.

On the outskirts of Calgary lie vast areas of farmland, cattle rangeland and the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Near Calgary are several provincial parks which encompass a range of ecosystems and provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy camping, hiking, rafting, skiing, and viewing wildlife.

Several of the original massive cattle ranches have been preserved as conservation areas or National Historic Sites, such as Bar U Ranch seen here.

Interpretive centers such as Blackfoot Crossing and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage site offer insight into the history and culture of Alberta's First Nations.

An easy drive east of Calgary lie the Alberta Badlands, a region of dramatic canyons and rock formations, and site of some of the world's best fossil finds.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller is a world-reknowned research facility featuring fossil displays and interactive exhibits of prehistoric times.

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