Perched in the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River, where the prairies end and the foothills begin, Calgary is a gorgeous city known for its rich oil wealth. The metropolis in the Canadian province of Alberta is famous for being the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The fifth-largest census metropolitan area in Canada is a popular destination for skiing and hiking and is a significant center of tourism for the western prairies.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to the magnificent Calgary Tower. Piercing as high as 191m (627ft), this towering structure is a prominent attraction in the city's glittering skyline. Reach the Observation Deck for is rewards you with a panoramic glimpse of the megalopolis, the prairies and the imposing Rocky Mountains. One of the highlights is to take snapshots at a glass tower suspended over the city street below, which can prove to be a thrilling experience.
Animal lovers can spend some time at the Calgary Zoo, home to over 1,000 animals. Drop by at the 'Canadian Wilds' exhibit where one can view cougars, grizzlies and Rocky Mountain goats. The 'Destination Africa' section houses gorillas, giraffes and Zebras while the Eurasia exhibit showcases Siberian tigers, snow leopards, red pandas and Asian elephants. Stroll around the Botanical Garden, comprising of a butterfly garden, rain-forest garden and waterfalls. The Pre-historic Park displays around 22 life-size dinosaur models.
Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games. Head out to the Canada Olympic Park that takes you back to the glorious time Canada played host. Some of the activities to be tried out there are: skiing, snowboarding, luge, bobsleigh rides and so forth. Do drop by at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, housed at the Canada Olympic Park. It is home to 11 galleries which takes you through a journey of the country's impressive sporting history, achievements and athletes. Over 500 Canadian sporting heroes have been included into the hall of fame including hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and Formula One racer Jacques Villeneuve.
Do spend some time at Calaway Park - western Canada's biggest amusement park. The park is home to more than 30 rides - from a traditional carousel, dodgems and mild kiddie rides to thrilling experiences such as the stomach-churning roller-coasters. When it comes to visiting museums, do head out to the Glenbow Museum - showcases the development of the west via Canadian indigenous art, early European depictions of native Canadian peoples, native crafts, fur trade exhibits and so forth.
When it comes to shopping, head over to downtown Calgary for it is the main shopping district, particularly along Stephen Avenue aWlk, a pedestrian walkway brimming with historic buildings housing shops, galleries and restaurants. Calgary is home to an array of fine dining options. One of the delicacies that ought to be sampled is the Alberta Beef.
The stay options in Calgary are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste. Calgary experiences humid continental climate. The best time to visit would be during July and August when the weather is warm and comfortable. The famous Calgary Stampede, the city's renowned rodeo competition, also runs each July.