Alberta’s southern gateway and full of life and entertainment. Look for bargains or designer pieces in the Stephen Avenue, Kensington and Eau Claire market districts. Alternatively check-out Canada’s settler and first nation history at the outstanding Glenbow Museum. Take a stroll in Princes Island Park, an quiet urban idyll beside the Bow River in the north of the city, where you’ll find nature trails, picnic area and band-stands.
You can sleep next to elephants or giraffes in Calgary Zoo’s Destination Africa Pavilion or get your adrenalin pumping at Canada Olympic Park with its hair-raising ski jumps. Remember Calgary is a real cowboy heartland, where the spirit of the real Wild West continues to this day. Each July, the Calgary Stampede storms into town, with bucking broncos and action-packed chuckwagon races.