Introduction to Calgary

Brush up on your yee-haws and dust off your cowboy hat – it’s time to head on down to Cow Town. No longer is Calgary just Alberta’s gateway to the Canadian wilderness. It’s home to one of the world’s biggest rodeos on earth as well as a youthful population (and booming oil industry) who are transforming this city into a hip locale in its own right.

For some chuck wagon, barrel racing, bull riding, bronco bucking and steer wrestling fun, try Calgary Stampede in July. Not only do you get to enjoy 10-days of events with some million other visitors, there’s also free breakfasts, summer sunshine and stunning views of the Canadian Rockies and prairies. And did we mention the party atmosphere? It’s electrifying!

Calgary is the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains and all of the winter sports and eco tourism goodness they contain be it skiing, hiking, bear spotting, kayaking and beyond. Before you head out into the wild, brush up on your local history at Heritage Park Historical Village or get your winter sport basics down at Canada Olympic Park, home of 1988 winter games.

Calgary’s street cred with travelers is on the up thanks to new bars, restaurants and boutiques in places like Kensington. But, if you wanna get your honky-tonk on with true cowhands (we mean dancing, y’all), there’s plenty of ranchmen’s digs to frequent on the weekends. From Indie to country, a small cover charge unlocks a realm of live music possibilities downtown and beyond.

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