Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains. The City is young and modern, having recreated itself from regional town to major Canadian city over the past 25 years.
The downtown core is a mass of modern steel and glass high-rises built during the oil boom of the 70’s and 80’s. Crisscrossing downtown is the ‘Plus 15’ walking system – a series of interconnecting, enclosed sidewalks, which are at least 5m above ground. In total there are 47 bridges and 12km of public walkway that link downtown stores, four malls and office buildings to protect pedestrians from the weather.
Well worth a visit is the Calgary Tower. This building is a landmark and symbol of the city. The 191 metre tower houses a revolving restaurant, an observation gallery and at the top a cocktail lounge. These offer spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Olympic Park and the Saddledome as well as the city itself. Eau Claire Market is a colourful indoor market filled with stalls and speciality shops and restaurants.
The Calgary Stampede, held in July, is undoubtedly Calgary’s best known visitor attraction and features a large parade and a world class rodeo. Hotel and event bookings at this time are essential.