Close to the world famous Canadian Rockies, Calgary’s International Airport is a favourite destination to start or end your Canadian travel adventure.
It’s worth to spend a few hours around downtown Calgary. Even if you’re on vacation in Canada solely for the fabulous natural scenery and exciting wildlife!
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1875 - Calgary is founded by the North-West Mounted Police.
1883 - The railway arrived, and with it, cowboys settled in the area, as pieces of land were
leased for just 1 cent per acre!
1912 - the first Stampede: ‘the largest Wild West show on earth’.
1914 - Local farmers became rich by the discovery of oil in the region (Turner Valley).
1988 – Calgary Winter Olympics
Today - With a population of over 1 million, Calgary is Alberta’s largest city.
The oil and gas industry are still one of the leading branches in the ‘Heart of the New West’.
From my experiences as a tour guide, I hereby list my favourite Calgary highlights.
All of the described highlights are marked on the map of Calgary.
Viewpoint downtown Calgary
The downtown viewpoint is my ‘secret’ free alternative for the Calgary Tower.
This viewpoint offers a splendid view of
From Calgary International Airport, it takes about 20-25 min. to get to this viewpoint.
Declared as a National Historic Site in 2002, Stephen Avenue (1880) is nice for a stroll, shopping or to enjoy lunch.
Historic buildings accommodate exclusive boutiques, shopping centres with high-end retail, and the finest restaurants.
The ‘Devonian Gardens’ are botanical gardens inside the Scotia shopping centre at Stephen Avenue.
These, -1 hectare- indoor gardens count over 550 palm trees, several fishponds and many flowering shrubs.
Every year -starting the first weekend of July and the following ten days- downtown Calgary is home to the largest Wild West show on earth.
Calgary's speed skating oval, built for the 1988 winter Olympics and home the fastest ice in the world.
If your road trip ends in Calgary and you have some time left before your departure, I advise you to visit Calgary’s heritage park.
In this historic village, you seem to be in the early West. Costumed interpreters educate and entertain guests of all ages. Heritage Park’s exhibits span the early 1860s fur trade to the petroleum and automobile-dominated 1950s.
Visit Calgary for more visitor information such as restaurants, other things to do, and accommodation in Calgary.
Use the map within this website or access each map in a separate full screen window by clicking the [ ] in the upper right corner (recommended).
The map contains 3 layers.
1. my favourite highlights within Calgary.
2. a selection of my favourite sightseeing and activities in Banff and near surroundings.
3. facts along Hwy1 west, between Calgary and Banff
Check or uncheck the box of each layer to hide or show the specific highlights per location.
Place marks and icons
Points of interest are place-marked on the most accurate position in the map. The icon visualizes the nature of the site.
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Module 2: Road trip Calgary to Banff
Module 3: Sightseeing Banff
Module 4: From Banff to Lake Louise, Alberta
Module 5: Yoho National Park
Module 6: Best road trip: Icefields Parkway
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