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Situated between the Canadian Prairies and the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta. Calgary is one of the most sought-after family holiday destinations in North America and known for its cosmopolitan vibe, delicious food, fantastic shopping opportunities, and year-round outdoor activities. Whether its summer or winter, this city charms its visitors all season. In winter, Calgary becomes a skiing paradise and draws thousands of skiers and riders from across the globe. Rent a car in Calgary and explore the stampede city at your leisure.

It's your choice: Where to go in Calgary

Rent a car in Calgary to enjoy the flexibility to discover the city's creative and cultural atmosphere. Soak up some artistic vibe by visiting the Herringer Kiss Gallery, the Esker Foundation, and the Art Gallery of Calgary. The Contemporary Calgary and the Newzones Gallery are also well worth your time. For even more art, and maybe on a rainy day, plan a visit to some of the most famous museums in the city. The relaxing atmosphere lets you browse through the extensive collections at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Glenbow Museum. Spend some time at the Discovery Dome to learn about the natural environment and technological advances. You can peek into the city's spiritual side by taking a tour of the St. Paul's Anglican Church and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. The St. Mary's Cathedral and Sacred Heart Church are other two iconic sacred sites. The Chinese Cultural Centre, country's largest cultural Centre is also worth scheduling a trip.

Things to do in Calgary

Stop by the Calgary Tower to take in the stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy a cocktail or appetizers at the revolving restaurant as you go up the tower. You kids will love spending some quality time at Calgary Zoo and get a feel of wilderness from across the globe including mountain gorillas and rare giant pandas. The zoo is home to over 1000 animals, botanical gardens, Centre for Conservation and Research and a butterfly conservatory. If you're seeking more family-friendly fun, rent a car in Calgary and head over to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Iron Horse Park. Pack your picnic basket and get close to nature in some of the city's beautiful urban parks, including the Nose Hill Park and the Prince's Island Park. You'll also love your time at George Lane Park, which offer plenty of lush green space.

Important info about Calgary

The famous Calgary Stampede is one of Canada’s biggest rodeos and annual festival held every July in the city, featuring pancake breakfasts and plenty of cowboy-style entertainment. The ten-day event attracts millions of visitors every year from around the world and includes rodeo competitions, the colourful parade, stage shows, agricultural competitions, and First Nations exhibitions. Whether vegetarian feasts, gourmet sushi, grass-fed beef, or traditionally cooked pizzas, Calgary is famous for its thriving food scene. The best times to sample the city's diverse cuisine are during the two major food festivals which include Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival (May) and Taste of Calgary, (mid-August).

Weather in Calgary
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Country Canada
Language English
Currency Canadian dollar
Time-Zones Mountain Standard Time, GMT-7
Country Code +1

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Calgary is one of Canada's least congested cities which make driving in and around the city an enjoyable experience. You need to be 18 years or older to obtain an International Driving Permit to drive on Calgary roads. Using hand-held mobile phones and electronic devices like video games, cameras or laptops are strictly forbidden while driving. The minimum and maximum speed limit on the highway is 60km/h and 100km/h respectively. Calgary's blood-alcohol regulation is strict compared to some of the European countries. It is an offense to drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%. In Calgary, all occupants in the car must wear seatbelts and the driver needs to drive on the right side. Kids above the age of 12 are permitted to sit in the front seat.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Calgary

There are many popular neighbouring destinations for visitors which are easily accessible when you book a rental car in Calgary. Banff is a charming resort town and one of the renowned holiday destinations nestled along the Banff National Park. Banff is about 1.5-hour drive from Calgary via the AB-1. The Banff National Park offers miles of breathtaking scenery, ski resorts, and lakes. Conveniently located between Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer is famous for its diverse range of outdoor attractions including The Waskasoo Park, Bower Ponds, and Fort Normandeau. Known as “Canada’s Festival City", Edmonton is just a short drive away, and home to North America's largest shopping mall – West Edmonton Mall which houses a skating rink, a wave pool, casino, roller coaster, and a shooting range.

What to bring to your friends from Calgary

You'll find a wide range of memorable gifts and souvenirs for your friends in Calgary. Canada is known to be one of world's largest producers of maple syrup, exporting to more than 50 countries. Maple cookies, maple butter, or maple confectionary – grab anything made with Canadian maple for your foodie friend. Pick a mouth-watering gift basket from Our Daily Brett, which includes a variety of comfort foods such as kale crisps, crostini, biscotti, and more. For little family members, consider purchasing a cute moose, and beaver stuffed toy, two of Canada's iconic animals and best friends. Or get a cute jewellery travel pouch by Cinder & Sage to help keep jewellery and small accessories organised. A bottle of Canadian Ice Wine can also be a fantastic souvenir from your trip, the award-winning dessert wine is known for its rich flavours and unsurpassed smoothness.