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Calgary Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

Calgary Things to Do

Located at the juncture of the Bow and Elbow River, the Canadian city of Calgary is a popular and highly populated city. Visitors should keep in minds its many attractions and the various things to do in the region.

The Nearby Rocky Mountains

Calgary is approximately 40 minutes from some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Kananaskis Provincial Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, and Kootenay National Park are all easily accessible from Calgary. In fact, each is only between one and two hours from the city. Even if you have only a couple of hours, you can still drive out into the mountains, breathe in the fresh air, and take in the scenery.

Dipping Into Lake Louise

Hiking around Lake Louise at Banff National Park is a very calming experience. No trip to the Calgary area is worth-while without visiting Banff. One of the popular sites in the area is Chateau Lake Louise, which overlooks the waters, but visitors will also find plenty of wildlife in the area. You will also find fresh water springs and plenty of greenery during your stay. The lake is actually entirely man-made, to the surprise of many.

Olympic Park

Canada Olympic Park provides activities for individuals and families all year long. During the winter, it is a small ski hill where the kids can learn to ski and snowboard.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Calgary.


By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

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