a quick tour of Calgary, Alberta

In recent posts, I’ve shared with you about the amazing writers’ events I’ve attended in Calgary and the great chocolate I’ve found in this dynamic Canadian city. In this week’s post, I’d like to give you a quick tour of some of the other reasons to visit Calgary, Alberta.

Calgary is a high-powered city. As home to the leaders of Canada’s energy industry, you will find noteworthy head offices of many of Canada’s oil and gas companies such as Enbridge Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., and Husky Energy Inc. If you take a walk or drive through downtown Calgary, you’ll see the longstanding Calgary Tower pictured above and the magnificent Bow Tower below–boasting the title as Canada’s second tallest building and headquarters for natural gas giant Encana Corp.

The Wonderland sculpture in front of the Bow Tower in downtown Calgary is an impressive work of art.
Calgary’s unique architecture is worth mentioning. The Scotiabank Saddledome (shaped like a saddle as a tribute to the Calgary Stampede and local horse community) is a Calgary landmark where NHL hockey games are played and many concerts and entertainment events are held.

If you love horses, ranches, and western style equestrian events, you may wish to time your visit for the Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July. There are year-round events held in Stampede Park to keep the spirit alive. Check the link below for details on Calgary events and activities. But be sure to leave yourself some time to venture outside the city limits!

Calgary, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and at just an hour to Canmore and a 90-minute drive to Banff National Park, is considered the Gateway to the Rockies. We did a day-trip from a convention we were attending in Calgary and made our way to Canmore so that we could enjoy a lovely alpine hike. How fortunate Calgary is to have the Rockies as its playground!

Have you been to Calgary? If so, do you have a special memory you’d like to share with us? I didn’t have time to visit the new downtown library or music centre, but both of the buildings look intriguing and make me want to plan another return trip to Calgary soon.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

20 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Calgary. A very friendly city.

    • Hi Janet & thx for stopping by. Yes, I,too, find Calgary to be a very friendly city. Would love to go back for a leisurely trip. The last 3x I’ve been there have been for conferences, so never enough free/Leisure time.

  2. Bob Bott says:

    The Peace Bridge is worth seeing too when you’re in Calgary. There’s also one new chocolaatier you’ll want to check out.

  3. Beverly says:

    My brother lives in Calgary and I have enjoyed exploring this fabulous city when I have visited him. I, too, would like to visit the downtown library and the music centre.

  4. Margaret Anne Fehr says:

    Hi Doreen,
    I’ve heard tell that there are plans to demolish the Saddle Dome but I’m wondering what they can possibly replace it with that’s more emblematic of the city. It’s going to be a hard act to follow, IMHO.

  5. I’ve been wanting to make a trip to the Canadian Rockies. I admit to an ignorance of Canadian geography that afflicts many of your neighbors south of the border, so I didn’t realize that Calgary is so close. When I think of Canada, I assume that everywhere is impossibly far from everywhere else. I’m obviously sadly misinformed. I’ve pinned this to my Canada Pinterest board so I can recheck it when I’m planning our western Canada trip.

    • Super, Suzanne. Yes, Canada is indeed a huge country, and very often you do have to drive very far to get from one place to another. But southern Alberta is quite amazing. As mentioned, so close to Banff. And Banff is very close to Jasper National Park which is equally amazing. I hope you get to check this region out soon.
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  6. Love the head sculpture–intriguing! Calgary has been on my list for years–so many places to see on our continent!

    • Hi RoseMary. I think you’d love Calgary, as you are a big fan of Montana. There are many similarities between Montana and Alberta, so you no doubt would love the rugged mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, and hiking opportunities the province has to offer.

  7. I’ve never been to Calgary. There looks like a lot of things to see and do. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  8. Jackie K Smith says:

    Calgary and its Stampede are how we’ve always thought of the city that used to be somewhat a ‘neighbor to the north’ when we lived in Washington State. I think of it as the ‘old West’ and it is good to be reminded that it is so much more!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jackie. Yes, Calgary is best known for the Stampede and it’s cool to see how they’ve expanded to have year-round Stampede events to keep the spirit alive and expand their audience. You’d be surprised how the city has grown and really embraced their green space.

  9. Bola says:

    Doreen, I would love to experience horse riding in Calgary! I can hear your excitement and glad you enjoyed yourself.

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