Calgary has numerous exciting attractions to keep you entertained for days, whether you are visiting Calgary for the weekend or using it as a starting point to get out to the Rocky Mountains and nearby national parks.
The city of Calgary is quite spread out, so learning how to use the public transit network (if you don’t have a car) will be helpful to get to the attractions that are spread throughout the city. Because Calgary is at its best during the summer and none of us wants to spend too much time in the city when it’s -25 degrees out, we’ll look at the summer activities and attractions that make Calgary so unique and fun to explore.
48 hours in Calgary
A visit to the Calgary Tower is a must for first-time visitors. Start your visit off with an overview of the city and its attractions, literally. With sweeping panoramic views from nearly 200 meters in the sky, you can’t find views like this anywhere in Calgary. Also on-site is a unique movie theatre showcasing how the tower was built and fly-through footage of Alberta. There is also a restaurant on-site for great brunches if you are there on the weekend.
After you’ve filled up on views and brunch, spend the afternoon digesting while you gently float downstream on a rafting trip on Bow River. Perfect on those hot, sunny days Calgary is known for, you can explore the city while you float on the river! Numerous rafting companies can set you up with all you need to spend the day out on the water, watching the world go by.
Calgary is full of great bars and restaurants to satisfy your hunger, whether you are looking for cheap eats or 5-star cuisine. The popular option in this cowboy town is, of course, steak, and you’ll find no shortage of steakhouses to satisfy your craving for red meat. After dinner, be sure to head out to the Red Mile, also known as 17th Avenue. This strip of road got its name from residents partying in the team colours of the city’s NHL team when they went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004. Here you’ll find an abundance of pubs, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained until the early morning hours.
Music lovers will want to head over to Studio Bell National Music Centre, Canada’s home for music. Here you can explore the sights, sounds, and even stories of music as you wander the halls, hear from roaming music guides and listen to pop-up musical performances. This is a unique attraction that is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in music.
For those interested in learning about Canada’s history, make sure you visit the Heritage Park, Canada’s largest living history museum. On-site, you’ll find a living village (live performers in costume) showing daily life from the late 1800s in Canada’s frontier territory. You can also enjoy a railway museum with a running train, an operational paddle boat for lake cruises and Gasoline Alley, which showcases one of the world’s largest collections of antique automobiles and all things that ran on gas and oil! You can easily spend all day in this huge area without seeing anything twice.
If you aren’t too tired after your two days of exploring, head over to Cowboys dance club, whose motto is, “The most fun you can have with your boots on.” Get ready to party into the early morning hours as you dance your way to sunrise! For those looking for a quieter evening, learn about Calgary’s spooky history with Calgary Ghost Tours, where their knowledgeable guides will take you on a walking tour of the city, telling you about the scarier aspects of Calgary’s history.
Photo Credit: www.studiobell.ca
You’ve made it! Forty-eight hours in the cowboy capital of Canada. One can easily spend a week here without getting bored. From world-class attractions to top-notch sports teams and exciting outdoor activities, what will you do in Calgary? Do you have any suggestions for exciting things to do in Calgary?