Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 12, 2023

Exploring Calgary

One of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada, Alberta is located in Western Canada. It is one of the three Prairie Provinces and one of the only two that are landlocked, Saskatchewan being the other. The Great Plains cover the eastern part and the Rocky Mountains the western part. Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and the largest metro area of the three Prairie Provinces.

Back in the 1880s the ten-day Calgary Stampede began and is the highlight of the summer here. Its famous rodeo is called “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” in July. There is a big parade, rodeo competitions, chuck wagon races, concerts, stage shows, a fun fair and so much more. It takes place in Stampede Park.

Only a day trip from Calgary, Banff National Park and the town of Banff offer amazing mountain vistas.

Among the highlights here is Lake Louise known for its turquoise waters surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

Visit the lovely Fairmont Chateau.

You can stroll along the lakeshore trail and great views all around taking the Lake Louise Gondola.

Calgary Zoo dates back to 1917. It is the largest and most visited zoo in Canada. The zoo is located on St. George Island in the Bow River. It is home to more than 1,000 animals including rare and endangered species. Among the highlights are the Land of Lemurs, Destination Africa, and the Canadian Wilds. Children enjoy the Prehistoric Park attraction with full-sized replica dinosaurs.

Heritage Park is a typical village with reconstructed historical buildings and costumed interpreters from four different time periods. Among the highlights here are an 1860 fur-trading fort, a 1930s town square, and you can ride the old steam engine around the park.

You can get a paddlewheel tour boat for a scenic cruise across the Glenmore Reservoir. The reservoir is popular for sailing, canoeing, and rowing.

For breathtaking views head up to the top of the Calgary Tower. The viewing platform has a glass floor and there is a revolving restaurant. It is the tallest structure in the city. You can see a movie here about the building of the tower.

West of the city in the foothills of the mountains are the towers of WinSport. This is home to the Calgary Olympic Park and was the site for the XV Olympic Winter Games in 1988. On the hill you can ski and snowboard. Other sports are bobsled, zipline, toboggan, snow tube, and mountain biking.

Prince’s Island Park is a large green space to the north of downtown Calgary. It is located on an island in the Bow River. The park is adjacent to Eau Claire Market. The park is connected to the mainland by three pedestrian bridges. There are places for walking and biking, In the summer you can enjoy outdoor concerts and plays.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music center is located in the East Village area of Calgary. The structure includes the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Canadien Country Music Hall of Fame Collection. All of these museums have a collection of 2,000 music-related artifacts as well as old and rare instruments. You can enjoy daily performances and concerts. There are educational events and workshops and guided tours are available.

Fish Creek Provincial Park is the second largest in Canada. It offers walking trails through forest areas and along the creek. Some trails connect with others and crisscross the city. The park has been designated a natural area and is home to some 200 different bird species. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and biking.

Core Shopping Center on the 4th level offers something unexpected. Devonian Gardens, indoor gardens with 550 trees, sculptures, fish ponds, fountains, and a 900-square-foot living wall. There are about 10,000 plants.

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