Calgary, AB is perfectly situated in the foothills of the incredible Canadian Rocky Mountains. The city limits are within a 1 hour drive to Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country, a legendary ski and mountaineering destination. Calgary offers visitors alternating views of rugged mountain peaks and golden, rolling prairies. The glacier-fed Bow River flows right through the city, providing lush riverside parks and walking trails plus some of the best fly-fishing in North America. With a population of 1.2 million people, Calgary is the 3rd largest municipality in Canada.
Calgary is full of things to see, do, enjoy, savour and appreciate. In the downtown alone, you can discover over 1,000 shops, 200 restaurants and eateries, and 50 nightclubs and pubs. There are also 18 major tourist attractions, several parks and pathways and 23 major annual festivals under the gleaming office towers.
Calgary has a reputation for unstoppable energy, with world-renowned events, adrenaline-packed attractions, a history rich with entrepreneurial spirit, an enthusiastic cultural scene and some of the world’s finest outdoor recreation opportunities. No matter the season, there is always something exciting happening here — from an array of music, food and cultural festivals all summer long, to professional sporting events, concerts and of course the world-famous Calgary Stampede.
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Surroundings & Activities
Calgary is set on a backdrop of mountain majesty. Just over an hour from the city limits, you can test your own limits with hiking, climbing, camping, whitewater rafting and a myriad of other outdoor adventures. And, if a more relaxed pace is more your style, the Alberta Rockies are more than happy to oblige with breathtaking scenery, cool glacial lakes and waterfalls to picnic by, abundant wildlife sightings and a host of interesting historical and cultural stops in and around the towns of Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise. Soak in a natural hot spring. Ride a chairlift to one of the world’s best Grizzly Bear viewing locations. Or set foot on a glacier.
Calgary is alive with energy all year round. But for ten incredible days in July, everything gets cranked up a few notches and that intensity carries on throughout the whole summer. We’re talking, of course, about The Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth. You’ll wave, hoot and holler on the sidelines of one of Canada’s most decked-out parades. You’ll flip over free, western-style pancake breakfasts served daily all over the city. You’ll feel your heart race as you watch one of the roughest and richest rodeos, the world’s top chuckwagon races, the nightly grandstand show and North America’s largest mobile midway.
And just when you thought you’d seen and done it all, you’ll be swept away on a western beat, and find yourself dancing and celebrating until the wee hours. It’s all part of an experience that locals call “Stampeding” — and you can’t do it anywhere but in Calgary!
The Calgary Stampede
The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
Just in time for the Dabrowski Congress. The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, and chuckwagon races.
Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world’s richest rodeos, one of Canada’s largest festivals and a significant tourist attraction for the city. Rodeo and chuckwagon racing events are televised across Canada. For more information – Visit The Calgary Stampede
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