Calgary, Alberta, Canada is proudly known as the “Heart of the New West,” and rightfully so. With ranching roots traced back to the 1880s and a green, lush presence, thanks to the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is western tradition meets “cosmopolitan flair.” The bustling city of Calgary is nestled in the southwest side of Alberta, just miles from the mountainy playground that is the Canadian Rockies.
Although the city is considered the new west, the past is forever present at places like the Heritage Park Historical Village, where you can experience pre-1915 western Calgary first hand. In addition to the historical village, there’s also the Glenbow Museum where you can learn and discover the history of the west’s settlement and development.
Calgary’s scenic atmosphere is just as captivating as it’s historical prevalence. At the Canada Olympic Park you can go wall climbing, mini-golfing or watch bikers, skaters and luge enthusiasts – or skiers, snowboarders and bobsleigh athletes if you visit in the fall/winter – as they participate in seasonal contests and races.
And what would a vacation be without shopping and dining? In Calgary, the choices are limitless. From the nationally known Stephen Avenue Walk filled with over 1,000 shops and restaurants to theCalgary Eaton Centre/TD Square, which connects five blocks of downtown shopping through an indoor walkway.
Indulge in the arts with a trip to the Art Gallery of Calgary and appreciate the contemporary art exhibitions of the city. Catch the Calgary International Film Festival usually held in late September and early October. With countless signature festivals going on all year round and thrilling rodeo shows there’s always a new discovery around every corner or a new adventure to be had.