Calgary

Breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes welcome you in Calgary. Found just east of the vast Canadian Rockies, Calgary offers the chance to explore natural beauty and a cosmopolitan cityscape in a single day.

Visit Calgary Tower where you can dine, shop and take in 360-degree views of the city. Watch the famous Calgary Stampede Rodeo for a taste of the 'Wild West'; get close to grizzly bears and native wildlife at Calgary Zoo; and ride the rollercoasters at Calaway Park — Western Canada's largest outdoor amusement park! A must-do during your time in Calgary is joining a guided tour across the 'Canadian Badlands' — featuring horse riding, maroon-striped canyons and ancient riverbeds filled with dinosaur bones.

Explore museums, galleries and historic sites, and experience the many festivals that take place throughout the year in Calgary. In the evening, the city centre is bursting with Italian bistros, wine and oyster bars, craft beer breweries, and traditional pubs, among a variety of other lively venues and first-class restaurants.

Experience the diversity of Western Canada with a holiday in Calgary.


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Calgary facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
-5 hours
Currency:
Canadian dollar
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

A great time to visit Calgary is during July, August and September, when days are warm and dry and nights are cool and pleasant. Temperatures can reach between 25°-30°C and sunset is usually at about 22:00. Remember that winters are much colder, with temperatures reaching below 0! Western Canada's climate is generally unpredictable with snow sometimes arriving even in September and in early May. However, cold snaps rarely last longer than a week.

Things to do

Calgary offers a diverse range of activities, from walking in its parks to shopping in its city centre. Visit Canada's Olympic Park — which played host to the Winter Olympics in 1988 — and try skiing, snowboarding, hockey, skating, and bobsleighing! For a great family day out, head to Prince's Island Park with its hiking trails, picnic areas, flower gardens, and water sports on the lake. Admire the city from above in the rotating restaurant of the Calgary Tower or immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere cheering for the city's top sports teams — the Calgary Flames ice hockey team and the Calgary Stampeders football team.

Food and drink

Follow a Calgary craft beer tour and sample some of the region's finest ales while learning about the beer-making process. Big Rock Brewery is Canada's leading craft brewery and is a must-see for enthusiasts with tasting sessions and brewing workshops! The food scene in Calgary offers something for all tastes.

From classic Canadian dishes in stylish restaurants to friendly bistros in small side streets, there's a range of venues to try. Visit award-winning Market for homemade bread, locally-grown ingredients and hand-rolled pastas; Catch for crab, oyster and lobster dishes; and Al Forno Cafe & Bakery for espresso shortbread and chocolate cream puffs. There's a range of coffee shops to relax in by day, along with a diverse mix of stylish cocktail lounges, welcoming pubs and lively nightclubs to enjoy drinks throughout the city.

In the evening

Whether you want a peaceful and relaxing evening or something livelier in the bustling centre of the city, there's something for everyone when it comes to evening entertainment across bars, theatres and nightclubs. Try your luck at one of Calgary's casinos or head to Inglewood Night Markets and find unique souvenirs, street food, live music, and unique handicrafts. Visit Heritage Park for a variety of free concerts; head to Wildhorse Saloon for barbecues and a dancefloor; or go to Railway Cafe — open until late — for drinks and fine food.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.

You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.

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