Calgary, known as the Heart of the New West, is an amazing city that combines old and new, creating an environment for all to enjoy. Whether you enjoy the outdoors or the cosmopolitan life you will love Calgary and its wide-open skies.
Calgary can be looked upon as one huge playground for the outdoor enthusiast. It is only an hour away from the Canadian Rockies, which are a majestic setting of beautiful mountains. Calgary is perfect for skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling in the winter. During the summer you can go horseback riding, hiking and biking. Then there is the world famous Calgary Stampede. For ten days in July you can saddle up and see everything the Stampede has to offer. Enjoy chuckwagon racing, stock shows and more. Try to catch a show at the Grand Stand to complete your western experience. Feel the need for a bit more of the old west? Head on over to the Heritage Park Historical Village. You will find the largest living historical village in all of Canada as it recreates Western Living pre-1915. It will make you appreciate all the modern amenities we have grown accustomed to.
There are many great sites to see in Calgary. One that cannot be missed is the Calgary Tower. You will have an easy time finding it since it stands 626 feet tall (189 meters) in downtown Calgary. You will enjoy an amazing view of the city and the Rockies at the top. Another site is the Devonian Gardens. Also located in the downtown area, it is an indoor park that spans three levels. It has one of the worlds largest indoor parks and is home to 20,000 plants, more than 135 varieties of flora, waterfalls, fish and turtles.
When you have seen the great outdoors and finished site seeing, you can enjoy the many shopping venues Calgary has to offer. A unique shopping experience can be had at Stephen Avenue Walk. Located on Calgarys historic main street it is filled with people shopping in the boutiques and galleries. Enjoy the buskers, artists and performers that line the street as you stroll from one store to the other. It is also home to fantastic restaurants and pubs. Another great shopping place is Market Mall. It boasts over 200 shops and is one of Calgary's largest shopping centers.
Calgary has the unique ability of combining outdoor adventure with cultural attractions. Enjoy the museums and fine dining or put on a pair of chaps and ride into the sunset. Dance the night away or shop till you drop. However you spend your time in Calgary, you will love every minute of it.