Calgary

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Calgary featuring a high-rise building and a city

Canada's third largest city offers a colourful blend of pioneer history, contemporary culture and exciting winter sports.

Once a ranching and farming area, Calgary has seen huge expansion in recent times thanks to its plentiful oil resources. It has grown to be the third largest metropolitan area in the country while still embracing its pioneer past.

For first-time visitors, the city is surprisingly easy to navigate as it's arranged according to a grid system but, to get a literal overview of the city and how it's laid out, make Calgary Tower one of your first stops. This is the highest 360° observation tower in the world and will offer you a clear view of the city's structure.

If possible, try to time your visit to coincide with the Calgary Stampede, the most popular event of the year. Attracting about a million visitors over its 10 days, the festival includes everything from concerts to rodeos, with a bit of bareback bull riding thrown in for good measure!

If you're not in town for the Calgary Stampede, you can still meet the local animal life with a trip to Calgary Zoo. Here you'll find everything from contemporary Canadian wildlife to a recreated dinosaur park. And continuing in the dinosaur theme, Drumheller Valley is always worth a visit. Located around 135 kilometres from the city centre, this area is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which is where you'll find the fossils that the zoo's models are based on.

During the winter, the Canada Olympic Park is an absolute must for active types. With everything from bobsledding to snowboarding, there's plenty here to keep everyone entertained. Alternatively, for those who prefer to stay warm and dry, there are a plethora of art galleries around the Stephen Avenue area, such as the Glenbow Museum, as well as the Jubilee Auditorium, where visitors can catch a Broadway musical or see a ballet.

When dinner time comes around, there's nowhere better to be in Calgary than 17th Avenue S.E., better known as International Avenue. With a diversity of cuisine ranging from Ethiopian and Portuguese to Vietnamese, there's something for every palate imaginable along this street.

As well as the many attractions scattered around the city itself, Calgary is also the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and ski resorts such as Banff and Canmore. The city is also adjacent to the Alberta Badlands, a treasure trove of unusual rock formations and eerie ghost towns.

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
3 out of 5
3515 - 26 Street NE, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$63 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Peter Lougheed Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sunridge Mall and Casino Calgary. ...
3.5/5Good! (3,096 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
3 out of 5
1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$147 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
This family-friendly Calgary hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Peter Lougheed Centre and Sunridge Mall. Deerfoot Mall is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,338 reviews)
"Great place! The room was clean and comfortable. The waterpark was great! It was very quiet when we went and was a lot of fun for all ages. The breakfast buffet and on-site restaurant were great as well. We would recommend it!"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel
Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$132 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Southwest Calgary, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chinook Centre, Rockyview General Hospital and Heritage Park Historical Village. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,306 reviews)

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
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Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
2 out of 5
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$105 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Southwest Calgary, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chinook Centre, Rockyview General Hospital and Stanley Park. Heritage Park Historical ...
3.8/5Good! (1,072 reviews)
"Very clean and maintained"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
3.5 out of 5
1000 2021 100 Avenue North East, S, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$163 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, Cross Iron Mills Mall and Calgary Zoo. McMahon Stadium ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,011 reviews)
"Great service at breakfast!!"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta, Canada
Nuvo Hotel Suites
Nuvo Hotel Suites
3 out of 5
827 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
The price is NZ$134 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Beltline, this boutique aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arrata Opera Centre and Calgary Tower. 17 Avenue SW and CORE Shopping Centre are also ...
3.8/5Good! (867 reviews)
"I appreciated that Safeway was right across from the property."

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Nuvo Hotel Suites
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