Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, Canada, has a rich history. It is nestled in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the Canadian Rockies. The Calgary area’s first known inhabitants were pre-Clovis people. Evidence of these people has been traced back 11,000 years.
The first North West Mounted Police arrived in present day Calgary in September 1875 and built Fort Brisebois where the Elbow and Bow rivers met. The fort was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 as was suggested by Colonel James MacLeod. On January 1, 1834, the city was incorporated under Chapter 33, Ordinance of North-West Territories.
Staying in Calgary
A Hotel in Calgary. Source: Flickr
There are many types of accommodations available in Calgary. Hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels and guest ranches are readily available year round. Apartments for rent in Calgary are also available if you’re staying in the city for an extended length of time.
Staying downtown in Calgary will keep you close to the heart of the city for easy access to dining, shopping, and more. 5 Calgary Downtown Suites Hotel is a wonderful option. They are an all suite hotel and also offer spa services and amenities such as a pool and sauna. You can reach them at 888-561-7666 for more information.
Built in 1910, Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast combines historic charm with modern luxury. It has been designated as a historic site and has been completely restored for an early 20th century feel. Call toll free 866-271-7754 for reservations and other information.
If you’re looking for an adventure, Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations are available. They have three log cabins on the banks of Todd Creek and offer horseback riding, fishing, and more. Call 403-628-2431 for more information.
HI – Calgary City Centre is a comfortable hostel that offers both private and shared rooms in a great downtown Calgary location. They offer a self-catering kitchen, game room, laundry, and more. Call 866-762-4122 for more information on packages and group rates.
Nightlife in Calgary
Night view of the Calgary city. Source: Debtgone
Going out on the town is a great way to experience the city. There are many restaurants, bars, and night clubs to choose from in Calgary. One local favorite is the Unicorn Club. It was owned and founded by the Irish Rovers who named the pub after their song at it’s opening in 1979.
If you’re looking for a night to remember, the Aussie Rules Foodhouse & Bar is a great choice. They set out in 2002 to change the piano bar scene. Visitors experience dueling pianos with cheeky comedy and party-song sing-a-longs. There are even choreographed dance routines to enjoy.
The Roadhouse Night Club is at the epicenter of Calgaryâ€™s downtown club scene. They offer wild parties with five bars and a large dance floor. DJâ€™s spin top-40, dance, and alternative music every Thursday through Sunday night and are available for private parties on the other weekdays. A great sound system and light show has locals and visitors dancing the night away.
Central 899 at Hotel Le Germain Calgary offers a group dining experience. They offer champagne by the flute, old world spirits, and a traditional absinthe fountain as well as cocktails. Central 899 is a great place to meet old friends or make new ones.
Calgary Zoo with the Calgary City as a background. Source: Techcode
The city of Calgary offers attractions for visitors of all ages. From museums and sporting events to the Zoo and science center, there is something available for everyone.
The Calgary Stampede is well known around the world. Millions of tourists from around the globe travel to Calgary in July for this annual family friendly event. The stampede offers rodeos, chuck wagon races, music, shows, and much more.
The Calgary Zoo is open year round and houses animals from all around the world. You can visit animals from the rain forest, Savannah, Canadian wilderness, and more. They also have over five acres of botanical gardens to explore. The zoo offers seasonal displays and a new ENMAX conservatory. The Calgary Zoo also offers several playgrounds for kids, including the Calgary Coop Kids Zone that features a carousel. Zoo Train rides are also available.
Heritage Park Historic Village is a wonderful place to visit. It is Canada’s largest living history museum and features more than 57,000 artifacts and 180 exhibits. The historic park offers a summer seasonal historical village that boasts an old-fashioned bakery, an antique midway, and a candy store. There is also an authentic steam train and a horse wagon to ride. The Heritage Park Historic Villiage is open year round. It also houses the Gasoline Alley Museum, which celebrates the automobile and it’s impact on society. This museum houses 50 antique vehicles and the largest display of petroliana that is open to the public.
Sports are a major attraction in Calgary. The Max Bell Centre is home to the AAA Midget Northstars and Junior A Canucks hockey teams. It also features two ice arenas that can be booked for sporting events. The Scotiabank Saddledome holds over 17,000 people and is the biggest live entertainment venue in Calgary. It is home to the Calgary Flames, a professional ice hockey team that are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. The stadium also offers a restaurant, sports bar, and concession options for spectators.
Spruce Meadows, a world renowned equestrian facility, is also located in Calgary. Visitors are welcome to watch international horse jumping competitions or tour the facility on non-competition days.
Winter in Calgary. So beautiful. Source: Calgary Realestate
Calgary is a wonderful place to visit because there is so much to do. Shopping, sporting events, fine dining, nightlife, and outdoor recreation is all available within a few miles of this fascinating city. There are many things to see and do for both children and adults of all ages. There are also many options for places to stay, whether you are looking for a cabin in the woods or a downtown luxury suite.
Living in Calgary has been compared to Paris, London, Vancouver, and Seattle. It was rated The World’s Cleanest City by Forbes Magazine in 2007. In Calgary you’ll find long days in the summertime and long nights in the winter. It is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.