April 30 Fly to Calgary
Located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies where the plains meet the mountains, Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and gateway to the scenic alpine wonders of its mountains, not to mention the boundless recreational opportunities there.
Calgary is just 129 kilometers east of Banff, making it just a few hours away by car from the heart of the Canadian Rockies. During the spring, summer and autumn months The Rocky Mountaineer train also connects downtown Calgary to Vancouver via Banff. Served by Canada’s fourth-largest airport, Calgary International, Calgary is the perfect place for your Canadian Rockies vacation or holiday to begin or end.
But Calgary is an excellent vacation destination in its own right. Home to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary is more than just a gateway to mountains and winter sports. With an eclectic downtown mix of restaurants, bars, and clubs – not to mention professional hockey and football – and an assortment of hotels and other accommodations, there is plenty to see and do in this Canadian city of 1 million.
While Calgary is a modern city, it hasn’t forgotten its Western roots. It is home to the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede, held at the beginning of every July. Events include the Rodeo, Chuckwagon Races, and Grandstand Show among others. If you want to attend the Stampede, however, book early, because the city fills up quickly around that time, and rooms are scarce.
Shopping at Core Mall and Chinook Mall
Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
May 1 City tour of Calgary
Breakfast at OEB
Heritage Park is a living history museum located on 127 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir, along the city’s southwestern edge.
As Canada’s largest living history museum by number of exhibits, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions.
Heritage Park is a recreation of late 19th and early 20th century Alberta. Most of the buildings are historical and authentic and were transported to the park to be placed on display.
Gasoline Alley Museum – Vintage Car Museum
Prince Island Park
Calgary’s original main street and this historical neighborhood has managed to keep its charm. Trendy restaurants, charming shops, and classic meeting spots make this neighborhood perfect for families and hipsters alike. It’s sure to make you feel like you’re in a small town even with the downtown Calgary skyline just across the river.
Lunch at Gorilla Whale
Dinner At Deane House
Outlet Shopping at Cross Iron Mills. Just 20mins North of Downtown Calgary