Calgary is nestled in the Foothills of the Canadian Rockies. The city holds over 1 million people and is the largest city in Alberta. It boasts an impressive skyline, with a view of the mountain range to the west, less than 100kms away. As such, winter sports are very popular in this 1988 Olympic city. Downhill mountain skiing is only a short drive or bus ride away. For those looking for closer fun, Canada Olympic Park is located within city limits and offers downhill skiing, bobsled tracks, luge and ski jumping, as well as miniature golf and downhill biking in the summer time.
City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada has two major rivers, the Bow and the Elbow and two large public parks, Nose Hill and Fish Creek, within the city limits. This offers an opportunity to experience nature without leaving Calgary's limits.
The major sports team is the Calgary Flames, the NHL hockey franchise. During the playoff run in 2004, Calgary's 17th avenue, a hot spot for bars and pubs, became The Red Mile and has remained popular ever since. For the more low-key crowd, The Ship and Anchor (the "Ship" to the locals) and The Rose and Crown are the places to be. Both frequently have live bands playing and excellent patios. For the upscale set, you'll find your scene at Bungalow and Milk Tiger.
Calgary has plenty of family playgrounds as well. Heritage Park gives you a blast to the past, when Calgary was being settled. You can ride the train around the park and visit the old fashioned Candy Shoppe and enjoy your lunch overlooking the Glenmore Reservoir watching sailboats float by. Spruce Meadows is also a great time for the whole family. Consistently ranked in the top three international show jumping facilities, it has events running year round, from show jumping tournaments to Christmas markets.
Calgary, Alberta has a burgeoning arts and culinary scene, despite its reputation as a "redneck oil and gas town," with events running year round at Art Central and the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts. You'll also find many upscale restaurants with excellent, innovative food choices scattered throughout the city. Buchanan's is a long running favorite for steak and scotch whisky, while you'll find excellent fusion cuisine at Muse.
Every second week in July, the Calgary Stampede takes place for 10 days. Hailed as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Stampede attracts visitors and locals to witness the spectacle.