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Located in Alberta and situated beside the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is known for its cosmopolitan energy as well as its western appeal; the city is lined with skyscrapers yet boasts the nickname “Cowtown” due to its annual stampede event and rodeo culture.
“Calgary is a destination that balances it’s storied western roots with contemporary architecture,” said Nancy Jackson, manager of travel trade at Tourism Calgary. “Located against the backdrop of natural wonders, Calgary is the ideal basecamp to adventures in Alberta, particularly the Canadian Rockies.”
Immerse in music culture at the National Music Centre, dine at award-winning restaurants and enjoy Western Canada’s largest urban park while in Calgary.
The Calgary Tower defines the city’s skyline, rising more than 600 feet above center downtown. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for special rates and will receive a tour of the tower, along with 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding region. Step out onto the glass floor to get a birds-eye view of Calgary.
Explore “How the West was Once” at Heritage Park — Canada’s largest living history museum. This historical attraction depicts life from the 1860s through the 1930s. Groups will meet fur traders, First Nations people, railway workers and prairie town folk while exploring over 180 buildings and exhibits on 127 scenic acres.
Fort Calgary National Historic Site is the birthplace of the city of Calgary, where in 1875 the North West Mounted Police built a fort at the meeting of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The site hosts an interpretive center filled with exhibits and beautifully restored barracks and is currently constructing a brand new 12,750-sqaure-foot museum.
With its bright red, helical shape, the Peace Bridge is a unique piece of art that defines the Calgary Bow River Pathway and is a must-see for groups. This steel structure was built to support its own weight — with no beams or cables included in the design, making it one of the most distinctive bridges in the world.