Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area.
Calgary holds many major annual festivals which include the Calgary Stampede, the Folk Music Festival, the Lilac Festival, One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts.
As a relatively ethnically diverse city, Calgary also has a number of multicultural areas and assets. It has one of the largest Chinatowns in Canada, as well as a Little Italy in the Bridgeland neighbourhood.
Here are some things you can do and places you can visit:
- Calaway Park is an amusement park just to the west of Calgary.
- Calgary Corn Maze is great for kids, with a puzzling maze, petting zoo and pumpkin patch.
- The Calgary Tower is the city’s most recognizable landmark.
- The Calgary Zoo is one of Canada’s finest.
- Canada Olympic Park is a year-round sports and tourist attraction with ski runs, biking trails, a zip line and more.
- Fort Calgary Historic Park is where Calgary got its start, and today offers visitors the chance to explore the city’s history.
- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Calgary with a museum of Blackfoot First Nation culture.
- Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living historical village.
- Spruce Meadows is a world-class showjumping venue in southwest Calgary.
- TELUS Spark, Calgary's new science centre, has exhibits and programs to ignite a sense of wonder and excitement.