There is no shortage of things to do in Calgary.
It’s the city where the Prairies end, and the foothills begin. The Heart of The New West. Cow Town. Stampede City. No Canadian city has as many nicknames as C-Town (that’s one more, for good measure).
Why is that? It’s because things happen here. If it’s not rolling out the red carpet for the Olympics, it’s hosting annually the world’s largest rodeo.
But there is more to Calgary than that — something more nuanced. This multicultural, vibrant, fun-loving city offers so much for residents and visitors alike that it can be difficult to find a place to start.
That’s why this list of 10 things to do in Calgary has been created. Now get out there and start enjoying Calgary!
1. Why the Stampede is one of the great things to do in Calgary.
This 10-day extravaganza usually kicks off in early July, and is one of the best things to do in Calgary each year.
Over one million people descend to the city to don their cowboy attire and enjoy the festival atmosphere. If you want to experience more of a carnival buzz, head down to the Stampede grounds (which can be accessed via the C-Train) and take it all in.
Events you should go to include the Rodeo and the Grandstand shows. If you do choose to go down to the Stampede grounds, try to arrive early and sample some of the unique foods on offer. You’ll find crocodile burgers, bacon wrapped corn, scorpion pizza, deep fried donut bacon cheeseburgers, skittles candy apples, and much more.
The food itself is always a very valid reason to get down to the Stampede grounds. The weather during Stampede is typically sunny and warm too, so it’s the perfect way to spend a July weekend.