The most fun you can have with your boots on at Calgary, Alberta Canada.

It is impossible to stereotype large and looming Canada with its rugged mountains, Northern Lights, glacier parks, untamed wilderness and culturally sophisticated cities.

And in the middle of the gleeful contrasts that make up this North American country is the cosmopolitan cowtown of Calgary in Alberta – North America’s fastest growing city. The sights that greet you might befuddle at first, like urban cowboys in Hummers. But it’s all part of the Calgary paradox where the spirit of the Wild West mixes happily with economic prosperity and old prairie ways flourish with metropolitan life.

You don’t have to be a spectator to the fun though. You can sample the Old Western way of life by opting for a ranch holiday.

Depending on the type of Holiday package you choose, you can experience a relaxed farm-style holiday on a ranch or up the ante and learn to ride horseback, herd cattle, get lessons in roping, lassoing and branding.  Ranch guests also get to tuck  into the local cuisine, check out country music, dance country-style and enjoy traditional Western hospitality.

Packages also include camping, fishing, golf and hiking. Accommodation varies from ranch houses and cottages to tepees. Things in the city reach a fever pitch during the annual ‘Calgary Stampede’ (July 8 – 17) when millions congregate for 10 days to celebrate cowboy culture in all its glory, including rodeo shows and chuck wagon races.

What is Calgary Stampede  at Alberta Canada?

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”,attracts over one million visitors per year and features the world’s largest rodeo, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.

Stampede Float , Calgary Alberta Canada

Stampede Float , Calgary Alberta Canada

The event’s roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. American promoter Guy Weadick launched his first rodeo and festival in 1912 and returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour soldiers returning from World War I. It became an annual event in 1923 when Weadick’s festival merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.  using theSerach Window you can book Hotel in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

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Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world’s richest rodeos, one of Canada’s largest festivals and a significant tourist attraction for the city. Rodeo and chuckwagon racing events are televised across Canada. However, both have been the target of increasing criticism by animal welfare groups concerned about particular events as well as animal rights organizations seeking to ban rodeo in general.

Calgary’s national and international identity is tied to the event. It is known as the “Stampede City”, carries the informal nickname of “Cowtown” The city takes on a party atmosphere during Stampede: office buildings and storefronts are painted in cowboy themes, residents don western wear and events held across the city include hundreds of pancake breakfasts and barbecues.

Calgary  Holiday at Canada for kids

In large parts of Calgary , Canada due to its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Calgary has traditionally been a popular destination for winter sports.  Since hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics, the city has also been home to a number of major winter sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park (luge, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and some summer sports) and the Olympic Oval (speed skating and hockey). These facilities serve as the primary training venues for a number of competitive athletes. Also, Canada Olympic Park serves as a mountain biking trail in the summer months.

In the summer, the Bow River is very popular among fly-fishermen. Golfing is also an extremely popular activity for Calgarians and the region has a large number of courses.[citation needed]

Calgary hosted the 2009 World Water Ski Championship Festival in August, at the Predator Bay Water Ski Club which is situated approximately 40 kilometres south of the city.

Calgary Holiday at Canada for grown-ups

Party at ‘Cowboys’, a famed Calgary club, which has been known to host Prince Harry and the rock star Prince. Have a Western-style dinner at Peters’ Drive-in which has been around since 1962. Calgary is known for its vibrant food, music and art scene, so go explore.

Getting to Calgary at Canada

There are many international flights flying into Toronto.   From India JetAirways has flights from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai Via Brussels.

 Climate in Calgary at Canada

Calgary experiences a dry humid continental climate  with long, cold, dry, but highly variable winters and short, moderately warm summers. The climate is greatly influenced by the city’s elevation and proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Calgary’s winters can be uncomfortably cold.

  • Winter: November through March
  • Spring: April through May
  • Summer: June through August
  • Autumn: September through October

Reaching the City from Calgary airport

Taxi: ($40-$45 typically) Should take 20 minutes on a good day.

Private shuttles ($15/adult): These offer scheduled service to downtown hotels. Many hotels also operate their own free shuttle buses.

Calgary Transit bus 300-Airport/City Centre: ($8 one-way, $10.75 round trip. Buy a ticket at Mac’s convenience stores in the terminal, or pay exact change on board). This fully accessible express bus leaves the airport every 30 minutes. Board at bus bay 20 on the arrivals level. Travel time to downtown is estimated at 30-45 minutes.
Car rentals: are also available as at any airport.
Calgary Website: For connections to other parts of the city by transit, consult the Calgary Transit website.
By car: Calgary is just over an hour’s drive East of Banff on the Transcanada highway, #1, and about 3 hours South of Edmonton on highway #2. From the USA side, use the I-15 Fwy. Calgary is about 200 miles north of the border.

For Your Knowledge

We have Selected few important places you must visit in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Prince’s Island Park:  Situated immediately north of Eau Claire in the Bow River. Calgary’s largest inner city park is an island with a number of pleasant trails for walking and relaxing. In the summer, it plays host to Shakespeare in the Park  and it is also the site of two of the city’s largest annual festivals:

  • the Calgary Folk Music Festival and
  • Carifest – Calgary’s annual festival celebrating the city’s large West Indian population
At Prince Island Park , Calgary , Alberta Canada

At Prince Island Park , Calgary , Alberta Canada

Barclay Parade: Barclay Mall is a pedestrian mall that runs from Eau Claire on the north to Stephen Avenue in the south. It is home to a number of high end shops and encompasses the Penny Lane Entertainment District.
Stephen Avenue Walk: As one of Calgary’s most famous streets, Stephen Avenue was declared a National Historic District by the Canadian Government. It is a major venue for boutique shopping, bars, pubs and restaurants. The mall is free of traffic throughout most of the day.
Glenbow Museum: Western Canada’s largest museum, with over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space spreading over three floors. More than 20 galleries are filled with artifacts from Glenbow’s collection of over a million objects, emphasizing local history.

Glenbow Museum Calgary Telus World of Science Calgary:  Canada’s first purpose-built New Science Centre in over 25 years is a place where people of all ages and abilities can put their imagination into action. Our new exhibit galleries ignite creativity. Our Discovery Leaders fuel curiosity.

Telus world of science calgary

Telus world of science calgary

Our workshops, events and programs generate fervour for lifelong learning, which we wholeheartedly share and embrace. Over one hundred hands-on exhibits Four exhibit galleries, plus a travelling exhibition gallery.  An expanded and enhanced Creative Kids Museum Calgary’s only HD digital Dome Theatre, A new Presentation Theatre and Learning Centre A 10,000 square-foot atrium, perfect for signature events A four-acre outdoor park, and so much more.
Stampede Grounds: The site of Calgary’s world-famous exhibition and rodeo, the Calgary Stampede grounds are located on the east end of the Beltline in Victoria Park.

Map of Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Have an excellent holiday at Calgary