Calgary is located at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers, and has a population of 1.2 million people, making it the largest city in Alberta. This vibrant city’s history dates back to 1875 when the North West Mounted Police found the ideal place to build a fort. Colonel James McLeod came up with the name “Fort Calgary”, after his home in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Fort Calgary today to discover the rich scarlet history of the North West Mounted Police. It is located just east of downtown on 9th Avenue South.
Calgary is home to many other world-class attractions. Telus Spark is a science museum that is located just north of the Calgary Zoo on St. Georges Drive. Back in 1967, it was founded as the Centennial Planetarium, making 2017 their 50th Anniversary. They kicked off the celebrations with a Star Trek event at the beginning of February, and the party will continue all year. Because 2017 is also Canada’s 150th birthday, Spark will be celebrating 150 years of innovation. For more information about the exciting events and exhibits they will be hosting be sure to check out sparkscience.ca.
As a cultural cornerstone in Calgary for 50 years, The Glenbow Museum is where extraordinary art and artifacts from around the world connect with intriguing stories from Western Canada. A permanent gallery, Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta presents the story of Southern Alberta through the stories of 48 mavericks. Adventurous and hard-working, these spirited men & women helped shape Alberta into what it is today. It is open Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm and Sundays from noon – 5pm.
The Calgary Tower is another “must-see”, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018! It opened to the public on June 30, 1968 as the tallest structure in Calgary. Located 191 metres above the downtown core, on the Observation Deck you’ll experience a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and the prairies. Dine in the rotating restaurant or stand on the amazing glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below. The Calgary Tower is open 364 days a year from 9am – 9pm (10pm during the summer).Other attractions include Heritage Park, Canada Olympic Park, Calaway Park, Spruce Meadows and the Military Museum.
Calgary also hosts a number of annual festivals and events. They include: the Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Beakerhead Arts, Science and Engineering Festival, FunnyFest, Folk Festival, Greek Festival, GlobalFest, the Calgary Fringe Festival, Summerstock, Calgary Pride, and many more. visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/festivals
Every July, The Calgary Stampede hosts more than 1 million attendees to the greatest outdoor show on earth during a 10 day celebration of our authentic western heritage. To learn more, pick up a copy of Experience the Cowboy Trails.