As the largest city in Alberta, Calgary is an important center of tourism and trade for the western prairies. Calgary is also considered as the heart of the biggest metropolitan area which is between Vancouver and Toronto. Thousands of tourist flock to this interesting city , as it offers a myriad of attractions and destinations that would be a delight to all types of travelers and tourists. Here are some places that would be great to visit.
1. Telus World of Science
This is one of the best attractions to visit especially for those who would be traveling with their family and kids. It features a telescope and a planetarium, as well as two exhibit halls and a large-domed theater, providing plenty of things to see and learn.
2. Glenbow Museum
This is the largest museum in Western Canada, with more than 93,000 square feet of space that houses over 20 galleries. The extensive array of collections mainly focus the local history of Calgary and Canada.
3. Fort Calgary Historic Park
Before Calgary became a city back in 1894, it was where Fort Calgary can be found. Today, the fort is the oldest historic monument in the city and is visited by many tourists every year.
4. The Military Museums
This is Canada’s second most extensive military museum after Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum. The Military Museums features galleries that are mainly devoted to the four local Army regiments, along with their service during the Boer War, the Cold War, the Korean War and the World Wars.
5. Calgary Stampede Grounds
This is the site of the world-famous rodeo and exhibition of Calgary. It is situated in Victoria Park, on the Beltline’s east end. It is where the Calgary Stampede is held every July. Aside from this, it also has a casino and a conference and exhibition center.
6. Prince’s Island Park
This is the largest inner city park in Calgary that features many beautiful trails where visitors can walk and relax. It is where Shakespeare in the Park, Carifest and the Calgary Folk Music Festival are held.
7. Calgary Tower
Although not as impressive as Toronto’s CN Tower, the Calgary Tower does offer a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding areas. If you would be visiting on a clear day, you should be able to see the Rockies on the west side. Aside from an observation deck, the tower has a revolving gourmet restaurant and a bar.
An interesting place to visit, Chinatown is located on the northeastern area of the downtown Calgary. It is the center of Asian Diaspora in the city. It offers a dense network of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and many other Asian restaurants and shops, as well as housing and cultural facilities.
9. Calgary Zoo
This is a world-class zoo that has more than 1,000 animal species on display. Aside from this, it also has a Prehistoric Park and a Botanical Garden. Calgary Zoo is Canada’s second largest zoo and is one of the most family-friendly tourist attractions in the city.