It’s Tourism Week in Canada, an initiative that brings attention to the endless benefits of tourism for cities across Canada. Not only does tourism into Canada create economic growth, but being a tourist in your own city allows you to support your own community.
Remember what Calgary is like to a tourist, here’s the top ten things to see and do in our city:
- Fort Calgary: spend a day in historic Calgary, as guests are invited to learn and explore Fort Calgary at their own leisure. The exhibits combine the story of the arrival of Northwest Mounted Police, building of Fort Calgary and development of our city. (website | 750 9 Avenue SE)
- Calgary Stampede: this 10-day festival is called the ‘greatest outdoor show on Earth’, and for good reason. From July 8-17, people come from all over Alberta and the world to take in the rodeo, rides, music, food and attractions happening at the Stampede grounds. (website | 1410 Olympic Way SE)
- Calgary Tower: check out the amazing view of the city almost every day of the year (closed on Christmas). (website | 101 – 9 Avenue SW)
- Heritage Park: another historic tour of Calgary can be found in this unique park where history is alive and in working condition! Explore Western Canada from the 1860s to 1950s. This is a living history museum with restaurants, events, rides and much more. (website | 1900 Heritage Drive SW)
- Calgary Zoo: from the Rocky Mountains to Africa, the Calgary Zoo lets you see over 1,000 animals. Be sure to check out the dinosaur park, penguins and see Zoo Lights in the winter. (website | 1300 Zoo Road NE)
- Telus Spark: discovery science, technology and art at this purpose-built science centre, where learning is interactive. Explore the exhibits or attend a special event. (website | 220 St. George’s Drive NE)
- Glenbow Museum: a cultural cornerstone for over 50 years in Calgary, the Glenbow brings art, culture and the world to our city. Be sure to check it out free the first Thursday of each month. (website | 130 – 9 Avenue SE)
- Calaway Park: spend a day of fun at the park with 32 family-friendly rides, entertainment, food and games. (website | 245033 Range Road 33)
- The Military Museums: check out the history of Canada’s navy, army and air force and explore the First and Second World Wars right in Calgary. (website | 4520 Crowchild Trail SW)
- National Music Centre: although the NMC isn’t fully finished construction yet, it’s going to be a fantastic spot. In their new home at Studio Bell, the NMC will preserve Canada’s music history with programming, performances and exhibitions. (website | 850 – 4 Street SE)
If you’re looking for more things to do in and around Calgary, Tourism Calgary is a great resource.