10 Reasons to Come to Calgary
1. Enjoy great dining options
Savour some of the best cuisine and unique dining experiences that Canada has to offer. In fact, nine of Calgary’s restaurants have earned a spot on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list. Come to Calgary and tantalize your taste buds.
2. Get an incredible view from Calgary Tower
Enjoy stunning views of our vibrant city and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains from the Calgary Tower. Standing at 190 meters, the tallest tower in the city offers a visual experience as well as a one of a kind dining opportunity. Dine at Sky360, a revolving restaurant found at the top of the tower.
3. Experience Calgary’s performing arts scene
Music, theatre, dance and more—it all happens at the Arts Commons. Enjoy a cultural experience at our multi-venue art centre, home to Calgary’s most innovative artistic companies and partners.
4. Walk Calgary’s Skywalk
Discover Calgary like never before from 15 meters above the ground in the world’s largest pedestrian skywalk network. Skywalk connects iconic buildings and areas together through its series of passageways and bridges, giving you the freedom to explore the city from the comfort of the indoors.
5. Partake in our many citywide festivals
Calgary is home to many festivals held throughout the year. Laugh out loud at the YYC Comedy Festival or Funnyfest, usually held in the summer. The Calgary International Blues Festival is another great event where you can enjoy four days of melodious music.
6. Enjoy the buzzing nightlife
If you’d like a night on the town, Calgary has a buzzing evening scene with many bistros, restaurants, bars and clubs for you to choose from. Among them is the Palace Theatre, a landmark venue that offers a wide range of concerts, theatrical performances, symposiums and more.
7. Learn about Calgary’s unique heritage
Are you a history buff? Take a journey back in time at Heritage Park, Canada’s largest living history museum and home to live exhibits demonstrating life in Western Canada from the 1860s to the 1950s. Learn how to churn your own butter or kick up your heels in a heritage dance.
8. Shop the best stores – right in our core
With about 160 stores covering three blocks, Calgary’s CORE shopping centre is the city’s hottest shopping destination. You’re sure to satisfy all your cravings in this large complex.
9. Take a stroll in Calgary’s zoo
Walk on the wild side at the Calgary Zoo, located just east of the city’s downtown. Visit 119 species of animals, including Canadian wildlife like bears, cougars and caribou, and learn about the zoo’s research efforts to sustain threatened wildlife in Canada and around the world.
10. Immerse yourself in art and culture
Culture lovers can take in over one million works of art and artifacts at Glenbow Museum. Glenbow’s collection represents Western Canadian artists and artisans. It’s a destination for important cultural history and a living record of contemporary life in Alberta.
Come Early or Stay Late
Dedicate time before or after your event to enjoy all that Calgary has to offer. From incredible sights of the city to thrilling nightlife, Calgary has something for everyone.
Take a walk down Stephen Avenue, located just outside our doors, and enjoy our exclusive Convention Neighbourhood. This bustling hub is a collection of restaurants, theaters, concert halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms, convention facilities, museums, art galleries, retail shops and more nestled in Calgary’s business towers. Whether you’re looking for culture, shopping opportunities, or a dining experience, our neighbourhood is sure to surpass your expectations.
If you’d like to explore more of the city, take in the breathtaking views of the city from Calgary Tower. This structure provides a one of a kind panoramic view of our thriving city. Sit comfortably atop the tower at SKY 360, a revolving restaurant and bar, and sip on a drink from the award-winning wine program or dine with the city at your fingertips. Food lovers will be happy to know that nine of Calgary’s restaurants were mentioned in the fifth edition of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
Indulge in a night on the town by visiting any one of our many clubs, casinos, or bars. Enjoying Calgary’s chic and vibrant nightlife is a great way to unwind with friends or colleagues and take in the experiences this city has to offer.
To learn more about all that Calgary has to offer, visit Meetings + Conventions Calgary.
Weather & Time of Year
Experience the best of Canada’s four seasons in Calgary. During the summer months, temperatures can reach heights of up to 35°C and city is a buzz with outdoor art, music and food festivals, as well as the famous Calgary Stampede. Spring and autumn are quieter months to visit the city. Make sure to pack layers as the weather can fluctuate, with wind and temperatures ranging from 0°C to the mid teens. Visiting Calgary in the winter is a unique experience. Despite the frigid cold and snow, our city experiences sunny weather almost year-round. In the winter months, Chinooks are also common, which can raise the temperature by up to 30°C in the space of a few hours.