Have a day use room in Calgary and want to find out what the city has to offer? Check out our handy recommendations for a great stay.
Food – Calgary’s culinary offering includes Chinese, Korean, vegetarian, and seafood restaurants, and many other varieties beside. Amongst the best establishments are Mexican restaurant Añejo, the Brasserie Kensington bistro, and Jameson's Irish Pub, with plenty more to enjoy exploring.
Shopping – 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District is filled with over 400 unique shops and services. Boutique shops, salons, and spas nestle in the 12 block shopping district. Britannia Plaza is ideal if you’re after eclectic wares from independent shops.
Animal Attractions – Calgary Zoo is a great place for nature lovers, including those with children to entertain/tire out. There’s a wide range of animals on display, such as lions and tigers, giraffes and hippopotamuses, not to mention a park filled with model dinosaurs. If avians are your particular delight, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is another place you’ll enjoy. The sanctuary is visited by hundreds of species of bird, and home to numerous species of mammal, butterfly, and even amphibians and reptiles.
Museums – The Glenbow Museum caters to art aficionados with a large appetite, as the museum houses well over a million artworks and artifacts. The Military Museums are a set of eight museums covering naval, army, and air force history from the 1885 Northwest Rebellion to Afghanistan. The museums have some aircraft and many tanks on display, and are large enough to while away the day.
Seven Interesting Facts About Calgary
Calgary has the most sunny days of any large Canadian city.
Nicknamed Cowtown, Calgary Stampede is a major July rodeo and festival.
Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and the third largest in Canada.
The city is named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. It’s unclear whether the meaning is from Norse Viking (cold garden) or Gaelic (beach of the meadow).
The Calgary area is thought to have been inhabited for over 10,000 years.
In 2017, the Stoney Nakoda applied to have Calgary renamed Wichispa Oyade (elbow town).
The Calgary Tower is home to a revolving restaurant and, at the time of its completion, was the tallest building of its type in North America.