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Top 5 things to do in Calgary

26/06/2017
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There are many scenic locations in North America but few possess the breath-taking natural beauty that surrounds the Canadian city of Calgary and its home state, Alberta. Alberta hosts the lion share of the Canadian oil industry, its oil sands are estimated to be second only to Saudi Arabia’s. It’s a popular destination for contract workers.

Calgary itself is described as ‘the most American’ of Canadian cities and has an abundance of cowboy charm to it. Here are the top 5 things to do in the area:

Banff National Park

1. The Banff national park

Calgary is conveniently nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Which means it’s the perfect base for weekend trips to the beautifully scenic, Banff national park. There are literally tons of things you can get up to in this area year round. In the winter, there are snow sports in abundance. From skiing or snowboarding in Sunshine village to snowmobiling your way around the paradise basin. Ice skating is a must too, but don’t expect to be able to keep up with the Canadians, they were basically raised on the ice.

In the summer, it’s the perfect hiking destination. It boasts over 1,000 miles of walking and hiking trails, from short walks to challenging peak hikes that can challenge the most experienced of hikers. For further reading, here are the 15 best hikes in the area

Calgary Stampede

2. Calgary stampede
The Calgary stampede is by far the biggest event of the year. 1.2 million visitors from all over the world descend into Calgary each year in July for 10 days of ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’. Prepare yourself for rodeo, chuck wagon racing, country music and graced with more denim than the 90’s. The stampede is all about fun and paying homage to Western Canadian heritage.

It’s an event that’s renowned for its great atmosphere, so get yourself a cowboy hat and get involved in the Hoedown in Cowtown (Fun time in Calgary).

Heritage Park Historical Villag

3. Heritage Park Historical Village

For a visit to the Heritage Park Historical Village, you’ll want to put aside a full day. You can experience hundreds of exhibits, shops, restaurants, rides and even a steam train (not recommended in that order!) at Canada’s largest living history museum.

For the automobile history buffs there’s Gasoline Alley, a venue immersed completely in automotive nostalgia featuring antique vehicles, gas pumps and much more.

Daily demonstrations and interactive activities make no day at the park the same, and with fun for all ages it’s sure to be a winner!

Big Rock Brewery Tour

4. Big Rock Brewery Tour
It’s simple, if you like your beer then The Big Rock Brewery tour is a must. They offer an informative and interesting tour that showcases their history and processes. Most importantly though, there is a vast amount of beers and ciders to taste. The staff are well informed, friendly and love their beer. The Brewmasters are able to provide great details around the flavours and brewing process for each beer. The $25-dollar entry fee turns out to be a bit of a steal. The restaurant there is also highly rated and well worth a visit.

Bow-river-banff

5. Bow River
There is an endless amount of activities that take place on the beautiful River Bow. Including fishing, kayaking and even tubing. There is also a route than runs parallel to the river that’s perfect for cycling or long walks.

The best place to start is along the icefields Parkway south through the Banff national park and then along the TransCanada highway through to Calgary. Make sure you stop for regular breaks to appreciate all the ebbs and flows that the river has to offer.

If you like the sound of living and working in Calgary, check out Fircroft’s range of vacancies in the area!


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