Places to Vacation: Calgary, Alberta-Canada

Thursday, April 12, 2012

When many people think of a stereotypical Canadian city, Calgary, Alberta often springs to the forefront of the mind.

Calgary is nestled in prairie and the foothills, the city is in close range to the magnificent Canadian Rockies. In many visitors’ minds this is the land of the western cowboy, a fact that if further supported by the annual Calgary Stampede a rodeo and festival held every July, billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. There is a lot more to Calgary, than the stampede. Experiencing a great economic boost from the oil industry, Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, and the fifth largest metropolitan area in Canada. In 1988, it was the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter games and still continues to be paradise for active people.

With a bustling downtown and picturesque surroundings, Calgary is a great place to visit in the summer, or anytime of the year.

Thinking of a trip to the area? A few great "must do's" include:

-Visit the Calgary Tower-

Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must-see on any visitor's itinerary. On the Observation Deck you'll experience a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and the prairies.
Stand on the amazing glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below.
Dining and a gift shop also available.

- Visit the Calgary Zoo

From the splendour of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, the Calgary Zoo takes you on an unforgettable journey to see over 1,000 animals from around the world. The new ENMAX Conservatory offers a relaxing space for visitors to enjoy the lush gardens and seasonal butterfly display. Plus, don't miss their new Penguin Plunge exhibit opening in early 2012; it’s sure to be an incredible experience for all ages!

The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force and educating the public, particularly youth, about Canada's military.
Experience the victories, tragedies, and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. Walk through a First World War trench, witness a bomber squadron’s mission over enemy territory, and experience life at the helm in a Second World War wheelhouse. The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada’s army, air force, and navy and to educating the public about Canada’s military.

TELUS Spark, the new Science Centre-

Discover for yourself what makes the world around us so undeniably incredible by exploring over 100 exhibits, programs and demonstrations across four exhibit Galleries, an expanded and enhanced Creative Kids Museum, a Presentation Theatre, Calgary's only HD Digital Dome Theatre (open from Spring 2012), a Feature Gallery that will play host travelling exhibitions from 2013, and an Outdoor Park.

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