Alberta, Canada, is home to the city of Calgary, a western metropolis surrounded by the stunning Canadian Rockies. With a Wild West spirit and slopes to make any winter sporting enthusiast’s heart race, adventurers of all ages will find themselves drawn to the energy of the city.
As Alberta’s largest city and with so many unique activities on offer, don’t let public transportation limit your exploration. Rent a car at the airport to ensure you can see the sights, experience the rush, and feel the freedom of the west at your own pace, however fast or slow that may be!
When in Calgary, test out the slopes. Canada Olympic Park, which is still used as a training location for athletes, is open for guests year-round. Take a lesson in downhill or cross-country skiing and test your skills at luge and bobsleigh. Once you’ve completed your training, load the car and head to any of the impressive ski resorts scattered throughout the Canadian Rockies. While not directly in the city, these resorts offer powder fresh slopes, blue skies, and the promise of a snowy adrenaline rush.
For a more leisurely outdoor experience, rent a raft and float down the Bow River in Downtown Calgary. Enjoy views of dramatic bank rises and the ski jump from the XV Winter Olympic Games. Don’t forget to pack a lunch picnic to refresh your energies along the way.
Put your boots on when you’re headed for a visit to Heritage Park. Step back in time in this 1860s living-history village that boasts impressively costumed actors demonstrating a lifestyle of days gone by. For a rowdy Wild West experience, visit Calgary in July for the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Grab a seat and experience the live action of a good old fashioned rodeo, including horses, bulls, steers, and all! Finally, it wouldn’t be a complete Wild West experience without trying the famed Alberta beef. Steak, burgers, tail bits – you name it! Farmers take pride in their beef, so eat up at a variety of establishments throughout town.
Take a break from the action with retail therapy. Wander 17th Avenue and Calgary’s Entertainment District with over 400 unique shops, boutiques, wine bars, and eateries. Alternatively, for a unique treasure hunt, swing by the local and repurposed shops of Inglewood.
Wind down with a stop at any of Calgary’s small music venues. From alternative rock at The Tubby Dog to low-key blues at Blues Can, you can mingle with locals and listen to tunes from both national and local artists alike. If you’re into dancing, step out at Cowboys Dance Hall for a night you won’t forget.
From the Canadian Rockies to cowboy dance halls and eateries, Calgary’s Wild West energy will have you eager to explore the city from top to bottom. With our vehicle options and budget friendly prices at Orbitz, finding your perfect rental car is easy. Grab your cowboy boots, don your Stetson, and get ready for an experience in Canada’s famed western city.