Action Packed Calgary Vacation Tourism – Best Things to See and Do
The city of Calgary with its 12,000 years history presents the most incredible tourist attractions at the Bow river valley and the Rocky Mountains. Key attractions here are the bow rafting and the mountain hiking. Boom town trail, Ice fields parkway, and the buffalo trail are some of the other long distance hiking tours from Calgary. The tour of Canadian Badlands takes you back in time to the formation of Horseshoe Canyon and the dinosaurs. The historical Stephen avenue walk brings you closer to the living memoirs of the 18th century buildings and monuments between 1893 and the 1900s.
The other unique tourist attractions of Calgary are the Medalta Historic Site, Fernie ski shuttle, the Fondue tour, Zipline adventure, Segway travel, Medalta Museum Brick Plant, and the heritage park tour.
Bow River Raft
You may opt for a short rafting tour of 3 hours, or take the 12 hour long trip on the Bow River. The shorter tour is between the Calgary gas plant and the Cochrane over a distance of 10 kilometers. Here you can experience rapid sections and sweepers on the route. The longer tour is better for night travel from the Fish Creek Park to the Carsland Dam. The distance is only 5.5 kilometers, but the stopping at the tree islands, McKinnon rapid raft and other adventures make it worth going. Family rafting is best between Cochrane and the Bearspaw Dam. The distance is 25 kilometers, but you can use the power boat travel to cover the distance in 6 hours.
Rocky Mountain Climb
The guided mountain climb starts from the open prairie, goes through the Banff national park and the Yoho national park, and the horse pass. From here you can raft on the horse river and reach the ten peaks. The key attractions in this region are the Takakkaw Falls and the Alpine Falls.
IceFields parkway is a great tourist place with attractions like the Bow Lake and the Bow Summit that are within driving distances. The lake is the headwaters of the Bow River. The crowfoot mountain offers breathtaking views of the natural beauty around this place. The Bow summit measures 6,800 feet in height from the sea level. Glacier rocks are the most attractive spots here.
Calgary City Travel
- Stephen Avenue Walk: You can start the Calgary city travel from the Stephen avenue walk. The starting point is the 1 ST SE. You can end the walk at the 4 ST SW. This is where you get to experience the best of Calgary food and beverages, admire the historic buildings, buy from the top boutiques, and enjoy your walk.
- Glenbow Museum: The Glenbow museum located on the 9. Ave, SE is open between Tuesday and Sunday. Here you can learn about the art, culture, ethnic people, mineralogy, and the military history of Calgary.
- Zipline Adventure: If you are passionate about flying at high altitudes and view Calgary from the skies, the Zipline is the right place. Located at a distance of an hours’ drive from Calgary Main city, the site offers guided safe shuttle ski-fly.
- Calgary Stampede: The event is held in the month of July at the Olympic way SE-1410. The fest introduces you to the Cowboy lifestyle in the olden days.
- Calgary Zoo: The zoo (1300 Zoon Road, NE) is host to some of the best wildlife species of Canada and the prehistoric remnants.
- Princes’ Island: The Princes’ Island (698 Eau-Claire-Ave SW) created by the Bow River is best during the summer days. Open concerts by the top Calgary musicians and the free biking zones make your visit a great experience.
- Aero Space: The museum (4629-McCall-Way-NE) hosts all the historic Canadian aircrafts on display. It also accommodates plenty of space for events, functions, weddings, etc. You can also enjoy the upcoming pre scheduled movie nights at the center (January 11, February 08, march 08, April 22, and May 10 2018).
Calgary Beverages and Foods
You can recharge your mind, body and the soul from the Calgary beer craft tour. You can reach the Calgary Tower at the 101 9 Ave SW from where the tour starts. The guided travel takes you through all the breweries and distilleries. You get to taste the best of Canadian Beer and alcoholic beverages with the exquisite Calgary cuisine. You can opt to spend an entire day from 10:00 in the morning till 5:00 in the evening on Saturdays.
- Calgary Craft Beer: The Canadian craft beer is best when tasted at the wild rose brewery (4580-Quesnay-Wood-Dr-SW), national beer hall (341–10-Ave-SW), and the craft beer market (345–10-Ave-SW). The best suggested place is the market since it gets supplies from all over Canada with more than types of top froth beers.
- Calgary Top Foods: The 17th avenue, 16th avenue and the river-fort avenue are the best places for beer and food lovers. The best part of these avenues is the availability of the ethnic foods from around the world. If you wish to taste the best of Calgary original foods. You can try out the cowboy sausages, Pitas, brittles, marinated meat, Poutine, Montreal Bagels, and the Rosemary grilled steak that originated from Calgary.
Calgary Shopping Experience
- Calgary fabrics: The craft stores of Calgary offer the best of quilting cotton fabrics; linen twills, silk gauzes, Hardanger fabric, wool, Aida and Plain weave fabric are the most “in demand” things you can find here at the Bearspaw-Road.
- Calgary Crafts: The 9th avenue NE and the surrounding areas are filled with the traditional Calgary craft products. Ingle Wood, porcelain, Maple Wood, glass, and copper are some of the most commonly used materials for making the Calgary crafts.
- Calgary Cowboy: Coming into Calgary you simply can’t miss the cowboy boots and the attire. The II Street at the SW has plenty of shops to offer slanted heel shoes, Jeans, fashion fabrics and the best of accessories. You will be surprised to find the top ethnic clothing from around the world also here.