Framed by the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary, Alberta, is known for its scenic location between the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Breathe in the fresh air and chat with the friendly locals in this cosmopolitan city. From fresh powder on the slopes to world-class art, entertainment and shopping, Calgary holiday packages mean the city is yours to explore, adventure and unwind in.
No matter what you're interested in, Calgary has something to offer you. If you happen to be in the area in July, the Calgary Stampede should be on your to-do list. Held once each year, the rodeo features everything from saddle bronc riding to chuck wagon races. If you prefer to explore the neighbouring mountains, look into one of Wotif’s Calgary car hire options and drive up to Jasper to catch the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that offers rides through the surrounding mountain peaks between Jasper and Vancouver. You can take a relaxing walk through Prince's Island Park, look out from the impressive viewing deck of the Calgary Tower, and visit the Calgary Zoo or Canada Olympic Park.
If you're looking for some retail therapy or gifts to bring back home, head to the 17th Avenue Retail and Entertainment District for everything from boutiques to big-box stores, or opt for the Inglewood area, where you'll find local art and handmade jewellery and gifts. Lotharios of the world, take note—this is where you find that special something for your special someone.
When it's time to eat, Calgary holidays will not disappoint. Calgary’s Chinatown is the fourth-largest Chinatown district in Canada, with specialty shops and dozens of delicious restaurants that offer authentic Asian cuisine. Alternatively, you can head to the 4th Street BRZ (Business Revitalization Zone), which offers historic buildings and restaurants with fare from nearly every corner of the globe. During the summer, the BRZ also hosts the Lilac Festival, where vendors sell street food and serve plenty of local brews and wine…no, lilacs aren’t on the menu.
If you're already in the Inglewood area following your shopping excursion, stick around and grab a bite at any of the local establishments. Inglewood offers almost as much dining as it does shopping, as this neighbourhood is known for farm-to-table food and traditional Italian, French and Indian fare from long-time restaurateurs.
After you've filled your belly, head to the Beltline District to check out some live shows while downing craft beers. Still semi-sober? Just south of the downtown area, Beltline offers literally dozens of venues boasting live music, art and wine events, poetry readings, improv shows and even stand-up comedy.
If you're itching to book your trip, Wotif can make it happen. Of course, we don’t just offer deals on hotels in Calgary. Maybe you’d rather visit the capital of Alberta? Our Edmonton package deals will get you there without robbing you of fun money. No matter where you want to go, look over our cheap Calgary packages to plan the perfect trip today.
Life's too short to jealously scroll through pics of other people's holidays. It's time to get cracking and see what this mad old world has to offer.
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