Considering a Calgary vacation? Get the inside scoop on unique, authentic experiences with insider tips from Tourlane’s handpicked Travel Experts. Located in the foothills of the Canada Rockies, Calgary—or “Cowtown”—offers a fantastic mix of wide-open blue skies, beautiful alpine mountains, and Western pioneer charm. Despite its rough and tumble cowboy reputation, this cosmopolitan city is cultural capital in its own right where Wild West heritage blends with modern artistic spirit. Start planning your tour now!
Free-standing observation tower
Home of Canada’s National Music Centre
Beautiful urban park
Natural wonder of the west
Epic rail journey
The Calgary Tower, located in the heart of the city, offers unparalleled 360-views and is a must-see on your Calgary vacation itinerary. Originally called the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower stands over 190 meters tall. Soar to the top by elevator and step out to an impressive panorama of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and the picturesque prairies. Test your courage by stepping out on the glass floor of the observation deck—you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye-view of the bustling city streets below!
Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, is more than just an architectural triumph—it’s a Canadian cultural institution. Located at the site of a legendary blues club in the historic King Edward Hotel, Studio Bell shares the fascinating tale of Canada’s rich musical history through five floors of exhibitions, interactive installations, and one of North America’s most eclectic musical instrument collections. This powerful space captivates every visitor, not just music lovers, emanating music and light from every corner.
If you take the bridge across Bow River to the island, you’ll discover a little slice of New York’s Central Park right in Calgary. This urban oasis offers stunning views of downtown Calgary, lush green fields, cycling paths, and peaceful walking trails. You can hop on a bike to explore or wander on foot through landscaped flower gardens or wetland wildlife preserves. Make sure you go by the lagoon to watch the ducks and geese. It’s a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, or you can stop by the award-winning River Café restaurant for a cozier seat.
For outdoor enthusiasts looking to experience the Canadian Rockies in all their magnificent glory, Banff National Park is the place to go. This incredible national park, which is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, has something for everyone from sweeping mountain ranges, turquoise glacial lakes, vibrant wildlife, and fantastic hiking.
Prefer to explore the Rocky Mountains from a more comfortable seat? All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train! This incredible 2-day luxury train ride takes you on an unforgettable journey through the spectacular scenery of the Rockies. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views served up with gourmet meals as you wind your way through some of the most magnificent ranges on the planet. Ask your Travel Expert for more information about booking this one-in-a-lifetime experience during your Calgary vacation. Less
Celebrate the unique traditions and spirit of the Wild West with an event unlike any other! This annual 10-day rodeo, music festival, and exhibition takes place every July.
Canada’s largest outdoor Latin Festival brings the streets to life every August. Enjoy live performances, dance workshops, gorgeous handicrafts, and of course, mouth-watering food!