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Calgary, Canada

Calgary Stampede

 
 
 
  

The ten-day Calgary Stampede is the highlight of Calgary's summer, cementing the Alberta city's reputation as a "cowboy town". This famous rodeo, held in July, includes all kinds of cowboy-style entertainment and pancake breakfasts. The population dresses accordingly, and blue jeans and brightly colored Stetsons become the order of the day. Events include rodeo competitions, neck-breaking chuck wagon races, an authentic First Nations village, as well as agricultural shows.

 

Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey

 
 
 
   

The luxuriously appointed, privately owned "Rocky Mountaineer" runs between Calgary (or Jasper) and Vancouver, cutting westward on the historic Canadian Pacific line through the soaring mountain wall of the Rockies. At Canmore, providing the weather is good, there is a fine view of the snow-capped "Three Sisters." Soon afterwards, the popular winter resort of Banff is reached. Other highlights on this mountainous section (where peaks top 3,600 meters) include Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass, and Rogers Pass.

 Calgary Zoo and Prehistoric Park

 
 
 
 

Founded in 1912, the Calgary Zoo sits on St. George's Island in the Bow River. The zoo is home to many examples of rare and threatened species of animals, as well as botanical gardens. Spring is always a fun time at the zoo with the arrival of newborn animals.

 

Heritage Park

 
 
 
   

Heritage Park in Calgary is a typical village from the pioneering period, with dozens of reconstructed historical buildings and lively costumed interpreters from four different time periods - ranging from an 1860 fur-trading fort to a 1930s town square. An old steam engine provides transport at the park, and the Gasoline Alley museum offers a hands-on, interactive experience with one-of-a-kind vintage vehicles. The village is located near Glenmore Reservoir, which is popular with sailing, canoeing, and rowing enthusiasts.

 

 Canada Olympic Park

 
 
 
 

In the foothills of the mountains to the west of the city, rise the strange-looking towers of Calgary Olympic Park. In 1988, this was the primary site for the XV Olympic Winter Games. Today, the hill is still open to skiing and snowboarding, and there are opportunities to bob sled, zip-line, toboggan, and mountain bike. Guided Ski Jump Tower Tours give a panoramic view of the Calgary skyline from the top of the ski-jump slope. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is located in the park as well.

 

Prince's Island Park

 
 
 
Prince's Island Park is a large green space in downtown Calgary, set on an island in the Bow River. The park is adjacent to Eau Claire Market, and many tourists make a joint visit to these two attractions. The park offers walking and biking areas, as well as outdoor concerts and plays during the summer months.

 

 Calgary Tower

 

 

 
 
 

At the top of the Calgary Tower, a viewing platform and revolving restaurant put sightseers 191 meters high in one of the city's landmark buildings. Until 1984, the tower was the tallest in the city. Though it no longer holds that title, there are still excellent views out over the city and beyond to the mountains. It is particularly beautiful at sunset or dusk. In 1988, the tower's giant torch bore witness to the spirit of the Olympics.

 

Fish Creek Provincial Park

 
 
 
  

Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary's far south is a huge green space where walking trails lead through forest areas and along the creek. Fish Creek Park is a natural area, and perfect for people looking for a taste of nature. There are also a number of heritage buildings within the park.

 

Aero Space Museum of Calgary

 
 
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The Aero Space Museum focuses on the history of Canadian aviation and Western Canada in particular. Canadian pilots who fought in WWII started the museum, which has grown to exhibit a variety of aircraft, simulators, aviation art prints, radio equipment, and information on aviation history. The museum is located in a large building near the Calgary Airport.

 

Fort Calgary

 
 
 
  

The first outpost of the North West Mounted Police, Fort Calgary was set up in 1875 at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers. The foundations of the original fort can still be seen, and the Calgary Fort Museum helps interpret the founding of the city. On the other side of the bridge stands Deane House, built in 1906 for the fort commandant. Also on site is a gift shop, which sells souvenirs and RCMP collectibles.

 

 The Military Museums

 
 
 
  

This collection of Canadian Forces museums explores the history of Canada's navy, army, and air force. Exhibits emphasize interactive experiences, whether it's walking through WWI trenches or steering from a wheelhouse. A variety of military vehicles are on-site, including several tanks.

 

Spruce Meadows

 
 
 
   

A world-renowned equestrian facility, Spruce Meadows welcomes visitors throughout the year to tour the stables, watch show jumping champions in training, and stroll the pleasant grounds. Outdoor tournaments take place in the spring, with indoor competitions in other seasons.

 

 Devonian Gardens

 
 
 
  

On the 4th level of the Core Shopping Centre, visitors will come somewhat unexpectedly upon the floral paradise of Devonian Gardens. Covering about one hectare, the indoor gardens feature lovely tropical palms, sculptures, fish ponds, fountains, and a living wall. About 10,000 plants make up the displays, and despite Calgary's cold winters they thrive under a glass ceiling. The Devonian Gardens are free and open for the public to wander.

 

 Glenbow Museum

 
 
 
 

In Glenbow Museum, visitors can see some rare exhibits illustrating the historical development of western Canada. The museum travels back in time, exploring the lives of early fur-traders and the North West Mounted Police, Métis uprisings under Louis Riel, and the development of the oil industry. This Calgary Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions from around the world.

 

 

 

 

3-Day Canadian Rockies, Banff, Vancouver Tour

Day 1

Depart for the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy your free time in Banff Town. Meet our guide at hotel lobby around 5pm and learn about the itinerary. Stay overnight in this prestigious town.

 
Day 2

Lake Louise - Jasper National Park - Icefield - Glacier Skywalk - Golden or stay at Vernon (350 km)

We will begin with an amazing tour of Banff National Park that will take us to sights such as Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefield. We will also visit Jasper National Park, home to the new Glacier Skywalk that lets guests walk out over the icy canyons, as well as theAthabasca Glacier. We will spend the night in Golden, BC.

 

Banff National Park, AB

  • Columbia Icefield The Columbia Icefield in the northern part of Banff National Park covers an area of about 200 square miles in the Canadian Rockies. The Icefield feeds eight major glaciers in the area, including Athabasca Glacier and Dome Glacier.
  • Lake Louise Lake Louise is a glacial lake in Alberta, Canada's Banff National Park. The lake is known for its vibrant blue-green coloration, which comes from rock flour carried into the lake by the water of the nearby melting glaciers.

 

Jasper National Park, AB

  • Athabasca Glacier The Athabasca Glacier is the most-visited glacier in North America. It is one of the eight major glaciers of the Columbia Icefield. The Icefield Interpretive Centre is next to the glacier, and is where visitors can arrange tours.
 
Day 3

Golden - Kamloops - Vancouver

Today we will head from Golden to Vancouver, BC. On our way we will stop in Kamloops, BC to visit the Sunmore Ginseng Factory. Continue our drive and arrive at Vancouver in the late afternoon.

 

Kamloops, BC

  • Sunmore Ginseng Factory The Sunmore Ginseng Factory and Spa in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada is the only ginseng manufacturer in North America and was founded in 1991 by Chinese doctor Zhang Shunmei. Visitors can enjoy the relaxing ginseng spa.
 

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