Things to do in Calgary

Our most recommended things to do in Calgary

Calgary: Calgary Tower General Admission Ticket

1. Calgary: Calgary Tower General Admission Ticket

Climb to the top of the Calgary Tower with this admission ticket and admire the panorama. Located 191 meters above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must-see on any visitor's itinerary. On the Observation Deck, you'll experience a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Stand on the amazing glass floor for an unparalleled birds-eye view of the city streets below and make sure to check out the exterior LED light show that runs nightly from dusk to midnight. The LED light shows are created to celebrate national holidays, cheer on local and national sports teams, support local festivals, and raise awareness for important causes. There are 132 lights in total, capable of producing more than 16.5 million colors and effects.

Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Calgary: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Calgary and its landmarks, from the Calgary Tower and Heritage Park to the famous WinSport's Canada Olympic Park. Travel through the city while discovering how the Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the railway helped to create this cosmopolitan city. Discover city sights such as Calgary City Hall, Olympic Plaza, Telus Spark, Calgary Zoo, East Village, Studio Bell, Stampede Park, Lougheed House Shopping Areas, Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada Olympic Park, Crescent Hill Peace Bridge, Downtown Calgary, Chinatown and Calgary Tower. This tour includes 3 brief stops, allowing for photo opportunities and additional commodity of the sights. At the end of the tour, you will be retuned to the base of the Calgary Tower.

Transfer between Calgary International Airport and Banff

3. Transfer between Calgary International Airport and Banff

Travel in comfort and security between Calgary International Airport and Banff via shuttle transfer. Sit back and relax in a brand new bus with luxury seating, large viewing windows, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Admire the majestic Canadian Rockies as your experienced and professional driver escorts you from the airport to your hotel. Enjoy a professional and efficient transfer to take the hassle out of your commute.

Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

4. Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

Explore Gasoline Valley Museum that showcases the introduction and popularization of the automobile. Gaze in awe at the classic cars, trucks, and working vehicles from the 1900s to the 1950s. Explore the unique antique gasoline pump collection and many signages from a wide variety of historical petroleum companies. Learn about the history of the automobile and the far-reaching social changes that resulted from the transition from horse and carriage to the motor car. Be sure to also visit the lower showroom, which offers even more incredible artifacts to see.

Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

5. Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

Begin at the base of the Calgary Tower and travel through downtown on your way to the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark Science Center. Travel in a comfortable bus through the East Village to historic Inglewood. Listen to your guide as they share stories and facts about this cosmopolitan city. The first stop will be at Scotsman's Hill, where you'll get a panoramic view of the skyline. Proceed through the Beltline to the Lougheed House and then to Heritage Park. Take time to explore Gasoline Alley, a museum dedicated to historical gravitational gas pumps and antique vehicles. Continue to Canada Olympic Park to watch some sporting activities. Following your time there, head back toward Calgary Downtown. On the way, stop for one more amazing view of the city. Travel through Downtown Calgary where the tour will conclude at the base of the Calgary Tower, where it began.

From Calgary: Airport Transfer to Banff & Lake Louise

6. From Calgary: Airport Transfer to Banff & Lake Louise

Enjoy a safe and reliable shared transfer between Calgary Airport and the areas of Banff and Lake Louise. Travel safely with ease in a licensed vehicle with a professional driver and get to your destination conveniently and safely. Benefit from air-conditioned vehicles maintained to high hygienic standards. Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. Enjoy a hassle-free ride without worrying about hotel shuttles or expensive taxis. Be transferred between your hotel and the airport in Calgary, and enjoy the views of the majestic Canadian Rockies as you drive.

Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour

7. Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour

Calgary is a blend of a brash frontier town and a lively metropolis. Explore the downtown with a tour guide who will introduce you to this dynamic city. Enjoy the public art and historical buildings along the route. Begin at Municipal Plaza and learn about the origins of Calgary. Continue on to see the newly-revitalized East Village buildings. Pass by more public art and many historic buildings. Travel along the most extensive pathway system in North America and into Chinatown. Work your way back towards the historic Stephen Avenue where your tour will end.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

8. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

9. Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

As you explore downtown Calgary, listening to the guided tour on your smartphone, you'll learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city. This looped tour begins and ends at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings and is 4 kilometers long. It will take about 2 hours to complete, but you can explore for as long as you like! There's always plenty to see in this bustling city, whatever the weather. Some highlights of the tour include the Arts Commons, historic Stephen Avenue, The Palace Theatre, the Calgary Public Building, the Devonian Gardens, and The Grand. Explore some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the historical significance behind the Famous Five and Family of Man sculptures, and crane your head back to take in the Bow skyscraper. A live GPS map shows where you currently are and where to go next, so you won't get lost. As you get close to the next destination, the tour guide commentary will automatically play. The tour also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, check out the trivia questions on your device and tap your guess at the answer. Enjoy a professional tour guide experience at your leisure, without the crowded tour groups and tight schedules. You can access the tour anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start the tour anywhere along the route if you want to explore something nearby, and get back to the trail whenever you want.

From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

10. From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

Wind along lakeside roads that weave around craggy peaks. See the saturated strata in colorful canyons and get up-close looks at herds of bison in open grasslands. Dive into the rugged landscapes around Waterton Lakes National Park on this full-day excursion. Your first stop is the Prince Wales Hotel. This establishment is a historic Canadian icon and the park’s most recognized landmark. Spend about 30-minutes at the Prince Wales Hotel. After you visit the Prince Wales Hotel, you’ll head to Waterton Town. Waterton Town is a small and vibrant town located on the lake. Explore the quaint town for about 60-minutes before heading to your next stop, Cameron Falls. Cameron Falls is a true highlight of the Waterton visit, with its clear cascading mountain water rushing over the Cambrian rock. Spend about 15-minutes in the mist that the waterfall produces before you visit Red Rock Canyon. Stop for about 30-minutes at Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Canyon is known for its layers of red and green colored minerals that offer a bright contrast to the lush surroundings. Your last stop is Okotoks Big Rock. The Okotoks Big Rock is about 8km west of the town of Okotoks and was formed thousands of years ago when it dislodged from a glacier. Return to Calgary at around 7:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Calgary

Overall rating

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based on 464 reviews

Bus was on time to pick us up at the Calgary Airport, and we left on time. Bus was very comfortable, clean and offered free wifi. Driver, Mike, was courteous, very pleasant and the drive to Banff was smooth and the scenery was just jaw-dropping. Will definitely be using them again !

Manny was amazing and took my friend and I to all the spots we wanted to see. He was also a great photographer too! He made sure before the end of my trip we would see some wildlife. He took his time with us and we never felt rushed wherever we were. Highly recommend Manny!

Amaan was my driver and tour guide. He was beyond fantastic! Amaan made sure to stop on various viewpoints and helped take photos for me. He was very knowledgeable and kind. Thank you for a magical day and memories I will treasure forever.

J'ai adoré mon après-midi ! C'était une sortie en petit groupe, les arrêts étaient de bonne durée et nous avons pris de très belles photos. Notre guide était super gentille et elle nous a donné beaucoup d'informations très pertinentes.

Our driver was so helpful and knowledgeable. We had a fabulous day, he knew just where best photos could be taken and we avoided the crowds and we went at our own pace. Thanks Manny.