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Places to go in Calgary – near short term rentals

Calgary is a vibrant city with so much to offer. There are plenty of places to visit, from museums and historical sites, to natural wonders like waterfalls and mountains.

Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is a tower in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The tower was constructed between 1966 and 1968 to serve as office space for various oil companies and other businesses. The building was eventually abandoned due to the collapse of the energy industry within Calgary during the 1980s, which left many buildings empty for several years.

Built on 9th Avenue SE between 1st Street SE and Centre Street SE (now renamed 1st Avenue), it stands at 178 meters (584 ft) tall making it Canada’s tallest free-standing structure. It is also classified as an observation tower because it has an open air pod with 360 degree views at its top level; however visitors do not have access to this area unless they purchase tickets for an excursion inside one of these pods that takes place throughout the day every half hour starting at 10am until 7pm during summer months (April through October).

Calgary Tower offers a plethora of activities including an indoor walking/glass floor maze experience called Suspended Passage – 9 floors above street level! If you’re brave enough though you may want try something different like climbing up into one of their two glass elevators before heading up higher still—all while surrounded by stunning views from every angle possible!

The tower was designed by architects Douglas A. Stevenson and W.H. Cowley of Stevenson, Bloisi, Dick, & Associates Ltd., with structural engineering provided by Fushimi Ando Consultants Ltd.

Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is an excellent place to spend the day with family and friends. It has many animals, including several endangered species, as well as different habitats for these animals to live in. The zoo is open year round, so you can visit it any time of the year!

Inglewood

The Inglewood neighbourhood is a vibrant community located in the northeast quadrant of Calgary. It is bounded by Memorial Drive and 14th Street to the north and south, and by 32nd Avenue and 37th Street to the east and west. The community was established in 1912 as a town site for train service workers building the railway between Calgary and Edmonton. In 1914 it was incorporated into the City of Calgary, becoming one of its oldest communities.

The area has been home to many prominent Calgarians including educator John Ware; real estate developer James Shortreed; author Frank Jones; actor Johnny Devlin; Olympic skier Nancy Greene Raine who later became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; musician Terry Fox (1958-1981) who undertook an exhaustive cross country run raising money for cancer research after losing his leg to osteosarcoma); hockey player Kelly Buchberger (born 1962) who played right wing for more than 1 200 games during his NHL career spanning 1984-2009 with Edmonton Oilers

Glenbow Museum

The Glenbow Museum is a must-see for anyone who visits Calgary. It is a major tourist attraction and is located on the north side of downtown Calgary. The museum is also a member of the Canadian Association of Museum Association (CAMA) and displays artifacts from Alberta’s past, as well as artworks from various artists around Canada and worldwide. There are two floors in which to explore, with an interactive area for children on the second floor with games, puzzles and activities. Each time I’ve been there I’ve found something new or interesting to learn about Alberta’s history or art!

For those interested in visiting this museum:

  • Entrance fee: $16 CAD per adult; $12 CAD per youth/senior; free for children 5 years old or younger (children under 3 years old do not require admission).
  • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am-5pm (closed Mondays).
 

The Alberta Legislature Building is a must-see for anyone interested in seeing the Provincial Government at work. It also houses some of Alberta’s historical artifacts and offers tours throughout the year (for information about tours, click here). This building is located on the south side of downtown Calgary and is accessible by foot or via Calgary Transit CTrain line 1 and 2.

The area has been home to many prominent Calgarians including educator John Ware; real estate developer James Shortreed; author Frank Jones; actor Johnny Devlin; Olympic skier Nancy Greene Raine who later became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; musician Terry Fox (1958-1981) who undertook an exhaustive cross country run raising money for cancer research after losing his leg to osteosarcoma); hockey player Kelly Buchberger (born 1962) who played right wing for more than 1 200 games during his NHL career spanning 1984-2009 with Edmonton Oilers

Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows is a world-class equestrian facility located in Calgary. It hosts several competitions throughout the year, including the Masters Tournament and Spruce Meadows National Horse Show.

  • The facility is open to the public, and offers horseback riding lessons for beginners through advanced riders. If you’re interested in joining their ranks as an instructor, they’ll train you too!
  • This venue is perfect if you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or family that involves horses—but don’t worry if you don’t know much about them yet because there are plenty of resources available on site (including guided tours).
 

Heritage Park Historical Village

The Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary is a living history museum operated by the City of Calgary, Alberta. It has been open since 1968 and features over 100 buildings on over 300 acres (1.2 km2). Notable among these buildings are the Blackfoot tipi village, Chinatown, and an extensive collection of historic farm equipment. The village is also home to several festivals and events throughout the year including “Heritage Day” which takes place during July every year where visitors can experience life as it was in Alberta back then through activities such as horse-drawn wagon rides and concerts by some of Canada’s best choirs or watch live theatre performances at The Big Top Tent Theatre.

The museum receives over 1 million visitors per year making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Western Canada after Banff National Park.

 

With so many attractions and things to do in Calgary, you’ll never run out of things to do. Whether it’s visiting a museum or taking a day trip outside the city limits, there are endless possibilities! The best part is that most of these attractions are located right downtown, so it makes getting around easy.

But where to stay?

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I hope this article has helped you decide where to stay and what to do in Calgary.