Population: 1,149,552

Calgary is located at the junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Alberta Highway 2, 190 miles south of Edmonton.

Visitor Information: At the arrivals level of Calgary International Airport; at mobile WiFi-enabled kiosks in summer months; and at Visit Calgary website.

View of downtown Calgary from Calgary Tower.

Calgary is a major metropolitan area and Alberta’s largest city. Calgary began with the great influx of homesteaders who arrived in southern Alberta with the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883. Oil and gas discovered south of the city in 1914 contributed to Calgary’s growth and remain a major industry today.

Calgary has all visitor services. Lodging choices include major-chain hotels/motels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels. There are several campgrounds in and around the city.


  • Calgary Zoo, has nearly 1,000 animals and the Dorothy Harvie Gardens and ENMAX butterfly-filled conservatory.
  • Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history park, has more than 180 historical exhibits and 127 acres of parkland.
  • Glenbow Museum traces the history of Canada’s West.
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park. Stroll through Calgary from 1875 to 1940. Deane House historic restaurant.
  • Two high-speed elevators take visitors to the top of Calgary Tower (pictured below right)—reaching 525 feet/160m in 62 seconds—for sweeping views of city and mountains.

    Calgary Tower.
  • The annual Calgary Stampede, the city’s best-known event, is called “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”  It takes place at the Exhibition Grounds in July.
  • Calaway Park, western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park.