Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains. The Calgary Stampede is undoubtedly Calgary's best-known visitor attraction. This event, featuring a large parade and world-class rodeo, draws more than a million people each year. The host city of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games takes pride in its sporting legacy. Canada Olympic Park is a multi-purpose athletic facility designed for skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh and luge during the winter and mountain biking during the summer. The Scotiabank Saddledome is the home of the NHL's Calgary Flames, as well as being the venue for countless events and concerts throughout the year. Other attractions, including the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower and Eau Claire Market are other great places to visit year-round.
A booming economy continues to draw scores of leisure and business travelers to Calgary. But, the city itself has its own unique charisma. Offering the convenience and excitement of a bustling cosmopolitan downtown center and the exhilarating discoveries of unparalleled outdoor adventures, Calgary is truly a must-see Canadian destination.
Lying on the edge of the Prairies and at the foothills of the
mighty Rocky Mountains, this uniquely located international centre of
trade and tourism is your gateway to the pristine wilderness, the luxury
resorts, the revitalizing spas and the serene hot springs of Banff and
Jasper National Parks.
And be sure not to miss the Calgary Stampede, the Greatest Outdoor Show of Earth!
Fishing & hunting in Calgary
Calgary weather & climate
Pack sunglasses. Summers are warm and dry, and even in winter Calgary has more hours of sunshine than any other major city in Canada. The famous "Chinook" (a mild westerly wind) brings a balmy, festive atmosphere to the city several times each winter.
Winters are typically clear and, on any given week, can be cold (lows reaching below -30°C) or mild (highs above 10°C) – and everything in between. Mercifully, cold snaps rarely last more than a week before warmer weather takes over. The weather changes fast from day to day and hour to hour, so come prepared for anything.
Summers are glorious with big blue skies and highs typically in the low-to-mid- twenties, occasionally surpassing 30°C. Evenings are cool and pleasant. Summer days are long – by late June the sun doesn't set until nearly 10:00 pm.
Falls are short with the first frost typically coming in mid-September. The snow flies as early as September, but generally doesn't stay on the ground until November.
Most of Calgary's precipitation comes in the spring – sometimes as rain and sometimes as snow. Snow dumps in early May are not unusual (spring skiing, anyone?) but mild weather is rarely more than a day or two away.