Things to do in
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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.

Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

3. Calgary: Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket

Complete your trip to Calgary with a visit to the Heritage Park. Spend an incredible day at Canada’s largest living history museum, and witness history come to life. Explore the historic buildings and antique machinery, ride authentic attractions, interact with costumed improvisational actors, learn about the history of Western Canada and have lots of fun. The park encompasses 4 distinct areas that you can reach by train or by feet: • 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and Indigenous Settlement • 1900s Living Historical Village • 1930s to 1950s - Heritage Town Square Each area is full of exciting things to see and do, taking you back in time to the early days of Western Canada's history. Visit the exhibitions of Calgary's Electric Streetcar System, Standard Gauge Railway, Gasoline Alley Museum with an impressive vintage car collection, Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading Fort and many others. Explore inside the historical homes and saloons, see a blacksmith in action, explore the origins of Alberta’s energy industry at Prospect Ridge – including the new STORYSEEKER exhibit. Visit the farm animals in the Ranch Area and find out how Veterinarians plied their trade at the turn of the century in the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit at the Nanton Livery Stable – also new for 2022. Don't forget to ride the antique midway rides, including the Ferris Wheel, Bowness Carousel, the Caterpillar and the Whip - the world's first thrilling attraction. Finish your day by riding the S.S. Moyie paddle-wheeler boat or take a horse-drawn wagon tour. Food and drinks are available in various locations throughout the park, along with several shopping opportunities to find the perfect souvenir.

Transfer between Calgary International Airport and Banff

4. 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: Bow River Self-Guided Rafting Trip

5. Calgary: Bow River Self-Guided Rafting Trip

Choose the perfect raft for your group and find it ready for you at the meeting point. Float down the class I section of the Bow River, a relatively flat and calm part of the river. Use the current and flow of the river to guide you, and paddle at your leisure. The beautiful clear water of the Bow River originates from the Rocky Mountains glaciers. Take advantage of the clean water with a cooling swim in the river if you so desire. The easy rapids of the river mean you and your group can take over the “guide’s paddle”. Guide yourselves, call commands, and steer the raft as a team. The river will give you feedback on how you’re paddling, and it’s a chance to finish the day in exhilarating fashion. Once you reach the end of the rafting trip, simply hand over the equipment to the crew at the finishing point at St Patrick’s Island.

Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour

6. 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: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

7. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

8. From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

After departing from Calgary, your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with the stunning views of the valley. Continue to the Hoodoos, where you will hop off the vehicle to enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations. Walk amongst these imposing structures.  Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, you ride an antique train and explore the mine on the underground tour. Stop for lunch at the old East Coulee School Museum for some great food and some rest before continuing the journey.  Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. 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.

From Calgary: 1-Day Waterton Lakes National Park Tour

9. 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.

From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

10. From Calgary: Kootenay National Park Day Trip

Discover the unique contrasts of Kootenay National Park, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs, on this day trip from Calgary. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point and travel to Marble Canyon. Along the way, stop at the Great Divide which marks the border between Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park for a photo and some incredible views. Upon arrival at the canyon, take the self-guided trail which leads along this ice-caved canyon and through the remains of a forest destroyed by wildfires in 2003. Next, continue to the Kootenay Valley View Point. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermillion mountain ranges and the Kootenay River far below. Watch the river wind through the mountain forest following an ancient route to the great Columbia River. If you feel like relaxing after all that walking, enjoy a dip in the naturally heated, mineral-rich hot pool of Radium Hot Springs. Finally, follow a scenic trail through the open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Enjoy views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls before returning to Calgary in the evening.

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What people are saying about Calgary

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 62 reviews

We booked online and detailed instructions for time and place were received. We arrived in plenty of time and the bus came early but our journey was delayed due to 2 no-show passengers. The tour was comprehensive taking us round downtown, exclusive accommodation, the river, Stampede and Heritage Park

The tour was small and really informative. The guides and driver were also great people so no complaints and I definitely recommend this tour.

Very good views of the entire area on the day we visited. Very clean. Efficient staff.

Very interesting - Judy was an excellent guide. Highly recommended.

Loved the experience. Great staff. Worth every penny.