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How to Spend 1 Day in Calgary

How to Spend 1 Day in Calgary

In the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, many travelers pass through Calgary on their way to Banff and Jasper national parks. But the city itself has plenty of attractions, whether you’re visiting in the warm summer or the snowy winter. Here’s how to get the most out of 24 hours in Calgary.

Morning: Go Back in History

Head to Heritage Park Historical Village, one of Canada’s largest living history museums. Just south of Downtown Calgary, the pre-1915 buildings and staff in period dress transport visitors back in time to the Canadian Wild West. Kids might especially enjoy a wagon or steam train ride.

Afternoon: Taste Calgary

Explore the neighborhoods of Calgary on a food tour, and find out what makes Canadian cuisine unique. Sample different dishes while walking around a market or some of Calgary’s most historic areas. Travelers with kids might prefer to check out the Calgary Zoo instead, home to more than 1,000 animals belonging to more than 100 species.

Night: Enjoy the View

The tallest building in the city, and a distinctive landmark, the Calgary Tower is a fun evening destination. Get there while there’s still daylight, to possibly catch sight of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Stay for dinner at the revolving Sky 360 restaurant—or just take in the view from the observation deck, then head downtown to eat.

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Heritage Park General Admission

Heritage Park General Admission

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Step back in time and delve into Canada’s colorful past with this Heritage Park general admission ticket. With your ticket in hand, head inside the family-friendly park and begin exploring at your leisure. In the summer months, you can learn all about life as a 19th-century fur-trader or railway worker, and visit old-fashioned blacksmith’s shops and lumber yards. Admire antique automobiles at the Gasoline Alley Museum, where vintage 1908 REO Autobuggies and 1912 Buicks take pride of place. Stroll through Heritage Town Square and perhaps chat to the locals in their traditional clothing.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Calgary City Sightseeing Tour

Calgary City Sightseeing Tour

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This guided tour of Calgary offers a unique mode of transport: by vintage sidecar motorcycle. Relax while your driver takes you around the city and narrates the sights along the route. See landmarks like Scotsman's Hill and Crescent Heights Park, which overlook the heart of Calgary, as well as a brief stop for photos.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Calgary Food Walking Tour: Savouring 17th Avenue SW

Calgary Food Walking Tour: Savouring 17th Avenue SW

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Explore Calgary's 17th Avenue SW on this food-focused walking tour. Get to know what the trendsetters are talking about by spending time with a guide on this hip strip. Traveling with a guided group gets you in to the restaurants that never have reservations available, where you can eat and drink to your heart's content.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.20
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Calgary Food Walking Tour: Inglewood Edibles Made by Mavericks

Calgary Food Walking Tour: Inglewood Edibles Made by Mavericks

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Take a taste of the “maverick spirit” that inspired the early residents of Calgary and continues in the culinary innovations of today. Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighborhood and is now a popular place for specialty shops and creative eateries. Explore the area with your guide and learn as you taste your way through Inglewood.
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  • 3 hours
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$102.93
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Calgary Food Walking Tour: Craving Kensington

Calgary Food Walking Tour: Craving Kensington

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Kensington counts among Calgary’s most liveable areas, with cozy cafes, buzzing bars, and a vibrant food scene—but knowing the best places to eat if you’re from out of town is tough. On this walking tour, follow your guide to five of Kensington’s foodie hot spots. Sample everything from cupcakes and poutine to cheese, wine, and craft beer, and enjoy the chance to chat to Kensington’s local artisans and chefs.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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