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Best things to do in Calgary

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Lodging
“The 1988 Winter Olympics were held here and this is a great spot for winter and summer activities. You can go down the bobsled track with current olympic athletes, take a zipline, ski and tub down the hill in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. You can also see the history of the olympics, as well as, the current olympic athletes training facilities. The blockbuster movie Eddy the Eagle was based off of true events that happened here.”
72 locals recommend
Food
“The Ship is a must visit while you're in Calgary! Great people, food and drinks, and an awesome patio sure to provide some of the best people watching in the city! Great the morning after for brunch and caesars too!”
97 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Huge mall. Cinemas, restaurants, food, bowling. Parking can be a challenge if its busy. Can take the c-train to Chinook Station then follow the pedestrian bridge over Macleod Trail.”
69 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“South Centre hosts a lot of family friendly events. They have some different stores from Chinook, but do not host a movie theatre.”
20 locals recommend
Bridge
“One of Calgary's absolute hot spots. Designed by a famous Spanish architect, the deep-red woven bridge quickly became the most photographed structure in the City. Its located in the middle of downtown close to Prince's Park, Eau Claire Market and the main bike route along the river.”
36 locals recommend
Café
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“This place serves some of the best coffee in Calgary! Do not hesitate to start your day off or get a boost mid day here!”
65 locals recommend
Event Space
“Inglewood is Calgary's most interesting, walkable neighbourhood. If you like live music, try the Ironwood, or Lolita's. Home to many local brew houses including the very popular Cold Garden. Antiques, art galleries, and restaurants...it's all in Inglewood! ”
61 locals recommend
Bar
“Calgary - very popular - lots of locations - rooftop patio on the one on 8th”
58 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“This is a nice walk - about 15 mins away. Tons of flavours of high end ice cream. ”
48 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is my favourite place! I love the kale salad and the margherita pizza!”
54 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Lovely place in the middle of the most gorgeous park of the City - Prince's Island Park. In the summer - great place for food and drinks on the large patio surrounded by greenery, flowers and birds. In the winter they serve the most unbelievable hot chocolate, which can be enjoyed after a few rounds on skating on the frozen river.”
55 locals recommend
Park
“Bowness Park is about 6 km away from Valley Ridge. It is a 30-hectare urban park on the Bow River in Bowness, a neighbourhood in the northwest quadrant of the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is popular in the summer for picnics and boating, and in winter for ice skating on the lagoon and the canal which feeds it”
45 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“A hip go-to Mexican place... try the chilly coconut margarita. It will blow your socks off. ”
47 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Stephen Avenue is one of Calgary's most popular downtown streets. Stephen Avenue offers a large variety of stores, restaurants, and cafes! ”
36 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great Historical Site of Calgary, also hosts large outdoor events. The Wooden Fort operates from 1875-1914 by the North West Mounted Police is a now a historical museum. ”
32 locals recommend
Gym / Fitness Centre
“Repsol Sports Center has olympic sized swimming pools, large weight lifting and fitness areas, gym with basketball courts, badminton, running track above, and tons of options for drop in classes including spin. It's quickly accessible by biking on the Elbow river pathway, or just a quick drive down Elbow Drive or Macleod Trail.”
57 locals recommend