Once called ‘Cowtown’ due to the farming exhibitions, today Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with rodeo, roping, and horse history. In the summer, there are plenty of things to do for residents and visitors alike.

Start your visit at the Heritage Park Historical Village. This is one of the most popular attractions in Calgary. Step back in time where you can travel by rail, stagecoach, street car or horse-drawn wagon.  See the houses, schools, churches, and shops from a bygone era. Stop at the Wainwright Hotel for Sunday Brunch Buffet. Come see a glimpse Canada’s past.

The Calgary Zoo is like a jungle in the city; over 1,000 animals call this zoo home. The penguin walk has been delighting visitors for years. Leopards, tigers, hippos, and more all lounge in spacious habitats. Stop, relax, and enjoy the exhibits. Pack a picnic lunch or have lunch at the zoo. This is sure to please the whole family. There are plenty of places to stop and rest- great for those with limited mobility or small, cranky children. Come and see native Canadian animals as well as animals from all over the world.

No visit to Calgary is complete without experiencing the Calgary Stampede. This 10-day event has free breakfasts, funnel cakes, rodeos, chuck wagon races, and dancing. Contestants vie for the biggest purses in the rodeo circuit. Watch blacksmithing competitions, barrel races, concerts, and carousels. More than a million visitors annually makes this a must-see stop. Be sure to get there in time for the parade with floats, marching bands, and dancers- truly a great kick-off for the stampede!

Calgary wants to ‘wow’ you this summer and CanadaStays can help you find the perfect holiday home, vacation rental, condo and everything else in between to best suit the needs for your family. Plan your visit today and browse through tons of Calgary’s vacation rentals!


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