30 Reasons to Love Calgary

Calgary's famous Stampede is just 1 of the reasons to love the city. Find out the other 29!

Calgary offers diverse culture and unlimited opportunities for its born and bred Calgarians, new citizens and visitors. With 1.3 million people, nestled next to the Rocky Mountains under the prairie sky, Calgary boasts clean air and contagious spirit. Here are just a few reasons that make Calgary one of the most incredible cities to call home.

  1. Calgary was named the 5th most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (2009-2019) .

  2. With over 1000km of pathways, you can get virtually anywhere in Calgary on your bicycle. City of Calgary Pathways and Bikepaths. Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. Calgarians enjoy the pathways for walking, running, in-line skating and cycling.

  3. The famous Calgary Stampede is The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth held for 10 days every July. To see what’s in store this year, visit the Calgary Stampede.

    Calgary Stampede
  4. Ice skating at Olympic Plaza. Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, the plaza is the only refridgerated outdoor ice surface in the city.

  5. Enjoy a drink on a patio at Calgary' downtown Stephen Avenue.

  6. Escape to the Rocky Mountains on a whim, only an hour away from Calgary. There’s always something exciting to do in Canmore or Banff.

    Canadian Rocky Mountains

  7. Calgary’s International Airport (YYC) is Canada's third busiest airport (2020) by passenger traffic after Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International and Vancouver International.  YYC has the longest runway in Canada stretching for a full 14,000 feet (4,270 meters).

  8. Year-round concerts and performances from big name artists like Eric Church, Fleetwood Mac, Zac Brown Band, Foo Fighters and Keith Urban to small theatre shows.

  9. The Calgary Saddledome is an iconic symbol of Calgary. The Saddledome was built in 1983 to host the Calgary Flames, Calgary's professional National Hockey League (NHL) hockey team and to serve as the main facility for ice hockey and figure skating during the 1988 Olympics.

  10. Watching the Calgary Stampede fireworks from Scotsman’s Hill.

  11. Calgary has awesome food trucks. Follow your favourite food trucks on Twitter or use the Street Food App.

  12. Free pancake breakfast for 10 days during the Calgary Stampede.

  13. The Calgary Tower is a opened to the public on June 30, 1968 as the tallest structure in Calgary. The Tower stands at 56 stories, 247 m (810 ft).

    Calgary Tower

  14. Nordstrom opened its first store in Canada in Calgary’s Chinook Mall in 2014.

  15. The different people you’ll meet.

  16. No Provincial Sales Tax. We’re the only Canadian province that is PST free!

  17. If your need is for speed in the summer time you can fly down the fastest zipline in North America reaching speeds of up to 140 km/h. WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park also has skiing, bobsleigh, luge and mountain bike trails.

    Calgary Zipline

  18. Calgary’s Plus 15 lets you go from building to building downtown without having to brave the cold. The Plus 15, named because the skywalks are about 15 feet above the street, is the world’s largest pedestrian skywalk system.

  19. Discovering your new favourite restaurant.

  20. The Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada and only 5 minutes from downtown Calgary. Along with the King Penguin exhibit, the zoo has over 1000 animals including gorillas, giraffes, wolves, grizzly bears, moose, Komodo dragons, red pandas and hippos. Plan your Calgary Zoo visit.

    Calgary Zoo

  21. The friendly and giving spirit of the city and its citizens, if you need help, you’ll find it.

  22. Exploring Fish Creek Provincial Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks, located in south Calgary.

  23. Picnicking on Princes Island Park, an urban oasis, named after Peter Anthony Prince, a lumberman from Quebec who came to Calgary in 1886 and founded the Eau Claire Lumber Mill.

  24. Eating lunch and picking up organic produce at Calgary Farmer’s Market.

  25. GlobalFest Fireworks Festival. Annually in August, this is a must see event.

  26. Visiting one of the trendy shops of 17th Avenue, Inglewood, Marda Loop or Kensington.

  27. The TV series Fargo and Heartland are filmed in and around Calgary.

  28. Walking or biking across the Peace Bridge, Calgary’s coolest pedestrian bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

    Calgary Peace Bridge


There are so many things to love about Calgary. What do you love?

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