Rising out of the flat Albertan prairies, Calgary is one of Canada’s most diverse and youthful cities. Home to 1.5 million people, Calgary is built on universities, big businesses, and the oil and gas industries, catapulting it into the economic major leagues. Yet, despite its manicured parks, sophisticated restaurants and premium shopping districts, Calgary stays true to its cowboy roots so you get your Stetson hat and boots at the ready. Popular with families too, Calgary offers an excellent zoo and science centre, while its Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, is home to North America’s fastest zipline, a 90-metre ski jump tower and – of course – a bobsled experience. The Olympic Park is just outside town so swing by when you are en route to the Rockies.
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Calgary Holiday Types
As the home to cowboy culture, adrenaline activities and picturesque surroundings, a holiday to Calgary can take on any number of forms. Browse our Calgary holiday types for inspiration or talk to one of our Experts for more itinerary ideas.
More About Calgary
Currency: Canadian dollar
Getting there: The London to Calgary flight time is 9 hours.
Visas: British Citizens require a tourist eTA visa, which you can apply for online.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required
Top 3 Things to Do in Calgary
- Travel back in time to learn about Calgary’s history at Heritage Park
- Enjoy adrenaline activities at Canada Olympic Park
- Visit in July to experience the Calgary Stampede
Getting Round Calgary
Calgary is an incredibly well connected city. The easiest ways to see the city’s sights is via the light rail transit (LRT), most notably the C Train which is a free hop on hop off train that will take you around the downtown area. For outside this area, you can travel on the Red Line and blue Line trains. The city is also home to a public bus network that also reaches the airport.
When to Go to Calgary
Calgary tends to sit on the cooler side with temperatures ranging from 22°C to below freezing. It’s for this reason, most travellers avoid visiting Calgary in the winter, which can be very cold and icy, unless looking to visit for a ski holiday. The summer months of June to August are the most popular times to visit, not only because the weather is ideal but it’s also when the city hosts a number of events and festivals, most notably the Calgary Stampede which takes place in July.
Why Book Your Calgary Holiday With Flight Centre
Whistler Journeys Holidays: Our range of tailor-made Calgary holidays called Journeys include all the best bits you expect from a trip – flights, accommodation and transfers – not to mention some great tours and experiences.
Local knowledge: Flight Centre has stores and offices throughout Calgary, giving us access to fantastic local knowledge. With people on the ground in Canada, we’ll not only ensure you have a fantastic time in Calgary but also offer you insider information and tips that only locals will know.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Flight Centre concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: If you book a Calgary holiday with us you’ll have access to our dedicated concierge service and our 24/7 Emergency Assist.