One of the most underrated places in Canada is Calgary, Alberta. Whether it be for the wildlife, experiencing the Canadian city life, or for a small getaway Calgary is our number one favorite.

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One of the most underrated places in Canada is Calgary, Alberta. According Statistics CanadaCanada consists a modest number of 36 million people including Calgary as the home to 1 million in its city’s borders. This year, Canada celebrated what is known as Canada 150, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Signs were installed around the country awakening the nation’s pride and creating a hot spot for tourists coming in and out during the fall and winter season. Whether it be for the wildlife, experiencing the Canadian city life, or for a small getaway Calgary is our number one favorite.

Canada 150 in Calgary, AB, Canada
“Canada 150” Photography by Carnie Chung

Calgary is unique in the way that it has the look of a metropolis with the warm welcome of a suburb with its small population, open roads, and wildlife along the outskirts just a dozen miles from the city center. You could travel from one end of the city to the other in just under 45 minutes. With just 2 and a half days to explore the city, we embarked on an adventure to discover what you need to see.

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit anywhere in Calgary is during the Fall and Spring. Because of the extreme weather, winter is not the fan favorite for your average traveler. With most of the roads blocked, heavy snowfall, and expensive airfares, winter would not be the best bet. Summer in Calgary continues to scorch locals with the rising temperatures.

Locals recommend coming during the Fall and Spring for the milder temperatures and the cross between two seasons bringing together the best of both worlds. Come during the fall to experience a chilly white wonderland and spring for the greener pastures.

Traveling To and Fro

Calgary is located in the south of Alberta and Southwest of the entire country. Because of the terrain, the best form of transportation to get to the majestic land is by air. From our research, if you’re anywhere but the major cities of the world, you will likely have layovers and connecting flights. Major airlines going to the city is Air Canada, West Jet, Delta, United, and Alaska Airlines if you are from the United States. You will be booking your flights to the “YYC” airport.

How Long to Stay

We enjoyed our two and half days, but if you’re looking to spend more time exploring and getting into the nitty gritty hole-in-the-wall scenes, we would recommend four days.

Where to Stay

Hotels and motels are scattered throughout the city. Depending on what you want to do, find the hotspots and pick a hotel based on those interests for easy access if you do not plan on doing too much driving or catching the subway.

Transportation in the City

Renting a car would be your best bet. Rather than the possibility of getting stranded for the night owls, you will appreciate the flexibility of having your own car. Plan your trip ahead of time and schedule a pickup for the car and read the fine print to make sure you have the necessary prerequisites and pre-existing knowledge to securing a vehicle. To get the best information, contact the rental companies located inside the YYC Airport.

Things to Do

We compiled a short list of places to visit for the “Coffee-enthusiast”, the “Munchies Expert”, and the “Savvy Photographer.”