Situated between the Prairies and the Rockies, Calgary was once a frontier town but is now a modern city on the back of an oil boom and has an interesting mix of old and new. It hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and for 10 days every year in early July it returns to its cowboy roots as it hosts “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” – the Calgary Stampede.
It is well worth taking some time to visit Calgary before or after a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer. Listed below are some of the attractions, contact us at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours to enquire further.
The highlights of any visit to the Stampede are the afternoon rodeo and the evening chuckwagon races followed by live musical entertainment and fireworks. In addition, there are rides, games, a First Nations village of colourful tepees, and livestock shows.
It takes just over a minute for lifts to travel the 191m to the top of the Calgary Tower where there is a restaurant and observation deck, giving fantastic views over the Prairies to the east and of the Rocky Mountains rising in the west.
At the foot of the tower is the check-in for the Rocky Mountaineer.
One of western Canada’s largest museums chronicles the history of the region with a wide variety of First Nations and pioneer exhibits; in particular, it reveals the lives of the Blackfoot people.
Canada Olympic Park
The park was developed to host ski-jumping, bobsled, luge and freestyle skiing in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Nowadays it is Alberta’s second most visited attraction behind the Rocky Mountain national parks.
In the summer there are mountain bike and hiking trails, and a zipline designed to simulate skiing down the ski jump, whilst in the winter visitors can bobsled down the Olympic track.
Heritage Park Historic Village
Step back in time on a visit to this park, on the shore of Glenmore Reservoir, as it recreates Prairie life from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include a 19th century amusement park with several rides, a replica paddle wheeler offering boat rides on the reservoir. Vintage steam trains and electric streetcars also tour the site.
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