Canada's Capital of Culture 2012, Calgary is a friendly and welcoming city, located where Alberta's prairies meet the Rockies. It is a city that offers a dynamic arts and cultural scene, upscale shopping, and fine cuisine. Calgary was the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics and a tour of the Olympic Park is a great day out, this park is certainly worth a tour. Although there are a number of historical exhibits and displays, the site is best known as a recreational destination for locals and visitors alike. Try skiing, bobsledding, zip-lining, ice hockey, mountain biking and nearly every sport imaginable in one convenient location. Make your way to the top of the ski jump for breath-taking views of the entire city. Admission is free but prices vary for different sporting activities.
Calgary is most famous for the annual Calgary Stampede, which showcases all the thrills and spills of the Rodeo. This is a very busy time of year and you need to book early to guarantee your accommodation. Tickets for the Stampede are around £53 per person. The Stampede has for more than a century offered a truly memorable spectacle of yeeha cowboy and western entertainment. The 190 acres of Stampede Park are host to a bewildering array of events, races, attractions and entertainments during the 10 day festival that takes place in July. Popular attractions include the rodeo events of Saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling and the thrilling Bull Riding! Evening brings on the heart-stopping exciting Chuckwagon Races in which teams of horses race with loaded wagons and if this wasn’t enough there
is also the spectacular Grandstand Show.