Things to do in Calgary City Centre
Calgary is a modern and growing metropolis that proudly maintains its
traditional western heritage and way of life. Situated east of the
Canadian Rockies in the foothills and prairie region of southern
Alberta, the city is the largest Canadian municipality between Toronto
and Vancouver. Nicknamed Cowtown by its residents, Calgary is a
well-known destination for business, agriculture, tourism, and winter
Sports and Outdoor Actvities
Calgarians love sports and the city is home to a number of professional sports teams. The Stanley Cup-winning Calgary Flames
draw huge crowds to their National Hockey League games at the Pengrowth
Saddledome, especially during heated Battle for Alberta games against
long-time rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. The Saddledome is also home to the
Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.
Football fanatics can head to McMahon Stadium to watch the Calgary Stampeders
take on Canadian Football League teams like the Saskatchewan
Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and the BC Lions. The Stampeders have won
the CFL's Grey Cup six times.
As part of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games legacy, Calgary is home to
several world-class winter sports facilities including Canada Olympic
Park and the Olympic Oval. Canada Olympic Park
continues to serve as a training facility for ski-jumping, luge, and
bobsleigh. It is also a popular destination for local skiers and
snowboarders who do not want to head to the mountains in Kananaskis
Country or Banff. In the summer, Canada Olympic Park is open for
mountain biking and often hosts competitions throughout the season.
The city has several urban parks that are connected by an extensive
system of paths for walking, biking, and rollerblading. These include, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Hill Park, Bowness Park, Edworthy Park, and Prince's Island Park.
The annual Calgary Stampede runs for 10 days in July. Known as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,"
the Stampede features the largest and most famous rodeo event in the
world, drawing over 1 million people annually. During the Stampede, the
already-friendly Cowtown turns into a giant party as Calgarians put on
their western garb and host barbeques and pancake breakfasts all over
the city. The Calgary Stampede Grounds in the southeast section of the
city serves as the main centre of activity where spectators can catch
bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling. and other rodeo events. The
chuckwagon races thrill thousands of fans on a daily basis while the
agricultural exhibition highlights Alberta's farming heritage. Crowds
flock to the midway for rides, carnival games, and concerts by rock, pop, and country acts from around North America.
Calgary is very family-friendly and offers a wide range of places to
go and things to do in the city. Located on St. George's Island on the
Bow River, the Calgary Zoo has over 1,000 animals and
exhibits dedicated to Africa, Australia, South America, and Canada. The
zoo also features botanical gardens and a prehistoric park.
Heritage Park Historical Village is a popular site
that explores the city's heritage. Called a living history museum,
Heritage Park recreates a Prairie town as it might have appeared in the
early 1900s with staff dressed in traditional costumes.
The Calgary Tower has attracted visitors since 1968.
Visitors can catch panoramic views of the city and get a bite to eat at
the Sky 360 revolving restaurant.
With a mix of funky retail neighbourhoods and mid to large sized
shopping centres, Calgary offers several opportunities for shoppers
looking for anything from bargains to high-end goods. The city's largest
mall is Chinook Centre with over 200 stores, great restaurants, and a
multiplex movie theatre. SouthCentre, another popular mall, is a little
further down Macleod Trail.
The Deerfoot Outlet Mall in the northeast offers an
impressive assortment of brand name shops for those looking for anything
from jewellery and clothing to appliances and home furnishings.
WestHills Towne Center and Signal Hill Centre are large outdoor
shopping destinations in the Southwest. Both complexes have several
well-known, big name retail shops as well as restaurants and
In the northern parts of the city, shoppers can head to the area's
largest shopping centres, Market Mall in the northwest and Sunridge Mall
in the northeast. Both malls have over 150 shops that will please
shoppers of all ages.
The downtown area has several great shopping districts as well. Stephen Avenue
is a pedestrian only mall lined with boutiques, cafes, pubs, and art
houses. The +15 Skywalk connects several large department stores and
high-end establishments. The Eau Claire Market Shopping Centre has
several unique shops, galleries, and places to eat as well.
Places to Volunteer in Calgary City Centre
- Fresh Start Addictions Centre
- Aventa Treatment Foundation for Women
- Children's Legal and Educational Resource Centre Society
- Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
- Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
- Canadian Cancer Society Alberta/NWT Division
- The Canlearn Society of Persons With Learning Difficulties
- Werklund Family Foundation
- Southern Alberta Pediatric Hostel Society
- Renfrew Educational Services Society
- Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta - Calgary Chapter
- Hull Child and Family Services
- Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Calgary
- Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse Society
- Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary
- Prospect Human Services Society
- Kara Community Advisory Association
- Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association
- Families Matter Society of Calgary
- Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
- Calgary Family Services Society
- Bearspaw-Glendale Community Association
- Distress Centre Calgary
- Discover House Family Violence Prevention Society
- The Bethany Care Foundation
- The Calgary Between Friends Club - Fun and Fellowship for Disabled Youth
- Calgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation
- Ability Society of Alberta Assistive Technology for Persons With Disabilities
- Alexandra Community Health Centre
- Calgary Health Trust
- Inn from the Cold Society
- Calgary Homeless Foundation
- Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre Society
- Accessible Housing Society
- Hospice Calgary Society