Downtown, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Downtown, Calgary, AB, Canada

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City fun and wilderness adventure in Downtown Calgary

Downtown Calgary is the heart of a skyscraper-packed city that draws residents and visitors alike to its vibrant cultural center and sweeping parks. Set on either side of the Bow River that curves through its center, this urban landscape is conveniently close to the dramatic, sweeping terrain of the Rocky Mountains. Downtown Calgary vacation rentals also provide an excellent home base for walks to the caf_s, shops, and theaters of the city, and day trips to the ski resorts and mountain lodges of Banff and beyond. With festivals for everything from film to maple syrup, Downtown Calgary is a never-ending source of cosmopolitan pursuits.

Outdoorsy bliss near Calgary

Although Downtown Calgary is close to the powder-pounding ski resorts of the Rocky Mountains, you don't need to leave the city to get stuck into the great outdoors. You can strap on ice skates and practice your jumps and twirls at one of the outdoor ice rinks, or try night skiing and see the snow glow in the light of the moon. Downtown Calgary vacation rentals are a good place to rest after long summer days exploring the city's museums and shops or taking an art walking tour. Then, cycle along the riverbank and have a delicious picnic as you watch the sunset.

Culture and family fun in Calgary

For a bird's eye view of Downtown Calgary and the snow-covered Rockies, take a ride to the top of the Calgary Tower, a freestanding observation deck with panoramic views. You can see tigers, gorillas, and nearly 1,400 other animals at the immersive Calgary Zoo, then delve into Canadian history at the renowned Glenbow Museum. Downtown Calgary vacation rentals are also close to the Canada Olympic Park, an inspiring place to see athletes in training, and the Scotiabank Saddledome, where you can scream along with the locals at an ice hockey game. Come July, you can mingle with cowboys at the rootin' tootin' Calgary Stampede.

Calgary adventures in winter and summer

Downtown Calgary experiences cold winters with bracingly frosty winds. It's a lovely time to bundle up and try a chili caramel hot chocolate at the YYC Hot Chocolate Festival, or rent a bike and take part in Winterpalooza, a bike festival that opens up epic pathways through the city. In summer, ever-present breezes keep Downtown Calgary pleasant during the day and cool at night. It's a great time to walk or cycle the numerous trails that wind through Downtown Calgary and along the Bow River, or drive to the Rocky Mountains for spectacular scenery.

Green spaces and wild animals in Calgary

Divided by the placid waters of the Bow River, Downtown Calgary is a ravishing region of Calgary proper. Dotted with numerous parks, this cosmopolitan city is more than just towering skyscrapers and office buildings. Only an hour and a half west of Banff, Downtown Calgary is close to the soaring peaks of the Rockies, and the rolling hills of Kananaskis Country. With so many green spaces within the city limits, visitors have the chance to see wildlife such as coyotes, deer, badgers, porcupines, and the occasional bear or cougar. Looking up, you may spot brown bats or black-billed magpies.