Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Stephen Avenue Walk
The historic thoroughfare in the heart of downtown is pedestrian-only during daytime hours. Stroll between early-20th-century sandstone buildings, many of which house fashionable boutiques and cozy pubs, and look for the treelike sculptures that border the avenue—the innovative installations help block gusty winter winds.
Chinese Cultural Centre
A 70-foot dome modeled after Beijing’s historic Temple of Heaven crowns this educational and retail space dedicated to Chinese culture. More than 20 artisans crafted and painted the intricate ceiling, decorated with 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes.
At 4,029 feet, Calgary Tower has the world’s highest 360-degree observation deck. After taking in city views, visitors can have lunch at Sky 360, where Alberta-beef tartare and trout or prawns certified by Oceanwise, Canada’s sustainable seafood program, are among the choice dishes.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.