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Visit Calgary on a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour

Alberta’s largest city balances a big-city flair with a storied, cowboy past. Canadian Western culture is big here in Calgary, which is affectionately known as “Cowtown” by locals.

When you visit Calgary, go shopping on Stephen Avenue, a pedestrian-friendly sector where shops, eateries, and nightlife await. Discover quirky Canadian history at Heritage Park, or visit the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum for an inside look at sporting history. 

A Canadian Rockies Cruisetour is the perfect opportunity to visit Calgary and beyond, giving you the choice to extend your exploration on either Celebrity Eclipse’s 7-Night Hubbard Glacier sailing or Millennium’s 7-Night Southbound Glacier sailing. After stunning glacial vistas, exhilarating shore excursions, and seven nights of living in luxury on board, experience life as a cityslicker in Calgary. 

Top Sights & Attractions on a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour to Calgary

Calgary Tower

The best views of the Rocky Mountains are on display from the summit of the nearly 630-foot-tall Calgary Tower, making it the perfect afternoon excursion for a panoramic photo op. Tours of the facility, fine dining and cocktails at SKY 360, and more await at the top.

Stephen Avenue Walk

The fine dining and retail scene along Stephen Avenue is a top attraction in Calgary.  This pedestrian-friendly mall winds around hotels, quaint eateries, and local boutiques, giving you ample chances to window shop, relax in a local cafe, and stroll through Calgary’s higher-end shopping district.

Heritage Park Historical Village

More than your run-of-the-mill park experience, Heritage Park is a time machine to 1860s Canada, where staff dress in authentic costumes from the old days of Calgary. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the grounds, see antique automobiles and memorabilia, and look out from Glenmore Reservoir toward Calgary’s Elbow River.

Canada Olympic Park

Home of the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Canada Olympic Park is a must-see for athletes and sports enthusiasts. The facility has activities for every level of thrill—from a laid-back tour of the Sports Hall of Fame to adventurous mountain biking trails, ziplines, luges, and summertime skating. Learn the history of the Olympics and marvels of human achievement. You’ll even see the famous Olympic torch on display.

Top Food & Drink Spots in Calgary

Vero Bistro

Elegant and tasteful Vero Bistro is one of Calgary’s best fine dining restaurants, rated highly by locals and visitors for their takes on traditional fare. Mains like pan-seared scallops and grass-fed steak and frites are crowd-pleasers. Order a seafood platter, bacon-wrapped dates, or charcuterie to split among friends and family.

 

James Joyce Irish Pub

For a classic Irish pub experience in Canada, grab a cold beer or sample a flight at the Irish-owned James Joyce Pub along lively Stephen’s Avenue. Stop by for weekend brunch, order a hearty jalapeno and bacon burger or crispy fish and chips, or try a dish from their dedicated gluten-free menu.

 

Minas Brazilian Steakhouse

At this Brazilian restaurant, you’ll find authentic open barbecue dishes, or rodizio. Slow-roasted pork, fried pork belly, cassava, and polenta are popular sides and appetizers on Mina’s menu, and you can also order one of their giant plates to share.

 

Culture and History of Calgary

Calgary’s history stretches back thousands of years when Alaska Natives, including the Blackfoot tribes and others, lived without interruption from settlers. In 1876, Fort Calgary was established, setting in motion the town’s trajectory into homesteading and early 20th century oil booms. Today, Calgary is home to a population of over one million residents, and is regularly included in “best places to live” lists in Canada.

Culture and History of Calgary

Calgary’s history stretches back thousands of years when Alaska Natives, including the Blackfoot tribes and others, lived without interruption from settlers. In 1876, Fort Calgary was established, setting in motion the town’s trajectory into homesteading and early 20th century oil booms. Today, Calgary is home to a population of over one million residents, and is regularly included in “best places to live” lists in Canada.

Getting to Calgary on a Canadian Rockies Cruisetour

Calgary is the last stop on an Canadian Rockies Cruisetour. You’ll arrive in style via deluxe motor coach from Banff. After you overnight in the city, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Transportation in Calgary

Public transit is available in Calgary, called the LRT or “C-Train” by locals. With a Cruisetour, premier transportation is included in your experience. Beyond that, downtown Calgary is very accessible on foot, and cycling is a popular method of transportation in the city.

Shopping in Calgary

When you visit Calgary, you’ll use the Canadian dollar. Remember to tip 15% to 20% when you’re eating out, buying a coffee or a cocktail, or using the services of an independent tour operator.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

When you visit Calgary, you’ll use the Canadian dollar. Remember to tip 15% to 20% when you’re eating out, buying a coffee or a cocktail, or using the services of an independent tour operator.

Find Cruisetours to Calgary

Cowboys, rodeos and good times await visitors to Calgary. This city of roughly 800,000 relishes its cowboy past and present. A cosmopolitan city in every way, Calgary retains its spirit of friendliness and genuine hospitality.


Tip from Travel + Leisure

Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

Grab your Stetson and boots and head here for rib dinners followed by two-stepping lessons and live country music. Hop on a mechanical bull if you dare, or simply sidle up to the bar for pints of Bud.

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