Straddling the banks of the Bow River, in the foothills of the Majestic Canadian Rockies, the City of Calgary rises up from the golden prairie. This is the home of the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Calgary's white Stetson cowboy hat is a symbol recognized around the world, and has come to symbolize Calgarians warm hospitality. But just one look at the Downtown skyline and you will know that this isn't just "COWTOWN" anymore. The flame placed atop the Calgary Tower for the 88 Winter Olympics is still in use to mark holidays and special occasions, and the arena built for the Olympics really has a roof shaped like a saddle!
Prince's Island, Calgary's beloved urban park, remains a small oasis of sanity and recreation and is just steps away from corporate downtown. Don't miss the Annual Raft Race on the Bow River. It's more of a party than a race, and consists of a running water-fight down the river to Princes Island. Stroll the pathways along the river, shop in the trendy Eau Claire Market or catch a movie In the IMAX theatre. Window shop on 8th Avenue SW, the whole street is a mall. Visit Chinatown in the heart of the city. The Cultural Centre has been patterned after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, and is decorated with tile work depicting a golden dragon as the centre peace, 60 feet above the floor. Or take a step back in time at Heritage Park (Canada's largest living Historical Park.) or at the Western Heritage museum in Cochrane (just a few miles northwest of Calgary). The TV show "Lonesome Dove" was filmed at Stoney Indian Reserve, 10 miles west of town. Just to the south of the city , Spruce Meadows has been carefully groomed from a former cattle feed lot into a neatly manicured 130-acre, world-class, show-jumping venue.
Take a ride down the bobsled run at Canada Olympic Park, pet the Dinosaurs at the Calgary Zoo, Play a round of golf or attend an opening at Theatre Calgary. You will experience a great mix of Urban lifestyle and Western Spirit.