When to Go in Calgary

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The City of Calgary, also known in Canada as the Heart of the New West, is the center of the third largest metropolitan area in Canada. Located in the southern region of the province of Alberta, this city combines a long tradition of cowboy history with a booming financial district. Its location at the eastern foothills of the Canadian Rockies makes weather prediction pretty hard, so it is a good idea to follow the dress code of Calgarians: always dress in layers and be ready to make the best out of what Mother Nature throws at you. The great news about Calgary is that no matter what season, there's always great entertainment available.

Winter

Winter often lasts between mid October to mid April, however this is just a guideline rather than a rule. Due to its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is often the destination of winter sport enthusiasts. Calgary truly shined as the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics because the city created major winter sport facilities such as the Canada Olympic Park (which is visible from almost any point of the city) and the Olympic Oval. There are several ski parks within a reasonable driving distance from Calgary. If you're visiting Calgary during the winter months we highly recommend that you watch a live game between the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers (of Wayne Gretzky fame!). The clash between these two rival cities of the province of Alberta is a great spectacle not to be missed! The whole city shuts down to watch these matches and, if Calgary wins, the celebration will be amazing throughout Calgary's downtown area.

Summer

Happening often between June and mid August, the summer season is the favorite of Calgarians alike because they get to enjoy a friendlier weather. Canadians love the outdoors and the many urban parks of Calgary are the best proof of that. Among Calgary's urban parks are: Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Hill Park, Bowness Park, Edworthy Park, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Confederation Park and Prince Island's Park. These parks provide excellent facilities and kilometers and kilometers (660 kilometers to be exact!) of paved pathways for walking, running, biking, rollerblading and jogging. Calgary is home of the largest municipal park in Canada, Nose Hill Park. If you're a lover of the great outdoors, you will feel yourself at home right here in Calgary!

The Calgary Stampede

Don't worry, it is not an unusual weather event happening in Calgary! Happening in early July, this is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world.The Calgary Stampede is the premier rodeo festival in the whole Americas, drawing millions of visitors every year since 1886. Just in 2006, this 10 day festival hit a record 1.26 million attendants!  If you're planning to visit Calgary and you only have 10 days, this is the place to be!On the first day of the Calgary Stampede you will experience the Stampede Parade, the oldest tradition of this rodeo, and the one that truly sets the tone of the next days to come because the whole city becomes one giant Western saloon. Western attire is not only suggested , it is sometimes mandatory for certain events, so pack accordingly. Most of the major events take place in the Stampede Park (southeast of downtown Calgary), but you will find plenty of Stampede related or themed activities throughout the whole city.

It doesn't matter whether it is in the summer or in the winter, there's always something good happening in Calgary, Alberta!

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August 29, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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