Located in Alberta, Calgary is a city that owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry, it is still however a city steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown.” Arguably best known for the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo that takes place in July each year which grew out of the farming exhibitions that were once presented here.
Main attractions include Calgary Tower, featuring a 1,228m-high observation deck; Glenbow, a museum of art and history; and the Calgary Zoo. The Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall and 17th Avenue offer shops, restaurants, lounges and entertainment. Hiking and biking are popular in sprawling Fish Creek Provincial Park. Olympic Park, built for the 1988 winter games, is a year-round sports hub with a bobsled run. The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has trails and wildlife.