Known as “Stampede City,” Calgary is a laid back and friendly destination. It’s a city of parks, cosmopolitan shopping and a great variety of family attractions. In summer, the city erupts into life. The ice hockey world championships take over the arenas, festivals like X Fest and 17th Street fill the streets, and parks such as Prince’s Island are ideal picnic spots.
There is also plenty to see beyond the city limits too. Calgary is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, and there are a number of tours that can be taken for a full day or longer. Whether you want to learn about the city’s Wild West past, or experience a breathtaking day trip to Banff, we have some highly recommended Calgary tour options below.
Calgary City Highlights Half Day Tour
A perfect way to get a grand overview of the city with this guided bicycle tour. Taking you through the Red Mile, the rustic boutique area of Inglewood and the Bow River, this is a fun way to explore the city with a local guide.
The tour departs from Sandman Signature Downtown Alberta Blue Sky Tours – Calgary, Alberta Hotel. After a short safety briefing, you’ll be fitted with your bike and have the opportunity to practice on a stationary bicycle before heading out onto the streets. Your guides will give you tips on the best biking routes and help you to navigate the unique bike-friendly streets of downtown Calgary. This is a low level of physical demand, however, some parts of the route may be a bit challenging for those with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair.
One of the most popular tours in all of Alberta, this is a must-do day trip from Calgary. The word Yoho means ‘awe’ in the Cree language, and you’ll certainly be awed by the beauty of this national park. With endless mountain peaks, soaring waterfalls, vibrant lakes and rivers, and the largest glacier in the Canadian Rockies, it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
The best time to visit Yoho is during the summer when you’ll be able to enjoy it without the crowds of tourists that descend on the region in the fall and spring. Be sure to include this once-in-a-lifetime experience when planning your next adventure in Alberta!