World War II Lancaster bombers. One of North America’s largest and oldest heritage sites. Superlative winter sports venues. Glacial erratic exploration. A world famous rodeo. Small wonder visitors stampede into Calgary.
Every year over a million eager visitors join the rodeo-riding stars, the ranchers and stockmen, the cowboys and cowgirls, the marching bands and paraders, the souvenir sellers and rodeo chefs in that glorious celebration of rodeo known throughout the world as the Calgary Stampede. If you love spectacle on a grand scale, this is not to be missed. But, of course, there is more to Calgary than the Stampede. The city is a year-round destination with the Canada Olympic Park offering great facilities for skiing, snowboarding, bob sleighing and luge. In summertime the place is a mecca for hikers and mountain bikers - a gateway to the Rockies. And then there are the historic Lancaster bombers stationed at Nanton - and Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump; an evocatively-named heritage site presenting the culture of native Canadians. Stretching even further back in time is the large glacial erratic, south of Calgary, vividly showing how the Ice Age shaped this scenic land.