Calgary tours and excursions
Long-time Calgarians lead CalgaryWalks tours, giving you local insight into famous landmarks and secret spots. The main tour takes place in the downtown core, exploring Stephen Avenue Mall and the Bow River Pathway. Tours run from mid-April to mid-September and are limited to eight participants, so book ahead.Tel: +1 855 620 6520.
The XperienceCalgary Tour takes you by minibus to the city's top sights, including Fort Calgary, Stampede Park and Canada Olympic Park. You can either choose to do a half-day tour on its own, or you can combine it with entry to Heritage Park. Tours run from mid-May to mid-October.Tel: +1 855 595 1855.
About 140km (87 miles) east of Calgary, the Alberta Badlands are a moon-like landscape of hills and flats peppered with hardy brush and scrubby grass, formed by the waters of the last Ice Age. What makes the area unmissable is the Royal Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller, which features dozens of full-size dinosaur skeletons.Tel: +1 403 823 7741.
Banff National Park
Just over an hour's drive west of Calgary, Banff National Park entices outdoor enthusiasts to explore the stunning beauty and splendour of the Canadian Rockies. Rising from the plains, the dramatic snow-covered peaks abound with wildlife, glacial lakes, forests, rivers and hot springs. The park is home to wolves, mountain goats, eagles and grizzly bears and elk.Tel: +1 403 762 8421