Calgary Canada is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and vast areas of natural beauty such as Banff National Park. Sandwiched between the foothills of the mountains and the Canadian prairies, Calgary has a dry climate with pleasant summers and variable winters, boasting up to 332 days of sun per year. The reason for the variable winters is a phenomenon called the Chinook Winds. Although average winter daytime temperatures are around -3 Degrees, these warm winds can blow in and raise the temperature by up to 30 Degrees in a matter of hours, and these warm winds can stay for days at a time!
Calgary is a leading city for the Oil and Gas industry, and many large companies have their headquarters here. This all means that an impressive skyline has become a defining feature for this city. Leading the way is the Calgary Tower, which reaches up to an impressive 191m. During your stay, make a reservation at Sky 360. This is a revolving restaurant in the tower, from which you can enjoy the city views while you dine.
The most famous event in their calendar is the Calgary Stampede, which is a 10 day rodeo and exhibition every July. More than a million visitors take on the city at this time, so book well in advance. During summer, Calgary is also a popular destination for fly-fishermen, who try their luck on the Bow River. For locals, golf is also a popular summer pastime, and Calgary enjoys a large variety of world class courses.
If you are visiting between October and April, check the calendar for the Calgary Flames, the National Hockey League team. Their home is the Scotiabank Saddledome, and tickets for this exciting sport are reasonably priced. Olympic Park is the training ground for many athletes from a variety of winter sports, including bobsleighing, ski jumping, downhill or cross country skiing, as well as snowboarding. While you are here, visit the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, which honours 548 members of Canada's sporting history.
Calgary has a myriad of super shopping centres, including the Chinook Centre and Southcentre Mall, where you can shop to your heart's content. When walking downtown, you will see the world's most extensive skyway network.
Many of the office buildings are connected by a series of indoor elevated walkways, officially called the +15, because they are usually constructed 15ft above the ground.
To enjoy a bit more culture during your visit, go to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, otherwise known as the 'Jube'. It hosts regular Broadway musicals and stages local productions, as well as being the home of the Calgary Opera and the venue which hosts the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
For those with extra time, venture further afield in the direction of Banff National Park, where extraordinary adventures await you. Year-round, Lake Louise and the surrounding area will take your breath away and you can choose to explore it by car, bicycle, snowshoes or canoe.
Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, take your time and enjoy Calgary at leisure!
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