Calgary is a small(ish) city, but its full of nightlife and events. In particular; The Calgary Stampede. The worlds richest rodeo show, with countless amounts of music stands and live shows. And for $18 CAD for an adult, this is unbelievable value for the event it is. In simple words, do not miss it!

The city itself is not a particular pretty place. It has all the basic amenities of a developed city, but not any real character. For shops, jobs and bars, Calgary ticks all the boxes…but not much to offer after that. However, that doesn’t mean skip it because Calgary is a gateway to some of the most iconic national parks in the country.

Alberta being a more reasonably priced province compared to say, Vancouver. So it’s a little bit more manageable for us backpackers, but not by much. Canada is just an expensive country, end of.

calgary stampede

For a hostel you will probably be paying $30 CAD a night but during the stampede prices can jump by about 50% and many places sell out months in advance. So book in advance or just avoid the stampede time.

If you are visiting Calgary, try carpooling with backpackers (or anyone for that matter) and head to the Rocky Mountains. You are really close to them and their are three national parks you should check out while in Alberta; Banff, Jasper and Waterton (in order of distance).

The top three things to do while in Calgary are:

  1. Visit Banff
  2. Watch the Calgary Flames hockey games
  3. Visit the Bick Rock Brewery


Ultimate Tourist Review: ★★★☆☆
Recommended Days: 2

Fort Calgary – Calgary Tower – Heritage Park Historical Village



Hop In Brew Pub – Milk Tiger Lounge – The Ship & Anchor


>> When in Banff
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