Calgary Sights and Landmarks Guide, Alberta
Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism. In a survey conducted by Forbes magazine the city was ranked as the “world's cleanest city” in the year 2007
Calgarians consider the Calgary Stampede as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. The whole city gets a makeover where the shops add wooden, ranch-like storefronts, restaurants transforming into saloons, and people sporting western clothes. The fun gets underway during the month of the July every year with a traditional Stampede Parade which encompasses more than thousand horses and four thousand people. It is considered as the richest rodeo because of its big prize money. The world's eminent cowboys and cowgirls contend in the events such as saddling, barrel racing, steer wrestling etc. Another highlight is the Stampede breakfast, they are free-of-charge and comprise of pancakes, bacon, sausages and eggs.
The Canada Olympic Park which hosted the 1988 Olympics is truly a unique attraction. We can enjoy the Olympic Odyssey Audio tour which is multi-language, hands free and head-set enabled. It features the voices of world renowned athletes and with thrilling sound effects. It is a premiere recreational and sport learning centre designed for year-round use by both athletes and the general public. The Olympic Park also offers programs in skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking in the summer.
The Calgary Tower was built and opened in the year 1968. It is a massive 190 m in height and one of the tallest buildings in Calgary's skyline. The Observation Terrace offers beautiful views of the city and it has glass floor which allows visitors to stand 160m above the street.
At the Glenbow Museum it also houses an art gallery and library.It has a vast collection of about 28,000 works of art from the 19th century, ancient western style artifacts and historical documents. The museum preserves the entire culture and western heritage of Canada and boasts it to the outside world
Eau Claire Festival Market is an exclusive shopping market located near Prince's Island Park on Barclay Parade. In addition to one-of-a-kind shops there are also art galleries, a collection of restaurants, a fresh food market with seafood, baked goods and exotic imports. Eau Claire Festival Market also features leisure venues such as the Cineplex Odeon Theatre and Cinescape.
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