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Introducing Calgary

There’s a reason they call it Cowtown. This rodeo-mad city is one of the last frontiers of cowboy culture, and the Calgary July rodeo – the Calgary Stampede – is an obsession for locals and visitors alike. But there’s more to Calgary than spurs and saddles. The city tops lists for livability in North America. With its beautiful parks and welcoming character, this Canadian gem will win you over. The second city of Alberta, Calgary is more sedate than the state capital, Edmonton, but that doesn’t prevent Calgarians from knowing the way to a good time. Boutiques, pubs and restaurants give the city its vitality.

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What to do in Calgary

Calgary is devoted to sports, with a passion for the rough-and-tumble. Hockey, football, lacrosse and wrestling all have deep roots in the city; favorite sons include NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald and former WWF champion Bret Hart. The city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988; the Canada Olympic Park in western Calgary is a must-visit destination. If you’re an animal lover but want a break from the bulls of the rodeo, you can lose yourself in the enormous Calgary Zoo, which features over 270 species of animals.

Neighborhoods in Calgary