Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, and the third largest in Canada. It is located in the south, in an area of foothills and high plains, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city including Banff, Jasper, and several national parks. Calgary holds many major annual festivals which include the Calgary Stampede, the Folk Music Festival, and the Lilac Festival. There is an excellent downtown shopping area, and the city boasts a number of superb restaurants.
It’s impossible not to feel a certain sense of homecoming overcome you as you’re warmly welcomed by Calgary locals in a festival of color, life, pageantry – and most of all bull riding – that’s a joyful celebration of past and present.
Perhaps it’s the diverse and hospitable population, or the surrounding landscapes that are the epitome of breathtaking, or maybe it’s the fact that Calgary gets more days of sunshine per year than any other Canadian city; whatever the reason, the minute you step foot in it, you’ll know why visitors fall in love with “The Heart of the New West.”
(Calgary, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff)
As you stand atop the soaring Maligne Canyon and gaze down into the rushing waterfalls below, the epic scale and grandeur of Canada’s Rocky Mountains will flood your senses like the thick waterfall mist.
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