Destination guide

Enjoying your stay in a Calgary vacation rental

Calgary offers a dynamic landscape where a cosmopolitan city centre with towering skyscrapers meets a rural setting of vast prairies and winding rivers against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. If you prefer a fast-paced lifestyle, you'll find it in Downtown Calgary, home to high-end restaurants, bustling bars, public squares, major shopping centres, and renowned museums. Alberta's cowboy culture and open ranges also impact the big city – nicknamed "Cowtown" – as Calgary hosts some of Canada's biggest rodeos and farming festivals throughout the year. Whether you're staying in one of the city's numerous hotels or vacation rentals, you'll find there's plenty of fun on tap for everyone, from solo travellers to vacationing families.

History

Calgary offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historic military sites, starting with Fort Calgary, an 1875 complex built to defend the city. Today, the wooden fort is open for tours. The Military Museum devotes its galleries to honouring local troops that served in the Boer War, the World Wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War. There's also an outdoor area that displays historic wartime vehicles. Not only does Battalion Park offer hiking trails and panoramic views of the city from atop a bluff, but the space also serves as a tribute to World War I soldiers. Finally, visit the enormous Glenbow Museum for a deep dive into Calgary's local history.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Calgary

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Calgary a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Canada Olympic Park (6.9 mi / 11 km)
  • Stampede Park (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Calgary Zoo (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Shaganappi Point Golf Course (2.3 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Richmond Green Golf Course (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Calgary

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Calgary is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Canada Olympic Park (6.9 mi / 11 km)
  • Devonian Gardens (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • McDougall Centre (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Central Memorial Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Prince's Island Park (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Riley Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Calgary

The nearest airport is in Calgary, AB (YYC-Calgary Intl.), located 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Calgary University Station or Calgary Heritage Station to see more of the city. You can get around Calgary by jumping on the metro at 3rd Street SW Station, 4th Street SW Station or 6th Street SW Station.

How to get around

Getting around Calgary near your vacation rental

Light rail trains and buses are a fast, affordable way to get around town, and Calgary offers plenty of both. The city's layout makes driving a somewhat confusing task for newbies, and icy and snowy roads are particularly challenging in the winter. Thankfully, Downtown Calgary is compact enough that it's easy to explore on foot. You can still walk during the region's harsh winters, but you'll be limited to the enclosed and elevated walkways that connect the city's buildings. During warm weather, you should take advantage of Calgary's more than 800 kilometres of combined pathways and bike lanes, one of the most extensive networks in North America.

Food & drink 

Chinese cooking and Caesars – culinary delights in Calgary

Carnivores, rejoice! You'll find plenty of hearty dishes to enjoy throughout the city, from prime cuts of Alberta beef in beloved Calgary steakhouses, to ginger beef platters – a local creation – in Chinese restaurants. Calgary is also home to scores of authentic Vietnamese eateries, where you can grab a piping hot bowl of pho, the beloved Vietnamese soup, or a banh mi sandwich, featuring a mixture of meats and vegetables, coriander, cucumbers, and pickled carrots on a baguette. For an added bit of kick, ask for jalapenos. Sunday brunch in Calgary almost always include a Caesar, a variation of a Bloody Mary, complete with clam-spiked tomato juice.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Calgary vacation rental stay

Calgary's population of 1.2 million people makes it Alberta's largest city. English and French are Canada's official languages, but the former is the most common tongue in Calgary. The nation's currency is the Canadian dollar and travellers can usually make currency exchanges at banks, ATMs, and border crossing exchange booths. Calgary is a relatively safe city, but you can dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Gratuities are rarely included as part of your dining experience, although it's customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax. Some restaurants may automatically charge a gratuity of up to 18% if you're dining with a large group.

Where to stay near Calgary?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 566 house rentals near Calgary. From 330 Houses to 167 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Calgary for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Calgary?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Calgary:

  • Northwest Calgary: 377 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 142 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Calgary: 447 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Calgary: 165 vacation rentals
  • Downtown West End: 60 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Calgary?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Calgary. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Calgary Zoo: 546 home rentals
  • Calgary University Station: 556 home rentals
  • Canada Olympic Park: 572 home rentals
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium: 550 home rentals
  • Calgary Telus Convention Centre: 546 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Calgary listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Calgary?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 330 Houses in Calgary. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Calgary include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 167 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 17 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 17 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Calgary?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 60 vacation homes with pool available in Calgary.

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