Calgary, gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Like any other large city, there is a plethora of options available for travelers on a budget. From historical walking tours to continually changing art galleries to indoor botanical gardens, there are options for anyone looking to have a good time and do it without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these top 5 attractions and tips to keep your trip to Calgary as cheap as possible, and remember to find a good budget hotel in Calgary.
If outdoor fitness is your game, look no further Calgary’s pathways. These extensive outdoor pathways are for pedestrians and cyclists alike and are the most extensive in North America. Bicycle rentals are available for visitors that want to try to see the entire 125 kilometers.
Those that want a more scenic view can traverse the Bow River portion of the pathway.The Bow River network spans 48 kilometers of beautiful bridges, vistas of the city and luscious parks.
Rouleauville (Mission District)
You will be surprised you don’t have to pay a fee for the privilege of visiting this historic area. As you are walking around, you’ll be pulled in by St. Mary’s Cathedral. The tall bell tower rises above the surrounding buildings and sounds heavenly when it chimes. Across the street, you’ll see the Rouleaville mural, a brick masterpiece that is not to be missed.
Formally a French village, this part of the city boasts many beautiful remnants of its past. After you’ve worked up an appetite walking around the city, stop for a break in one of the many trendy cafes for a bite to eat. For those that want to get some shopping in, head to 4th Street to check out some boutique shops.
Free art exhibits? Who’s heard of that before? Calgary boasts a few different free art viewing locations. The Esker Foundation is a gallery of modern and contemporary art that offers free admission and parking when they have a show. The University of Calgary has continually changing exhibits at the Nickle Galleries. Any art lover will be able something to catch their eye at one of these locations.
A quiet retreat for those looking for solace is found in the middle of Calgary at the Devonian Gardens. The sculpted beauty of the park is complemented by the feature waterfalls and koi ponds. The botanical garden and park are located indoors for year round enjoyment.
If you’re with some people that would rather indulge in window shopping instead of flower gazing, they can head to the Core Shopping Center, which is located below Devonian Gardens.
Free Transportation and Events
Transportation is often an expensive part of traveling but good news! You can get around certain parts of Calgary free. Downtown Calgary has the CTrain system with a district that is free for all riders.
The Calgary Stampede is a summer festival is full of raging bulls in a rodeo, stagecoach races, and Grandstand shows. The first Sunday of the Calgary Stampede is Family Day and offers free admission and a free grandstand show. All day entertainment? Can’t beat that.
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