Calgary, located in Canada’s western province of Alberta, is the perfect winter ski and snowboard destination.
Probably best known for its yearly Stampede rodeo and festival, it’s a cosmopolitan city that owes its wealth to the lucrative oil industry. Calgary boasts great nightlife and café culture, a strong Western heritage, as well as stunning countryside to explore.
Here are 7 reasons to hire a private jet charter to Calgary…
1 Calgary Stampede
This year’s famous rodeo and Western festival takes place in Calgary between July 6 and 15. Located at Stampede Park, southwest of downtown Calgary, the 6-day festival features musical acts, fireworks, rodeos and horsemanship. The Stampede Rodeo is daily at 1.15pm, culminating in the grand finale on the Sunday afternoon. Tickets for the Calgary Stampede are now available to buy online at www.calgarystampede.com.
2 Skyline Luge
A fun day out for the whole family, the Skyline Luge is the world’s longest luge track. Accessed via chairlift you’ll descend more than 100 metres (328 feet) from the Start Zone and Luge down the 1800 metres (5905 feet) of track to the End Zone. With more than 50 twists and turns (you can go at your own speed) this wheeled gravity ride will be a memory to treasure.
3 Calgary Tower
For unbeatable views of Calgary and beyond, head for the 525ft Calgary Tower in the city’s downtown district. Take the lift to the top and enjoy 360-degree views of Calgary and beyond to the Rocky Mountains from the observation deck and restaurant. Designed to be wind and earthquake proof, Calgary Tower can sway up to 16.5cm and even withstand winds of up to 161km/hr.
4 Ski at Banff – Banff, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay
Only a 90-minute drive from Calgary, Banff is the main resort for the ski stations of Banff, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay. Combine a stay in Calgary with sightseeing before you head for the snowfields. A SkiBig3 Lift Ticket provides free transportation between Banff-Lake Louise and the three ski areas. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
5 Heritage Park Historical Village
Situated on parkland next to Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir, the Heritage Park Historical Village is a living museum with period shops selling antiques to candy. Focus on Canadian history from the 1860s to the 1950s.
6 Lake Louise
Just a 40-minute drive from Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway, Iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – in winter enjoy skating on the famous lake – scenery here is out of this world. The area has 4,200 skiable acres and was named Canada’s Best Ski Resort 2017. In summer, there are myriad hiking trails, and you can spot grizzly bears from the gondolas taking you up Whitehorn Mountain.
7 TELUS Park
Science, tech, biology and computer geeks will love the TELUS Spark Science Museum. Enjoy a host of interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational demonstrations. Calgary’s only Dome Theatre is here and features exciting live planetarium shows and movies.