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How to Spend 3 Days in Calgary

How to Spend 3 Days in Calgary

At the foot of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is the perfect base for exploring the mountains and parks of Alberta if you don’t have much time in the province. With just three days, you can check out a museum or two, hike or ski before soaking in hot springs, and look for dinosaur fossils. Here’s how.

Day 1: Visit Calgary’s museums

Learn about the history and culture of one of Canada’s biggest cities and spend a day exploring Calgary’s museums. At Heritage Park Historical Village, see what life was like in 19th-century Wild West Canada; or take a look at the Glenbow Museum’s inspiring collection of art and historical artifacts. Travelers with kids should also check out the highly regarded Calgary Zoo, home to more than 1,000 animals belonging to more than 100 species. Go to these year-round attractions on your own or on a guided tour that includes stops at additional city sights.

Day 2: Get outdoors in Banff

About a 90-minute drive from Calgary, Banff is an ideal day-trip destination, and you can be as active or as laid-back as you like there. Depending on the season, hit the ski slopes or the hiking trails while enjoying views of the Rocky Mountains. Alternatively, take a gondola ride or unwind in the hot springs. Some guided tours of the area also visit nearby attractions such as the picturesque, turquoise Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

Day 3: Step back in time at Dinosaur Provincial Park

If you’re up for another day trip, don’t miss Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about a 2.5-hour drive east of Calgary. An enormous number of dinosaur fossils are on display, with many still to discover in the park. Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the prehistoric site, and marvel at the contemporary landscape of hoodoos (aka fairy chimneys).

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Alberta Transfer: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary and Kananaskis

Alberta Transfer: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary and Kananaskis

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Take the hassle out of your Banff trip with this one-way transfer service by luxury motor coach between your hotel and next destination. This pickup and transfer is the perfect option if you plan to visit multiple destinations in Alberta. Get picked up from your hotel in Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary or Kananaskis and enjoy a worry-free ride to your next stop, with drop-off at most major hotels and resorts in the region.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.28
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Heritage Park General Admission

Heritage Park General Admission

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Step back in time and delve into Canada’s colorful past with this Heritage Park general admission ticket. With your ticket in hand, head inside the family-friendly park and begin exploring at your leisure. In the summer months, you can learn all about life as a 19th-century fur-trader or railway worker, and visit old-fashioned blacksmith’s shops and lumber yards. Admire antique automobiles at the Gasoline Alley Museum, where vintage 1908 REO Autobuggies and 1912 Buicks take pride of place. Stroll through Heritage Town Square and perhaps chat to the locals in their traditional clothing.
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  • 1 day
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$9.00
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Private Tour for 1 to 5 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

Private Tour for 1 to 5 guests of Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway

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Stand beside Lake Louise and experience the vast landscapes, soaring mountains, of Banff during this small-group, private full-day, guided tour along the Icefield Parkway. Bring up to five passengers and set off along the winding and spectacular road making stops at stop at Lake Minnewanka, Bow falls, Crowfoot Glacier and more. Enjoy aerial views of of Banff from Mount Norquay after ascending its switchback road to the top.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$719.45
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Canmore Caving Adventure Tour

Canmore Caving Adventure Tour

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Tackle Rat’s Nest Cave, located near Canmore, Alberta, on this all-day adventure tour. After being outfitted with your gear, head out on a short hike up to the cave. Along the way, learn how caves are formed and the geologic history of the area, plus possibly spot bighorn sheep. Once at the cave, rappel down 59 feet (18 meters) and begin navigating the route, which includes some challenging sections that involve climbing, crawling, squeezing, and sliding through the cave. At the end, reach the grotto with its crystal-clear pool and stalactites and stalagmites.
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  • 6 hours
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$139.89
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Calgary City Sightseeing Tour

Calgary City Sightseeing Tour

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This guided tour of Calgary offers a unique mode of transport: by vintage sidecar motorcycle. Relax while your driver takes you around the city and narrates the sights along the route. See landmarks like Scotsman's Hill and Crescent Heights Park, which overlook the heart of Calgary, as well as a brief stop for photos.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.07
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Triple C Mountain Adventure

Triple C Mountain Adventure

Your vintage sidecar adventure starts off in Calgary and heads west .  Stop in Cochrane, AB for a stroll around main street and experience the old northwest. Travel past the Yamnuska Wolf Sanctuary along the historic Bow Valley Trail, through ranch country. Enter the Rocky Mountains and the Canmore area for lunch to experience a mountain resort town. Lunch on your own. Wolf Dog Sanctuary tours or a floating lunch on the river are available after booking at an additional charge. Please enquire.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$443.66
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Small-Group Banff National Park Tour

Small-Group Banff National Park Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Banff, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake highlights during this full-day excursion from Calgary. Learn about the history of Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, accompanied by your guide's engaging commentary. Banff National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 11 hours
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