As the Gateway to the Rockies, Calgary serves as a hub for visitors in search of spectacular mountain scenery and high-altitude adventure.
Superb winter sports attractions like skiing and snowboarding are matched in the summer by golf, hiking, mountain biking, camping and fishing.
Adventure seekers will find what they're after in the legacy of the '88 Olympics: visitors can try their hand at bobsleigh, luge and speed skating at landmark attractions within the city limits.
Calgary's western heritage is well known, thanks in large part to the Calgary Stampede, known as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". This rodeo and 10-day event is a festival of western wear, pancake breakfasts, amusement rides and civic pride.
Beyond these traditional draws visitors to Calgary today will find a sophisticated, bustling modern city full of urban charisma, shopping and fine dining.