A Billion Reasons

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A Billion Reasons

There is So Much Going on Here

Calgary is investing more than one billion dollars into infrastructure for planners hosting their event here - between the $500M BMO Centre expansion and hotel development on Stampede Park, the $550M event centre, upgrades to Stephen Avenue, the new Culture & Entertainment District and more - we have a lot to talk about! These upgrades, along with the capacity from the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, position Calgary to become the largest meeting and convention destination in Western Canada by 2024. 

Calgary River Surfing

Photo Credit: Chris Dowsett

Our top ten reasons:

Calgary is soon to be the largest convention destination in Western Canada Read More
  • The BMO Centre at Stampede Park is undergoing a $500 million renovation, increasing total floor space to one million square feet, more than doubling its rentable space.
  • The project includes one million square feet of meeting space, a 50,000 square foot ballroom, 80,000 square feet of breakout space, and 350,000 square feet of exhibit space.
  • Construction is due to be complete by June 2024.
  • Calgary has more than 15,000 guest rooms - and growing with the addition of a new 600 room hotel on Stampede Park.
  • In addition to the BMO Centre expansion and a hotel development, Stampede Park will also be home to a new event and entertainment centre - also due to be completed in 2024.

These developments are a catalyst for Calgary’s new Culture and Entertainment district

Calgary is easily accessible worldwide Read More
  • Calgary is no more than one stop away from any major city in the world.
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a Western Canadian hub and welcomes over 18 million passengers annually. 
Calgary is a basecamp for adventure Read More
  • Within the city limits, you and your attendees can fly down North America’s fastest zipline at WinSport, Canada’s Olympic Park; catch a wave while river surfing on the Bow River; and experience indoor skydiving at iFLY - and much more!
  • The province of Alberta is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four of them within easy driving distance of Calgary
  • Less than one hour west of Calgary is the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • To the east is Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands
  • To the south is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, an ancient Aboriginal heritage site, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. 
Calgary is Canada’s sunniest major city Read More
  • We get more than 2,400 hours of sunshine per year - more than any other major city in Canada.
  • Take advantage of the sunshine and stretch those legs after a day of meetings on North America’s longest urban pathway system. 
Calgary has been named the most livable city in North America, two years in a row Read More
  • The Economist listed Calgary as North America’s most livable city in 2018 and 2019.
  • Calgary was named 5th most livable city in the world by The Economist in 2019.
Calgary offers stunning offsite venues, and the world is taking notice Read More
  • Forbes named the Calgary Central Library as one of “5 Canadian Architecture Attractions You Have to See”.
  • Time Magazine and The New York Times also named the Calgary Central Library as a “must-see” masterpiece.
  • Studio Bell, Canada’s National Music Centre, offers interactive exhibits on the history of music in Canada - not to mention a stunning building in Calgary’s East Village. 
  • The Calgary Zoo is a leader in wildlife conservation and home fantastic meeting and banquet space. 
  • Heritage Park is North America’s largest living history museum - explore how “the west was once” in this unique setting. 
  • Search and learn more about Calgary’s offsite venues here
Calgary is good for your bottom line Read More
  • Alberta is the only Canadian province with 0% provincial sales tax.
Calgary has over 100 years of experience hosting major events Read More
  • Calgary is home to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth - the Calgary Stampede - which welcomes more than a million visitors during the 10 day festival every July
  • Other major events that Calgary has hosted include the Winter Olympics, the World Petroleum Congress, and Rotary International
Calgary’s downtown is safe, compact and walkable Read More
  • Calgary’s two major convention centers, the BMO Centre at Stampede Park and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre are both located in downtown, just four blocks apart
  • The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre is located on Calgary’s only pedestrian walkway, Stephen Avenue, providing easy walking access to restaurants, hotels, bars and theatres
Team Calgary will be your partners in planning Read More
  • From our Business Development team to our Event Services team, we understand your goals and will offer the best solutions to meet your objectives

Photographing Calgary Murals


Calgary has it all - stunning scenery, world-class dining, and must-see attractions.

Biking over the Peace Bridge Calgary


Don’t just take our word for it. Discover what event planners are saying about meeting in Calgary.

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