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Alberta's largest city, and third largest municipality  in Canada (after Toronto and Montreal), Calgary is young, vibrant and creative! Perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies, rich in cultural institutions,  opera,  ballet companies, symphony orchestra  and several theatre companies has so much to offer all year around!

Taking a day tour to iconic locations like Lake Louise may be at the top of your  list. One of the most photographed locations in the world, Lake Louise, with its emerald green water and rugged peaks, is just two hours from Calgary. Canoe on the lake in the summer, enjoy ice skating and ice sculptures in the winter, beat the crowds and visit early in the morning or during the week for an uninterrupted view of the lake.

Soaking in the Banff Upper Hot Springs  has been a favourite activity for over a century. Located an hour and a half from Calgary, you can relax in the hot mineral waters at 1,585 metres of elevation in the highest operating hot spring in Canada. This natural wonder is equipped with a café, gift shop, picnic sites, and walking trails for a family friendly day in the mountains. 

Discover the remarkable terrain and unique experiences that await in the Canadian Badlands.  Explore Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Waterton Lakes National Park and discover 6000 years of history at Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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In summer, daytime temperatures range from 10 °C to 25 °C and sometimes exceed 30 °C an average of 5.1 days anytime in June, July and August, and occasionally as late as September or as early as May, and in winter drop below or at −30 °C 3.7 days of the year. As a consequence of Calgary's high elevation and aridity, summer evenings tend to cool off, with monthly average low temperatures below 10 °C throughout the summer months.

Calgary has the most sunny days year round of Canada's 100 largest cities, with just over 332 days of sun

Jul  Prime time for festivals, with Edmonton's Street Performers and the Calgary Stampede.

Jul–Sep    Banff and Jasper's trails are snow-free, making a full range of hikes available.

Dec–Feb  Winter-sports season in the Rocky Mountains.

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