Calgary is not the capital but with close to a million inhabitants, it’s the largest city and the centre of the Canadian Province Alberta. Calgary is the third biggest city in Canada. It is believed that Calgary was founded in 1884 due to its location in the middle of the fertile prairie in the cattle rearing centre and is at the heart of the Cowboy lifestyle. In the course of the oil boom that reached its peak at the end of the 1960’s, the city began its steady climb to an oil metropolis and is still climbing today. Calgary is still the fastest growing city in Canada. Although nowadays Calgary is a modern city- the people are still proud of their history and all over the city they are reminiscent of the past as a Canadian Cowboy city. The symbol of the city is still a white cowboy hat. The city is perfectly designed for a car hire tour.
Calgary’s past really comes to life in July at the annual "Calgary Stampede“- a huge rodeo. This is when the city is decorated in style of the Wild West. There is a huge festival with hundreds of visitors from throughout the world who have all come to celebrate and to taste the legendary “Alberta Steak” that the region is so famous for. Those of you that want to experience more about the life and tribes of the “old” Calgary should definitely visit the open air museum “Heritage Park Historical Village” or go to “Fort Calgary” with car hire where the history of the city is explained - both of these attractions can be easily reached in with car hire. In order to travel further back into the past should visit the “Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump” which can be found 90km (56 miles) south of the city and can be easily reached with car hire. The exhibition is a “UNESCO Cultural Heritage” and informs visitors about the Blackfoot Indians that lived and hunted here up until the 19th century. Calgary has much more to offer than cowboy romanticism and big city flair.
The city is also a famous meeting place for winter sports enthusiasts of every kind. Not to mention that Calgary was chosen to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. The sports facilities that where built for the games are still in use and can also be visited. For those of you that are daring enough, you can also try them out. If you are only there once then you should take a trip to the “Olympic Hall of Fame”- inside is the largest Olympic Museum in the world.
For those of you that are not particularly interested in this side of Calgary can experience the city in a completely different way for example as a pulsating metropolis with its exciting nightlife: Next to many Western Pubs you will find a wide variety of clubs, restaurants and pubs. Especially Chinatown, Fourth Street and Uptown 17th Avenue are the favourites for the out-going tourists in Calgary. For those of you that enjoy cosmopolitan exciting cities that are a mixture of tradition and modernity should definitely not miss out on visiting Calgary whilst touring Canada with cheap car hire.
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