"Calgary has changed over the years, from a frontier fort, to a bustling urban marketplace; however, it retains much of its western charm."
The population of Calgary has grown exponentially over the past few years, and so has its cultural diversity. It has an expanding Chinatown, and a thriving 'little Italy', its many cafes and trattorias open alongside the more traditional saloons and western bars.
Of course the highlight of the year is still the world-famous Calgary Stampede, a ten-day celebration of all things western. Featuring a rodeo competition, stage shows, First Nations exhibitions, agricultural competitions, and a midway. Thousands of people pour into the city, and for 2 weeks, everyone in Calgary is a cowboy.
Culturally, Calgary is jam-packed with things to do. Known as 'Nashville North", it has become the centre for country music in Canada. The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is a massive performing arts facility, and home to the Calgary Opera, the Alberta Ballet, and the Kiwanis Music Festival.
For those about to shop, Calgary salutes you. You'll want to start downtown in the 'Core'. A union of the three largest malls downtown, all connected by indoor pedestrian walkways. Here you'll have access to every store imaginable, including high-end fashion, banks and restaurants. Those with a passion for antiques, and rare objects d'art should head to the charming neighborhood Inglewood. One the oldest parts of the city, Inglewood has plenty of historical treats, and is the city's trendiest arts and shopping district.