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How to Spend 24 Hours in Calgary

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Calgary

Looking for fun things to do during your 24 hours in Calgary?

If you’re going to Banff, chances are you’re probably flying in or out of Calgary to get there.

Banff is actually only about an hour and a half drive from Calgary!

Don’t sleep on spending some time in Calgary – you can totally have a fun 24 hours exploring the city.

Whether you’re looking to get a taste of Canadian cuisine or want to do some hiking near the city, there are plenty of fun things to do in and around Calgary.

If you’re looking for guided tours of the city, you might enjoy this vintage sidecar motorcycle tour, or this self-guided GPS walking tour.

Here’s how to spend a fun 24 hours in Calgary, Alberta!


Where to stay in Calgary


If you’re looking to book your flights and hotels for Calgary, I’d highly recommend booking on Expedia to collect points towards free rewards and discounts!

I also like to use Airbnb when I’m traveling on a budget, and I have a separate blog post all about how to find the best Airbnbs.


How to spend 24 hours in Calgary


Brunch at OEB Breakfast Co.

Calgary is actually a pretty great city for foodies, and you’ll find plenty of awesome restaurants.

If you’re looking to grab some brunch in the city, definitely pay a visit to OEB Breakfast Co.

OEB is a Calgary-based breakfast chain with locations in Canada and the U.S.

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They put a unique spin on classic brunch dishes, and you’ll literally want to try everything on the menu.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website

OEB Breakfast in Calgary, Alberta

Go up the Calgary Tower

Peep the 360 views of Calgary from above at the Calgary Tower.

If you’re brave enough, you can walk along the glass floors at the observation deck.

Admission is $18 per person!

LOCATION: 101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB | Website


Walk under the Peace Bridge

The uniquely-designed Peace Bridge hangs over the Bow River, and it’s made for pedestrians and cyclists.

Take a walk under the bridge and snap some cool photos!

Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta

Stroll through Prince’s Island Park

Prince’s Island Park is one of the nicest parks in Calgary, and it’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

It’s actually located right by the Peace Bridge, so you can just walk on over after stopping by the bridge!

If you’re looking to spend a little time relaxing, you can grab some bubble tea from The Alley, Gong Cha, or CoCo in Chinatown and have a little picnic by the river.

Paid street parking is available, and it’s free on Sundays.

LOCATION: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary, AB | Website


Dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Culture

Workshop Kitchen + Culture is known for their daily rotating set dinner menus, which are expensive, but totally worth experiencing.

If you’re in Calgary for just 24 hours, you might as well experience some of the best cuisine the city has to offer!

The three course tasting menu is $55 per person and the five course one is $85 per person.

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LOCATION: 608 1 St SW, Calgary, AB | Website

Workshop Kitchen Culture in Calgary, Alberta
The first course of our tasting menu.
Workshop Kitchen Culture in Calgary, Alberta
The second course.
Workshop Kitchen Culture in Calgary, Alberta
The third course.

Calgary may not be a huge city, but it’s still a fun place to visit.

Have you been to Calgary? How would you spend 24 hours in Calgary? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

If you’re planning a trip to Alberta, here are some other posts to help you plan your perfect trip:

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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