The mountains are calling: Five destinations to visit on your trip to Calgary
WestJet offers convenient nonstop flights between TPA and Calgary, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies.
While warmer temperatures are just around the corner in Tampa Bay, it can be easy to hold onto winter just a bit longer with an escape to the mountains. With a nonstop flight available from TPA to Calgary aboard WestJet, travelers can find a wide variety of things to explore and do in the Canadian Rockies. Here are five must-see attractions on your adventure to western Alberta.
Explore iconic Banff National Park
Begin your Canadian journey by making the drive from Calgary to Banff. This region has become an Instagram darling in recent years, and for good reason. Marvel at the turquoise Lake Louise, admire the towering mountain peaks in Banff National Park and lace up those hiking shoes for an adventure. While in the area, stop by the Sky Bistro – accessible by gondola – for a meal with a view unlike any other.
Winter sports enthusiasts rejoice
Lake Louise Ski Resort is located near Banff National Park, with the Rocky Mountains offering a stunning backdrop for skiers carving through the powdery snow. With its diverse slopes catering to all skill levels, the uninitiated can take a ski lesson, or just stick to a snowshoe tour.
Discover Calgary’s history
Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary offers visitors a unique journey through Western Canada's history, featuring over 180 exhibits and attractions. Explore meticulously restored historical buildings, ride a steam train and immerse yourself in the vibrant heritage of the region. This stop is a great option for history buffs, and the park is open year-round.
Admire the views
Head to Calgary Tower for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. If you’re brave enough, step onto the glass floor located high up in the building for a thrilling experience. After taking in those sights below, make your way to the revolving Sky 360 restaurant, where you can enjoy a delicious meal with slowly changing panoramic views of the city.
Indulge in local flavors in Kensington
Explore Calgary's trendy Kensington neighborhood, known for its vibrant atmosphere and eclectic shops. Grab a cup of coffee at Higher Ground, a cozy spot perfect for relaxing, before discovering local art galleries and boutique shops. If you're famished after all that exploring, end your day with a delightful dinner at one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood.