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Popular amenities for Calgary vacation rentals

Stay near Calgary's top sights

Calgary Zoo745 locals recommend
Calgary Stampede307 locals recommend
CF Chinook Centre175 locals recommend
Calgary International Airport90 locals recommend
Calgary Tower757 locals recommend
Prince's Island Park419 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Calgary

  • Total rentals

    6.8K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    3.9K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    150 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    228K reviews

Your guide to Calgary

All About Calgary

The former frontier city of Calgary is set on the western edge of the prairie regions at the base of the great Canadian Rocky Mountains. This once-booming cattle ranching hub was founded as a frontier fort before going through many changes of identity. It now serves as a major metropolitan area, cultural center, and economic hub for Alberta. Despite its relatively young age, Calgary has a rich history — ranching, cowboys, and Indigenous cultures are integral parts of day-to-day life here, along with events throughout the year, from the Calgary Folk Music Festival to Aboriginal history tours and music festivals.

From the sun-drenched summer months to cozy, snow-filled winters, this gateway to Western Canada offers hundreds of miles of urban park trails and ski runs, and even surfing on the Bow River, which runs right through downtown. The buzzing Beltline district is home to bars aplenty, and you can shop for vintage vinyl and linger over coffee in tight-knit Kensington.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Calgary

Calgary’s temperature and weather variations swing drastically with the seasons. Winter is the most popular time to head to a vacation rental in Calgary to make the most of its skiing. The winter months see temperatures drop well below freezing, with lots of accompanying snowfall. The colder months bring pristine skiing and snowboarding conditions to the surrounding mountain communities and ski hills. February brings a free, interactive lights and music event for all ages that spreads throughout the downtown core with art displays, food trucks, and more. During the summer, the area sees moderate temperatures and long, warm nights full of festivals and events. August’s famous fireworks display is a coordinated musical event orchestrated by world-class pyrotechnic artists from across the globe.

Top things to do in Calgary

Prince’s Island Park

Surrounded by the Bow River, Prince’s Island Park offers around 50 acres of peaceful pathways right in the heart of the city. You can enjoy barbecues and lively music festivals in the summer and wrap up warm to join the locals ice skating on the outdoor rink in winter. The 1.7-mile Prince’s Island Loop traces the bank of the river, where you can strap on roller blades, hop on a bike, or take a relaxing stroll and watch mallards bobbing around in the river.

Heritage Park Historical Village

A 15-minute drive outside of downtown Calgary, Heritage Park Historical Village sits on the bank of the Glenmore Reservoir. This immersive, village-sized museum recreates life on the Alberta prairie lands in the 19th century. A First Nations encampment, trading fort, and paddle steamer are featured on-site, and you can ride an antique steam train that winds around the park.

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Around an hour east of the city, Blackfoot Crossing is a National Historic site — this is where Chief Crowfoot and other Indigenous leaders signed the Treaty 7 in 1877, which established the Siksika reservation. The centerpiece is an environmentally-friendly building inspired by First Nations headdresses and tipis. Members of the Siksika/Blackfoot Nation perform traditional dances in its 100-seat theater, and you can sample time-honored fry bread at the onsite restaurant with commanding views across the prairie.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Calgary?

    Calgary often has a dry climate with temperatures ranging from -6°C (21°F) in winter to 23°C (73°F) in summer. The city is known for its Chinooks - warm, dry winds that can cause temperature changes in just a few hours, making every day an adventure.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Calgary?

    Calgary invites you to immerse in activities such as visiting the Calgary Zoo, exploring the Royal Tyrrell Museum, walking along the Peace Bridge, or experiencing the Calgary Stampede. For nature lovers, Calgary is a gateway to breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Calgary?

    The summer months, especially July, are frequently chosen by visitors due to warmer temperatures. This is when the Calgary Stampede, a large rodeo event, takes place. However, winter provides opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

  • What are the best places to stay in Calgary?

    Consider exploring diverse accommodations in districts like Kensington, with its boutique shops and RiverWalk, East Village for its contemporary scenes, Inglewood, known for its historic charm, or Downtown, where you'll find an array of restaurants and shopping centers close by.

  • What are the best places to visit in Calgary?

    Calgary has various attractions to visit such as the Calgary Tower, Glenbow Museum, or the Calgary Stampede Grounds. For nature enthusiasts, Prince's Island Park and Fish Creek Provincial Park are popular choices.

  • What are some hiking trails in Calgary?

    Calgary’s surroundings are rich in hiking trails. Nose Hill Park, Fish Creek Provincial Park, and the Bow River pathway are popular choices within the city. For more challenging hikes, consider the trails in Kananaskis Country, located about 80km from Calgary.

  • What are some family activities to do in Calgary?

    Families can explore the interactive exhibits at TELUS Spark Science Centre, meet wildlife at the Calgary Zoo, or venture into Canada's largest living history museum, Heritage Park. The Calgary Tower provides panoramic views of the city and beyond, adding a touch of adventure.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Calgary?

    Many visitors enjoy day trips to destinations like the mountain town of Banff, located 128 km away, or the Dinosaur Provincial Park, about 160 km from Calgary. Drumheller, the dinosaur capital of the world, is also a frequently suggested day trip at 134 km distance.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Calgary?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Calgary. From over 2,840 house rentals, over 1,030 condo rentals to over 1,180 apartment rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Calgary?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 3,900 vacation rentals in Calgary featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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