Alberta, Canada Culture & history

Our most recommended Alberta, Canada Culture & history

Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

2. Calgary: Gasoline Alley Museum Admission

Explore Gasoline Valley Museum that showcases the introduction and popularization of the automobile. Gaze in awe at the classic cars, trucks, and working vehicles from the 1900s to the 1950s. Explore the unique antique gasoline pump collection and many signages from a wide variety of historical petroleum companies. Learn about the history of the automobile and the far-reaching social changes that resulted from the transition from horse and carriage to the motor car. Be sure to also visit the lower showroom, which offers even more incredible artifacts to see.

Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

3. Calgary: 3.5-Hour Bus City Tour with Gasoline Alley Museum

Begin at the base of the Calgary Tower and travel through downtown on your way to the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark Science Center. Travel in a comfortable bus through the East Village to historic Inglewood. Listen to your guide as they share stories and facts about this cosmopolitan city. The first stop will be at Scotsman's Hill, where you'll get a panoramic view of the skyline. Proceed through the Beltline to the Lougheed House and then to Heritage Park. Take time to explore Gasoline Alley, a museum dedicated to historical gravitational gas pumps and antique vehicles. Continue to Canada Olympic Park to watch some sporting activities. Following your time there, head back toward Calgary Downtown. On the way, stop for one more amazing view of the city. Travel through Downtown Calgary where the tour will conclude at the base of the Calgary Tower, where it began.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

4. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

Banff Legends and Landmarks - Historical Walking Tour

5. Banff Legends and Landmarks - Historical Walking Tour

Get a perfect introduction to Banff on this walking tour with a local historian guide. Explore local history and trail systems around the Banff townsite and get local tips on the best ways to explore other hotspots in the area.  Starting from Banff’s Cave and Basin National Historic Site, gear up with ice cleats or walking poles if needed (included). Explore the site and venture through different trails depending on the season to capture the best locations year-round.

Cowboys and Coal Mines - Historical Walking Tour

6. Cowboys and Coal Mines - Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy this immersive experience into the history of western Canada. Let your fun and friendly guide take you on a journey through time and reveal the stories behind the scenery. Go back into the history and mystery of the first peoples of the Rockies. Explore a history written in rock! This tour will provide you with a story of mystery and intrigue that was shared by the early explorers, pioneers, and cowboys that called the Rockies home. Rated as a leisurely walk suitable for the whole family! A truly authentic local experience presented by professional guides and local historians.

Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

7. Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

Learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city. Download your smartphone audio guide to enjoy the perks of a professional tour without the hassle of following a group around. Access the guide at any time and explore at your own pace. Stop and start the recording anywhere along the route. A live GPS map will show you where you are and where to go next. Enjoy insightful commentary and a location-based trivia game. Choose from the following routes: Explore the Downtown Calgary Sightseeing Tour:Follow a looped route beginning and ending at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings. See the historic Stephen Avenue, the Palace Theater, Calgary Public Building, and The Grand. Come across some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the significance behind the Famous Five and Family of Man sculptures, and crane your head back to take in the Bow skyscraper. The Beltline District Tour:Begin at the Central Memorial Park and have historical buildings, statues, monuments, artwork, parks, and more pointed out to you. Stroll through the picturesque neighborhood and see how it represents the transition between past, present, and future. Learn about the historic residences in the Beltline’s past with a visit to the Lorraine Block, McHugh House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rouleauville Square, and Firehall #2. End your tour with a stop at the Calgary Stampede Grounds, where you can hear all about this historic annual event. Bow River Trail Tour:Discover the main attractions around the stunning Bow River and admire sights in contemporary Calgary. Visit Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the Calgary Zoo before you make your way to the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s history at Mewata Armories, Prince’s Island Park, and Fort Calgary. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, and Sien Lok Park. Admire the Center Street Lions and the incredible views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

The gondola ride was great but once you get to the top there are lots to do. The roof top view, the restaurants, theatre, and of course the views! Don’t let the look of the the walk discourage you, there are lots of spots to rest along the way and enjoy yet another amazing view !

J'ai adoré mon après-midi ! C'était une sortie en petit groupe, les arrêts étaient de bonne durée et nous avons pris de très belles photos. Notre guide était super gentille et elle nous a donné beaucoup d'informations très pertinentes.

We can't give a full review here as we poorly timed this event and one following the gondola ride. There's so much to see and do so please leave yourself AT LEAST 3 hours to take it all in.

Employees were extremely helpful. Shops were very nice. Views were spectacular.

Efficient staff. Loading and unloading very easy. Gorgeous views.