Downtown Calgary Attractions

Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay.

Sightseeing

Each year, visitors come from across North America and around the world to experience the heart-stopping action of one of the world's roughest and richest Rodeos, the world’s top Chuckwagon Races, the Grandstand Show, world-class agricultural activities and adrenalin-pumping rides at North America’s largest mobile midway and one of Western Canada's largest music festivals.

In the Indian Village, visitors step back in time to share in authentic Plains Indians' cultural practices. And, that's just the big stuff. You can't see everything, but each year, a million people try.

The Calgary Stampede is so large and so iconic it almost defies description. But in the world of all things cowboy, the 98-year-old downtown event, held in and around Stampede Park, is the top of the mountain.

So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world's richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world's premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada's largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners.

Transport

Calgary lies at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and the QE2 Highway, an hour east of the Rockies.

To navigate Calgary roadways, this is what you need to know: the city uses a numbered street system laid out on a grid. Numbered streets run north-south while avenues run east-west.

Once you've got the hang of the city, you often need only know the address and the quadrant (N.W., N.E., S.W. or S.E.) and you can leave your map in the glove box, point the car, and drive. (But beware in the suburbs where an array of winding boulevards and trails, crescents and closes will have you cracking open that map after all.)

In foul weather, check the road report before driving to your destination.

Transport Calgary

Activities

Sports Arenas

  • Pengrowth Saddledome: 
    5km south east of hotel – LRT station door to door from hotel
  • Talisman Centre (formally Lindsay Park Sports Centre): 
    5km southeast of hotel – LRT accessible

Cinemas

  • Globe Cinema: 
    0.5 km (4 blocks east of hotel)
  • Eau Claire Market: 
    1km (10 blocks northeast of hotel)

Slopes

  • Canada Olympic Park (Calgary): 
    20km west of hotel
  • Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village (Banff): 
    90km west of Calgary
  • Castle Mountain Resort (Pincher Creek): 
    250km southwest of Calgary
  • Lake Louise Ski Area (Lake Louise): 
    130km west of Calgary
  • Nakiska Resorts LTD (Kananaskis): 
    60km west of Calgary
  • Sunshine Village (Banff): 
    90km west of Calgary

Entertainment

Theatres

  • Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (includes Max Bell Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Martha Cohen Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit and The Jack Singer Concert Hall):
    1.5km (11 blocks east of hotel – LRT free fare zone)
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium: 
    5km northwest of hotel – LRT accessible – LRT door to door
  • Stage West Dinner Theatre:
    13km south of hotel
  • Jubilations Dinner Theatre:
    5km west of hotel SKI

Convention Centre

  • Telus Convention Centre: 
    1km (10 blocks east of hotel – LRT free fare zone) door to door
  • Metropolitan Convention Centre: 1km (10 blocks northeast of hotel)
  • Stampede Park (Pengrowth Saddledome, BMO Centre, The Corral Centre and The Big Four Buildings):
    5km southeast of hotel – LRT accessible – door to door from hotel

Local Attractions/KM Major Busines Centres

  • Harry Hays Building (federal government):
    1km east of hotel – LRT free fare zone
  • McDougall Centre (provincial government): 
    0.5km (4 blocks northeast of hotel)
  • University of Calgary Main Campus: 
    10km northwest of hotel – LRT accessible
  • University of Calgary Downtown Campus:
    across the street from Sandman
  • S.A.I.T. (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology): 
    5km northwest of hotel – LRT door to door
  • NEW Calgary Courts Complex – 2 blocks east of hotel

Major Tourist Attractions

  • Bow River Pathway System: 
    0.5km north of hotel for jogging and biking
  • Telus Spark Science Centre: 
    4km east of hotel - LRT accessible
  • Calgary Tower: 
    1km (10 blocks east of hotel – LRT free fare zone)
  • Calgary Zoo:
    4km east of hotel – LRT accessible – door to door
  • Canada Olympic Park:  20km west of hotel
  • Eau Claire Market: 1km (10 blocks northeast of hotel)
  • Fort Calgary: 2km east of hotel
  • Glenbow Museum: 
    1km (10 blocks east of hotel – LRT free fare zone)
  • Heritage Park: 10km south of hotel
  • Olympic Oval: 10km northwest of hotel – LRT accessible
  • Olympic Plaza: 1km east of hotel – free fare zone
  • Princes’ Island Park: 1km (10 blocks northeast of hotel)
  • Stampede Park: 
    5km southeast of hotel – LRT accessible – door to door

Shopping

  • “THE CORE” shopping mall featuring Calgary Eaton Centre,
    TD Square
  • Scotia Centre
  • The Bay (four story, four mall complex connected to one another):  0.5 km (4 blocks east of hotel - door to door via the LRT - free fare zone)
  • Eau Claire Market: 1km (10 blocks northeast of hotel)
  • Chinook Shopping Centre (largest mall in Calgary): 10km south of hotel – LRT accessible.

Restaurants

Moxie's Classic Grill & M bar

Classic dining in a contemporary upscale atmosphere, complete with dark wood interior. Enjoy fabulous food in an upbeat, stylish environment. 

Moxie's Classic Grill