Calgary has the most extensive pedestrian pathway in North America, making it easier to walk — or bike — just about anywhere. (Meetings + Conventions Calgary)
During a conference, it’s often difficult for attendees to find time to get out and explore. Sometimes it seems that all they see during their time in a new city is the insides of cabs, hotels, and shuttles. But not in Calgary. Home to the most extensive pedestrian pathway in North America and Canada’s sunniest major city, Calgary makes it easy for delegates to avoid getting in cars or on public transportation during their stay. And it’s not surprising that most people say they prefer navigating the city on foot. The scenic destination sits at the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet. Attendees can take in the views walking and biking along the water, or get some fresh air in between meetings navigating the downtown’s many walkways. There’s always something to do within a few minutes’ walk.
To help attendees get around the Stampede City, we’ve compiled a comprehensive walking guide. Here’s where delegates can go and what they can do when visiting Calgary — no Uber necessary.
Connected Convention Centre
Calgary features an easily walkable, well-lit, pedestrian-friendly downtown, in the heart of which sits the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. Cutting through the downtown district is Stephen Avenue, the destination’s historic pedestrian mall, home to high-end shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. And Calgary’s elevated indoor walkway system, the Plus 15, helps attendees get to and from meetings and networking events, all without stepping outside. (This is especially useful during the winter.) In addition, The Plus 15 connects the convention center to three four-star properties: the Calgary Marriott Downtown, the Fairmont Palliser, and the Hyatt Regency Calgary, offering a total of 1,150 guest rooms. Meeting at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park? That’s just four blocks away in the soon-to-be revitalized Rivers District with even more pedestrian friendly amenities.