Calgary Self-guided activities

Our most recommended Calgary Self-guided activities

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

1. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

2. Downtown Calgary: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

As you explore downtown Calgary, listening to the guided tour on your smartphone, you'll learn about Calgary's dynamic history, from its robust arts community to the economic powerhouses to the wild west beginnings of the city. This looped tour begins and ends at the imposing Calgary City Hall buildings and is 4 kilometers long. It will take about 2 hours to complete, but you can explore for as long as you like! There's always plenty to see in this bustling city, whatever the weather. Some highlights of the tour include the Arts Commons, historic Stephen Avenue, The Palace Theatre, the Calgary Public Building, the Devonian Gardens, and The Grand. Explore some of Calgary's diverse public art installations, admire the distinctive Fairmont Palliser Hotel, learn about the historical significance behind the Famous Five and Family of Man sculptures, and crane your head back to take in the Bow skyscraper. A live GPS map shows where you currently are and where to go next, so you won't get lost. As you get close to the next destination, the tour guide commentary will automatically play. The tour also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, check out the trivia questions on your device and tap your guess at the answer. Enjoy a professional tour guide experience at your leisure, without the crowded tour groups and tight schedules. You can access the tour anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start the tour anywhere along the route if you want to explore something nearby, and get back to the trail whenever you want.

Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide

3. 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.

Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

4. Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. Enjoy a fun audio tour with information and trivia to keep the whole family laughing and engaged along the way. Each point of interest along the way has a multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score and learn plenty of interesting facts along the route.

Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

5. Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Explore the highlights around Calgary's stunning Bow River with an audio walking tour of the Bow River Trail on your smartphone. Find out about the city's history and admire its sights. From the starting point, follow the audio on your smartphone, which plays automatically as you approach points of interest, and use the app offline to save your data. You'll occasionally detour off the path to experience Calgary's varied cultures, too. Hear information and interesting facts about contemporary Calgary, the Calgary Folk Festival, Eau Claire Market, the Turkish Festival, and the not-for-profit Calgary Zoo with its new zoo bridge. Discover the mission of the Chevron Learning Pathway and the Ripple. Learn about Calgary’s impressive history as you pass by the Mewata Armouries, Prince’s Island Park, Fort Calgary, the Inglewood Bridge, and two famous houses reputed to be haunted. Discover the Avatamsaka Monastery, the Peace Bridge, the Chinese Cultural Centre, and Sien Lok Park. Take a break and admire the Centre Street Lions, and check out the views from Rotary Park and the Mount Pleasant Viewpoint.

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

6. Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Discover the Rockies with 3 audio tours on your smartphone. Admire the scenic beauty of the area and explore the charming towns of Canmore and Banff at your own pace. Engaging audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tours. First, enjoy the Calgary and Lake Louise Driving tour that takes you along Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. With your smartphone as your guide, learn about the surrounding mountains, parks, and rivers that have played a role in the historical development of the area. Hear about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. The Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Walking Tour explores the best of Canmore. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, and stroll around Friendship Park. Start on the east end of downtown and see the Three Sisters Gallery, where you'll learn about the importance of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail and learn about some of Canmore's coal mining history before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. In the heart of downtown, you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park. Then, discover more about the history and culture of the Banff on a city highlights walking audio tour. Chart your own course using the GPS map and find out where to find the town's statues, sculptures, and murals as you explore the historic downtown. Hear the story of how the town was founded and visit sites like the riverside Banff Central Park or the historic Victorian-style home at the Luxton Home Museum. Learn about the buildings, sculptures, surrounding mountains, and parks that have played a role in the town’s history.

From Vancouver: Western Canada Self-Driving Audio Guide Tour

7. From Vancouver: Western Canada Self-Driving Audio Guide Tour

Discover the beauty of Western Canada on a self-guided and driving tour. Explore Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, the Westend, Stanley Park, and more with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking.  Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will pass by Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and know about nature, wildlife, hiking, activities, culture, and hidden sights of the area.  The scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains is one of the key highlights of Western Canada. Drive along the Icefields Parkway and visit Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, and many more natural highlights along the way.  You will uncover the hidden treasures, with in-depth background information about the geography, economy, history, and culture of Canada.

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What people are saying about Calgary

Hats off to our tourist guide Joey M!! He did an excellent job above and beyond our expectation. Getting this tour is worth it with all the convenience fr the hotel pick up to each strategic spots for phototaking. Joey M even took the initiative to be the official photographer of our group. Its also worth mentioning that with a tour guide like Joey, we skipped all the long waiting lines and the hassle of finding parking spots! We highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of banff in one day!

After purchase, the download code for the app came by email after 12 hours (not 24 hours as described in the text). Installation with it worked fine. On the road, I used the app on most journeys. Everything worked well here too - the information came to the right places and the digressions were a great podcast replacement. Overall was very satisfied.

Manny was amazing and took my friend and I to all the spots we wanted to see. He was also a great photographer too! He made sure before the end of my trip we would see some wildlife. He took his time with us and we never felt rushed wherever we were. Highly recommend Manny!

Our driver was so helpful and knowledgeable. We had a fabulous day, he knew just where best photos could be taken and we avoided the crowds and we went at our own pace. Thanks Manny.

These guides are truly excellent. Will always look out for them when travelling by car. Great value