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Calgary: 3-hour City Highlights and Bow River Bike Tour

1. Calgary: 3-hour City Highlights and Bow River Bike Tour

Together we will ride like the locals do and discover all that Calgary has to offer. This bike tour will take you through the bike-friendly streets of Calgary, and into the amazing trails that spread throughout, most notably beside the crown jewel of city: the Bow River. With its widespread points of interest, the cycling tour is the transportation mode of choice! Your Bike Tour of Calgary starts and ends at Calgary's Sandman Signature Downtown Hotel. You may ask, can’t I just rent bikes and go for a cruise on my own? Absolutely (we provide that too), although there is nothing like connecting with what you’re riding by and sightseeing than with an expert local guide. We will share the stories and nuances of the city at large. Toonie Tours Calgary is excited to lead the way and connect you the past, present and future of Calgary. Don’t Limit Calgary to the Downtown Core There is so much more to see outside of the downtown core in Calgary. Come experience places like Fort Calgary, Inglewood, Prince’s Island Park, the Bow River, and so much more. Your local Toonie Tour guide will captivate your imagination with stories of Cowtown’s humble beginnings as a trading post, to its current status as “The Energy Capital.” While our most popular tour is the Free Walking Tour, the bike tour of Calgary is for those looking for that extra escape. A Fun, Active and Exciting Way to See the Sights The bike tour of Calgary is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do in Calgary. We will escape the busy city streets of Calgary’s downtown core and wind our way down the lazy Bow River. This tour is at a fun, comfortable pace, although it should be noted that previous biking experience is required. We’ll get into some beautiful parks that surround Calgary, allowing us great photo opportunities and that uplifting breathe of fresh air.

Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

2. Calgary: City Tour by Vintage-Style Sidecar Motorcycle

Discover Calgary, in a unique and engaging way as you tour through the city in a vintage-styled sidecar motorcycle. Enjoy 360-degree views and perfect photo angles during this stylish and comfortable ride. Meet your expert driver-guide at the downtown hotel or at the base of the Calgary Tower to begin your tour. Your first stop will be at the Fort Calgary - the birthplace of Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, where you will discover the heritage connection between the northwest Mounted Police and the Indigenous Peoples. Then, head to Scotsman’s Hill, from where you will be able to see the Stampede Grounds, the Saddledome, the National Music Centre, and the Calgary Tower. From there, enjoy the ride through the rejuvenated East Village to highlight the art and community engagement strategies of this progressive city. Next, make a stop on Crescent Road for views of Downtown and the Rocky Mountains that anchor our horizon. Drive down Centre Street to experience the diversity of the city, and glimpse the iconic Wonderland art installation, while you wave up at the visitors on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower. Finally, return to your pick-up location where your tour will end.

Calgary: Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

3. 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.

Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide Package

4. Calgary: City Exploration Smartphone Audio Guide Package

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: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Calgary: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the Calgary Self-Guided Audio Tour, an immersive journey through one of Canada's most vibrant and culturally rich cities. In this unique experience, we invite you to explore Calgary at your own pace, on your own terms, embracing the freedom and flexibility to delve into its history, culture, myths, architecture, and more. Calgary, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, offers a tapestry of experiences for visitors seeking to uncover its hidden gems and iconic landmarks. Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply someone eager to learn about the city's diverse culture, this tour has something for everyone. With the convenience of audio guides, you have the power to choose your own adventure, deciding which attractions to visit and how long to spend at each one. No rigid schedules or fixed itineraries—just the joy of exploration on your terms. Throughout your journey, you'll gain insights into Calgary's fascinating past, from its humble beginnings as a small trading post to its emergence as a dynamic metropolis. Discover the stories behind iconic landmarks such as the Calgary Tower, the historic Stephen Avenue Walk, and the bustling Calgary Stampede grounds. But it's not just about history; delve into Calgary's vibrant culture, where tradition meets modernity. Learn about the indigenous peoples who have called this land home for thousands of years and the multicultural influences that have shaped its identity. Marvel at the architectural wonders that grace Calgary's skyline, from sleek skyscrapers to historic buildings that whisper tales of bygone eras. Each structure tells a story, reflecting the city's evolution and aspirations. As you embark on this self-guided tour, prepare to be captivated by Calgary's charm and beauty. Let your curiosity be your guide as you uncover hidden treasures, untold stories, and fascinating facts about this dynamic city. So, grab your headphones, hit play, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Calgary. The adventure awaits, and the possibilities are endless.

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(12 reviews)

The tour with Nicole and Liam was great, an amazing way to get to know Calgary better. They drove us to places we did not see before and explained a lot of the town's history. As a motorcyclist lady I loved this way of exploring a city. A big thank you from Katja and Thomas!

The bike Tour with Darrell was outstanding! Although I was the only one who booked the trip, it still happened and I was able to enjoy a private tour through the city. Darrell was able to answer all of my questions and the tour was great!

Very scenic ride through, and around downtown Calgary. Guide was knowledgeable and experienced. Made sure we covered lots of ground and got us some spectacular views of the city. I would definitely do this 🚲 tour again.

Jamie was super. He was knowledge about the route and the city and was considerate for what we wanted to see. Plus he knows a great ice cream shop ! The tour helped us learn more about Calgary.

Fantastic tour and two very informative guides. One of the best tours we have taken