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No matter when you visit Calgary, be sure to bring a jacket for the evenings as well as boots, hats and scarves during the winter months.

Calgary is known as one of the sunniest and driest cities in Canada. Winters here can be extreme, with temperatures often ranging from -15 C to -30 C during the coldest spells. Calgarians look forward to chinook winds, which can warm things up dramatically as they pass through, often by as much as 15 degrees Celsius!

Although quite dry, Calgary summers offer a daily average temperature around 22 C in July and August, which is perfect for outdoor sports and activities. The mountains cool things off in the evening and often bring temperatures down to around 10 C. It's no wonder that so many locals see no need for air conditioning.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Calgary

A nature lover's haven and a cosmopolitan traveller's paradise, Calgary has a reputation as an easygoing, relaxed place with all the amenities of an urban metropolis.

Calgary offers endless opportunities to spend time in the great Canadian outdoors, hitting the ski slopes or simply walking and biking along scenic park trails. Visitors to the city can also get a close-up view of the Canadian Rockies by making the scenic hour-long drive to Banff National Park. There, you'll find luxurious hotels and gorgeous alpine views - perfect for a romantic getaway or relaxing retreat. Hit the trails at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort or head to nearby Canmore for incredible hiking paths as well as cultural events.

If you come in July, you can also take part in the uniquely western Calgary Stampede. Head to Stampede Park and take in the rodeos, animal and livestock shows, midway and tasty food. You'll also find plenty of local restaurants serving up special Stampede breakfasts and delicious meals, along with vibrant nightclubs offering a mix of country and dance music.

Still have time for more? Calgary is also home to a zoo (with an animatronic dinosaur park!) and fantastic indoor and outdoor shopping areas (head to Eau Claire Market for unique gifts and souvenirs). You can also go to Heritage Park, a frontier village with historical re-enactments of how Western Canada was won.

For an urban cowboy (or cowgirl) lifestyle you won't find anywhere else, head to Calgary.

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