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About Us

Ultimate hosts. Ultimate host city.

Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 50 years, the organization’s primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice for leisure travellers. With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary:

  • Markets the Calgary in new and exciting ways;
  • Advocates for what’s best for the quality of life of Calgarians and for Calgary’s growing tourism industry;
  • Hosts visitors, and events that build Calgary’s brand and offer shareable experiences;
  • Activates experiences in ways that attract, connect and inspire.
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Board of Directors

Dan DeSantis (Chair)
Dual General Manager
Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and Delta Hotels Calgary Airport In-Terminal

Rod McKay (Chair, Calgary Sport & Major Events)
Ex Officio

Richard Main (Chair, Governance & Human Resources Committee)
General Manager
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Calgary Downtown

Tracey Zehl (Chair, Audit & Finance Committee)
Managing Partner, Assurance Leader
Grant Thornton LLP

Vern Kimball (Chair, Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement Committee)
Former CEO
Calgary Stampede

Cole Millen
General Manager
Sheraton Suites Eau Claire

Gordon Johnson
Vice President, Operations
Atlific Hotels

Jeff Robinson (Past Chair)
Regional Managing Consultant
Kepner-Tregoe

Karim Ismail
General Manager
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel

Larry Day
Owner / Producer
Pyramid Productions

Ross Middleton
Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Shauna MacDonald
Principal and Founder
Brookline Public Relations

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Careers

Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Tourism Calgary.

Current Opportunities

Please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Roxanne Wideen
Director, Human Resources
Tourism Calgary
email: roxannew@tourismcalgary.com

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Volunteer Opportunities

Calgary is a unique destination that offers spectacular beauty, vibrant arts & culture and outstanding western hospitality. Tourism Calgary is looking for enthusiastic and passionate Calgarians to volunteer with our organization. 

To apply for a volunteer position, please review positions available and email a completed volunteer application form to: roxannew@tourismcalgary.com.

No positions available at this time.

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Winter Story Starters

Meet a Local: Sal Howell

Sal Howell is passionate about Calgary’s local food scene. As Proprietor and Founder of two iconic Calgary restaurants, River Café and Deane House, her farm to table philosophy has garnered awards and achievements, including being named among Canada’s top restaurants.

Think Local

Working with local producers, vendors, and embracing the flavours of the season, Sal’s menus combine Prairie inspiration with seasonal Alberta fare and creative touches.

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River Cafe

River Cafe

Patios Heat Up as the Temperatures Rise

Patios in the winter? Don’t overlook a prospective winter visit if you happen to be in the city when a “Chinook” rolls through. A weather phenomenon unique to Calgary, it’s a warm wind that can make months of snowfall melt within hours. On these days, as the sun shines, you’ll often see restaurants open their patios in the middle of February to cater to heat-deprived Calgarians, as they roll up their sleeves and order a cold brew. Mainstay patio spots include the Ship & Anchor, National, Ricardo’s Hideaway, the Living Room and Blanco Cantina.

Bring Your Pooch

Calgarians love their dogs – nearly one in ten in the city count Fido as part of the family. Many of the city’s patios have recently become dog-friendly, meaning owners can enjoy a pint in the sun and their four-legged companion can come along too. Some patios offer beds, treats and water dishes for the dogs, which might leader you to wonder: who’s night out is it?

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Neighbourhood Profile: Hello East Village

Once a forgotten part of the downtown core, today Calgary’s East Village is emerging as an arts and cultural hub in the city.

Architectural Wow-Factor

It’s here that you’ll find Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, as well as Calgary’s newest architectural masterpiece, the new Central Library. Opened in 2018, the library has become a great junction for exploring, reading and people-watching. Grab a coffee from Luke’s and check out the reading rooms, or join a free tour of the building.

Riverfront Bliss

From there, head towards the river, where a converted mattress factory called the Simmons Building, now home to Phil & Sebastian Coffee, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and charbar, a restaurant featuring Argentinian, Spanish and Italian inspired cuisine. Head up to their rooftop patio for a cocktail and sweeping views of the city skyline.

Island-Hopping

Head across the George C. King bridge to St. Patrick’s Island, a 31-acre park that’s perfect for urban explorers in any season.

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East Village Calgary

George C. King Bridge

George C. King Bridge

Meet Locals: Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb

These two take their coffee very seriously and serve some of the best in the city. They follow the beans they roast and sell all the way from the fields where they’re grown, straight through to the finished, steaming perfection in your mug. As engineering grads who were looking to do something different, friends Phil & Sebastian started their first coffee shop (and namesake) in 2007 and haven’t looked back.

Discover how the duo have become two coffee kings in Calgary’s beloved coffee scene.

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Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Snow and the City

Where can you train alongside world champions, go tubing, skate on world-class ice, practice your turns on the slopes and warm up with a cup of cocoa Calgary’s Winsport offers a great variety of winter snow sports, with many locals opting to get in a few turns on their way home work each evening.

Did you say hot chocolate?

Every year, local restaurants and coffee shops come up with their best hot chocolate concoction, using inventive ingredients and the chance to be awarded Best Hot Chocolate in the city. Sip one or sample a few – either way you’re guaranteed to warm up!

Downtown skate

Lace up the skates and go for a glide under the skyscrapers at Olympic Plaza. Skate rentals are available onsite, and you’re within easy walking distance of a number of the restaurants and eateries on historic Stephen Avenue.

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WinSport

WinSport

A Ski Holiday Stopover

Headed to Banff or Lake Louise for a winter ski or snowboard holiday? Plan a stop in Calgary for a few days before or after the slopes and get a taste of what makes the city so vibrant.

Soak and Soothe

Just west of Calgary is the Nordic Spa, located in Kananaskis Country. Cycle through hot, cold and steam, gazing at the mountain peaks around you.

In the city, take solace at one of many luxurious city spas, offering Rocky Mountain and Prairie 

inspired treatments designed to rejuvenate and refresh your body, mind and soul.

Curl up and get cozy

After a day exploring the city, get cozy at one of the many Calgary restaurants that feature fantastic fireplaces. Pour a glass of red, put on a cozy sweater and relax with a great meal. Try The Nash, River Café, Al Forno Bakery or the Hyatt’s Sandstone Lounge.

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Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

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Fall Story Starters

Meet a Local: Neil Zeller

Calgarian Neil Zeller sees the city like no one else. After many years selling office furniture but always interested in photography, Neil launched into his career after the world saw many of his iconic photos taken during Calgary’s 2013 flood.

#NeildIt

Since then, capturing an iconic Calgary image is often tagged as “#NeildIt”. Neil’s vast portfolio includes photos of Calgary’s Peace Bridge, Wonderland sculpture, cityscapes, storms, vistas, people and landscapes.

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Wonderland sculpture

Wonderland sculpture

Neighbourhood Profile: Hello Inglewood

Head east of downtown Calgary on 9th Avenue and over the Elbow River, and you’ll drive into Inglewood, which has the distinction of being the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Today, it’s home to Calgary’s Music Mile, the Barley Belt, businesses, shops, restaurants and breweries, and is the perfect place to stroll or bike.

Inglewood Has Great Neighbours

A destination in its own right, Inglewood is close to historic Fort Calgary, the East Village, Calgary Zoo and the Bow River pathway system. Visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary to spy common and rare North American bird species, or wander over to the Harvie Passage to see paddlers tackle the white water.

Stroll and Shop

Back on 9th Avenue, known as Calgary’s Original Mainstreet, you’ll find a collection independent businesses, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, featuring Calgary-based roasters. Don’t forget to check out Rouge Restaurant and Deane House, both featuring Alberta-based cuisine and located in converted heritage houses.

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Recordland

Inglewood's Recordland

Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

Celebrating Indigenous Culture and History

Calgary was formed at the confluence of two river, located in the heart of ancient Blackfoot Territory.

Indigenous Culture in Calgary

Located at the Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp is the new home of daily dance demonstrations, tipi raising competitions, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts set among 26 tipis in a traditional circle. Indigenous history and culture is part of exhibitions throughout the city, including at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary and Heritage Park.

Explore and Learn

For a day trip from Calgary, the Tsuu T’ina Museum, Nose Creek Valley Museum, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park are all rich in Indigenous history and information.

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Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp

Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp

Hand-Crafted Cocktails Almost Too Nice to Drink

Whether it’s infusing a spirit with honey made from the distiller’s bees, or small-batch gin and vodka infused with hand-picked ingredients from Alberta farmers and made with water fed from nearby glaciers, Calgary’s distilleries are starting to gain worldwide attention and appeal.

Happy Hour on the Prairies

Tuck into one of Calgary’s bar, brewpubs or distilleries and experience firsthand everything Calgary has to offer: whether it’s a local micro-brewery pint, handcrafted cocktail or seasonal libation, when you ask “what’s on tap?” most Calgarians are eager for you to try homegrown spirits and beers.

Obscure Hideaways

Many of Calgary’s top hideaways are home to world-class mixologists who are continuously pushing the boundaries of cocktails with new blends and concoctions. Check out Shelter, Proof, Betty Lou’s Library and Bar Annabelle when you are looking for a rest from the city in places that might not be big on size but overflowing with ambience and character. Learn about the history of cocktails and spirits or learn how to create your very own signature cocktail from some of the city’s best barkeeps.

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Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

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Media Inquiries

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