- The BMO Centre at Stampede Park is undergoing a $500 million renovation, more than doubling its rentable space.
- These upgrades, along with the capacity from the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, position Calgary to become the largest convention destination in Western Canada by 2024, offering more than 1 million square feet of meeting and event space.
- Construction is due to be complete by June 2024.
- Calgary has more than 15,000 guest rooms, and growing!
- These developments are a catalyst for Calgary’s new Culture and Entertainment district
A Billion Reasons
A Billion Reasons
We’ve Got A Lot To Talk About!
Calgary is investing more than $1 billion dollars into meetings and events infrastructure - between the $500M BMO Centre expansion, upgrades to Stephen Avenue, the new Culture & Entertainment District and more – we’ve got a lot to talk about!
From must-see attractions to world-class dining and stunning scenery, Calgary delivers a truly extraordinary destination experience. Our local champions and dedicated client and event services teams will ensure you feel welcomed into our community, and that your event is seamless and memorable. And, with the easily accessible Calgary International Airport and multiple hotels and venues having achieved globally recognized gold-standard health accreditations, you and your delegates can feel assured and comfortable in the in-person meeting experience.
Our top ten reasons:
- Calgary is no more than one stop away from any major city in the world.
- Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a Western Canadian hub and welcomes over 18 million passengers annually.
- Within the city limits, you and your attendees can fly down North America’s fastest zipline at WinSport, Canada’s Olympic Park; catch a wave while river surfing on the Bow River; and experience indoor skydiving at iFLY - and much more!
- The province of Alberta is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four of them within easy driving distance of Calgary
- Less than one hour west of Calgary is the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains
- To the east is Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands
- To the south is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, an ancient Aboriginal heritage site, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
- We have been working diligently to collaborate, adapt and address increased safety precautions.
- Our two convention centers, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the BMO Centre at Stampede Park are each accredited with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR. This program verifies that they have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in their facilities.
- Calgary hotels have implemented a wide range of safety measures, including touchless check-in options, occupancy limits, health and safety signage, frequent cleaning schedules, providing personal protective equipment for employees and increased guest-room disinfecting practices.
- The Calgary International Airport received the Airports Council International's Airport Health Accreditation, assuring passengers, staff, regulators and governments that they are prioritizing health and safety in a measurable, established manner.
- Learn more about Calgary's safety protocols
- The Economist listed Calgary as North America’s most livable city in 2018 and 2019.
- Calgary was named 5th most livable city in the world by The Economist in 2019.
- Forbes named the Calgary Central Library as one of “5 Canadian Architecture Attractions You Have to See”.
- Time Magazine and The New York Times also named the Calgary Central Library as a “must-see” masterpiece.
- Studio Bell, Canada’s National Music Centre, offers interactive exhibits on the history of music in Canada - not to mention a stunning building in Calgary’s East Village.
- The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is a leader in wildlife conservation and home fantastic meeting and banquet space.
- Heritage Park is North America’s largest living history museum - explore how “the west was once” in this unique setting.
- Search and learn more about Calgary’s offsite venues here
- Alberta is the only Canadian province with 0% provincial sales tax.
- Calgary is home to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth - the Calgary Stampede - which welcomes more than a million visitors during the 10 day festival every July
- Other major events that Calgary has hosted include the Winter Olympics, the World Petroleum Congress, and Rotary International
- Calgary’s two major convention centers, the BMO Centre at Stampede Park and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre are both located in downtown, just four blocks apart
- The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre is located on Calgary’s only pedestrian walkway, Stephen Avenue, providing easy walking access to restaurants, hotels, bars and theatres
- From our Business Development team to our Event Services team, we understand your goals and will offer the best solutions to meet your objectives
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Calgary has been working diligently to collaborate and adapt in order to address the increased safety precautions required for live events to return responsibly.
Why Your Delegates Want to Visit Calgary
Calgary has it all - stunning scenery, world-class dining, and must-see attractions.
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