Once known only as the cowboy capital of Canada, today, Calgary buzzes with renewed energy

Big skies and even bigger ideas fuel conventions in Canada’s energy capital. Laid-back, cosmopolitan and charming, Calgary meetings always entice. Here, groups team build at Olympic sport-parks, and exchange ideas in venues celebrating cowboy culture, Canada’s music scene, technology, and more. And, when they want to break-up, or break-out of their business agenda, delegates head to Calgary’s green spaces and rivers, bustling Stephen Ave where the nightlife is vibrating, or to nearby Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks for an infusion of nature, the city’s other natural resource.

Calgary by the Numbers




111,484 sq m | 1.3 million sq ft


11,334 sq m | 122,000 sq ft |
3 600 Gala

BMO Centre

24,619 sq m | 265,000 (expanding to 1 million square feet by 2024) sq ft |
2 000 Gala


1,254 sq m | 13,500 sq ft |
1,125 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Meetings Calgary

Entering Canada
Destination Canada

Time Zone
Mountain Time Zone

Current Time

This place is perfect for meetings that:

  • Want to be energized by their destination 
  • Seek to include a local industry expertise to their business sessions - Calgary is a hub for Natural Resources, Clean Energy, Agriculture and Creative Industries
  • Include international delegations - Calgary's newly renovated international airport welcomes visitors from around the globe on 50 direct flights from across Europe, the UK, South America, Asia, and the United States
  • Infuse Olympic-calibre activities into team building events
  • Include educational day-tripping in their corporate agenda
  • Provide delegates with exceptional pre- and post-meeting day trips and extensions nearby

You can count on:

  • Open hearts. Open minds. Calgary is open for business.
  • Calgary’s famed white-hat ambassadors welcoming your group, with a warm, western “hello!”
  • Creative event spaces celebrating music, science, theatre, and a love of cowboys
  • A pedestrian friendly downtown hub – shop during the day and socialize at night
  • Refreshing breaks — ribbons of cycling and jogging trails and two scenic rivers threading the city help break up, or break out, your agenda
  • The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinosaur Provincial Park creating educational, networking, and day-tripping opportunities
  • Guests returning in July, cowboy hats in hand, for the Calgary Stampede

Learn More About Calgary's Industry Leadership

Moving Your People

Calgary International Airport (YYC) to registration desk: 30-minute drive

Springbank Airport (YBW) to registration desk: 30-minute drive

Once you’re here: Scenic train, horse, car share, C-Train and Light Rail Transit



Get a Good Night’s Rest

Calgary is a hub of modern hotel brands including: Coast Plaza, Delta, Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Ramada, Regency, Sandman and Sheraton. Beyond the big brands, you can book eclectic downtown and boutique hotels that brim with character and charm.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick.

Groups coming from outside of Canada may be eligible for tax incentives — inquire at time of booking.

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

January to May

November to December



-3°C to 12°C

26.6.4°F to 53.6°F


8°C to °C

46.6°F to 73.4°F


-2°C to 13°C

28.4°F to 55.4°F



-13°C to 1°C

8.6°F to 33.8°F

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Destination Canada Business Events helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit