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Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth in Calgary, Canada

Best things to do in Calgary Canada - Tom Drake - Calgary skyline by Jack Carter on Unsplash

Calgary skyline. Photo by Jack Carter on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Tom Drake of about Calgary, Canada. Tom’s tips for the best things to do in Calgary are awesome because he’s lived in Calgary for many years and runs one of the most popular Canadian finance blogs and personal finance podcasts. With his frugal mind, you know he has some great tips for saving money when you visit.

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Best things to do in Calgary Canada Tom Drake Banff river

Take a walk by the Banff River

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Tourism Calgary, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Calgary Canada Tom Drake Calgary Zoo bears

See the bears and other animals at the Calgary Zoo.

Getting around Calgary

The local airport is Calgary International Airport (YYC), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown.

Tom says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Scooters and bikes can also be rented in the downtown area. The CTrain Light Rail system can get you to attractions that are further out, like the Zoo and Science Center. And there’s also the urban tramway and buses for inexpensive options. Download the Calgary Transit App to check the schedules and buy your tickets.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around when you’re in a hurry.

If you decide to rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Calgary Canada Tom Drake Drumheller Royal Tyrrell Museum dinosaur bones

See the dinosaur exhibits at the Drumheller Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Tom Drake about Calgary, Canada. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Calgary, Canada
  • Green dots = best things to do in Calgary, Canada
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Calgary, Canada

Who is Tom Drake?

Tom Drake is the founder of the Maple Money blog and personal finance podcast. He’s a financial analyst for a major grocery retailer and started his website in 2009 to share his money experiments. While some of his stories are Canada-specific, most of the money lessons can be applied to anyone from around the world. Additionally, his writing has appeared in print in Money Magazine and Canadian MoneySaver. He’s also been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Money Sense, Reader’s Digest, Candian Living, Inc., and Forbes.

He’s a father of two active little boys and he’s always looking to reduce expenses to make the most of his money. Tom’s goal is to continue building his business to the point that he can retire from his day job to spend more time with his family.

Best things to do in Calgary Canada Tom Drake Stampede mascot

Here are a few articles and podcast episodes that he’s created:

You can connect with Tom on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Best things to do in Calgary Canada Tom Drake Calaway swing ride

Calaway Park swing ride

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Juneau Alaska - Sara BornsteinListen to the next episode when Sara Bornstein of A Suitcase Full of Books shares the best things to do in Juneau, Alaska. In this episode, Sara and I talk about the difference between black and brown bears, how to visit a glacier, and Sara’s close encounter with a whale while kayaking. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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