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    Price

    Gratuity-based

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    Tour Capacity

    5 - 25

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    Duration

    3 Hours

Tour Details

Price

Gratuity-based

Duration

3 Hours

Distance

5-7 km / 3-4.5 mile walk

Meeting Location

Calgary Tower Your guide will be holding a red umbrella

Group Size

5 - 25

Ages

All ages

Important Notes

  • Arrive 15 minutes early for smooth check-in. Your punctuality is appreciated.
  • Restrooms at the Marriott Hotel across from the start location or at the midpoint of the tour.
  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The tour is not recommended for those who cannot walk or stand for long periods of time. 
  • Walk-ups are welcome, space permitting. It is recommended to book the tour online to reserve your spot. 

Not available for school groups or large parties, please book a private tour.

Tickets

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Email & Mobile Tickets Accepted

Highlights

  • Discover the railway’s impact on a Prairie town
  • Uncover the secrets of Stephen Avenue
  • Traverse hidden skywalks that weave through downtown
  • Delve into the dynamic story of East Village
  • Admire the architecture that shaped Calgary
  • Meet local Canadian Heroes

What’s Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Passionately researched local history
  • Recommendations for the best food, entertainment, and nightlife
  • Discounts on must-do experiences

What’s Not Included

Gratuities for your guide

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card to tip your guide ($30/person tells your guide you had an excellent experience)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water
  • Secured camera
  • Layers of clothing for the Canadian weather
  • Your sense of humor and adventure!

Important...

While we do accept walk-up participants, our tours regularly sell out. To get your preferred tour and to avoid missing out, we highly recommend booking as soon as possible.

Calgary Free Walking Tour - Tour Overview

Discover Calgary with a local and unlock the city’s true essence with Toonie Tours. Our free walking tour isn’t your typical touristy outing; it’s a warm invitation to get to know the city’s pulse. From its iconic sandstone architecture and rich cowboy culture to its vibrant history and diverse identity, this tour embodies all that makes Calgary unique. As you walk, listen, smell, and even taste your way through the city, you’re not just observing—you’re becoming a part of Calgary’s ongoing story.

So, whether you’re a solo explorer, a vacationing family, or a local rediscovering your city’s allure, Toonie Tours guarantees a Calgary experience like no other. With stories that resonate, moments that captivate, and a personal touch that endears, this is one journey you won’t forget.

Join us, and let the streets of Calgary unfold their tales, one step at a time, always in good company.

 

Find Your Bearings 

Kick off your city adventure with the perfect tour for your first day! Let us help you find your way as you explore the must-see neighborhoods and points of interest. It’s the ideal way to get acquainted with the city!

 

Connect with Community & Fellow Adventurers

Embrace the richness of travel through the wonderful people you meet on this tour. Our group is a delightful mix—locals and travelers, those with plenty and those on a budget, spanning from east to west and north to south. Come join the tapestry of diversity and fun!

 

Passionate, Genuine, Award-Winning Guides

Join a tour led by guides who consistently excel in providing exceptional experiences. Our unique model, based on gratuities, not only recognizes but retains the finest guides in the industry. Come and see for yourself – your journey is about to be guided by the best!

 

Travel Recommendations & Local Tricks

Our knowledgeable, local guides are filled with suggestions for you to make the most of your trip. They go far and above to make your stay in Calgary memorable and they are excited to answer all of your questions. 

 

Budget Friendly

Whether you’re working with a tight budget or have never set one, worry not! We graciously accept your generous gratuities, regardless of their size. Your appreciation is always valued!

 

Limited Time? Get The Ultimate City Highlights

Discover the essence of our city in just a few hours with a tour designed to provide maximum coverage and value. We aim to make your experience truly exceptional.

Why Toonie Tours

The Ultimate Value. Period.

We know your time is precious, especially during your first visit with a tight schedule and budget. That's why our company is the most logical option when it comes to choosing a tour operator. Join our risk-free Free Tour and enjoy the expertise of the city's finest guides. They continually enhance their skills, fueled by genuine feedback from our gratuity-based system.

Connected To What You Want

We've established partnerships across the country, reaching both prominent and lesser-known locations. Our guides have the insider connections to provide you with exclusive access to deals, day-trips, events, venues, attractions, and more. Join a tour with Toonie Tours, the most well-connected guide network in the country, and unlock a world of authentic experiences.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Adaobi, Google

“I had the best time! Jamie (the best tour guide ever) was so patient, kind, and knowledgeable. The sights were also very beautiful. It was an A+ experience. If you’re thinking about doing this, this is your sign to book it now.”

Annie-Karine, Google

“We had a wonderful tour of Calgary with Shawn, he was knowledgeable and made us discover many places we would never have seen on our own. I highly recommend the tour (even my 15 year old son enjoyed it!)”

Trevor, Tripadvisor

“Excellent walking tour of Calgary. Definitely worth doing on your first day in the city. Dan was a great guide, amount of information given was just right and you get to see plenty in the 3 hours. Clarity on the website on how much to tip is appreciated too.”

A Brand You Can Trust

  • Over 40,000 world-wide guests since 2018

  • 2000+ 5-star Review

  • Award Winning Tour & Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Look for the red umbrella around the Calgary Tower. If you don’t see it from there, unfortunately we’re not able to connect you with your guide once the tour has departed.

Yes! We accept cash, credit cards, and all foreign currencies. Alternatively, you may send a paypal or e-transfer to payments@toonietours.ca with a note of your tour guide. Thank you!

Unfortunately, our free walking tour is not stroller-friendly as there are plenty of stairs on our route. It’s been done, but expect to carry your child up and down at least 5 flights of stairs.

You can find parking and parking lots along 9th Avenue, the closest lot is here. Although, we recommend public transit for convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Yes! There are ATMs at our midway stop, remind your guide that you need to take out cash.

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Calgary Free Walking Tour

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