Calgary takes few things as seriously as its reputation for western hospitality, prime prairie-raised steaks and a discerning taste for craft beers. A fun time to go is during the annual Calgary Stampede in July, billed as the World’s Greatest Rodeo, for the outdoor flapjack breakfasts and chuckwagon races.

Named the 5th most livable city in the world for its active and cosmopolitan lifestyle, Calgary is “more than cowboys and oil,” says Cynthia J. Douwes, CMP/CMM, event servicing manager for Meetings & Conventions Calgary. “It’s about the twists on Alberta steak and beer that no one else can duplicate.” The two items are the focus of the city’s trendiest restaurants.

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