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The towering skyline of Calgary, found in the province of Alberta, Canada, began its growth after the oil boom of the 1950s. But this sleek city of skyscrapers also has a Wild-West edge to it, with cowboys and rodeos being an important part of its culture. The city, being close to the Rocky Mountains, is also an excellent stop-off point on the way to Banff and Jasper National Parks, so try spending a few days in a hostel here for a taste of city life and then heading over to the great outdoors. Ice hockey is big in Calgary – if you can’t get tickets to a game, go to a bar and watch on a big screen with the locals. Head downtown to Stephen Avenue, explore the galleries and boutiques, visit Old City Hall - a landmark built in 1911, and then sample the city’s eclectic nightlife.