Free Walking Tours Calgary

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This post provides details about each of the free and paid walking tours in Calgary.

We also include information about a variety of other paid tours you can take as well.


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Here are some free and paid walking, food, biking, and bus tours available in Calgary, Canada.

Each offers you a striking view of the city's culture, history, art, and cuisine. 

There are some specific themed tours as well such as the haunted theme tours allow visitors to explore the city's spine-chilling tales and mysterious past.

The tour listed below is operated through us. The calendar below lists additional options.

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Although there aren't a lot of free Calgary walking tours at the moment, the few currently offered are pay-what-you-wish, which means you can tip the tour guide as much as you feel the tour was worth.

Most tourists choose to tip $15-$20. Prices will be listed in CAD, the Canadian Dollar.


Downtown Free Calgary Walking Tours

Downtown Calgary and the Calgary Tower. Image source: Pixabay user Antoine Lanz.
Downtown Calgary and the Calgary Tower. Image source: Pixabay user Antoine Lanz.

Experience Calgary's rich tapestry of history and vibrant culture with the unique opportunity of complimentary strolls through the downtown area. 

Both Toonie Tours and Walk the YY are programs that introduce you to Calgary's charm and secrets, taking you on an immersive journey through the city's bustling streets.

Here are a few of the sites you can expect to see and learn about:

  • Calgary Tower
  • Olympic Plaza
  • Stephen Avenue
  • Hidden Skywalks
  • King Eddy
  • And more!

If you're interested in visiting these locations, consider one of the following free Calgary walking tours.


Toonie Tours

A remarkable endeavor, Toonie Tours presents costless guided foot tours within Calgary, offering an extensive dive into the city's most popular attractions.

These tours are hosted by enthusiastic local guides with knowledge about their city.

On this excursion, you'll trek through Calgary's bustling core, stopping at landmarks such as the soaring Calgary Tower, the lively Stephen Avenue, and the symbolic Olympic Plaza.

The guides weave engaging narratives about Calgary's past and present, sharing tidbits about its history, arts scene, and architectural splendor.

The tour is free, but if you feel the experience was valuable, tipping the guide according to your enjoyment level is a welcome gesture.


Walk the YY

For those eager to delve into the annals of Calgary's history, Walk the YY provides a captivating journey through the historic Stephen Avenue.

This adventure allows you to witness firsthand the stories and myths that have played a role in molding the city.

Accompanied by skilled guides, you'll traverse the scenic Stephen Avenue, with its heritage buildings and quaint retail fronts.

You'll uncover the narratives about Calgary's humble beginnings, its emergence as a thriving frontier town, and its subsequent transformation into a modern city.

Like its counterpart, this tour doesn't demand a fee, but if you appreciate the guide's efforts, a tip reflecting your experience is highly appreciated.

  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Days Offered: Saturdays
  • Time to Begin: 10:00 AM

Street Art Calgary Walking Tours

Are you prepared to engage yourself in the animated essence of Calgary?

You can explore the city's streets and uncover the hidden artistic treasures scattered around the cityscape.

Wonderland, a wire sculpture of a child's head, is just one piece of art you can expect to see on the streets of Calgary. Image source: Pixabay user Cornelia Schneider-Frank.
Wonderland, a wire sculpture of a child's head, is just one piece of art you can expect to see on the streets of Calgary. Image source: Pixabay user Cornelia Schneider-Frank.

Calgary's neighborhoods are alive with complex murals, and its parks are brought to life with dynamic sculptures.

These tours promise to serve you an artistic banquet that reveals the pulse of Calgary's vibrant heart.


Toonie Tours

This unique Street Art & Craft Beer Walking Tour invites you to journey through the soulful streets of Calgary, absorbing yourself in a visual narrative expressed through murals and graffiti.

You will not only see incredible things but also taste great beers from Calgary’s local breweries. You can taste Calgary’s culture with every sip.

The tour is fun for your eyes and mouth. Although there's a cost for this tour, the value is reflected in the blend of street art exploration and craft beer sampling.


Self-Guided Calgary Street Art Tour

For those who desire the liberty of exploration at their own pace, the Self-Guided Tour option could be your perfect match.

Armed with a map, you will navigate through Calgary to find 26 Amazing Wall Murals in Calgary.

This tour lets you dive bottomless into an ocean of colors, forms, and narratives. 

What's the best part? The luxury of time is on your side. You can stop for a coffee, take a moment to contemplate, or whatever else pleases you.

You’re the captain of your voyage through Calgary's cultural scene.

Learn more or take the self-guided Calgary Street Art Tour.


Haunted Calgary Walking Tours

The city of Calgary, Canada, has its fair share of spine-chilling tales, and you get the exciting opportunity to explore them through the Haunted Calgary Walking Tours. 

Downtown Calgary after dark. Image source: Pixabay user Cornelia Schneider-Frank.
Downtown Calgary after dark. Image source: Pixabay user Cornelia Schneider-Frank.

Enthrall yourself in the mysterious whispers of the city's past as you navigate the streets on foot, experiencing the haunting resonance of Calgary's history.


Walk the YY

Equip yourself for an uncanny journey with the Haunted Cowtown Tour.

Walking through the historical avenues, you can discover tales of ghostly apparitions and mysteries that continue to perplex residents and visitors alike.

You'll get to visit some of the most notoriously haunted locations in Calgary, feeling a shiver down your spine as you hear stories that have been whispered for generations. 

This tour is not just a walk, it's a suspenseful adventure, a peek into Calgary's paranormal past that you would want to take advantage of.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Days Offered: Saturdays
  • Time to Begin: 07:00 PM

Calgary Ghost Walks

You will navigate through areas notorious for strange sightings, with hair-raising accounts of the paranormal shared at every corner.

You'll traverse sites of historical hauntings, learn about eerie past events, and might even feel the chills of unseen specters brushing past. 

This walking tour offers a hauntingly good time, an unforgettable journey filled with spooktacular stories that will stick with you long after your visit.

It's not just a tour; it's your own personal ghost story waiting to unfold.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Days Offered: Special days, Full and Quarter Moon days
  • Time to Begin: 09:00 PM
  • $20/Adult | $15/Youth/ | $15/Child

Calgary Food and Beer Tours

Craving an exciting blend of culinary exploration and locally brewed delights?

Calgary’s food and beer tours are just the correct answer for you. 

Whether you're a food connoisseur, a craft beer enthusiast, or someone seeking a unique way to explore Calgary, these tours provide an unforgettable immersive experience.


Walk the YY - The Wild West

You can walk through the historical streets, breathing in the old-world charm and bustling energy of the city.

Savor a unique mix of the area's traditional and modern cuisine, delighting your taste buds with each bite.

As a cherry on top, you get to wash down your feast with handpicked local beers.

As the sun sets, you'll find yourself in love with Calgary's flavors, stories, and the golden hues of its skyline.

This tour is free and fun that includes visits to several bars.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Days Offered: Saturdays
  • Time to Begin: 04:00 PM

Walk the YY - Beer and BBQ

Enjoy the smoky goodness of Calgary’s best BBQ paired with locally brewed beer.

You can take this palate-pleasing journey across various pit stops, each showcasing its unique BBQ style and craft beers. 

You will not only feast on melt-in-your-mouth meats and refreshing ales but also get a sneak peek into the process behind it. It's a beer and BBQ fiesta you want to take advantage of.

Don’t miss this tour, which combines fun and food in a satisfying and affordable package.

  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Days Offered: Tuesday to Sunday
  • Time to Begin: Anytime
  • $125/Person

Calgary Bike and Bus Tours

Calgary, the heart of Canada's wild west, is best discovered either by pedaling through its streets or riding aboard a comfortable bus. 

These two modes of exploration - Calgary City Bike Tour and Calgary Walks & Bus Tours - provide you with the finest and the most refreshing perspectives of the city.


Toonie Tours - Calgary City Bike Tour

The Calgary City Bike Tour offers you an exhilarating cycling journey along the scenic Bow River.

You'll ride past vibrant public art, explore historical neighborhoods, and soak in panoramic city views. 

En route, you'll get to learn fascinating tales and facts about Calgary's past and present. The bike tour makes you feel like a part of the city, breathing its air, and living its pulse.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Constant Availability
  • Time to Begin: 10:00 AM
  • $95/Adult | $88/Senior | $88/Student | $83/Youth
  • Book Your Tour or Learn More

Calgary Walks & Bus Tours

In contrast, the Calgary Walks & Bus Tours lets you experience the city in the comfort of a bus.

You can marvel at Calgary’s iconic structures like the Calgary Tower, witness the energy of its bustling streets, and walk through some of the city's beautiful parks. 

From the bus, you'll have the opportunity to appreciate Calgary's skyline and its lively urban landscape.

A knowledgeable guide narrates the city's colorful history, making the tour an enlightening adventure.

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