The Best Instagram Hashtags To Use In Calgary

| |

Use The Best Hashtags, Reach More People, Get More Followers

On Instagram, when you post photos or videos to your feed you can also include “hashtags” with them which allow other people to view your post even if they don’t follow you. What is a hashtag? It’s a #word with a #hashsymbol in front of it that turns it from text into a clickable link, which when visited will show all of the posts that use that particular hashtag. I think of hashtags like each one is an internet chatroom that any person can take part in, or view what other people are posting. When someone views that hashtag, they’ll hopefully see your post, drop in a nice comment and maybe follow you. Including hashtags on your posts will increase awareness of your account, increase engagement, and hopefully get you some new organic followers. This guide has lists some of the best Instagram hashtags to use in Calgary for different topics and themes, as well as some non-Calgary suggestions too but the scene is always changing so keep an eye out for new and popular hashtags!


How To Use This Guide

Below are several categories of hashtags, plus a description and 30 hashtag suggestions for each one you can easily copy/paste right into Instagram. The hashtags lists we’ve curated below contain a mix of local and world wide hashtags, giving you a nice mix of both, but more heavily focused on Calgary. Local followers are much more desirable to random people across the world. Calgary is not too big of a city yet that your posts will get drowned out, even in the biggest hashtag of #yyc (11,136,790 posts as of this writing). You could always do some testing to see which hashtags work best for you. Some people suggest only using a few hashtags, maybe 6, or 10, but with our testing it resulted in fewer impressions. You can use 30 hashtags per post, use all 30 for best results.

Using the hashtags we’ve laid out below will give you some great local exposure and organic engagement on Instagram but feel free to mix them up a bit with your own style and flavour.

Where To Put The Hashtags?

In most cases it’s easiest to put the hashtags into the first comment under your Instagram post, including the 5 black dots. Whatever you put after the 5 black dots, Instagram will hide behind a two brackets […] (you can click on it to see the hidden hashtags). If you prefer though you can absolutely include them at the bottom of your actual post too. Adding hashtags to the first comment rather than your post just helps keep things clean and organized.

All of the hashtags below include the 5 dots for easy copy/pasting.

Guide to the best Instagram hashtags to use in Calgary


Calgary Instagram Hashtag Suggestions


Calgary In General

These hashtags are best used when sharing random/general Calgary photos that might not fit into their own category.

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #yycphotgrapher
#yycliving #sharecalgary #captureyyc
#calgaryliving #calgaryisbeautiful 
#shareyyc #yycblogger #capturecalgary
#calgarybuzz #dailyhiveyyc #calgarylife
#yyclife #loveyyc #calgaryalberta
#curiocitycalgary #yycnow #yyctoday
#yycinfluencer #yyclove #calgarysworld
#yyclocal #calgarycolour #calgary360
#urbacalgary #wakeupyyc #yycphotographer
#calgaryinfluencer

Food, Dining, Restaurants

These hashtags are best used with local food, beer, wine, spirits pictures. If you’re sharing a certain brand of beer or wine, check if they have their own hashtag.

Other suggestions: #albertafood #albertaeats #yycvegan.

•
•
•
•
•
#yycfood #yyceats #yycfoodie
#foodyyc #gastropostyyc #eatyyc 
#dhyycfood #eatCalgary #dishedyyc 
#calgaryfood #calgaryfoodie #yyccooks
#calgaryfoodies #yycfoodies #calgarycooks 
#yycrestaurants #yycrestaurant #justeatyyc
#CalgaryRestaurant #CalgaryRestaurants
#calgaryeats #topDishyyc #yyceatscalgary
#eatlocalyyc #yyceat #calgaryfoodscene 
#yycfoodscene #calgaryfoods #yycfoodporn
#yycfoodblogger

Beer, Wine, Spirits

General hashtags for drink photos in Calgary.

•
•
•
•
•
#yycdrinks #yyc #albertabeer
#yycbeer #yyccocktails #abbeer 
#albeerta #albertabreweries #craftbeeryyc
#yycfood #yyceats #calgarybeer
#yycnow #drinkyyc #datenightyyc
#abcraftbeer #yyccraftbeer #beermudatriangle
#albertabeerfestivals #abbreweries #barleybeltyyc
#breweryflats #calgarybusiness #yegbeer
#calgary #edmonton #yeg #yycbrewery
#sharecalgary #calgarybeercore


Fashion, Lifestyle

Best used for selfies, fashion, real life.

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #yycnow #calgaryisbeautiful
#yycliving #calgaryliving #canadianfashionblogger
#calgarymodel #yycfashion #calgaryfashion 
#yycblog #yycblogger #yycstyle
#calgarystyle #calgarystyles #dailyhivestyle
#yycfashionblogger #yycfashionstylist
#yycfashionblog #yycfashionista #albertamodel
#yycinfluencer #yycboutique #yyclifestyle
#datenightyyc #yycbeauty #yycstyleblogger
#fashioncanadians #albertafashion

Art, Artists, Painters, Makers, DIY

Best used for local artists, makers, DIY’ers, etc

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #yycart #yycartist
#yycliving #calgaryliving #etsycalgary
#yycmaker #yyccraft #albertamaker
#yycpottery #calgaryart #calgaryartist
#calgarystyle #buylocalyyc #supportlocalyyc
#yycnow #yycartscene #calgarydesign
#yycdesign #madeinAlberta #madeinCanada
#canadianartist #canadianart #yyclocalartists 
#calgaryartscene #yyclocal #loveyyc
#calgarynow #calgaryarts

Sightseeing, Tourism, Travel

Whether you’re just passing through or here for a spell, these are some of the best hashtags to use.

Other suggestions: #calgarydowntown #calgaryfood #calgarymodel #iamdowntown

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #travelalberta
#visitcalgary #tourismcalgary #banff
#tourismalberta #capturecalgary #yycnow
#explorealberta #albertatourism #yycliving
#explorecanada #mycalgary #discoveralberta
#discovercalgary #discoveryyc  #yyctravel
#alberta_ca #albertaadventure #livelovecanada
#canadatravel #beautifulcanada #summerincalgary 
#loveyyc #yyctourism #yestourismcalgary 
#calgaryisbeautiful #calgarybusiness #calgarylife

Pets, Animals

If you’re sharing a pet on Instagram in Calgary, these hashtags will give you a good amount of exposure to like minded users.

Other suggestions: #yycrescue #calgaryhumanesociety #pawsitivematchrescue

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #felinesofcalgary
#calgarypets #calgarydogs 
#calgarycats #calgaryanimals
#yycanimals #yycdogs #yyccats
#catsofcalgary #dogsofcalgary
#dogsofyyc #catsofyyc #yychorses
#calgarypetphotography #yycaquariums
#petphotographyyyc #yycpetphotography 
#catsofinstagram #yyckitties #yycsnakes
#calgaryreptiles #yycdogslife #yycpets
#yycpuppies #yycpetcare #calgarydoglife
#caninesofcalgary #calgarypuppies

Fishing, Outdoors

Sharing your fishing adventures on IG is a great way to meet new fishing buddies! Try to switch up a couple of the hashtags for the water you’re at. If you’re fishing the #GlenmoreReservoir, use that hashtag too – unless of course you want to keep your hot spot a secret 😉

Also swap out a few hashtags for the type of fish you’re sharing. Suggestions: #rainbowtrout #northernpike #walleye etc

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #yycfishing
#fishingalberta #calgaryfishing
#canadafishing #greatwhitenorth
#flyfishingjunky #flyfishingaddict #flyfishingadventures
#albertacanada #alberta
#yycnow #yycliving #calgaryfun
#albertaviews #albertaoutdoors
#travelaberta #visitalberta
#fishinglife #wildernessculture #canadaoutdoors
#angler #anglerapproved #fishingislife
#loveyyc #yycfun #discoveralberta
#alberta_ca #albertaadventure 

Dogs

Hashtags for dogs in Calgary, plus other decent some generic doggo hashtags.

Other suggestions: #calgarysamoyed #calgarypugsters #yyccorgis

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #yycnow
#calgarydogs #calgaryanimals #yycanimals 
#yycdogs #dogsofcalgary #dogsofyyc 
#calgarypetphotography #petphotographyyyc
#yycpetphotography #yycpuppies #yycpetcare 
#calgarydoglife #caninesofcalgary #yycpets 
#calgarypuppies #calgarypets #yycliving 
#dogsofcanada #albertadogs #albertadog 
#yycdogslife #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram
#instadogs #puppygram #calgaryisbeautiful
#dogscanada

 


Cats

Hashtags for sharing cat pictures in Calgary on Instagram. Meow meow meow meow.

Other suggestions: #meowfoundation

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #calgary #calgarypets 
#calgarycats #calgaryanimals #yycanimals 
#yyccats #catsofcalgary #catsofyyc #calgarycat
#calgarypetphotography #petphotographyyyc
#yycpetphotography #yyckittens #yycpetcare 
#catsofcanada #felinesofcalgary #yycpets 
#catsofalberta #yycnow #yycliving #igcats
#catsofinstagram #calgaryfelines #catsofig
#cats_of_ig #kittiesofinstagram #canadiancats
#calgarycatphotographer #albertacats

Additional Hashtag Suggestions


Alberta In General

General hashtags for almost anything to do with Alberta.

Other suggestions: #dogsofalberta #albertaboys #albertagirls #albertaartist #albertahunting #albertafishing #albertaparks

•
•
•
•
•
#alberta #albertacanada #albertalife
#meanwhileInalberta #albertalove
#albertastrong #alberta_ca #albertaproud
#yyc #yeg #calgary #edmonton 
#myalberta #visitalberta #reddeer 
#banff #albertatourism #fortmac 
#grandprairie #albertaviews #canmore
#explorealberta #travelalberta #discoveralberta
#meanwhileinalberta #albertamade #calgaryalberta
#edmontonalberta #reddeeralberta #centralalberta

Alberta Scenery, Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis

If you’re sharing any scenery photos on Instagram from Alberta, these are some good of the best hashtags to use.

•
•
•
•
•
#alberta #travelalberta #albertatourism
#tourismalberta #explorealberta #alberta_ca
#albertaadventure #abalberta #kcountry
#albertaViews #myalberta #albertacanada
#canadianrockies #discoveralberta #albertaparks
#kananaskisalberta #kananaskiscountry
#myalberta #albertarockies #albertaproud
#albertalandscape #albertalandscapes 
#Imagesofalberta #westerncanada 
#visitalberta #albertaskies #albertanature
#albertaadventures #touralberta #mybanff

Alberta Tourism

Alberta travel and tourism content.

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #yeg #calgary #edmonton
#banff #alberta #travelalberta 
#albertatourism #tourismalberta #alberta_ca
#explorealberta #albertaadventure #abalberta 
#albertaviews #myalberta #albertacanada
#discoveralberta #albertaparks #myalberta 
#Imagesofalberta #westerncanada #centralalberta
#visitalberta #albertanature #albertaadventures 
#touralberta #explorecalgary #exploreedmonton
#yyctourism #yegtourism

Canada General

For any photos shared that you want Canadians to see.

•
•
•
•
•
#canada #imagesofcanada #explorecanada
#oh_canada_ #canadasworld #tourcanada
#canada_gram #thankyoucanada #enjoycanada
#wethenorth #snapshot_canada #canadianliving
#ohcanada #madeincanada #canada🇨🇦
#canadatravel #beautifulcanada #unlimitedcanada
#canada_photolovers #igcanada #proudtobecanadian
#discovercanada #proudcanadian #igerscanada
#ohcanada #livelovecanada

Big Cities In Canada

Most of the major cities in Canada.

•
•
•
•
•
#calgary #edmonton #vancouver 
#toronto #regina #lethbridge 
#halifax #londonontario #ottawa
#saskatoon #montreal #victoria 
#whitehorse #yellowknife #winnipeg
#quebeccity #kingston #windsor
#hamilton #mississauga #brampton
#fredericton #kitchener #burnaby 
#gatineau #oakville #stjohns 
#reddeer #surrey #sudbury

Big Cities In Canada By Airport Code

Most of the major cities in Canada, by their airport codes.

•
•
•
•
•
#yyc #yeg #yvr #yyz #yqr
#yql #yhz #yow #yxe #yul
#yyj #yxy #yzf #ywg #yqx
#yqm #yhm #yxu #yyj #yyt
#yqb #yow #yqt #ylw #yxx
#ymm #yqu #yxs #yyg

Best Instagram Hashtags Guide Calgary


Instagram Tips

  • Either include your hashtags in the original post, or in a comment directly under your post, immediately after you post. Don’t take too long! If you try to add your hashtags in after-the-fact, your photo won’t show up with it.
  • Instagram allows 30 hashtags per Instagram post – use all 30!
  • Search the app stores for Instagram “hashtag” apps that will allow you to save hashtags for easy copy/pasting
  • If you leave a hashtag on someone else’s post will it show up in the feed? Nope.
  • Post at around 9:00 pm on weekdays for the best engagement.
  • Use your IG stories! Do not take them for granted.
  • Don’t edit your posts if they’re gaining popularity. Each time you do, Instagram resets its engagement rank and it may not show up again for people.
  • Be consistent with your feed, try not to be too random.
  • Don’t post too much text with your photo! Instagram will truncate it, hiding it from people. Try to get your point across quickly and efficiently.
  • To hide your hashtags in a […], add 5x dots first, each on their own line.
    • (you can copy/paste the below dots into IG!)





      #yyc #calgary #alberta #etc

@Crackmacs on Instagram

Here’s our own Instagram feed if you wanted to see what we’re all about. We absolutely practice what we preach and use these same hashtags we’ve outlined on this page. In fact, we come to this page to copy/paste them.

https://instagram.com/crackmacs


Footnotes

This page will continue to be updated with new categories of best hashtags so check back periodically. What’s missing? What would you like to see on this page? Please leave a comment below and thanks for visiting! Happy grams.

Previous

Win A Karma Campervans Summer Prize Pack! (ENDED)

Circle K’s Rock Paper Prizes Game Is Back For 2020!

Next

2 thoughts on “The Best Instagram Hashtags To Use In Calgary”

  1. Hi there. Would you be able to add a section for Calgary artists/makers? I create handmade pottery and am always looking for ways to find regular instagram users and not just other artesians to follow me on instagram. Thank you!

    Reply

drop in a comment