Calgary is located in the Canadian Provence of Alberta about 90 miles from the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a great city for a traveller with a budget. Have a picnic in one of its many parks, dine in fine restaurants or head up to the top of the surrounding peaks. If you are a lover of mountain sports, this city is the place to be. There’s great hiking, kayaking, skiing, water rafting and camping here. In July Calgary is host to the famous Calgary Stampede that attracts thousands of people from around the world.
SOME BASIC INFORMATION
ℹ️ Travel: Depending on where you wish to fly into Canada there are many airports that are served from The UK. Manchester and London Heathrow/Gatwick have daily flights into Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Calgary is the nearest airport for access to Banff National Park.
Calgary airport is roughly 11 miles (18KMs) from the city. Transferring from the airport to the city is relatively easy. The Public Bus- The Route 300 bus has a service every 30 mins and costs CA$8 (GB£7.75). As always there is a line of parked taxis outside the arrivals hall and fares a roughly CA$45 (GB£27). Travelling to the city takes approximately half an hour.
Canada runs an electronic travel authority programme similar to that of The USA and Australia whereby you must apply for an electronic travel pass before travel in order to enter Canada. For BRITISH nationals check out this WEBPAGE ADVICE. For NON BRITISH citizens check out this WEBPAGE FOR E-VISAs
ℹ️ Currency: The Canadian Dollar (CA$).
ℹ️ Credit Cards and Banks: ATMs are common place in almost every shopping street around the city centre, with almost every retailer accepting Mastercard and Visa. There is no fear of an establishment declining card payments.
ℹ️ Weather: The best time of year to visit Calgary is from late May to the end of September when temperatures are in their mid 20sC. If skiing is your thing then Winters begin the end of November and can last through to March. Winters are cold and heavy snowfall is expected.
ℹ️ Accommodation: Accommodation around Calgary is relatively cheap. If you want something close to the town centre then consider the 3*Regency Suites Hotel. A standard room will cost roughly GB£100 (CA$165). Of course, there are some cheaper options further out from the city but this hotel seems to tick the boxes for comfort and location.
WHAT CAN CALGARY OFFER?
For a long weekend in July the annual Stampede brings in cowboys from all over the world. Calgary is considered cowboy country, and it’s quite a sight if you can come in early July. However, the Stampede is simply an excuse to party, and most people come here just to go crazy. Tickets for park entry (not including rodeo attractions) are CA$18 (GB£10.50)
Ascend the Calgary Sky Tower to find 360 degree views across the city, the Rocky Mountains and the Alberta Prairie lands. tickets cost CA$18 (GB£10.30). For more information CLICK HERE
Calgary Zoo makes for a nice family trip in this city. It also includes a prehistoric park and botanical garden. Adult admission is CA$23 (GB£13.50), with discounts available for students, kids, and seniors.
VISIT THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Calgary is really close to the Rocky Mountains, and there are a ton of guided tours available in the city. Consider renting a car and head out yourself. The mountains in this area have lots of hiking, skiing, scenic views, wildlife, and places to camp.
GET SOME TIME TO RELAX AROUND STEPHEN AVENUE
Stephen Avenue is a wonderful location to eat, drink and shop. Walk along its cobblestone streets, and shop at the antique stores and boutiques before sitting down at one the many restaurants’ outdoor patios for a drink.
SEE A GAME
Canadians are crazy for their Ice Hockey. Calgary’s team, the Calgary Flames, finds their home in the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Saddledome. Originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics this stadium has now been transformed into a great sports venue. For more on the Calgary Flames CLICK HERE.
Providing you don’t mind driving the 80 miles (140KMs) why not visit one of the best dinosaur museums in the world, right in heart of the Alberta Badlands. If you are interested in prehistoric history then you can easily spend a few hours here. USE THIS LINK to know more.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHATS GOING ON IN CALGARY VISIT THEIR TOURISM WEBSITE HERE