FOR TRAVEL TO CALGARY SUMMER TIME
Luggage and bags: Sturdy and light gear with bags/luggage that can be locked.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light to medium at night, dependable shoes if you plan to walk around some of the points of interest.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Not really needed to bring as you can purchase any items you might require locally.
Photo Equipment: Camera of some sort and/or video.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are planning on camping, firewood ect. can be purchased in most areas that allow open fires. Sunglasses and sunsceen should be a consideration.
Miscellaneous: The weather in Calgary is very unpredictable, being that we are so close to the mountains. However the temperature ranges from about 25-32 degrees during the months of July-August. At night it may rain and may be a little cool(15-20) closer to the end of August, beginning of September.
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
- School Holidays
FOR TRAVEL TO CALGARY WINTERTIME
Luggage and bags: Sturdy, dependable bags/luggage, that if they get really cold will withstand it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm clothing and shoes. Bring a sweater, extra socks and winter boots might not be a bad idea, depending on what you are planning to do(how much you are going to be outside).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any items you require can be purchased locally.
Photo Equipment: Video or digital camera that can deal with cold weather.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This depends on the activity that you are doing. For example, if you are skiing most people already know how to prepare for this and what to bring with them.
I don't think the beach is an option during the winter months as it will be a big block of ice.
Miscellaneous: Again the weather is very unpredictable, and you never know when it is going to snow or be bitterly cold. When I left for Thailand this year at the end of January, it was -43 degrees. We had the cold spell for about two weeks before we left, but up until then it was a fairly mild winter. The average temperature was around -15 to -20 degrees, during the months of November and December.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
- Adventure Travel
You won't need much in the City
Luggage and bags: A small rucksack is always useful to store your bottled water, some munchies, maps notebook and pen or anything else you may need for a day's sightseeing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to walk about in the city and not use transport - good walking shoes or comfortable trainers are a must. If you come with two boots - don't go home with just one!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take your own prescribed medication with you but otherwise everything is available down town
Photo Equipment: Who would forget a camera? Don't forget spare batteries and spare camera chip
- Family Travel
If you don't like the weather...wait 5 minutes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on when you come, you could have a suitcase containing daisy dukes and a polar fleece, and wear them both at some point during the week. For instance, right now it is May, and there was a snow storm at the beginning of the week. Last week it was so hotpeople were wearing tank tops outside...be prepared, and ask someone before you come what the report is...not that it makes any difference, the weathermen here are seen as the most unreliable people in Calgary...
During the winter it can get pretty cold, but during the summer it can be so hot you can't sleep...maybe thats why we get cranky sometimes????
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We have these in calgary
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Yes
Miscellaneous: a couple of pairs of shoes, in case it rains/snows/hails/you spill your beer....
Never bring more than you can carry.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Calgary’s weather can change rapidly day to day or even hour to hour. And then again, the weather can stay constant for weeks at a time. So how are you supposed to pack? Even here, there are expectations as to what the weather is going to be like. On the attached slide, I’ve tried to indicate the most probable types of clothing you’d need to wear if you’re spending a moderate amount of time outdoors in Calgary.
There’s probably no better advice though than to dress in layers. This means that using sweaters, jackets and shells you can tailor make an outfit to fit the weather conditions of the moment. Of course you’ll need to bring along a rucksack to hold any (temporarily) discarded clothing.
Miscellaneous: Essentials that you’ll need at any time of the year include: Sunglasses, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Walking shoes and a Camera. Most days in Calgary are “blue sky” days, so you’ll need sun glasses, even in the winter. It’s dry here. The rain has trouble making it over the mountains so your skin will dry out quickly, especially in the winter. Boots in the winter? Probably, if you’re going to spend much time outside and you want to keep your feet warm and dry. A camera? Never leave home without it.
If you are extremely branded, you’ll also want to bring anything that you can't live without. For example, the recipes for cigarettes, chocolate bars, even Coca-Cola and Heinz ketchup are slightly different in Canada than in the United States (to say nothing of the rest of the world). Personally, I'd suggest just trying the Canadian equivalent. It will add to the experience and who knows, you might even prefer the Canadian version. But if it's going to overshadow an otherwise amazing trip, by all means bring it along.
- Adventure Travel
Luggage and bags: Well this all depends on what you plan on doing. I took a big suitcase and a carry-on bag and did just fine. Most of my clothing was in the suitcase and I packed my emergency supplies in the carry-on.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather was quite sunny and warm when I was there so I had shorts, t-shirts, hiking boots, runners and sports sandals, If you are going into the mountains, you should always be prepared for the unpredictable. Bring rain gear and your windgear for protection. Sunglasses are good and so is sunscreen protection. Also, cold weather can occur anytime during the year, so don't forget to bring some jackets, boots, gloves and sweaters.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual toiletries and a first aid kit will do.
Photo Equipment: Camera with wide-angle lens is the best.
- Hiking and Walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather here can change very fast. Even the locals don't really trust the weatherman. Always be prepared with a sweater, overthrow, or shoes instead of sandles. You just never know here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can rent gear really cheap for the University of Calgary Recreation centre - even hiking boots for ex., so I wouldn't overload myself with bringing too much. Just rent it while you're here.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
"If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes"
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Calgary is quite different than Winnipeg. There is a saying -- "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change". This tendency to change means that you always dress in layers and bring a daypack so you can remove or add layers as it changes throughout the day.
In also means that Calgary has a much shorter growing season than Winnipeg as you can frosts in almost any month in Calgary. It also means that they have milder winters as Chinooks travelling over the mountains mean the possibility of above freezing temperatures in the middle of winter.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather has a habit of changing drastically in Calgary, because of our proximity to the mountains. Even during the summer, we can get chilly days, and we can still get frost in June, and snow as early as October.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Here in Calgary we say, if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. As I write, the winter snow is melting and one barely needs a sweater outside. We're having a famous mid-winter 'chinook.' But just a few days ago it was -30 C. It can snow here in July and likewise, last Christmas I was cycling in shorts. Everything is possible -- come prepared.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of places to camp!! But this is a high altitude so summer nights can be quite chilly. Most campgrounds these days require pre-registration (a good idea anyway as camping is very popular here).
There are also great opportunities here for mountain backpacking (you need a permit, which can be picked up in Calgary or Banff -- but only if you're backpacking in the National Parks -- to the best of my knowledge, a permit is not necessary in the Kananaskis region).
And if you don't want to carry all that gear (and I don't blame you!!!), the Alpine Club of Canada has fantastic huts throughout the Rockies! Non-members pay a bit more per night and you really have to reserve in advance because they are very popular. But don't let that give you the wrong impression! The Rockies are huge and one can hike for days and not meet another soul (if you want to).
Miscellaneous: Ok, if you are going during the Calgary Stampede, I pitty you! It always rains! The weather is nice before and after, rarely during.
You can expect any type of weather in Calgary. Because you are so close to the Mountains, the weather is WEIRD! It snowed in August one year when I was there! The summer nights are crisp, as it is very dry and no humidity to keep the moisture in the air. The summer days are not as hot as the more humid climates in Canada. It did not seem as hot as Montreal :( The wind is a bit stronger, go further south, and it gets pretty strong.
In the winter, we get Chinooks. This is warm air that comes in from the Mountains. Look south, and you will see an arc forming on the horizon. The warm air pushes up the clouds. It can snow at 6 am, and be 15 degrees C by the time you come home from work.
Luggage and bags: If you're skiiing or boarding you have no choice but to take a big bag for your warm clothes, and if you have your own equipment then you're doubly weighed down! Take a rucksack with some nibbles and some water in for when you're up a mountain far from a restaurant.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: See Andorra for boarding gear. Be warned - skiiing in Europe isn't half as cold as being up on Lookout Mountain when the snow comes down - I didn't dress warm enough and I was f***ing freeeeeeezing!!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cold & Flu remedies! They're all a bit strange in Canada and when you go into a supermarket you can spend an hour just looking for something that'll make you feel better coz if it's not in French, it'll be called something completely different to what it is in England!
Photo Equipment: Digital cameras are great! We took a laptop with us and we took as many photo's as we could and downloaded them every night. This was you can get rid of all the crappy pictures and keep the good ones. Invest in a quality camera though-ours was rubbish as it didn't take very good quality pictures.
Luggage and bags: Always bring a small bag that you can put some extra clothes in. Days can be warm and the nights can get cold. This is especially good to have when the sun is going down. Due to the location - the mountains are not far away so this can cause quick changes in the temperature.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always, Always bring a nice warm sweater to wear as you never know when the weather will change in the city. Even in the beat of summer the city can get chilly.
Miscellaneous: Always keep your passport and drivers licence with you. Never leave it in your hotel or other place where you are staying.
Luggage and bags: You definately need a rucksack, for the extra clothing you should take with you when hiking...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for all weathers! Even when you start from Calgary under clear blue skies, things might be different in the rockies, and when ur hiking in higher altitudes, weather changes quickly!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen... the sun can be extremely rough on your skin in the high altitude of the rockies!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer it is very breezy, and not too hot or humid. During my stay I was wearing jeans and a light jacket. But be prepared for anything, because when I was coming back from Banff on a really nice day, it started HAILING big ice pellets in the middle of August!
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