Calgary Travel Guide

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Calgary Highlights

  • Pro
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     Clean, Inexpensive and Close to the Rockies 

  • Con
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     Like Most Places in Canada - Long, Cold Winters 

  • In a nutshell
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     So much more than cowboys, oil and beef!!! 

Calgary Things to Do

  • Calgary Stampede

    Stampede was never my idea of a good time as I am not into the whole "cowboy" culture thing, which is very big in Alberta. But having said that I did spend a weekend in the city during stampede and had a fantastic time. I never made it to the actual stampede grounds but walking along Stephen ave is a great time. There are top notch buskers...

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  • Mountains

    If you fly to Calgary for business, try to get in a day early or stay a day later, and give yourself enough time to take the 90 minute drive into Banff in the mountains West of the city of Calgary. Banff is a quant little town surrounded by majestic mountains and great views everywhere. There are a number of lodges and hotels in the mountains that...

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  • Calgary Tower

    right there in downtown... just get off the train in centre st station... and there you'll see it... it's like a block or two from there... it has a restaurant and an observatory... the price is 16 dls

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Calgary Hotels

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Calgary Restaurants

  • Good at first...

    I went to eat here with my husband and my cousin before going to the Prince concert. A pho place right beside where we were staying - sweet!When we walked in I was struck by how big and nice it was. Lots of tables and space to walk. Modern and simple decor, well lit and clean. Good first impression. Even the menus looked cool, covered with what...

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  • Trendy Brunch Stop

    The Fine Diner is one of the newer restaurants in historic Inglewood, just a few blocks east of Calgary's city center. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the Fine Diner draws a crowd (expect to queue... fortunately there is free coffee while you wait!) and service can be a bit harried. The breakfast menu features savoury egg dishes and sweet baked...

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  • Kensington Cafe

    This used to be my cafeshop, before I discovered Beano and Vendome. Nice atmospher... nothing special about the food, just a very good location, you´ll find a lot of students with their laptops.. Maybe a latte

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Calgary Nightlife

  • Number One Pub!

    This is the best pub in all of Calgary. Nautically decorated, and located on 17th Ave (the shopping, hanging out hot spot), The Ship has friendly staff, awesome food (including a little-known breakfast on Sundays, served until 10:30am) and a HUGE selection of beer and hard liquors. In the summer time the two patios facing the Avenue are the place...

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  • Chill Pub

    A relaxed pub, in what looks like a two-story house right in the middle of downtown, to hang out all night for good conversation, good brews, fuse-ball, and billiards. Caters to indie crowds, skate crews, and relaxed pub-goer's of all kinds. Don't expect to be served at a table on a busy night (Friday/Sat)... make life easier and hit the bar. 20...

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  • Singing and Dancing

    The Jubillee Auditorium and its twin in Edmonton, were built by the provincial government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alberta becoming a province. Of course we’ve passed the 100 year mark now so the Auditorium is no longer the top venue in Calgary. Still, the stage is home the Calgary Opera and plays host to the Alberta Ballet when...

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Calgary Transportation

  • WestJet

    Whe arriving and departing from Calgary airport, you can see the amazing Rockies. What struck me was the amount of flat land you can see. I found flying from Calgary to Saskatoon (and visa versa) put into perspective how vast this provence is, and I only saw a tiny portion of it!The flight from Saskatoon to Calgary was a brilliant experience! One...

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  • Air Transat

    FYI if you travel with Air Transat, it's handy to know that anything you want to purchase onboard has to be paid for with a credit card. No cash or debit cards accepted.

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  • Calgary airport

    Calgary airport (YYC) is on two floors: departures on the top and arrivals below. For an international airport, I think it's quite small (I'm comparing to Manchester, England my local airport).Check-in desks are easily accessible and clearly marked.There is a shopping/eating area before you go through security where you can have a meal, buy a...

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Calgary Shopping

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  • Chinook Center

    Chinook Center is the largest mall in Calgary and has over 250 stores, with 3 major department stores. There are some stores in the Chinook Center that are exclusively located here.If you're tired of shopping, head to the food court and sit down and watch the merry-go-round, or check out the plane and train that are flying around the ceiling. If...

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  • It's an Outlet Mall

    Every time I travel to Calgary I always stop at the Deerfoot Outlet Mall. You can get some pretty good deals in this mall. They have over 80 retailers - Walmart, Winners, MEXX, Bluenotes, Urban Planet, EB Games - to name a few.There is a food court - they actually have a place that serves fried clams, it's my favorite place in the food court. Some...

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  • Choklat

    An amazing little shoppe - just TRY to walk by and no salivate when the door is propped open! They import cocoa beans, and roast and process them in-house!! The confections are made fresh to order while you wait. They specialize in truffles - hand rolled centers, dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, and then rolled in the coating of your...

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Calgary Local Customs

  • Calgary Stampede

    After 2012 Centennial many including myself thought Stampede 2013 be somewhat a let down, how wrong we were. 2 weeks to the day that the parade starts off the official beginning of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede the banks of the Elbow River that run through and along the Stampede overflowed with a velocity that made the opening of the Stampede...

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  • Mountains

    1.Canadians in general are very friendly and helpful, if asked for information about locations or history (although in Calgary there is NOT MUCH history left... i mean places, older than 5-10 years)! Anyway, as i got to know... there have been people asking park wardens about getting the water so blue (the lake on the left, hehe) , and well, i mean...

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  • after 2013 what could top that?

    After 2012 Centennial many including myself thought Stampede 2013 be somewhat a let down, how wrong we were. 2 weeks to the day that the parade starts off the official beginning of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede the banks of the Elbow River that run through and along the Stampede overflowed with a velocity that made the opening of the Stampede...

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Calgary Warnings and Dangers

  • Calgary Stampede

    We got up fairly early on our second day in Calgary still trying to beat jet lag and cope with the time difference. Watching the news on TV at 7,30 we saw a report on the crowds who had pitched their seats at 4.30am and the streets were being closed at 8.00 Thoughts were "Ah well might as well go down town anyway" Could not believe the size of the...

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  • Mountains

    It amazes me how often I see tourists get out of their cars to photograph or feed wild animals. Do so if you like. Just remember the incident this year (2001) of a man who put peanut butter on his son's hand and sent him to feed it to the bear so he could get a picture. This is a true story and you do not want to know the rest of it. ...

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  • Crime

    Calgary faces problems like any other large, urban centre, and unfortunately, crime is on the rise. The only tip I can give is to keep your wits about you and have "street smarts" i.e. don't go into dark alleyways at night, be cautious in seedy areas. I could give you a list of areas to avoid, but crime does happen in the best of areas as well as...

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Calgary Tourist Traps

  • Calgary Stampede

    During Stampede, all of a sudden the drinks are more expensive, the cover charge is more, or if there wasn't cover charge before, there is now!!! One of the best examples of this is Cowboys, which is considered "the place to be" during Stampede. Not only do they charge you $10 to get in (as opposed to the usual $5), you pay up to $10 for a drink,...

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  • Heritage Park

    Heritage Park - a theme park in Calgary that gives visitors an authentic look at life in a Canadian town in the early 1900's. First of all...it is really expensive to go for what you get. However if you are interested in the 'little house on the prairie/ anne of green gables' kind of town you may find it worth the cash. You can ride on an authentic...

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  • Calgary Tower

    I like the Calgary Tower. At the time of it’s building, 1967, it was the tallest free standing structure in North America. I remember seeing it slowly rise into the sky during 24 days of continuous concrete pouring. The view from the top was breath taking. You could see the tower from just about anywhere in town and it became one of our proud...

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Calgary What to Pack

  • Never bring more than you can carry.

    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...

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  • You won't need much in the City

    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. 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! Take your own...

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  • ALWAYS be ready for snow

    I was on my way to Calgary at the end of April, we were DAYS away from the month of May when this HUGE snow storm happened: over 50 cm fell on the Calgary area; over 70 cm in the Banff area! The roads were blocked and my friend and I had to spend the night in a small town's City Hall along with other unlucky drivers.When we finally got to...

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Calgary Off The Beaten Path

  • Rural Alberta

    In the countryside where our daughter's boyfriend was brought up on his parent's 140-acre horse ranch, we decided on a Sheep River rafting trip where it flows past their back pastures! With two rubber rafts loaded aboard 4WD All Terrain Vehicles, we headed down a steep trail and eventually emerged onto the flat and gravelly riverbed (2nd pic). The...

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  • Mountains

    The Bow Valley Campground is about 1 hours drive outside of the city driving towards the beautiful Rocky Mountains. They have lots of sites, trees and are right on a nice blue river. Its only $17 CAD a night too! I dont have their phone number, but just look up their website! :-)

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  • Udderly Art Legacy Pasture

    In the mid-90’s, local artists decorated life-sized cow statues and then auctioned them off for charity. For weeks, cows could be seen adorning the street corners and parks of the downtown core. Energetic gremlins would periodically move the cows to give the impression that the fiber glass bovines were grazing on different concrete pastures. See...

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Calgary Sports & Outdoors

  • Skating on the canal

    For any displaced Dutch skaters, Calgary has a canal that freezes over every year and is suitable for outdoor ice skating. Located in the west of Calgary along the Bow river, a thin finger of water from the river snakes around the park and ends up in a lagoon. During the winter this freezes over and the parks department regularly plows off the snow...

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  • Slide and Glide

    Golf courses are only open half the year in Calgary, so during the winter, some cross country clubs take over the courses to provide tracks for their members to enjoy skiing within the city. The Calgary Ski Club is one such club that maintains tracks at the Shaganappi Point Golf Course. Although free of charge to any enthusiast, there is the...

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  • A Sticky Wicket

    Cricket is almost unknown in Calgary but the Calgary and District Cricket League has been playing for over 100 years. The 300 members play at Riley Park on weekends from late May to September. Admission is free but bring your own seat unless you’d prefer to sit on the grass.

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Calgary Favorites

  • General city Information

    Calgary is also known by other names such as Cow Town - The Stampede City - The Heart of the New West and its most modern one of C-Spot. Her sister cities are Phoenix Arizona 1997 - Taejeon South Korea 1996 - Naucalpon Mexico 1994 - Beijing China 1985 -Jaupur India 1973 and Quebec Canada 1956 - the city is in good company I liked Calgary with its...

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  • Downtown Calgary

    In 1988, Calgary put on a party and invited the world. For a couple of weeks in February1988, the winter Olympians competed and their victories were often celebrated at the Olympic Plaza . These days, it’s the future Olympians that make use of the plaza: young children use the flooded plaza as a wading pool in the summer and a skating rink in the...

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  • Mountains

    Anyone that comes to Calgary, must go to the mountains for as long as possible. You can ski/snowboard, hike, camp, shop, fish or pretty much anything you can think of. There are not a lot of people in Canada, this means you can find places with absolutely no people. The landscape in the fall is Beautiful. All the colors will blow you away. I always...

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