Calgary Travel Guide

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Calgary Things to Do

  • 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 Stampede

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Calgary Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

  • Peter's Drive In

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When I was a kid, we'd ALWAYS have to stop in at Peters' on our way home. It was a given. Seems to me that MANY people share this tradition! :P The food is honestly, nothing special. However, it's a tradition thing - YOU HAVE TO DO IT! They have TONNES of milkshake flavours - also a given! Oh, and DO try the onion rings. I usually choose a shake...

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  • The Great Canadian Bagel - Northland...

    You choose from numerous freshly baked bagels and a multitude of toppings. You can have a simple bagel with cream cheese or a huge sandwich. The prices are great and the freshness can't be beat! Any of their combinations wit Asiago Cheese!

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  • River Cafe

    5 out of 5 stars

    I went to River Cafe for dinner last night. River Cafe is located in Prince's Island Park, just a short walk from downtown and the Eau Claire Market in the middle of the Bow River! The restaurant was full all evening so having reservations was essential. The restaurant is warm and cozy inside, with lots of wood and country-style decorations. The...

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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

  • Calgary Transit System

    Calgary's Light Rail Transit (LRT) sysyem was begun in 1978 and completed in 1986, just in time for the 1988 Olympics. It now extends as far North as Crowfoot Center in NW Calgary and as far south as Bridlewood. It does go through most of Calgary's tourist stops. This includes Stampede Park, Downtown Calgary, Chinook Mall, Fish Creek, the Uof C,...

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  • Airport

    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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  • Taxi's

    I usually take a taxi twice a week, to and from the airport. Two companies distinguish themselves: Associated (403 299-1111) and Checker (403 299-9999). Both companies are computer dispatched, readily accept credit cards with onboard authorization, have their drivers dress in uniforms or suits and drive the requested route without argument. The...

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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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  • Deerfoot 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....

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  • Eau Claire Market Mall

    The Eau Claire Market was originally billed as being the location for a Farmers market. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t last long, but what survived is a building with a diverse range of restaurants, craft stores and movie theatres (regular and IMAX). The market is one of the few buildings downtown that is not connected to the +15 network, but with...

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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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  • Greetings & Salutations

    This nice chap approached us while we were looking at some statues. He told us he was the Prime Minister and gave us his papers. We had a good laugh together while he tried to sort out the world. Hope he gets reinstated because he promised us a free holiday.

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  • Western Culture

    Ranching played a large part in Calgary's development, and so many Calgarians are proud of the city's western heritage. Calgary's nickname is "Cowtown", but it doens't live up to it unless you count the requisite country and western radio station, and two bars called "Cowboys" and "The Ranchman's". Ranching and western heritage may be responsible...

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Calgary Warnings and Dangers

  • Wild Animals

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are going to venture out into the wild, please take all possible precautions to stay safe. The day that I saw the Grizzly Bear (which by the way was about 20 yards from me) a tourist decided to get out of his car so that he could take a better picture of the bear. Well folks, if that bear was hungry, that tourist would...

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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Fort Calgary

    Calgary began as a fort built between the Bow and Elbow rivers. On the original site, the part of the fort has been rebuilt, the front wall (what Hollywood calls a façade). To the side is a small expensive museum with some frontier artifacts. Save your money for the Glenbow museum which has a better collection of artifacts and Heritage Park with...

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Calgary What to Pack

  • Packing List

    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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  • Clothing - Winter

    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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  • Clothing - Summer

    Sturdy and light gear with bags/luggage that can be locked. Light to medium at night, dependable shoes if you plan to walk around some of the points of interest. Not really needed to bring as you can purchase any items you might require locally. Camera of some sort and/or video. If you are planning on camping, firewood ect. can be purchased in most...

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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

  • Hockey

    Canadians are a bit Hockey crazy, somewhat like Europeans are with soccer (or should I say football). Calgarians support their local hockey team, The Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome on the Stampede grounds. Calgary’s color is red so be sure to wear some when you come out to cheer on the team. After the game, many of the fans head up the nearby...

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  • Football

    There are about ten ski resorts within a two hour drive of Calgary but you don’t have to leave the city limits to strap on some boards. Canada Olympic Park hosts a series of hills for skiing and boarding. While not the same a skiing in the mountains, it’s a excellent place for beginner’s lessons. The hill is floodlit at night so it’s easy to get in...

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  • Skating

    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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Calgary Favorites

  • 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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  • 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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