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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 in seedy areas.
Be especially careful if taking public transit, of the LRT (light rail transit) stations at night. It seems unsavoury characters like to hang around the LRT stations and prey on unsuspecting passengers. A car or cab might be better for late travel, or stick together in a group.
Call 911 in case of emergency -- you can request police or an ambulance. Call 266-1234 if you need to call the police for a non-emergent matter.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
I have lived here for my whole life, and as Calgary has grown, so has its dangers. Though, generally a pretty safe place, it does have areas you might want to avoid at night, Erin Woods, Forest Lawn (esp. near 17th Ave.), Penbrooke Meadows, Marlbourgh, Castleridge, Sattleridge, Falconridge, Lindsey Park, Victoria Park. Most of the areas I mentioned are from Erin Woods Dr, north to 16th Ave in the Northeast. If you go to those areas at night, use common sense, DON'T go looking for trouble, cause you might just find it. Downtown actually isn't that scary at night, but it varies on the person, and where downtown you go. Along 7th Aveune, or where the LRT runs through downtown, is where all the drug dealers are downtown. Actually, most of the LRT stations, esp. Franklin, Marlbourgh, Rundle, Whitehorn and Mcknight-Westwinds stations, in the northeast can be dangerous at night. There was a brutal attack at Franklin actually not too long ago. But just mind your own business, and you should be fine, and have fun in Calgary... it is actually a really safe place.
Written Sep 17, 2008
Hi, I'm not an expert on this matter. But I live close to this area. There is no area to by pass the weir while rafting.
If you are coming from downtown by memorial,take deerfoot south and after 500 meters take exit to 17ave west (towards downtown), from first traffic signal take right to "pearce estate park and hatchery" You can park your vehicle here and approach the bow river just after the weir. Have fun and good luck.
Written May 3, 2008
No real danger construction of new buildings is an on going process in downtown Calgary to accommodate the growth of business in the city. The city is quite compact and roads may be closed due to construction work so like us you may have to take a detour around the site to get to your next tourist spot.
Updated Feb 4, 2007
if ur travellin ta the northeast stay away from castleridge, whitehorn, coral, falconridge, nevermind just make sure you dont pic fights wit asians or any brown person and mind your own business n ya dont walk around alone at night
Written Sep 3, 2006
We thought that Canadian were used to snow....but apparently not in Calgary! It seems that there are more traffic jams and accidents when the snow invade the city. And it is impossible to have a taxi! The lines of all taxi companies are all busy and it can last 1/2 or even 1 hour to reach one !! So, an advice, call really in advance to be sure to have one! Because waiting on the street to catch one under the snow is not that evident!
Written Feb 24, 2006
It’s true that we’re not quit finished building Calgary, but we are open during construction. The downtown is once again a hive of activity, where streets are blocked, holes are dug and glass buildings are thrown up. It gets like this whenever the price of oil goes up. Many of Calgary’s downtown office buildings are tenanted by oil companies so when the price of oil goes up, they expand and new buildings are built to meet the demand. At times like this, people quip that Calgary’s bird must be the crane (building crane). Normally, the buildings are completed just in time for the price of oil to go down and the buildings sit unoccupied for several years until the cycle starts again.
Written Sep 16, 2005
Central Calgary is relatively easy to navigate. It’s a grid with numbered avenues and streets ascending in value in from Center street and the Bow river. Unfortunately, recent city planners have introduced confusion into this elegant system by giving the some downtown streets and avenues names instead of numbers. Ironically, the names of the streets are the former names that previous (wiser?) city planners removed in favor of the simpler numbering system.
At the moment roads that have been renamed are labeled with dual signage. Although quant, it can cause misunderstanding when you’re trying to find your way around.
Written Aug 20, 2005
Although Calgary does not have a high number of reported cases - it is important always to metion club safety and date-rape drugs. There HAVE been cases in Calgary clubs in the past, so ladies in particular - AS ALWAYS - keep your hands on your drink at all times and make sure your friends know where you are / where you are going. If you think you have been drugged call Calgary police (dial 911) immediatly.
Written Aug 9, 2005
Calgary sure does not have the black population which Edmonton has.. Edmontons black population has gotten really high in recent years. Still calgary is a nice city with alot of places too see, i hate it because calgary has very little latinos and blacks which sucks.. Calgary does have a high native population and euopean.
Written Dec 13, 2004
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