Rich from the spoils of oil, Calgary is a cultural city nestled at the foothills of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
A climb to the top of Calgary Tower reveals views as far as the Rockies on a clear day. But, with so many green spaces and outdoor activities going on in the city centre, there is no need to venture that far.
Prince’s Island Park is Calgary’s largest green space with walking trails and festivals held there throughout the year, from Shakespeare to Folk music. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Calgary Zoo are both wonderful places for the whole family with thousands of animals to see and tracks to walk - open from sunrise to sunset; with forests, botanic gardens and even a Prehistoric Park for dinosaur lovers. To see the America of old, 66 acre Heritage Park is one of the largest living historical villages in North America, complete with old fashioned candy store, bakery and exhibits.
Back in the modern day, Barclay Parade gives shoppers a taste of Canada’s famous malls, while Stephen Avenue Walk, the city’s most famous street, provides a more ‘boutique’ experience with plenty of cafes and bars to relax in en-route. Lively Chinatown has hundreds of shops selling imports of delicious foods and sundries from China, Vietnam and Japan. Inglewood is a chain-free bohemian shopper’s paradise with galleries and furniture shops while the Kensington District boasts up-scale antiques and lots of quirky arts spaces. The Glenbow Museum is a vast construction that houses galleries, artefacts, visiting exhibitions and lots of art making for kids at the weekends. This place makes a great family day out.
It is as though Calgary was made for sports fans. Watch real live rodeo at the famous Stampede Grounds, catch a hockey game at the Scotiabank Saddledome, visit Olympic Park (site of the1988 Winter Olympics) to watch skateboarders tackling the halfpipe or catch an NFL game at the Stempeders Football Club.
Dozens of farmers markets dotted around the city show Calgary’s obsession with food and fresh produce. Some of the best ones to visit include the Eu Claire, Calgary Farmer’s, Crossroads Flea, Bearspaw and Sunnyside markets.
Calgary’s lively nightlife features theatres and bars, fine dining and family friendly restaurants and more live music than you can shake a baseball bat at – so saddle up and get ready for a great ride!
The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Calgary International Airport is located 12.5 miles from the city centre of Calgary taking just 30 minutes by car. The 300 bus operates a service from the airport to the city centre or there are regular taxis departing from outside the terminal building into the centre of Calgary.
What you need to know
Currency: The Canadian Dollar ($)
Visas: British Passport holders do not require a visa for short stays in Canada, however a valid passport is required for the duration of stay. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The minimum legal age to purchase or consume alcohol is 18. Smoking is banned in all indoor public places including bars, restaurants, cafes, sports venues, public transport and museums and galleries.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Calgary depends largely on what you wish to do. Summers in Calgary are warm and dry with long light days and warm nights. During the winter months, the temperatures plummet but this is the perfect time for anyone who wants to ski or snowboard.
With so any events and festivals happening throughout the year, it’s always an interesting time to visit Calgary. The Calgary Stampede is one of the city’s most famous events. Street parades and a giant cowboy themed party takes over Stampede Park with rodeo, bucking broncos and barrel racing just a few of the highlights! December brings many Christmas themed delights to the city including markets and mini film festivals. Comedy and an International Children’s Festival, a Festival of Underground Film, Greek Festival and plenty of foodie events fill the spring months. In summer Calgary comes to life with Latino Festivals, a Turkish Festival, the Sun and Salsa Festival, Folk Music, Heritage Days, Dragon Boats, Folk Music and much much more!
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