Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city that is home to adventure and fun. It has an amazing lifestyle, from its nightlife to its sport. As a former host to the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary is famed for its outdoor adventures and winter sports. The city hosts many annual events, one of Canada’s biggest festivals, the Calgary Stampede.
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- Emergency Services: 911
- Language: English
- Currency: Canadian Dollar
- Country Code: CA
- Travel Visa: eTA (click for more info)
- Population: 1,547,484
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For the Emergency services just dial 911 from any phone.
Hospitals in Calgary
Calgary offers extensive cycle bath and pedestrian walkways. Bike lanes run alongside many major streets, making it a great way to see the city. Lime Bike sharing programme, makes cycling easy and accessible. Bus travel is also available, known as the C-Train. Children 5 and under are free. If travelling by car, parking in Downtown is paid. Lower rates may apply after certain times and are area specific.
When are the best seasons to travel?
If wanting to get the most out of Calgary’s natural environment, visiting in November through to March offer great opportunities for skiing.
Summer months on June and August make for a great trip as many of the city’s events take place.
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What are some safety tips I should know?
East Downtown is one to be careful at night.
The drinking lifestyle and nightlife requires extra caution.
If and when possible, stay in a group and avoid being alone when walking after dark.
What are the common crimes?
Property crimes such as vandalism and theft are common, so avoid placing any valuables in view or leave them unattended.
The city does experience drug related crimes. If offered drugs, say “no, thank you” and walk away.
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Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
This annual event is a celebration of culture and heritage. During July, Calgary celebrates community spirit, a longstanding event that has been in motion for more than 100 years. Taking place at Stampede Park, this event contains live music, attractions, shows and much more. The famous rodeo show is a highlight of this event, again linking back to the city’s heritage.
Calgary’s annual fireworks competition held in August at Elliston Park. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year, this is a performance of explosive firework designs. GlobalFest showcases Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic talents both, locally and around the world. The fireworks show nurtures an inclusive, world-class, multi-facet arts and cultural festival that enhances Alberta’s reputation.
Where else is good to visit?
Explore fascinating historical galleries and exhibitions of art and culture from around the world. We are conveniently located in downtown Calgary on Stephen Avenue Mall, just steps from the Calgary Tower and one block away from the C-Train LRT line.
Experience some of Calgary’s natural environment by visiting this Olympic Park. As a ski hill, it is designed as a fun venue for training and competitions. Open to the general public for recreational purposes, join in the fun by watching high performing athletic training.
An urban park in northwest Calgary. Developed over an area of 160 acres, it is situated amongst neighbourhoods of Capitol Hill and Highland Park. Enjoy a picnic by sitting on the picnic tables provided, or enjoy a cycle around the cycle paths. It is a great one to explore and learn more about the city, with maps located at the Park of the North and South areas.
What are the main attractions?
Heritage Park Historical Village
Calgary’s Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living history museum, with hundreds of exhibits, rides, shops, restaurants and daily demonstrations and activities to keep the young and the young-at-heart captivated in the past. Open from mid-May to early October each year.
Standing 190 metres tall, this observation tower is located in Downtown Calgary. Formally known as the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower is a great way to see the city. 360 degree views of Calgary make for a picture perfect day, being even more special at sunset. Sit amongst the skyscrapers and take in the beauty that this city has to offer.
The Calgary Zoo contains almost 900 animals from around the world. Trek through the gorilla’s rainforest and safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim. If you are a fan of butterflies, the ENMAX Conservatory awaits. You’ll love knowing that every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. NEW in 2017 is the Land of Lemurs exhibit and giant pandas were added in 2018.
Are there any festivals?
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Founded in 1980, this music festival is a celebration of folk music. 2,000 volunteers help to put on this summer event, bringing in hundreds of renowned musicians.
Calgary International Film Festival
Held in late September, early October, the Calgary International Film Festival is iconic. This is the 6th largest film festival in Canada, going into its 21st year. Held over 12 days, this film festival offers cash prices for the successful attendees. Showcasing 200 short films of multiple genres, it is a celebration of Canadian talent and upcoming creators