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Travel – Calgary – Canada – Part 1

Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta in Canada.

Overview of Calgary

• It is located with the Bow River which is to the south of the province.
• It is within the part of foothills and prairie.
• It can be approximately 80 km east from the front ranges with the Canadian Rockies.
• The location is found in the grassland and parkland’s natural elements of Alberta.
• It is considered the largest city in Alberta.
• It is also considered the third-largest municipality.
• It also takes the place of fifth-largest metropolitan area in Canada.
• It is situated 294 km to the south of Edmonton.
• Statistics Canada defines areas between these cities since the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.
• Business activities in Calgary are with the petroleum industry and agriculture.
• In 1988, hosted the Olympic Winter Games and became the first Canadian city to do so.
• Calgary is a product of oil culture.
• It is in the eastern gateway towards Rocky Mountains.
• For Western countries, this is an important center of trade and tourism.
• It’s a point of access for Banff and Jasper.
• Calgary is the heart of the largest metropolitan area.
• It is situated between Toronto and Vancouver.

Geography of Calgary

• Calgary is located at the transition zone between your Canadian Rockies foothills and the Canadian Prairies.
• The city is located in the foothills parkland natural sub-region which belongs to the parkland natural region and the foothills fescue sub-region which is of the grasslands natural region.
• Calgary’s elevation is around 1,048 m above sea level downtown.
• It is at an elevation of 1,084 m at the airport.
• The location proper covers an area on an average of 726.5 square km.
• Hence, it exceeds the land area of Toronto.
• There are 2 major rivers that are present in the town.
• The Bow River is the largest and flows through the west south.
• The Elbow River flows northwards through the south.
• This is until it joins with the Bow River located near downtown.
• Metropolis is large in physical area, including things like an inner city between communities of densities.
• Unlike most cities that has a sizable metropolitan area; nearly all of Calgary’s suburbs are integrated into the town proper.
You will discover notable exceptions of:
– The town of Airdrie for the north
– Cochrane on the northwest
– Strathmore towards the east
– Springbank and Bearspaw acreages for the west

Flora and Fauna
• Numerous plant and animal species are present in and around Calgary.
• The Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir comes close to the northern limit of the range at Calgary.
• Another conifer of widespread distribution based in the Calgary area is the Picea glauca.

Neighborhoods of Interest

The Beltline and 17th Avenue
• It is located on 17th Avenue S.W.
• It is Calgary’s premiere destination for seeing.
It boasts of:
– various restaurants
– unique shops
– boutiques
– bars
• The entirety of the Beltline begins from the Stampede Grounds in conjunction with Victoria Park that is situated on the east to Mount Royal that is situated on the west.
• The dense nightlife on 17th Avenue begins at 2nd Street SW and extends to 15th Street SW.

• In many ways, Mission acts as a possible extension of 17th Avenue.
• Much like the Beltline, it’s stuffed with interesting restaurants and shops.
• It does not share 17th Avenue’s “night time” reputation as it generally lacks the bars and nightclubs.
• It runs along fourth Street South West from 17th Avenue to 26th Avenue.

Best time to visit / climate

• Calgary is sunny and rather dry.
• It has a wide range of seasonal and daily temperatures.
• Summers tend to be sunny and mild.
• The averaging highs can rise about 23°C in July/August.
• It is usually accompanied by short afternoon storms.
• June is uniquely the wettest month.
• Hot weather (> 30°C) is rare.
• It occurs five times annually on an average.
• The temperatures typically drop during rain days.
• Winter can also vary quite a bit.
• Temperatures can get extremely cold and go <-20°C. • This is usually between November and March. • Temperatures of -30°C occur on average 5 times annually. • The average high of January is about -2°C. • There are regular but unpredictable Chinooks which are warm Pacific winds. • One of coldest months is March with temperatures of about -6°C. • January is one of the mildest month with temperatures of abut +6°C.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
Calgary International Airport
• The single terminal has 4 lettered concourses which are A,B,C,D.
• This airport is operated by Canadian and international carriers.
• The airport is served by a volunteer force.
• Calgary is both the headquarters and hub for Canada’s second largest airline.
• International destinations are served by Westjet. They include:
– Los Angeles
– San Francisco
– San Diego
– Palm Springs
– Phoenix
– Las Vegas
– Orlando
– New York

Air Canada
• Calgary International Airport is also a hub for Canada’s flag carrier.
• International destinations served by Air Canada include:
– Seattle
– Portland
– Los Angeles
– San Francisco
– San Diego
– Phoenix
– Las Vegas
– Chicago
– New York
– London-Heathrow
– Frankfurt
– Tokyo-Narita
• British Airways offers daily flights to/from London Heathrow.
• Lufthansa offers daily flights to/from Frankfurt.
• KLM offers weekly flights to/from Amsterdam.

United offers daily multiple daily flights to/from:
– San Francisco
– Denver
– Chicago
– Continental offers daily multiple flights to Houston.

Delta offers daily multiple flights to:
– Minneapolis
– Salt Lake City
• American Airlines offers daily multiple flights to/from Dallas/Ft. Worth.
• Horizon Airlines offers daily flights to Seattle.
• Thomas Cook Airlines offers weekly flights to London-Gatwick.

Non-stop charter flights operate from Europe:
– London
– Glasgow
– Manchester
– Paris
– Amsterdam
– Frankfurt

2. By car
• Calgary is approximately one hour drive East of Banff.
• It is approximately three hours South of Edmonton on highway #2.
From U.S. side
– The I-15 connects with Alberta Highway 4 which leads to Lethbridge.
– Follow Highway 3 west of Lethbridge to Highway 2.
– Then north to Calgary which is about 200 miles (320 km) north of the border.
The Trans-Canada also enters from the east.
Motorists come from:
– Saskatchewan
– Manitoba
– Points east

3. By Bus
• The main terminal is located 1 km west of the edge of Downtown.
• From the station there is good accessibility to the downtown C-Train stations through Calgary Transit.
Red Arrow
• It provides service to several Alberta cities, including Edmonton.
• The accessible bus stop is located on 9th Ave at 1st St SE.
Executive Express
• It runs a daily scheduled service from Calgary to Edmonton.
• Seats sell for
– $129 one-way
– Compartments of four seats for $299
Travel time is just below three hours.
At present there are departures in the morning from:
– The Foothills Hospital
– Hotel Alma (U of C)
– The Westin Hotel

4. By Train
• There is no Via Rail service to Calgary at present.
• There is service on the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train to:
– Vancouver
– Jasper
– Lake Louise
– Banff

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at calgaryhotels.org
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Calgary – Canada

blogs at wikitravel.org
blogs at visitcalgary.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos about Calgary – Canada

images at wikitravel.org
images at visitcalgary.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at google.com

Videos about Calgary – Canada

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