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Travel – Calgary – Canada – Part 2

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

Neighborhoods of Interest

Forest Lawn International Avenue
• Forest Lawn is renowned for its diverse culture.
• It has the city’s best eateries lining 17th Avenue S.E. which include:
– Vietnamese
– Lebanese
– Central American
• The nightlife in this area is often a spot to exercise caution.
• There are various pawn shops that line the streets.

• Kensington is situated down the Bow River about the north side of downtown.
• It truly is one of Calgary’s notable shopping neighborhoods.
• It has a somewhat more bohemian feel than 17th Avenue.
• One particular store specializes in Birkenstocks and Futons.
• It offers a superb number of restaurants.
• One can comprehend of increased exposure of fast food chains than of bars.
• Kensington runs along Kensington Road NW.
• It lies from 14th St NW to 10th St NW.
• It extends towards north along 10th St NW to 5th Ave NW.

• Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighborhood.
• It is also the site of the city’s original downtown.
• It’s also among Calgary’s most culturally influenced and eclectic areas.
• Inglewood contains sets from stores
– directed at bikers
– unique boutiques
– antique stores
– galleries
– restaurants
• It is not as developed as few of the city’s downtown districts.
• It is quickly becoming among the city’s most widely used “urban chic” neighborhoods.
• It lies immediately east of downtown which is concentrated along 9th Avenue SE.
• This extends to north of Manchester.
• This is further classified as the Bow River and the world-famous Calgary Zoo.

• Bridgeland is an urban revitalization area located to the northeast of the downtown.
• This community has been a destination for years as Calgary’s “Little Italy”.
• One can see there are abundant Italian restaurants in this community.
• The old General Hospital was demolished in 1998.
• This led to a long-term project for redevelopment which took most of the era.
• Areas are predicted to become a family orientated Pearl District.
• The initial phases are already done.
• The region includes:
– posh shops
– chic apartments
– beautiful lofts
• But they maintain the earlier charm of the distinct houses.
• Eventually the neighborhood got more shops, and a few high raised buildings.
• This is a great area to simply walk through who are interested in architecture and planning.
• The Bridgeland’s far eastern end links with the Calgary Zoo.
• It also links with the newly opened Telus Spark science center.

Marda Loop/Garrison Green
• It is located to the east of Crowchild Trail along 33rd Avenue SW. This includes:
– a multitude of quaint shops
– restaurants
– services
• Marda Loop is located in the core of the conjunction of 33rd Avenue and 20th Street S.W.
• It would be the older of these two areas.
• It is along mid-August, the Marda Gras Street Festival is hosted along 33 Avenue between 19 St. and 23 St. S.W.
• Garrison Green is actually a newly developed residential and shopping district.
• It lies immediately in the south of 32 Avenue.
• It features a unique mix of eclectic shops and old-town storefronts.

• Parkhill is a neighborhood south of downtown.
• It is just a quite wealthy area that has been once home to many old homes.
• Today it truly is a place to discover a range of modern designs.
• There are few old homes still standing.
• It is just a very interesting neighborhood to go to.

Mount Royal
• It is actually a neighborhood south to the Downtown.
• It has charming old homes.
• It does not comply with the earlier street grid.
• The spot houses several of Calgary’s elite.
• This can be a nice area to go for a basic nice stroll admiring the old residential.
• Driving across the community can be hard because of the preponderance of “traffic calming” and street closures.

McKenzie Towne
• It is found on the southeastern outskirts of Calgary.
• It is accessible via Deerfoot Trail and McKenzie Towne Boulevard.
• It is an exception to”dull suburb” stereotype.
• This is a planned comm-unit.
• It features parks and classical home facades.
• One can find them in a Norman Rockwell painting.
• Anchoring the area is High Street which is a plaza.
• This is a plaza that is disguised like a classic small-town high street.
• It is worth to check out Spruce Meadows.

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

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Images and photos about Calgary – Canada

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