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Travel – Calgary – Canada – Part 3

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

Neighborhoods of Interest

Prince’s Island Park
• This is located immediately to the north of Eau Claire surrounding the Bow River.
• From downtown, you can find bridges for the park on the end of:
– 2nd St SW
– 3rd St SW
– 6th St SW
• Calgary’s largest inner city park is an island.
• It has a variety of pleasant trails for walking and relaxing.
• During the summer, it plays host to Shakespeare within the park.
• Additionally, it is also the location for the two of the city’s largest annual festivals:
– The Calgary Ethnic music Festival
– Carifest
• Carifest is Calgary’s annual festival.
• It celebrates the city’s large West Indian population.

Barclay Parade
• Barclay Mall is a pedestrian mall.
• It runs from Eau Claire for the north to Stephen Avenue to the south.
• It actually is where you have high end shops.
• It encompasses the Penny Lane Entertainment District.

Calgary Tower
• It is located on 101 9th Ave SW which is in the corner of 9th Ave SW & Centre St.
• Ph: +1 403-266-7171
• The Calgary Tower may not be quite as impressive as CN Tower in Toronto.
• It still commands an incredible view above the city and the surroundings.
• On a clear day you will observe the Rockies towards the west.
• It has a:
– revolving gourmet restaurant
– a bar
– an observation deck
• The tower backs onto railway tracks and several shabby blocks on the 10th Avenue side.
• It is best approached from 8th Avenue for an incredible view.

Stephen Avenue Walk
• Stephen Avenue is one of Calgary’s most famous streets.
• It is on 8th Avenue S between Barclay Mall and 2nd Street E.
• It was declared a National Historic District by the Canadian Government.
• It is a major venue for:
– Boutique shopping
– Bars
– Pubs
– Restaurants
• The mall is free of charge of traffic almost all of the day.

• Canada’s third largest Chinatown is within the northeast component of downtown Calgary.
• It is the heart of Calgary’s Asian diaspora.
• There are a lot of north and east Calgary which features a Pacific Rim influence.
• The area is approximately a half-dozen blocks.
• It is situated along Centre Street S, from 4 Ave S to the Bow River.
• Calgary’s Chinatown packs in a dense network of:
– Chinese
– Vietnamese
– Japanese
– Asian
• It has:
– Restaurants
– Shops
– Housing
– Cultural facilities
• Areas along Centre Street on the north side from the river almost functions as a loosely organized “second Chinatown”.
• It has Chinese-oriented businesses stretching for 20 and up blocks.

Olympic Plaza
• It is located in the 800 block of Macleod Trail SE.
• It is in the corner of 8th Ave SE and Macleod Trail.
• This public square was constructed as the site of medal presentations in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
• In the summer, visitors can savor the water-filled plaza.
• In winter, visitors can go skating.

Glenbow Museum
• It is located on 130 — 9 Avenue SE.
• Ph:+1 403-268-4100
• Opening hours
– 9AM – 5PM from Monday- Saturday
– Noon – 5PM on Sunday.
• This is Western Canada’s largest museum.
• It is spread over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space.
• It spreads over 3 floors.
• There are 20 galleries that are filled up with artifacts from Glenbow’s assortment of more than a million objects.
• They all emphasize local history.
• The exhibits are regularly changing.
• These exhibits focus on art or higher distant cultures.
• Children can make art on weekends.
• Price $14/$9 (adult/youth).

Telus Spark
• It also known as the Calgary Science Centre and located on 220 St. George’s Drive NE.
• It is based in the NE for the crossing of Memorial Drive and Deerfoot Trail.
• Ph: +1 403-268-8300
• Email:discovery@calgaryscience.ca
• Opening hours:
– Sun – Fri: 9am – 4pm
– Sat: 9am – 5pm
– 1st Thurs: 9am – 9pm
– 2nd Thurs: 9am – 10pm
• It was formally named Calgary Science Centre.
• It is the Canada’s first purpose-built New Science Centre in over twenty five years.
• It is constructed on over 18 acres of reclaimed land.
• The newest 153,000 square feet facility features:
– More than one hundred hands-on exhibits
– Four exhibit galleries
– A travelling exhibition gallery
– An expanded and enhanced Creative Kids Museum
– Calgary’s only HD digital Dome Theatre
– A Presentation Theatre
– Learning Centre
– A 10,000 square-foot atrium
– A four-acre outdoor park
– Price: 19.95 (adult/youth)

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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blogs at wikipedia.org
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Images and photos about Calgary – Canada

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