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Travel – Calgary – Canada – Part 4

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

Neighborhoods of Interest

Calgary Zoo
• It is located on 1300 Zoo Rd NE.
• Ph: +1 403-232-9300
• Opens daily from 9AM – 5PM.
• The entire world-class Calgary Zoo hosts over 1,000 animals from worldwide.
• It has Botanical Garden as well as a Prehistoric Park for dinosaur lovers.
• It is the second largest zoo in Canada.
• Price: $18/$10 (adult/youth)

Fort Calgary Historic Park
• It is located on 750 9th Ave SE.
• PH: +1 403-290-1875
• Opens daily from 9AM – 5PM.
• Before becoming a city in 1894, the Calgary area had a Fort Calgary.
• The Northwest Mounted Police fort was built in 1875.
• Fort Calgary is located in Inglewood currently.
• It is with the confluence from the Bow and Elbow rivers.
• It is the city’s oldest historic monument.
• Price: $11/$7 (adult/youth)

Inglewood Volary & Nature Centre
• It is located on 2425 9 Ave SE.
• Trails open from sunrise to sunset.
Nature Center open:
– From Tuesday to Sunday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– Closed on Mondays and statutory holidays
– Closed at noon on December 24.
• There is wildlife reserve which is spread over a 32-hectare area.
• This reserve provides about two kilometres of walking trails over the riverine forest.
• More than 250 species of birds and 300 types of plants are found here along with several forms of mammals.
• Entry is Free.

Stampede Grounds
• It is located on 1410 Olympic Way SE.
• This site is of Calgary’s world-famous exhibition and rodeo.
• The Calgary Stampede grounds are situated in the east end on the Beltline in Victoria Park.
• They are the site of the July’s Calgary Stampede.
They also host and house:
– a conference
– exhibition centre
– a casino

Scotiabank Saddledome
• It is located on the Stampede Grounds.
Calgary’s largest hockey arena plays host to:
– Calgary Flames (hockey)
– The Calgary Hitmen (junior hockey)
– The Calgary Roughnecks (lacrosse),
– Many concerts

The Military Museums
• This museum is located on 4520 Crowchild Trail SW.
• Ph: +1 403-974-2850
• It is the most extensive military museum in Canada.
• This facility houses galleries of about 4 local Army regiments.
Their service includes the:
– The Boer War
– The Globe Wars
– The Korean War
– The Cold War
Post-1945 operations while using the UN and NATO include:
– Cyprus
– Yugoslavia
– Afghanistan
– General interest galleries
– The previous Naval Museum of Alberta
– An outdoor historical vehicle display
• It was earlier known as the Museum with the Regiments.

Battalion Park
• This park is a tribute to local soldiers that were trained for First World War.
• It is an interpretive 0.5 km hiking trail on the side of the bluff overlooking earlier Sarcee Camp.
• The Canadian Expeditionary Force soldiers wrote battalion numerals spelled in whitewashed stones.
• They were restored as a permanent memorial.
• The interpretive trail also carries a monument.
• One can also take a self-guided tour knowing about the historical tablets and photographs.
• The majority of the numbers are easily seen from the parking of the nearby Signal Hill and West Hills shopping centers.

Devonian Gardens
• It is located 317 7th Ave SW.
• It is on the 4th floor of TD Square.
• Ph: +1 780-987-3054
• The Devonian Gardens is a small indoor urban park.
• It is located in TD Square, above the shopping centre and next to the foodstuff court.
• It is currently open for visitors.

Suburban Attractions
• Many attractions are LRT accessible.
• A rental car is recommended for the less accessible attractions.
• Buses can also be taken.

Canada Olympic Park
• It is located on 88 Canada Olympic Rd.
• Catch the LRT to Brentwood station and then take the bus 408 for the park.
• Ph: +1 403-247-5452
• Take a tour to the site from the 1988 Winter Olympics.
• It includes taking a ski jump for a fantastic view.
• Four runs are for sale to your skiing pleasure in the winter time.
There is an
– On-site museum
– Canadian Olympic Hall Of Fame
– New Canada Sports Hall of Fame
• The half pipe and rail park are frequented by some very talented skiers and snowboarders.
• The COP hosts Canada’s only bobsled track.

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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