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Travel – Calgary – Canada – Part 6

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

Spectacular Sports and Events of Calgary

Vertigo Theatre
• 161, 115 – 9 Avenue SE
• Ph +1 403 221-3708
• It is dedicated in producing mystery plays.
• A second studio theatre frequently hosts other individuals.

Theatre Junction
• 608 1st St SW
• Ph: +1 403 205 2922
• This theatre provides a slate of highly contemporary theatre and performing arts.
• It is also a venue that hosts music.
• Price: $20-30.

Pumphouse Theatre
• 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW
• Ph: +1 403 263-0079
• These are two theaters housed in the historic brick waterworks building.
• They play host into a large part of Calgary’s semi-pro and community theatre scene, with new productions held here.
• Price: $10-25

Loose Moose Theatre
• 1235 – 26th Ave. S.E.
• Ph:+1 403 265-5682
• This theatre is the originator and international leaders in short-form improvisation and Theatresports.
• Loose Moose has occasionally held original children’s show or comedy.
• Price: $8-12

Lunchbox Theatre
• 160, 115 9th Ave SW
• Ph: +1 403 265-4292
Shows at
– 12:10 PM from Monday to Saturday
– 6:10 PM on Friday
• This original theatre company produces exclusively one-act plays, over the weekday at noon lunch hour.
• Price: $18.

Stage West Dinner Theatre
• 727 42 Ave SE
• Ph: +1 403 243-6642
• They also provide a generic buffet dinner.
• Price: $60-100

Jubilations Dinner theater
• 1002 37 ST SW
• It is located in Westbrook Mall.
• Ph: +1 403 249-7799.
• Just like Stage West, it has many parodies of popular TV programs.
• Price: $55-65.

• The Comedy Cave
• Funny Fest
• Yuk Yuks
• Aussie Rules Foodhouse & Bar with duelling pianos.
• Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
• Calgary Opera
• Canadian C and W Hall of Fame

Tours in Calgary

• Big Rock Brewery has tours by 1:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• Book prior by calling:
– 403-720-3239
– 1-800-242-3107
• National Music Centre has tours every Thursday evening.
• The NMC houses a big number of preserved and restored working musical instruments.
• These instruments date back to 100s of years.
• Many marching bands are operating out of Calgary.
They add the:
– Calgary Round-Up Band
– The Calgary Stetson Show Band
– The Bishop Grand in Marching Ghosts
– Time World Association for Marching Show Bands champions
– The Calgary Stampede Showband
Military bands include:
– Guitar rock band of HMCS Tecumseh
– Regimental Band of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment
– The Regimental Pipes and Drums on the Calgary Highlanders.
There are lots of other civilian pipe bands within the city, notably the Calgary Police Service Pipe Band.

Events and Museums in Calgary

Glenbow Museum
Calgary is additionally a place where you can get into a vibrant choral music community, including a number of amateur, community, and semi-professional groups.
A few of the mainstays include the:
• Mount Royal Choirs through the Mount Royal University Conservatory
• The Calgary Boys’ Choir,
• Calgary Girls Choir
• The Youth Singers of Calgary
• The Cantare Children’s Choir
• Spirit-us Chamber Choir

Calgary hosts several annual festivals and events such as the:
1. Calgary International Film Festival
2. The Calgary Folk Music Festival
3. Funny Fest Calgary Comedy Festival
4. The Folk Music Festival
5. The Greek Festival
6. Carifest, Wordfest
7. Banff Calgary International Writers Festival
8. The Lilac Festival
9. Global Fest
10. The Calgary Fringe Festival
11. Summer stock
12. Expo Latino
13. Calgary Pride
14. Calgary International Spoken Word Festival
15. Several cultural and ethnic festivals.
• Calgary’s best-known event is the Calgary Stampede.
• It actually is one of many largest festivals in Canada.
• Several museums are found inside city.
• The Glenbow Museum may be the largest in western Canada and includes a skill gallery and First Nations gallery.

Chinese Cultural Centre
It is 70,000 square foot, the largest stand-alone cultural centre in Canada.
• The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum
• The Military Museums
• The Cantos Music Museum
• The Aero Space Museum.

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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