Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Calgary is a destination for winter sports and ecotourism, being located close to a number of major mountain resorts such as Banff and Jasper.
Calgary’s downtown features an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, cultural venues, public squares (including Olympic Plaza) and shopping. Downtown tourist attractions include the Calgary Zoo, the Telus World of Science, the Telus Convention Centre, the Chinatown district, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.
Attractions on the west side of the city include the Heritage Park Historical Village historical park, depicting life in pre-1914 Alberta. Other major city attractions include Canada Olympic Park, and Spruce Meadows. In addition to the many shopping areas in the city centre, there are a number of large suburban shopping complexes in the city.
Things to See & Do
* Calgary Stampede (July)
* Prince’s Island Park
* Calgary Tower
* Stephen Avenue Walk – one of Calgary’s famous streets
* Canada Olympic Park tour – site of the 1988 Winter Olympics
Cruise Season – May - September
Currency – Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Language – English & French
Land Area – 726.5 km²
Population – 1,100,000 approx
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +1
Transport Links – Calgary International Airport is well served by a large number of international airlines. There are flights available from many U.S. locations as well as non-stop charter flights from London, Glasgow, Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
Greyhound and Red Arrow bus services provide services to several Alberta cities, including Edmonton.