Welcome to Calgary

Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Calgary. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.

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About Calgary, Alberta

When you think of Calgary you probably also think about “the greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Calgary is a city that is proud of its western roots, and definitely knows how to display some Canadian hospitality. You may also know it as the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and as the home base of Canada Rail Vacations! Enjoy exploring the bustling downtown centre withing the fare-free zone on the C Train and if you’re feeling up to it, drop us a line and we’d be happy to show you around!

Arrival Information:

When arriving in Calgary, please make your way to the arrivals exit. Immediately outside the exit door is a taxi stand. As of 2021, airport to downtown Calgary hotel fares will oscillate between CAD $35-45 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your private hotel transfer, you will find your driver holding a sign with your name right at the passenger exit.

Uber and Lyft are also available in Calgary, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from the airport to your hotel will cost between CAD $25 – 50. Calgary airport regulations establish that passengers must arrange the pick up with their Uber or Lyft driver once ready to leave the airport and will be done through gates 1, 12 or 17.

If you are a visitor to Canada and you are not a citizen of the USA, you may be required to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This document can be purchased for CAD $7.00 and most applications are approved within minutes of applying. Please visit the following government site for information and to purchase this eTA: Electronic Travel Authorization.

Departure Information:

When departing from Calgary, you have several options to reach the airport. The front desk at your hotel will be happy to order a taxi for you. As of 2021, downtown Calgary hotels to the Calgary International airport fares will oscillate between CAD $35-45 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your private airport transfer, you will find your driver expecting you a few minutes before the scheduled departure at your hotel lobby.

Uber and Lyft are available in Calgary, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from your hotel to the Calgary International airport will cost between CAD $25 – 50.

Restaurant Recommendations:

After an arduous research in the field of culinary exquisiteness in the City of Calgary we made a list with some of our Restaurant Recommendations:

Charbar ~ Seafood, wood-fired steaks and craft cocktails, plus a river-view rooftop patio in the East Village. Smart casual attire.
Address: 618 Confluence Way SE

Murrieta’s West Coast Bar & Grill ~ A sophisticated upscale restaurant serving seafood and steak with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Smart casual attire.
Address: 808 1 Street SW, #200

River Cafe ~ Upscale cuisine, locally sourced ingredients, and served in a chic restored property on Prince’s Island. Brunch served on weekends. Smart casual attire.
Address: Princes Island Park

Native Tongues Taqueria ~ A modern take on Mexican street food, plus unique cocktails and a late-night menu. Casual attire.
Address: 235 12 Avenue SE

The Bank & Baron P.U.B. ~ Upscale pub food in an old 1930s restored historical bank on Stephen Avenue. Casual attire.
Address: 125 8th Ave SW

Sightseeing Recommendations:

Calgary offers an abundance of things to do or see, places to eat, and we are happy to have collected a list of our own favorites:

Within Downtown Calgary

The newly revitalized East Village of Calgary’s downtown core is host to scores of attractions and experiences. At the furthest east end is Fort Calgary, a wooden fort built by the North West Mounted Police in 1875, which also houses a cultural centre and museum.

Moving west from there is Studio Bell, home of The National Music Centre. If you’re a music buff like many of our team members, you will enjoy hands-on instrument areas, concerts, historical exhibits and artifacts, and you can even opt for a guided tour that gets you “backstage” to see things like the piano Elton John wrote his first five albums on.
Nearby is the new Calgary Central Library, designed by internationally recognized architecture firm Snøhetta. Stop in to satisfy your inner design guru before heading another two blocks west to the Glenbow Museum. In addition to permanent exhibits showcasing Alberta’s history and the Blackfoot Indigenous culture, the museum hosts several traveling exhibitions at a time.

From the Glenbow Museum, if you walk one block north through
Olympic Plaza, you will arrive at the east-most free-fare zone of the C Train. The free fare zone runs between the City Hall and West/Kerby stations. Between the two, you can get on and off wherever you like and trains typically run every 5 to 15 minutes.

If you’re a shopaholic, right in the middle of the free fare zone is the Scotia Centre and CORE Shopping Centre. Need a break from shopping? On the fourth floor of the CORE Shopping Centre is a public urban oasis: the Devonian Gardens. Stroll through one hectare of botanical gardens and marvel over the enormous living wall.

Calgary is proud to be home to over 35 craft beer breweries, distilleries and even a cidery. Most breweries have tap rooms open to the public but if you want to enjoy a few brews without traveling between each one,check out the downtown Craft Beer Market at 345 10 Avenue SW.

Lastly, while you’re downtown,you may as well take an elevator ride up The Calgary Tower for a view to our beloved Rocky Mountains and the city from above.
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Whether you are beginning or ending your journey in Calgary, anticipate what’s to come or reflect on what you’ve seen while strolling along either side of the mighty Bow River.
If you walk through Prince’s Island Park, you might be lucky enough to see one of the many events scheduled throughout the year. This park hosts a variety of music festivals and events.
Across the Peace Bridge, an iconic Santiago Calatrava design at the west end of Prince’s Island, you will find the community of Kensington which is full of unique retail stores and a wide variety of food and beverage options.

For the sports enthusiast, hop in a taxi and head to the west edge of the city on the Trans-Canada Highway (about 20 –30 minutes each way) to Canada Olympic Park, home to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and grounds of the 1988 Winter Olympics.