DISCOVER CALGARY

Calgary, commonly called “Cowtown”, is a cosmopolitan city located in the southern part of Alberta. It’s a city known for it’s annual 10-day event called Calgary Stampede and for being the center of Canada’s oil industry. Calgary is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, meaning a great day hike is less than an hour away.

Airbnb: We love this luxury sub-penthouse located downtown Calgary in East Village, hosted by David, the Superhost.

Hotel: The Delta Hotel downtown on 4th Ave is a good value, usually pricing out at around $115 a night.

There is lots to do in Calgary. Depending on the time of year, you will gain access to (or will try and avoid) certain activities.

During the summer months, you will find that the weather is very comfortable and that you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities, our favorite being hiking. Calgary is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains so you are only an hour drive away from a great day-hike.

During the winter months, you can still take advantage of the mountains with skiing! We have several great skiing resorts 1-4 hours away from Calgary.

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Language: English and French (Ontario and Quebec are primarily French-speaking provinces, while the rest of the country speaks primarily English. If you are concerned about the language barrier–there isn’t one, most citizens speak both languages and are happy to assist if you don’t know their primary language).

Visa: You can find out quickly if you need to get a visa prior to your trip or if you are eligible for visa upon arrival by taking a quick questionnaire on the Canadian government’s website. Citizens of the United States and many European countries receive a visa upon arrival at the port of entry.

Currency: $ Canadian Dollar (as of September 2017, the Canadian dollar is about .80 the US dollar).

Currency Exchange: Check your credit cards as some have free/cheaper exchange rates compared to getting cash at the airports. It’s also a good idea to have cash on hand if you plan on hiking or road-tripping as not all gas stations and grocery stores have credit card processing available as you get further away from the big cities.

Weather: The weather in Canada varies. In the summer months (June-August) you can expect weather as hot as 30C (86F). In the winter months (November-March) the temperatures can get as low as -50C (-58F).

Electricity: Canada’s electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States. The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). Remember to grab a universal power plug adapter converting from EU, UK, CN, AUC to North American like this.

Transportation: Air, Rail, Bus, Ferry, Car, Public Transportation, Taxis, Walking & Cycling.

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WHY WE LOVE CALGARY