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Why fly to Calgary?
It's a mixture of cowboys in suits, mountain peaks and skyscrapers. Welcome to Calgary! The city is famed in North America for the Calgary Stamped, which is a week long cowboy party of sorts. In the month of July, cowgirls and cowboys all over North America converge into the city for fantastic rodeo competition and a week of good old-fashioned country hospitality. The city proper was formed in the late 19th century after the Canadian government decided to establish the North West Mounted Police in Western Canada in order to create a better relationship with First Nations in the western half of the country as well as assert its sovereignty. The newly established police service mounted Fort Calgary which evolved into the city you see today.
Calgary sits in one of the most picturesque mountain regions in Canada. The city is an important financial hub in not only the province of Alberta but also in Canada as a whole due to its connection with oil production in the northern Alberta oilfields. The oil boom in the province has turned Calgary into a skyscraper-dotted city and brought in high-end restaurants and bars.
However, don't be fooled into thinking the city has become super slick and lost its rustic cowboy charm, as there is plenty of that. Sitting outside of the city are numerous cattle ranches and farms, and to the west are the impressive and stately Rocky Mountains. Due to the mountains and parks throughout the province, the Calgary lifestyle involves numerous outdoor activities including skiing, biking, hiking, fishing and hunting. A trip to Calgary can include a horseride through the countryside in the day and dinner at one of the best steakhouses in North America. The city is yours to discover.
The city has mild summers and long cold winters. The summer temperatures generally hover in the mid 20s. Winter can begin as early as October with light snowfall. Temperatures through the cold months hover between the low 10s and - 10. The city experiences light rain in the spring months.
When to fly to Calgary
The Calgary Stampede is one of the most popular rodeos in all of North America, so the city is hopping in July when the event takes place. Calgary is a very popular city to visit during the summer months for not only the rodeo but also for outdoor summer activities, all of which means that flight ticket prices into the city are quite high.
The freezing winter months tend to scare tourists out of visiting the city during the season and this means flight ticket deals are to be had. You fill find particularly good deals between January and March.
Getting into Calgary
Your flight to Calgary will land at Calgary International Airport. From the airport you can use public bus transport to get into the city. There are also airport shuttles and some hotels provides shuttles of their own to pick up guests. Alternatively, you can hop into one of the metered taxis or fixed-price limousines.
Getting around Calgary
Calgary is a big car and sport utility vehicle town but it also has several public transportation options. You can use the public buses or the light rail to get around the city. However, note that if you are going further out of the city it would be best to rent a car.
- Of course, if you can make a visit to the city during the Calgary Stampede, you are in for a real treat. The July stampede has a life of its own and besides the main rodeo events there are also many other things to be enjoyed for the whole family. Just outside of the rodeo grounds, a carnival of sorts is set up with games and rides. Additionally, the food stalls offer anything from delicious ribs, to fried butter.
- For a glimpse into Calgary history, visit Lougheed House, which is one of the oldest buildings in the city and dates back to the 19th century. The estate belonged to a senator who played a big role in the evolution of the city and his belongings along with pieces belonging to his wife and children are preserved throughout the house. The site offers children's educational programs that are a fun way to learn about the history of the city and country.
- For a fantastic view of the city, visit the Calgary Tower. The tower was built in the 60s and was considered the tallest of its kind in all of North America. Now, it may not be the tallest but it is really quite the best place to go and get a view of the whole city flanked by the Rockies. The tower also has a new glass floor - take a few breaths and walk it, it kind of feels like walking on air.
- The city has many top restaurants and bars, and you can find good fare just about everywhere. However, when in Calgary, make sure you have at least one dinner at a steakhouse.. The city's steakhouse scene is awesome with chefs turning out the finest Grade A Canada beef you will ever taste.
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