Ranked at Canada’s fourth busiest airport, Calgary airport is billed as one of the finest airports in North America. Every year, it welcomes millions of tourists, both regional and international and services over 30 airlines.
How to get around
Shuttle buses are the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city. Take the express bus Rte 300 to get to downtown. It costs NZD9 for a trip from the airport but costs around NZD3 if you take this bus from other stops in Calgary. This airport shuttle operates from 5-12am daily. Alternatively, you can take the Allied downtown shuttle services that runs from 8-12am daily. Departures from the airport to hotels around the city are every 30 minutes. Each trip costs NZD16. Hotel courtesy shuttles are also available.
Airport car rental companies also enable you to rent cars to get you to the city. Alternatively you can take a taxi. Unless you are travelling in a bigger group, taxis are costly in Calgary and cost around NZD40 to get to downtown.
A convenient and easy way to get around the city is via public transport. Bus and train services are available. Calgary’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, more commonly known as “C-Train”, stop at several places of attractions. It is free if you travel within the downtown zone.
Tickets have to be purchased at vending machines at train stations if you travel to any area beyond the downtown zone. Day passes are available for purchase as well and fares are flat rate. For bus services, tickets are purchased from bus drivers and vending machines from LRT stations.
What to see and do
Calgary, or more fondly known as Stampede City for its annual rodeo event is the largest city is Alberta, Canada. It is also the first Canadian city to play host to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. This city has much to offer, from famous landmarks to sporting events.
Most places of attractions are located 20-30 minutes away from the airport, making it easy for visitors to explore the city, even if they are in transit.
A must-visit place is Calgary Tower, an iconic landmark in the city. It offers a 360 degree view of Calgary. For those feeling bold, step onto the glass floor and admire the city from above. General admission fees cost NZD16 for adults. Near the tower stands the Glenbow Museum, home to more than a million artefacts, photos and art pieces that charts Calgary’s progress. Fort Calgary Historic Site also showcase Calgary’s history with written documents, photos and replicas of old monuments.
Calgary Stampede, a rodeo event touted as “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is one of the main draws to the city. Held every July, cowboys and cowgirls compete in events like bull-riding for cash prizes. Depending on where you sit, tickets range from NZD42-150. Travel to the Olympic Oval at University of Calgary to ice-skate or head to the Canadian Olympic Park to try out winter sports. Go for fly fishing in the Bow. Custom tours for trout fishing can also be arranged.