Calgary has a lot to offer to tourists - cultural venues, restaurants, public squares and shopping. One of the largest indoor gardens in the world, the Devonian Gardens, is located in the Core Shopping Centre. Stretching for a hectare, it has hundreds of palm trees, and numerous shrubs and koi ponds. The city of Calgary has an active nightlife, with 17 Avenue, located at the centre of the city, being the hot-spot. Numerous bars and nightclubs attract tourists at night. Sports lovers should raft along the Bow River at the heart of Calgary, or head to Banff which is a well known adventure spot.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Calgary
Where to Shop
Alberta has the least sales tax in all of Canada, which makes it the ideal place to shop in. Looking for gifts for family and friends? The Chinook Centre has around 250 stores for the pickiest of shoppers. Canada’s only Nordstrom is located in here and is packed with unique gift items and the Tory Burch store has a wide selection of fashionable outfits. Discovery Hut is known for its huge selection of innovative toys for children. Calgary has a large number of malls, including The Core, where you can buy goods at a huge discount from the shops.
What to Eat
Jan’s Meats and Deli’s house-cured bacon will send you to bacon-lovers paradise. Have them thick or thinly sliced, along with perogies (sweet or savory dumplings). The Manwich burger at Holy Smoke BBQ has both pulled pork and brisket (beef or veal) meat along with a piece dill pickle. For takeaway, head to Tuk Tuk Thai, which serves delicious food in beautiful lotus-shaped containers which unfold into decorative plates, and Una Takeaway, which sells thin crust pizza by the slice. Gorge on the classic salted caramel doughnut, or the seasonal Peach Melba at Jelly Modern Doughnuts. The Bliss Bakery makes the perfect Canadian dessert- butter tarts made of flaky pastry, a gooey filling and raisins.
The Local Language
French and English are the official languages of Canada. English is the official language of Calgary. Most of the citizens speak and understand English, but Canadians have their own set of words -
• Bill -
Check. Asking for the “check/cheque” after a meal can cause some confusion.
• Mickey -
a pint of liquor
• Washroom -
toilet. The word toilet is considered a bit vulgar.
• Molson Muscle -
• Two-four -
a term used while buying beer, referring to a box of twenty-four beers.
• Double Double -
a large coffee with two creams and 2 sugars.
Dos and Don’ts
• Do not visit Calgary in winter, unless you are willing to brave sub-zero temperatures.
• The Calgary Stampede held in summer draws huge crowds, and is a festival you must experience at least once.
• People below 18 years are not allowed to drink in public.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Emergency Services - 911
• 24-Hour Chemist - +1 403-253-2424/ +1 403-289-6761
• Fire - 911
• Police – 911
• Ambulance- 911
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Calgary?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Calgary is Westjet Airlines
• What is the time zone used in Canada?
The time zone of Alberta province in Canada is GMT -7h during Standard Time. It is GMT -6h during Daylight Saving Time.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Calgary?
From London to Calgary, the most popular airlines are Westjet Airlines Ltd and Delta Air Lines
• What is the shortest time for a London to Calgary flight?
The shortest time for a London to Calgary flight is 13 hours and 27 minutes, via Vancouver.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Calgary?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Calgary are the Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Tower and Telus Spark.
• What is the currency of Canada?
The currency of Canada is Canadian Dollar.
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