The City of Calgary is an exciting business centre and an outstanding meeting and convention destination. As the fourth-largest city in Canada, Calgary has a lot to offer visitors from across the country and around the world. In the downtown alone, you can discover over 1,000 shops, 200 restaurants and 50 entertainment spots. Within the city there are also 8,000 hectares of open space and parkland to explore. Calgary is world renowned for innovative, creative and unique cuisine. In the downtown alone there are over 200 restaurants to tantalize every palate offering local ingredients, Alberta beef, fine dining, pub eateries, bistros and food trucks. Additionally, Calgary boasts over 18 tourist attractions including the Calgary Zoo*, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Studio Bell – home of the National Music Centre, TELUS Spark, Heritage Park Historical Village**, the Olympic WinSport facility, and the Calgary Tower. If it is an outdoor adventure you crave, take a short drive outside the city limits to the Canadian Rockies or to other UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Dinosaur Provincial Park.
*The Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada and in 2012 was the nation’s most visited zoo. It has also received international recognition as one of the top zoos in the world for conservation research. This exciting destination will be the host of the CASIEF Family Fun Dinner on Sunday, June 23.
**With more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres of lush parkland, Heritage Park Historical Village has a lot to offer both the history buff and the pleasure seeker. It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun that makes our take on the tale of Western Canadian settlement so unique. On Saturday, June 22 the President’s
Dinner Party will take place here in the Gasoline Alley Museum Gallery.
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The province of Alberta abounds with recreational wilderness destinations including majestic mountains, desert terrain and prairie landscapes and Calgary is uniquely located to enable you to explore the different regions. The Canadian Rockies are one hour away including the stunning and quaint locales of Banff and Lake Louise. To the east are the Canadian Badlands, home to Canada’s only exclusive paleontology museum, The Royal Tyrrell Museum, and heading north will have you arriving in the capital city of Edmonton. The opportunities for day trips or longer from Calgary are endless – check out some options.
Getting around Calgary:
Calgary Transit connects Calgary’s communities through bus and C-Train service. The C-Train (the ‘C’ stands for Calgary) has 45 stations and is the only emissions-free, wind-powered public transit operation in North America. The C-Train offers a fare-free downtown, where commuters may hop on and off the train along 7th Avenue. Connecting conference delegates to Calgary’s destinations, the C-train conveniently connects to the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Stampede Park and all quadrants of the city.
Regular Bus and C-Train: $3.30
YYC Airport to Downtown Calgary (Direct Bus): $10.50
Taxi stands are located at the airport and most hotels. Connecting from the Airport to downtown will take approximately 25 minutes with a $40.00 – $45.00 fare. Trips within downtown are typically under $7.00.
Fares: Taxis cost $3.40 plus approx. $1.50/km ($2.40/mile)
Taxi Services: Mayfair Taxi, Associated Cabs, Calgary United Cabs, Checker Yellow Cab, Delta Cab, Calgary City Cabs
Getting to and from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) to the conference hotels: Hyatt Regency, Fairmont Palliser, Marriott Downtown:
Transfers to and from the Calgary International Airport can be arranged by Allied Airport Shuttle.
From The Airport:
Please visit the Allied Shuttle counter on arrivals level near gate “B”, between doors #4 & #5 from 8 am until midnight, 7 days a week. The shuttle leaves every 30 minutes between 10 am & 8 pm and once an hour between 8 am & 10 am and 8 pm and Midnight. The cutoff time to get on each departure is 5 minutes before. Should you have any issues locating us please call us at (403) 299 9555.
To the Airport:
With a reservation made a minimum of two hours in advance, pickup from the hotel to the airport is every hour according to their hotel schedule here. The rate is $15 per person from airport to the hotel and $10 per person from hotel to the airport, tip not yet included. Service is offered from 5:00 AM – 12 Midnight daily. Please contact them directly to confirm times.
Rates between airport and hotels: Approximately $40 one way. For travel around town, taxis are readily available at the front of the hotel.
Exploring Calgary by car is a convenient way to discover our communities or take a quick trip to the Rocky Mountains. To navigate around the city, choose from the various rental car or car sharing companies that operate in Calgary. Tip: Rental agencies often offer excellent rates and unlimited kilometers on weekends. Calgary has two car sharing services within the city; Car2go and Calgary CarShare.
Rental Car Companies: Budget Car Rentals, Calgary CarShare, Car2Go, Hertz, Enterprise, National
Calgary Fun Facts
– Did you know the Bloody Caesar was invented in Calgary by Calgary bartender Walter Chell in 1969?
– June through August you can golf until almost 10:00 p.m. thanks to our long summer days.
– The first Calgary Stampede was held in 1912. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is held the first week in July for 10 days and in 2019 is running July 5-14.
– 700 km of pathways run along the Bow and Elbow rivers, and another 260 km of on-street bikeways, make the urban path system the longest in North America.
– Calgary is home to 561 dragons and 16 phoenixes found at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre where 32,000 ceramic glazed tiles have been intricately and lovingly placed by hand.