Cheap flights to Calgary depart from Manchester Airport, and Gatwick and Heathrow airports near London. Flights to Calgary will arrive at Calgary International Airport. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada. The route 300 BRT bus provides services between the airport and city centre. A number of bus routes also operate services from the airport to the city centre or neighbouring suburbs. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus. The Airport Shuttle departs from the airport and stops at a number of popular hotels within Calgary. Tickets can be reserved on the Airport Shuttle website. Taxis are available from the airport, and can be hired at the taxi stands outside the Arrivals level of the terminal.
Calgary has a large and efficient public transport system operated by Calgary Transit. The C-Train is a light rail system with frequent stops within the city limits. There is also an extensive network of bus routes around the city. Single tickets are available from bus drivers and vending machines at C-Train stations. Save money on multiple journeys by purchasing a book of ten tickets. Tickets can be purchased online through the Calgary Transit website, from ticket machines or from various shops throughout the city. Taxis are easily flagged down in the streets, and be booked ahead of time.
Discover the history of Calgary at the massive Glenbow Museum. The museum has a vast collection of artworks, documents and aboriginal artefacts, as well as a series of temporary exhibitions. Visit the Heritage Park Historical Village for a glimpse of life in Calgary’s early days. Pick up some snacks at the sweet shop and bakery, cruise around on the S.S Moyie or enjoy some old-fashioned rides at the amusement park. The Telus Spark science centre has many child-friendly sections, as well as a number of interactive areas. Escape the city and explore the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, home to nearly 300 species of birds. Get closer to nature at the Calgary Zoo. The zoo boasts a wide range of animals gathered from around the world, as well as a Prehistoric Park featuring life-sized models of dinosaurs.
Chinook Centre is one of the city’s largest shopping malls, with a large and varied selection of internationally loved high street chains as well as some local and regional brands. Kensington Village is a district filled with plenty of independent boutiques and art galleries. Shop with the locals at Crossroads Market. The farmers’ market is open every Saturday, and stocks an array of fresh produce, handmade pastries and locally made preserves and cheeses. Head to Rocky’s Burger Bus to indulge in a burger and a side of poutine, a Canadian dish of chips topped with gravy and cheese curds. Dance off those extra calories to some live music at the Ship and Anchor, a pub popular with Calgary’s younger crowd.