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Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

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Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

It's no joke, I am just connecting

Arriving at 10:45 AM from Tokyo, departing next morning at 06:15 AM

So I have about 10 hours to enjoy Calgary, I am playing "hard ball".

What are your best recommendations off the beaten track?

Which special celebrations could I attend and where (dancing, music, acrobats, shows)?

Where and how can I experience the real life of the citizens?

I love food markets for the locals (halls, street markets). Where and how to get there?

Which hotel / Condo (moderate price) can you recommend? Is there any in the Airport?

Please let me know your "secrets", thank you very much.

Ciao

Kurt

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1. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

Consider catching the last night of the Calgary Folk Festival. Buy your ticket now though, it'll be a sell out.

calgaryfolkfest.com/festival/…

Cheers,

Terry

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2. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

Hello Terry,

this is a phantastic recommendation. Thank you very very much.

Ciao

Kurt

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3. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

The Calgary Folk Festival is a great idea!

For public markets, check out the Crossroads Market and the Calgary Farmers Market. If you can't get tickets for the Folk Festival, Loose Moose Theatresports is worth a try. They are in the Crossroads Market building.

There are two brand new hotels right next to the airport, should have some good introductory promotions:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport - tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154913-d5958182…

Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary Airport North - tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g154913-d4584986…

The Grey Eagle Resort Hotel just opened on the Tsuu T'ina (Sarcee) reserve on the SW edge of Calgary, next to the Grey Eagle Casino. Unfortunately, it's not too conveniently located for the Folk Festival or for the airport or the markets.

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4. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

There is a Delta hotel right at the airport (literally across from the terminal). It's not the cheapest, but a nice hotel with good service and it would be a very "commute" in the morning. There are also a range of chain hotels near to the hotel.

You will need to take a taxi, bus or shuttle into Calgary - the airport is actually located to the north of the city. This may be factor in how late you want to stay out before an early flight. Also if your onward flight is direct to the US, leave extra time as you will need clear US immigrations and customs in the Calgary Airport.

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5. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

This is really valuable Information.

You know the neeeds of travellers very well.

Great, thank you very much

Kurt

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6. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

"... this is a phantastic recommendation. Thank you very very much..."

Only if you like a real nice party atmosphere on an island in the middle of a river next to downtown with an exceptionally well managed music festival and lots of fabulous musicians, cute girls and beer.... haha....

Cheers,

Terry

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7. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

Where and how can I experience the real life of the citizens?

the way the city is designed, a lot of its citizens commute to the downtown core for work, if you want to see real life then the +15 walkway system and the 8th Ave mall will give a real life for half a million people at lunch time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/+15

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8. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

The River Cafe and folk festival were both recommended, both close to Eau Claire market - a small mall with great 'character shops'. You get a good feel of the city there. It is downtown.

For a downtown hotel, I recommend hotel Germaine - right across the street from the Calgary tower, although I understand wanting to be near the airport. If you decide on going up the tower, go for a meal in the revolving restaurant and you don't have to pay to ride up (saves some cash).

Two nearby neighbourhoods that are fantastic for browsing are Kensington (north of the river) and Ingelwood (south east of downtown - actually the original townsite before the railroad relocated the shanty town that was Calgary so that it worked with their plans).

Enjoy the city - hopefully you can return for a much longer visit.

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9. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

May I ask you one more question, please.

It's about US Immigration and timing.

My flight AC170 departs ifrom Calgary at 06:15 AM and goes to Toronto

In Toronto I havel only 01:15 hrs connecting time and I want to use transit to the other gate and the luggage will be checked thru all the way from Calgary to NY NY..

Flight AC730 departs from Toronto at 13:15 (01:15 PM) to NY NY

Question: Is my assumption correct that I can do the US Immigration process in Calgary so that I can use the Transit in Toronto?

Question: And at which time in this very early morning should I be at the Airport to catch the flight at 06:15 AM?

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10. Re: Calgary AB, Canada, July 27 2014, only 10 hrs, The MUST DOs?

I'm not sure if you can do the US immigrations process in Calgary.....I have done flights from Calgary through Toronto and then into the US and I have always had to do US customs in Toronto. You could call the airport and inquire about this, but I suspect that you will have to go through US customs in Toronto.

I don't meant to alarm you, but having only 1:15 is a pretty tight time-frame for a connecting flight into the US (mainly if you have to collect your luggage and clear customs in Toronto). It's manageable, but hopefully you do not have any delays as the process can be stressful if things do not go smoothly.

I will warn you that you that should make sure that your luggage is definitely getting checked through all the way to NY......because I can tell you that I flew through Toronto connecting into Boston on AC one time and we had to go get our baggage and then bring it through customs....if this happens you actually need to get your baggage from a separate carousel and the area where the US connecting flight baggage comes out is not very clearly marked out at the Toronto airport....we had a lot trouble finding it, as the signs were not very obvious....however it was a few years ago so hopefully the signage has improved since then. But what I can tell you is do not just follow the other passengers to the main baggage area if this happens to you, because the majority of them are not going to the US, so they collect their luggage from a different area. If I recall correctly the main baggage area was down a level and the US baggage actually came out on the top level, I think it was the 3rd floor. We also asked some AC employees where to get our luggage, but they did not tell us that we had to go to a separate area (even though we mentioned that we were connecting into the US, we got directed to the wrong carousel, along with a few other passengers that were also connecting into the US)....it was a bit confusing, and we travel a lot so usually we are usually pretty saavy with this kind of thing. All I know is that after a delayed flight and then trying to find our luggage we were in panic mode to get through US customs as we lost a lot of time doing all of that.....we did finally find the right luggage area and got through customs, but just barely, so it added a lot of extra unneeded stress to our trip. Just a heads up on that, hopefully you won't go through the same thing.

As for your other question, for domestic flights within Canada the carriers recommend being at the airport 1 hour prior to departure, that is standard. I would suggest checking in on-line the day before and having your boarding pass sent to your cellphone via text or email, that way you do not have to even print off your boarding pass. Of course, if you prefer you can print your boarding pass and check in when you get to the airport, but I find that checking in the day before and having it sent to you phone is so much easier. Then you just show your e-pass on your phone and they scan it, super easy and convenient.

If price is not a concern and you want to be in a hotel that is the closest, I suggest the Delta at the airport (as someone else also mentioned). I have had work colleagues who have stayed there and they told me that it is a very nice hotel, and that it is also very convenient for early morning flights.

Edited: 14 May 2014, 18:52