Fly To Calgary, Alberta
Calgary’s roots are about as cowboy western as they get, and the wide open prairies bordered by frosty-topped mountains set a picturesque Wild West scene. If you want to watch the cowboys come out to play, book your flights to Calgary in July for the annual Stampede. Voted one of the top festivals in the world, you can bet your spurred boots it’s worth the trip.
Stampede aside; it’s not just cattle ranches and lassos in modern-day Calgary. In fact, its Canada’s fifth largest city, and a major hub for the oil and gas industries’ white collar headquarters.
With its booming economy and influx of wealth it’s not surprising that Calgary’s art, fine dining and club scenes are thriving. It has some fabulous modern architecture and plenty of great shops museums and parks too. The best thing about Calgary, however, is that no matter how modern and cosmopolitan it may be it’s never quite lost that cowboy swagger.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Calgary, or anywhere else in Canada. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Calgary is the South African Honorary Consulate in Vancouver. Suite 1700, 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 3C9. Phone: + 1 604 609 3054.
See and do
If you can’t make the Calgary Stampede (and you really should try, if you can), you’ll be glad to know there’s plenty more to do in this thriving Canadian metropolis.
For a taste of the city’s past, pay a visit to the Heritage Park Historical Village. It features an 1860’s fur-trading post, a railroad prairie town, an aboriginal camp, and a historical rail car. You can also ride a steam train, a paddlewheel boat and a horse-drawn wagon. The Glenbow Museum is also renowned as one of Canada’s finest collections of historical artefacts, memorabilia and art.
Calgary’s beautiful scenery invites exploration, and Prince’s Island Park brings this beauty right into the city. It’s perfect for scenic walks, picnics and biking, and has regular festivals and an outdoor theatre. For a less urban outdoor experience try the Canada Olympic Park, or zip-line, rock-climb, ski or snowboard on the nearby mountain slopes.
There are plenty of retail havens in Calgary. Try the Chinook Centre for its size and variety of stores and Inglewood for a more quirky shopping experience. Make sure to pick up a white cowboy hat – they’re a favourite Calgary souvenir.
The public transport system in Calgary consists of buses, trains and shuttle-buses. The C-Train is the backbone of the lot. If you plan on doing a lot of trips in a day, consider getting a day pass – it’ll save you some cash, and you won’t need to worry about exact change for bus tickets.
Calgary International Airport – YYC
Food and beverage: Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Euro Café, and Second Cup.
Currency Exchange: Travelex Currency Exchange offices are located in Arrivals Level Central and Departures Level Central & East.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to the Information Booth on the Arrivals level.
Airport Hotels: The Delta Calgary Airport Hotel is connected to the airport via an indoor walkway on the Departures level.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Airport Hub: Calgary International Airport (code YYC) is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Express and WestJet.