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At the corner of the Bow and Elbow Rivers

I like traveling because then I really enjoy coming home to Calgary. If I’m in Calgary for several months without a break it trends to get a bit boring. But if I’m out traveling, I really appreciate the city it when I get back.

Sure, there are some drawbacks. We don’t have a beach (sand beside a lake doesn’t count). The weather changes more often than the price of gas. The roads either have pot-holes, are dug up for construction or are covered with ice and snow.

But there are compensations. Calgary is a nice size… large enough to have all the amenities but small enough to avoid most of the mega-city problems. Although the temperature fluctuates wildly, we get a lot of blue sky days. The prairies are to the east, two rivers meet in the middle of the city, hills surround the outskirts and the mountains are on the horizon to the west. The people work hard, play hard and display a hospitality normally reserved for small towns.

Getting Around
Calgary is divided in four quadrants: North-East (NE), South-East (SE), South-West (SW) and North-West (NW). The dividing lines for these quadrants are Center Street and the Bow River (at least downtown). The central part of Calgary is a grid: streets run North-South; avenues run East-West. The same street/avenue combination can show up in each quadrant, so it’s important to pay attention to the two letter quadrant abbreviation after an address (NW, SW, SE, NE). In the newer outlying areas, planners have chosen to use twisting turning roads to prevent high speed driving through residential neighborhoods. Unfortunately, they often give the roads names similar to the neighborhood making it difficult to navigate if you’re unfamiliar with the area.

  • Last visit to Calgary: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2011
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Nice page

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Ill come back for another look soon..There's loads of information here..Ive mostly only just passed through Calgary except for a short visit to Stampede a long time ago...

  • May 20, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    in order to have Taber Corn sign the corn must be from the Taber area. Vendors must have a signed and STAMPED certificate.

  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    I have really enjoyed reading your Calgary tips. Looks like a wonderful city.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    What a fantastic page! Great 5-star tips! We had once planned a trip for Calgary and the surrounding area and decided it was almost impossible to do in less than 2 weeks. I'd still love to visit when the "Stampede" is on!!

  • rafael_gd's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    absolutely amazing -and creative- chart of the clothing suggestions by month... really helpful and exactly what I was looking for

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Hello, Calgary looks an interesting place. I did visit Vancouver last year but could not make it to C. Have a good day.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2007 at 6:40 AM

    great page of your hometown!

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 6:32 AM

    Your pages are a rich source of info on your hometown. Love the tips on airport rituals, vietnamese cuisine invasion and the oil boom-fueled building binge. Greetings from another oil boomtown.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Hello & thanx for visiting my Heidelberg page! Your hometown looks lovely & I really enjoyed your tips and photos. Greetings from Dubai :-) Jess

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