When to fly to Calgary
Calgary is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore are just a couple of hours west by car along the Trans-Canada Highway.
June and August host the festivals. Many travellers book cheap flights to Calgary in the fall when the weather is still pleasant and the foliage glorious.
Winter is off-season unless you’re a skier or snowboarder. Then it is the only time to go.
Oil, beef and cowboys… and so much more. Travellers on cheap flights to Calgary will discover that the city has many surprises. Best known as a winter sports and eco-tourism destination, home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede and an important oil city, it has a thriving arts and restaurant scene, excellent shopping (the lack of PST is a bonus) and cosmopolitan festivals.
Calgary’s setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with the Bow and Elbow rivers flowing through offers unparalleled recreational opportunities. Anglers can fly-fish for rainbow and brown trout right in the centre of town or go kayaking, canoeing and rafting. More than 550km of paved pathways take bikers, roller bladers or walkers through parks, city neighbourhoods and along waterways.
Canada Olympic Park is just 15 minutes from downtown and just a few hours’ away is Banff National Park (Canada’s first national park) and Lake Louise, two premier destination spots.
The Stampede, held each summer since 1912, celebrates Calgary’s heritage with rodeo, chuckwagon races, agricultural shows and grandstand show. Western Canada’s largest museum, the Glenbow Museum, is close to the Calgary Tower, international jazz and folk music festivals and even a Dragonboat Festival round out this city’s rich offerings.
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Travellers booking cheap flights to Calgary can expect warm summers (up to about 23 degrees Celsius or 73 degrees Fahrenheit) and snowy winters. Winters are particularly cold (dipping to about -15 degrees or 5 degrees Fahrenheit) except when the Chinook winds blow and warm up the city. Snowfall is heavy at times, particularly in the mountain regions.
Calgary has a bus system and a light-rail system, the C-Train, running through the city. You can transfer between the two easily, and the C-Train is free anywhere downtown. If you want to rent a car, you can find any of the car rental companies at the airport or around town. Taxis are also convenient, and reasonably priced. Be careful if you decide to walk. East-west blocks are very long, and it can take you longer than you’d expect. To help pedestrians get around, the city has the “Plus-15” system, which is a series of enclosed walkways connecting downtown buildings above street level. You can access the walkways at streets marked with a “+15.”