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Country Code: 1 (CA)
Area code: 403
Latitude: 51° 05' North
Longitude: 114° 05' West
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -7 hours
Daylight saving time: +1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -6 hours
Calgary Transit offers bus or C-Train (LRT) service to virtually anywhere in the city. The C-Train is free downtown – simply hop on at any stop along 7 Ave. As long as you get off the train before leaving downtown, no fare is required.
Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergency Services: 911
Non-Emergency Ambulance: (403) 261-4000
Non-Emergency Police Service: (403) 266-1234
Hospitals and Medical Services
Alberta hospitals will not refuse treatment to those requiring care, regardless of their financial status or health care coverage. However, to avoid incurring costs of an emergency healthcare visit, all visitors planning a trip to Canada should ensure they have adequate coverage from their home healthcare provider.
Visitors to Canada should obtain travelers' health insurance before leaving home. Most health insurance coverage does not extend outside the country of residence.
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W. (children)
Main: (403) 955-7211
24-hour Emergency: (403) 229-7070
Peter Lougheed General Hospital
3500-26 Ave N.E.
Main: (403) 291-8555
24-hour Emergency: (403) 291-8999
1403-29 St N.W.
Main: (403) 670-1110
24-hour Emergency: (403) 670-1315
Rockyview General Hospital
7007-14th St S.W.
Main: (403) 541-3000
24-hour Emergency: (403) 541-3449
HEALTH CENTRES (Urgent Care)
South Calgary Health Centre
31 Sunpark Plaza SE
Main: (403) 943-9300
Open 8:00am - 10:00pm year round
Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
1213 4 Street SW
Open 24 hours year round
For 24/7 Health advice call:
Toll Free: 1-866-408-5465
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Summer runs between May and September, days are warm and evening are cool. Winters are cold with heavy snowfalls, particularly in the Rockies.
Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.
Credit Cards/ Money
Most major credit cards are accepted, but visitors are always advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Cash machines with 24 hour access are available in many convenient locations. Money: Officially it's "the Canadian Dollar," but you can call it the "loonie" (because of the loon depicted on our one-dollar coin). The two-dollar coin is a "toonie," of course.
Many venues accept American dollars. The loonie generally trades a little lower than the greenback, but check exchange rates for current information.
Calgary offers plenty of crazy ways to flirt with danger. Defy death and gravity at one of Calgary’s rock climbing centres. Experience 5Gs aboard a bobsled at Canada Olympic Park. Test your luck riding whitewater in the Rocky Mountains – or even a rodeo bull.
Canadian Olympic Park Zipline
Let Canada Olympic Park take your breath away on an unforgettable rip down the zipline. COP offers year-round activities for families and adventurers: skiing, zipline, snowboarding, bobsleigh, luge, mountain biking, and more.
Canadian Olympic Park Mountain Biking
Grab your mountain bike and hit the 25km of trails hard and fast at Canada Olympic Park. Most of them point downhill, so hold on tight! Get lots of runs in as a high-speed chairlift takes you back to the top.
Calgary Zoo - Behind the Scenes
Ever dreamed of being a zookeeper? Spend the day with the zoo's animal care staff and help them prepare meals, feed animals, clean habitats, change exhibits, learn about our animal enrichment program, Species Survival Plans and much more.
Hot Air Ballooning
Imagine floating high in the air over Calgary, taking in the city skyline, Rocky Mountains, and rolling foothills. Enjoy the hot air balloon ride as you take in this unique perspective.
Spend a warm summer day indulging in food, fun, and thrill inducing rides. Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park has 34 rides, 25 skill testing games, 23 food locations, 4 attractions, out of this world live entertainment, free parking and all the family fun you can handle!
The Glenmore Reservoir
The Glenmore Reservoir not only provides half a million Calgarians with drinking water, it also provides a plentiful source of family summer entertainment including sailing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Thrill seekers warning: the activities listed above and similar activities are considered hazardous and extremely fun.
Places To See
Burns Building 237 8 Ave SE
Building Historic site built by Pat Burns in 1913
Calgary Tower 101 9 Ave SW
Cantos Foundation 134 11 Ave SE- Museum Music collection
Chinese Cultural Centre 197 1 St SW- Museum Largest facility of its kind in North America
Devonian Gardens 409 8 Ave SW- botanical gardens
Dragon City Mall 100 3 Ave SE-Shopping mall Asian themed
EPCOR Centre 205 8 Avenue S.E-home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Fairmont Palliser Hotel 133 9 Ave SW- One of Canada's grand railway hotels
Fort Calgary 750 9 Ave SE-Museum Historic Site
Glenbow Museum 130 9 Ave SE-Western Canada's largest museum
Millennium Park 800 11 St SW - Urban park Skatepark
Olympic Plaza 801 Macleod Trail SE-site of open air festivals
The Bow 124 7th Ave SE-Tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto
Calgary Zoo 1300 Zoo Rd NE- Second largest zoo in Canada
Marlborough Mall 433 Marlborough Way NE-Shopping mall Opened in 1972
Sunridge Mall 2525 36 St NE -Shopping mall Opened in 1981
Telus Spark 220 St. George's Drive NE-Museum Interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, educational demonstrations
Canada Olympic Park 88 Canada Olympic Rd NW-hosts the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum
Sikome Lake Bow Bottom Trail SE- public beach
Southcentre Mall 100 Anderson Rd SE- Shopping mall Opened in 1974
Outside Calgary's city limits there's some pretty beautiful countryside. And it's different no matter which way you go. Foothills, mountains, prairie or Badlands – it's all captivating.
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