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Calgary Travel Guide


Calgary Introduction


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Calgary stands confidently on the spacious plains of southern Alberta. Blocks of mirrored skyscrapers make the city look new, which it is: Most of downtown has been built in the past few decades. The city's major businesses are in keeping with this modern image—oil, gas and high technology. It's among Canada's fastest-growing cities—new residents arrive daily seeking employment and the good life.  Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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Calgary Geography


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Located on the southern plains of Alberta, Calgary is divided into four quadrants, and the majority of streets are numbered, making it fairly easy to find a location simply by its address and quadrant. The key to the system is the dividing lines: East and west are divided by Centre Street and Macleod Trail, and north and south are separated by the Bow River and Memorial Drive.   Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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Calgary History


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The site where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet was often visited by both the Sarcee and Blackfoot tribes, though they didn't settle in the area for extended periods. Fort Calgary was established there in September 1875 by the North West Mounted Police with orders to roust some illegal inhabitants: U.S. whiskey traders operating along the Bow River. The Mounties quickly chased their bootlegging neighbors south, clearing the way for Calgary's peaceful development.  Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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Calgary Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The best place to start a tour of Calgary is downtown—in fact, you can do the majority of your sightseeing there. Thanks to an extensive network of indoor walkways called the Plus 15 system (because they are 15 ft/4.5 m above the ground), it's possible to see most of the downtown highlights without stepping outside—a wonderful treat on cold winter days. This mezzanine level caters to local business clientele and shoppers by offering an array of trendy delis, cafes, boutiques and small galleries.   Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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Calgary Nightlife


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If you're visiting Calgary during the beginning of July (Stampede time), then you will have no trouble finding an array of western-style entertainment at night. Inside and close to Stampede Park are live music, dancing and cabarets—many right in the streets and some with productions that are very elaborate. There's also happy hour at nearly every establishment, along with gambling, fireworks and so-called "street fest barbecues" sprinkled throughout the city and widely advertised in the local papers. During the rest of the year, discovering Calgary's hot spots can require some insider knowledge, but they are worth checking out.   Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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Calgary Restaurants & Dining


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Calgary may promote its cowboy image to the hilt, but there's more than ribs and back bacon on restaurant menus. A cruise down 17th Avenue Southwest is a culinary tour of innovative bistros and cafes. Stephen Avenue Walk offers a range of dining options, from the city's best fish house to Irish pubs. Chinatown (north of downtown) is well known for its dim-sum restaurants.   Click here to see the full Calgary travel guide on Travel42 »

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