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Wild, Traditional, Urban

When it comes to variety, few large cities can hold a candle to Calgary and surroundings. Situated at the foot of the stunning Rocky Mountains national parks, the capital of Canada’s Alberta province impresses with a myriad of attractions.

Calgary has everything a modern city needs to attract visitors: an impressive skyline, a vibrant nightlife scene, plenty of green spaces, a zoo and an amusement park. The city’s most popular landmark is the Calgary Tower which features a 360° observation deck at 627 ft. (190 m) and offers visitors stunning views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies influence the weather in Calgary in no small way. In summer, the climate is dry and not too hot, except when a “Chinook” blows. A “Chinook” is a warm downslope wind that causes temperatures to rise to up to thirty degrees Celsius.

Quick facts Calgary

Flight time

10:00 h

Distance

7770 km

Time difference

- 8 hours CET
Ø Temperature in March
4 °C

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
CAD
1.35
Airport transfer & car rental

Language

English

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 3.07

Ample choice for adventurers

The Canadian Rockies usually offer perfect weather conditions for hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Given the region’s diverse national parks with breathtaking flora and fauna, you will definitely feel spoilt for choice. Banff National Park is just a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport and is home to the famous towns of Banff and Lake Louise, Other highlights include Glacier National Park and Jasper National Park that houses Mount Columbia. Peaking at 12,293 ft. (3747 m), Mount Columbia is the highest point in Alberta.

Ice skates and cowboy hats

Traditions are important in Calgary. Besides ice hockey in general and the Calgary Flames in particular, the city’s residents harbour a special passion for rodeo. That passion is especially apparent at the world’s largest rodeo, the annual Calgary Stampede, which attracts up to two million visitors. Cowboy hats off to this multifaceted metropolis!

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