Founded by the Northwest Mounted Police in 1876, today Calgary's urban cowboys roll amid headquarters of an oil and gas industry in one of Canada's sunniest cities. Read more...
A sunny city, Calgary is set on the transition point of the Canadian Rockies foothills and prairies in Alberta. Founded by the Northwest Mounted Police in 1876 in response to a surge of whiskey makers who traded for furs from the natives, today the urban cowboys roll amid headquarters of oil and gas industries.
Known for long, dry winters, Calgary hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1988 and has also invested heavily in tourism. More than 3.1 million people now visit annually – you could grab a flight to Calgary and be one of them – for festivals and attractions, especially July's Calgary Stampede. It's a city readily navigated by bus and rail if not hiring a car and Calgary's popularity has also grown as it's the gateway to nearby mountain resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
A quick guide to neighbourhoods to visit and things to see:
- The Beltine and 17th Avenue – amid an eclectic bunch of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, this is Calgary's party neighbourhood.
- Inglewood – Calgary's oldest neighbourhood and the site of the first city centre, it's now getting an "urban chic" vibe.
- Downtown – sports the Calgary Zoo and Telus World of Science.
- Prince's Island Park – is Calgary's largest inner-city park; in summer it hosts Shakespeare in the Park.
Get your trip started with a flight to Calgary.
Calgary Airport (YYC)
Flights from Australia to Calgary will disembark at Calgary International Airport.
Calgary International Airport, originally named McCall Field (YYC) is situated approximately 17 kilometres northeast of downtown Calgary. Canada's fourth busiest airport serves as headquarters for WestJet and as a hub airport for Air Canada and Air Canada Express.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Calgary International Airport. Book your Calgary Airport accommodation.
Getting to Calgary
There are many airlines that offer flights to Calgary from Australia that involve a stopover in a third destination. Flights from Sydney via Vancouver take 17 hours. Flights from Melbourne via Los Angeles take between 23 and 25 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Sydney and Vancouver take 20 hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Perth via Sydney and Los Angeles or Vancouver take between 26 hours and 28 hours.
Airlines that fly to Calgary
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Calgary from Australia include:
For more information on Calgary holidays check out our Calgary travel guide.
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