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Calgary at a Glance

Calgary grew up as a boot stomping, wild-west outpost of the Canadian Mounted Police. Cowboy boots, stetson hats, horses and cattle have always had a place here. More recently the boom and bust cycle of the oil industry has taken a hold of the city. Hotels, restaurants, entertainment and some good museums have sprung up as the population of visitors has increased.

The best time to visit Calgary is during the annual Calgary Stampede. This summer tradition has been called one of the greatest rodeos on earth and has international attendance. Watch steer wrestling, bull riding, bucking broncos, races and nighttime grandstand events. The whole city comes out for the party and civic pride is high.

At all times of year enjoy Calgary's expanding restaurant scene, its excellent city museum, Glenbow, and its invigorating nightlife.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Winter storms come roaring in off the prairie with wind, sleet and snow. Take heed if a blizzard warning is issued. They can be impossible and dangerous to navigate whether you are in a car or on foot. 

      Safety Concerns Avoid flashing cash in Calgary and stay out of dark, deserted areas at night. Women in particular may want to take care in certain areas of the city that cater to the primarily male oil industry workers. 

      Health Concerns Calgary has clean drinking water and good public health.