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Peace Bridge in Calgary
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Calgary has more hours of sunshine than any other major city in Canada, making it a great destination any time of year.

Be prepared for changes in temperature as weather in Calgary can vary day to day and season to season, and even hour to hour. Mild westerly winds called “chinooks” bring warm temperatures to Calgary, raising winter temperatures by as much as 15°C in just a few hours.

Expect warm summer weather, some cooler temperatures in the winter, and a mix in the fall and spring. You should expect to wear shorts and t-shirts comfortably in summer months and a warm jacket during the winter. 

Calgary sits at an elevation of 1,045 metres above sea level.

Languages Spoken

English and French are the official languages of Canada with English most commonly spoken in Calgary.


Calgary is the fourth largest city in Canada with a population of just over 1.2 million. Calgary is home to the youngest population of all major cities in Canada with a median age of 36.4 years and over 70 percent of the population between the ages of 15 to 64.

Like most of Canada, Calgary's population is very welcoming and diverse and includes many ethnic groups, religions, ages, lifestyles, and sexualities. Any traveller should feel comfortable in the city and there are no major protocols for how to dress, speak, or address others in the city apart from using common courtesy and common sense. 

Calgary's population follows western behaviours and cultural actions. 

Safety & Police Services

Calgary is a safe city where you can feel comfortable in most neighbourhoods at any time of the day. Areas previously known for crime have been redeveloped into engaging communities ready for you to explore.

Emergency Health Services

If you require an ambulance or emergency service, dial 911. Hospitals will not refuse treatment to anyone requiring medical attention, regardless of health care coverage. Rates vary.

The following hospitals have emergency care departments:


Health Insurance

Visitors to Canada should obtain traveller’s health insurance before departing their homeland. Visitors requiring prescription medication should bring a copy of the prescription in case they require renewal in Canada.

Customs & Embassies

Visitors from most countries, such as the United State of America, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, require a valid passport to enter Canada.


Canada’s currency is the Canadian dollar. Visitors can exchange travellers cheques and foreign currency for Canadian funds at banks, trust companies, credit unions, ATMs, and at airport and border crossing exchange booths. Banking hours are typically Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., though some banks are open evenings on certain days.

Calforex in Calgary, AB, Canada

Calforex Currency Exchange

With over 100 currencies in stock, Calforex can help with all exchanges, drafts, and foreign wire transfer services. Calforex prides itself on offering their clients an affordable alternative for all money exchange needs.

Goods and Services Tax

Tipping and Gratuities

Gratuities are rarely included in the price for many restaurant and tour operators in Calgary. Tipping approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax is customary, depending on the quality of service. Many restaurants may charge 15-18% gratuity for large group bookings.