An August 2007 trip
to Calgary by slowmover
Quote: Things visitors might like to know about Canada's fastest-growing city, by a long-time resident.
*The truth is that without a car you are somewhat limited in Calgary, whether your trips are in the city or out to the mountains.*Downtown has several one-way streets, be careful of that.*If you don't have a car, try to get a hotel near the train (the C-Train, operated by Calgary Transit). Our transit system is great if you can arrange your journeys so that you don't have to transfer between buses or between train and bus.*There is an airport shuttle bus to the downtown hotels, but it costs less to use public transit if you have the time. Calgary Transit operates buses and the C-Train.*Stay in Motel Village near McMahon Stadium, or downtown, for easy access to the C-train from your hotel.*Major roads: Deerfoot Trail, Memorial Drive, Sarcee Trail, Anderson Road, Macleod Trail, Country Hills Boulevard, John Laurie Boulevard.*Fish Creek Park is a natural barrier to travel when going south in the city. Use Macleod Trail or Deerfoot Trail unless someone gives you specific directions to do otherwise.*Walking and cycling are most enjoyable if you can follow the pathway network, which is extensive. Of course you can walk and cycle on the city streets but the scenery is much nicer in the parks.*Hitchhiking is ILLEGAL in Calgary. No one is likely to pick you up.*Here's what you need to understand to avoid getting lost:-The city is built on a nice grid system and in the central part, almost all the streets and avenues are numbered. Think of Calgary as four squares. The Calgary Tower is at the centre, roughly.-Streets run north-south. Avenues run east-west. Centre street divides East from West. The Bow River divides North from South. Every address in Calgary has its quadrant written as part of the address: (101 - 12th Avenue SW is not the same as 101 - 12th Avenue SE, or NE, or NW. I just made that particular number 101 up for an example, but it probably exists, and yes, there will be four of them. Know your quadrants!)-Most of downtown is in the SW, but a bit of it spills into the SE.-Look for the mountains (to the west) and the Calgary Tower (centre of the grid) if you become disoriented, or...just ask someone. We're friendly.
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Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street South
Calgary, Alberta T2G5P6
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Canyon Meadows Cinemas
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Richmond Green Golf Course
2539 - 33 Avenue S.W.
Lakeview Golf Course
5840 - 19 Street SW
Plus-15s are the overhead indoor walkways connecting most of downtown Calgary's major buildings. They are a brilliant solution to our cold winters and they have a "street life" of their own, of sorts. Yes, it's a bit sterile, but it works very well...most of the time.When you're downtown, you'll see bridges crossing many of the avenues, 15 feet above ground (almost 5 metres), hence the name, Plus 15. There are large blue and white maps on pedestals all through the Plus 15 network to help you navigate. It's often quicker to go outside, but the Plus 15s are faster if you're essentially going in a straight line - no stop lights! They're also much more comfortable if it's really cold.They link a few of the main hotels and the downtown shopping centres (which feel like one big shopping centre once you're inside).
Lately there have been complaints about pedestrians not feeling safe on the Plus 15. Personally, I would avoid using them as a single woman walking alone after about 5:30pm, when the office crowd has mainly gone home. Same goes for the morning, before about 7:40. I don't want to be scary, though. As a downtown worker I used the system every day, during standard work hours and later, without any incidents.Ask at your hotel if you have any concerns. They'll know the latest scoop. By day, and around the shopping centre part, you will be fine. The greater danger of using the Plus 15s these days is that you might be offered a job. Remember, you're here to play, not work!