Calgary

Calgary is a growing cosmopolitan city that still has its charming small town roots. New bars, restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment venues are popping up giving the city and its visitors a gamma of fun and unique activities for all ages like its annual Calgary Stampede, one of the biggest parties in Canada with free pancakes and cowboy hats. Let us not forget that Calgary also hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, which were a big success, and it also elected the first Muslim mayor in North America. And although this town has been through tough natural disasters like the flooding in 2013 and 2016, the Calgarians’ characteristic positive attitude helped them get through it.

SAFETY INDEX

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Calgary has a relatively low crime rate; most of the violence is domestic, so it is not visible to the public. There is a small percentage of gang-related crime, but it rarely affects innocent people, so you have a good chance of staying safe. As any other city, there are some areas that it would be best to avoid after daylight hours. Skid Row, the east side of downtown, becomes somewhat unpleasant at night due to the signs of homelessness, prostitution, and drug use.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Calgary is a very safe city. It is ranked 10th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There is nearly no pickpocket risk in Calgary. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Calgary is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are virtually no scammers in Calgary.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Calgary.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Slight chance of overland flooding due to extreme rainfalls and some blizzard/snowstorm during winter.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Possible but unlikely.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Calgary is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Downtown Calgary

This is the business district where you will see a fast-moving side of the city during weekdays. A few blocks away from the downtown, to the north, you can find lively neighborhoods during the weekend if you stay in that area like the Eau Claire Market, Chinatown, and Prince’s Island where you can catch a few of Calgary’s summer festivals.

Kensington

This fun, bohemian shopping area is located along the Bow River. Besides interesting niche stores, you can also find restaurants, cafés, and bars, it would be good to check out the Plaza, one of Calgary’s art house cinemas.

Inglewood

This is Calgary’s original downtown where you will see over 200 pre-1914 buildings. Since it is one of the most culturally influenced and diverse districts in the city, you will find unique antique shops and boutiques, galleries, ethnic restaurants, and cafés.

Stampede Park

As you can imagine, this is where the Calgary Stampede takes place, but you can also visit the Pengrowth Saddledome, home of the city’s hockey team: the Calgary Flames.

Useful Information

Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and other countries do not require a visa to enter Canada for stays of up to 180 days. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required (except for US residents/citizens). The eTA cost is $7 CAD, and you can request it online; the approval process only takes a few minutes. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada. Canada can be explored on any budget. There are many free and inexpensive attractions, and low-cost food and drinks can be easily found.
With an average temperature of 21°C, July is the hottest month in Montreal. January is the coldest month reaching -9°C.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page