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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2016
Hitchhicking Calgary - Yellowstone  (10 Answers)

Hi everybody,
I am planning to travel on May from Calgary to the Yellowstone (via Glacier National Park).
Do you think hitchhicking could work out well? Is it legal in Alberta?
I Think it will take me one day to Glacier and an other to get to Mammoth hot springs. Does that seem realistic to you?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2016
Car Rental and Accommodation  (4 Answers)

We are a small family of 3 and are planning a trip to Calgary from end of April to mid May. The main reason for the trip is to visit my brother and his family in Eston. I would appreciate your input and recommendations on the following:
- Affordable accommodation -> Any suggestions for affordable and safe accommodation in Calgary just to explore the city and recover from the flight for a day or 2.
- Anything special about Calgary that would give us an idea of the culture and people. (Not your typical tourist place because they are normally easy to find and spot)
- Car rental -> We are thinking of hiring a car and driving to Eston which is 4 to 5 hours away and maybe on the way do some sightseeing. Good idea or not? Any places we should stop and visit while doing it?
- Weather -> What should we expect from the weather and what type of clothing is recommended?

- Any advice is welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2016
First trip to Calgary  (3 Answers)

Planning a 10 day trip to Calgary; Canadian Rockies and finish in Vancouver

Thinking about 2 nights in Calgary; 5 nights in Rockies; 2 night in Vacouver (been there before) .... thoughts on time allotment?

What are the must sees in Calgary and Canadian Rockies; suggested towns to stay in; and any other suggestions to get me started on the planning.

Also planning on renting a car in Calgary and dropping off in Vancouver; thoughts,

Thanks, Rick

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2015
Finding Cheap Flights  (4 Answers)

I plan on going on a trip this summer but seeing as I am on a students budget I was hoping that I could just improvise based on what trip seems to be the most affordable.
I was hoping that someone could recommend a resource where I do not have to know my destination, only a travel date and location from which I am departing.

Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2015
Drive from Newn York to Calgary  (4 Answers)

Hi All - I'm planning a 7 day one side trip from New York to Calgary, Canada. Can you suggest me what all places I can see on my way to Calgary during my drive.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
Half day in Calgary- advise please  (1 Answer)


I will be visiting Calgary for 1 day on business. I will have 3-4 hours in the evening of mar 18 to explore Calgory. I have a reservation in the downtown hotel.

can someone advise what the best thing to spend few hours, any must see places I can visit.

thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2015
advice on a 10 day trip from calgary to vancouver and back  (24 Answers)

Hello VT friends,
My family and I will be travelling to Calgary from Toronto June 3-14. We are a group of 6 age ranging from 10 months baby to 65 years. We also want to visit British Columbia- Victoria Island, Whistler. I need help planning my itinerary. Some of the places I would like to visit are : Banff, Jasper, Icefield parkway, Skywalk glacier, Kamloops, Kelowna etc My questions is:

Can you please recommend a high level 10 day itineray that we can follow. We are flying back from Calgary so definitely need to come back.

i was thinking of heading of the following driving plan:
calgary => banff => kelowna => vacouver => vacouver island
vacouver => whstler => kamloops => jasper => edmonton => calgary

does that sound feasible?
please let me know.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2014
Flying to Calgary  (5 Answers)

I want to go to Calgary for about 3 weeks departing between 20th June to 27th June 2015. I can fly from Gatwick for around £630. I have heard that you can get flights from say France or Germany much cheaper - even taking into account the cost of getting there and back. Can anyone offer any advice please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2014
clothing essential s for Calgary and Banff in early september  (5 Answers)

I'm going to Canada September 9th. Never been before and I'm really not sure what to pack. I'm so used to British weather . rain!!! Can anyone help
Helen xx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2014
calgary trains  (3 Answers)

how much fare does it cost if I ride from Marlborough station to chinook station?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2014
Distances-Calgary-Banff-Norquay Ski- calgary (YYC Airport)  (3 Answers)

Can members pls let me know a good safe time for the following distances by car. I am from texas so what would be worst safest time I should consider based on current weather ( Fri & saturday Feb 22,22)

Calgary YYC to Banff
Norquay Ski Resort to Calgary YYC

Day time driving this friday/ saturday

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
My final trip- Advice Needed  (3 Answers)

This is what I ended up planning and need some advice from local members:

I need one help- I have one extra day (Feb 24) at Banff/or Calgry and need some planning help. How do you guys suggest I spend that day? Me & My wife are adventurous so do not mind activities. I can spend a day at Banff or Calgary or drive around. Suggestions pls.

Feb 20- See calgary
Feb 21- Sking lessons at Mt Norquay
Feb 22- Snow shoeing + Snow Mobiling (2-3hrs)
Feb 23- Half day ice Climbing (2hrs) & maybe half a day sking
Feb 25 go back to Calgary & fly back


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2014
Driving to Vancouver  (2 Answers)

My family and I are staying over in calgary from the 7th to 27th. We are hiring a car for the duration of our stay and thought it would be a good idea to drive over to Vancouver to see friends for a few days. We would be planning to drive over about the 21st of May. What will the weather conditions be like in mountains? Is this a good time to be traveling through?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2014
Ice Climbing  (1 Answer)

I am a newbie with snow. I am coming to Calgary and wish to do a Ice Climbing. I am a novice so would like to take some tour packages or something.

Can members please suggest me any Ice Climbing deals or give directions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2014
Calgary to Yellowstone  (7 Answers)

We wish to travel from Calgary to Yellowstone (oneway) we would like to use a hire car but know now that they do not do this and the Coach has ceased to run. Can anyone let us know how we can get there?? We would like to see the countryside and not just fly. Is there a train?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2013
Gas Prices  (11 Answers)

I've been trying to find out the gas prices for Calgary with little success - sites seem confusing as they quote 111.9 - I know that the measurement is different to the USA can someone please give me a rough idea on fuel prices given that we will be driving through the Canadian trans highway where I expect prices to be higher


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2013
ride share  (3 Answers)

need a ride from calgary to vancouver

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2013
Road conditions  (3 Answers)

OK I'm hoping to do the trip of a lifetime!!

Thinking of flying to Calgary and driving to Jasper and doing the Parkway Icefields - hubbie is getting worried about the road conditions for June - any info as to when is the best time to do this scenic drive - I know this year there was freakish weather conditions - I thought 2nd week June would be fine - any help/info/ places to stay see would be very much appreciated

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2013
From Calgary to Vancouver, Seattle and Glacier  (7 Answers)

Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip, approximately 1 week/10 days, that brings me to visit the cities of Vancouver and Seattle and on the way back to Calgary, from the US, also the Glacier National Park in Montana. Do you have itinerary advice to give me, and do you think is doable in the span of time I mentioned with a car rental in Calgary? Thank you folks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2013
rental car for 3-4 weeks  (2 Answers)

Hi. I'm planning to do a round trip from Calgary-Rockies-Vancouver-Calgary for 3-4 weeks, and I'm thinking it would be best to rent a car for this. Where would be the best place in Calgary to get a good and not to overprised car? I'm only one person, so I don't need a big car =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2013
Transport during the 2013 stampede  (10 Answers)

Hi all
We're travelling from New Zealand to Calgary for the stampede, arrive 1st July/depart 8th. We're two couples and one of us has bad knees so we thought that we'd try to avoid public transport for him and opt for a rental car.
We've arranged parking in the grounds and seating for the parade;so far so good. The big question is parking for the parade. We're staying on 16th Ave NW and the parade breakfast is 7am at the corner of 8th Ave SW & 7th St SW. The plan is to leave early and drive to the 24 hour parkade at 722 8th Ave SW and be there by 6am.
No idea what traffic will be like then or how long to get to the parkade so any advice would be really helpful.
Also as our car rental is costing a hair raising $1883 CAD for 8 days (although this includes $199 one way drop off fee to Edmonton) we'd heard that some car sales will sell a car and then buy it back after a short term visit and pay approx $1000 less. Anyone know anything of this?
I know the sensible and cheaper option is to use the train but we're catering to our friend who can't stand for too long. Thanks for any advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2013
Relocating To calgary  (3 Answers)

Hi folks,
I will be moving to Calgary at the end of next month, I just want to know whats the best place to live in terms of transport etc. I have not been there before so any tips are welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2012
12am - 6.30am layover  (5 Answers)

OK I'll admit I'm too cheap to pay for a hotel for a few hours, I much rather prop up a bar somewhere. Is there anywhere at the airport or not too far away that can keep us amused during our layover?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2012
bucket list  (2 Answers)

fancy going to calgar stampede inb 2013. not on my husbands bucket list but deffo on mine. Which hotel are close to the transportation and how long should we stay. My other half thinks a couple of days will be more than enough so would appreciate any help from residents. Cheers Pat

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2012
Calgary to Yellowstone  (10 Answers)

Dear All,

I am looking at driving from Calgary to Yellowstone and back. I have 7 nights only. Can anyone tell me if they think this is realistic (I am looking at 3 nights in Yellowstone) and also if there are some nice scenic drives with some small towns etc to look at. Also, can I go back a different way and is the border crossing ok?

Many thanks,

PB Dancing

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2012
Airport to the city centre  (5 Answers)

Hi all,
My family (of 4 inc. myself) are in Canada in Sept/Oct. We have a 7 hour wait until our connecting flight to Saskatoon.

Does anyone know if it would be possible to hop on the shuttle bus from the airport and explore Calgary a little?

How long does the shuttle bus take?

Has anybody done this? What did you get up to?

Thanks, look forward to hearing from you!
Hayley :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2011
Calgary to Regina - Public Transport  (4 Answers)

I can find no websites showing train or bus routes on the subject route. Greyhound only lists Ontario stations! Surely there must be a route between these 2 cities??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2011
Cross Canada road trip.  (3 Answers)

My husband and I are planning on moving from Cambridge Ontario to Calgary Alberta. My husband is moving in Oct. to job hunt while I stay behind and handle loose ends here. Most of our possessions we're leaving behind, but we have 2 dogs and a cat to move. So far we are looking at2500 to move with a small company. We are considering offering an all expensis paid road trip to anyone willing to rent a van and share driving to move me to Alberta while my husband sets up on that end, with a one way plane ticket once in Alberta to get them home. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations or know of anyone who would be both interested and a safe bet?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2011
Late September / Early October

I'm going to be house-sitting in Calgary for the aforementioned time period. I searched for special events in the city during that time but couldn't find any.

Might anyone know of what things are going on then?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2011
Hostels in Calgary? Working in Calgary?

Hi All,
My girlfriend and I and flying into Calgary from Ireland at 8pm. Dose anybody know what the transport is like to get the city at this time? I have read that the public transport is best be avoided at this time, is this true?
I have looked into staying here Calgary CYOB Guest house. But there is not much information about it, which makes me sceptical to stay there. What are the hostels like in Calgary. From what I can find there is only a hand full of them. Which also makes me think that its not much of a backpacking town. Am I right?
Last one, work is it easy to get work there?
All responses are greatly appreciated

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