Calgary International Airport (photo credit @FlyYYC Twitter)

Travel Guide

Travelling to Canada

When you enter Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you need one. If you are a citizen of the United States, you need a passport to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport, but not to enter Canada by land or by boat. You must carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a Certificate of Indian Status, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you. If you are a member of a Trusted Traveller program, see Visitors to Canada.

The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country. Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office . Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you. If you are from a developing country, please ensure you submit your visa application early.

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Flying to Calgary

Calgary International Airport (YYC)  is an international airport that serves the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 17 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of downtown. Calgary International is the busiest airport in Alberta and the fourth-busiest in Canada.

Click here for a list of airlines servicing the Calgary International Airport.

Visit the Calgary International Airport website for more information

Accessibility

Calgary International Airport is approximately a 23 minute (19 km) drive from downtown Calgary and the meeting venues.

Airport Transfers

Click here for a list of ground transportation options from Calgary International Airport. 

Climate

Calgary experiences a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold, dry winters. Average daily temperatures in Calgary range from 16.5 °C (61.7 °F) in July to −6.8 °C (19.8 °F) in December. Calgary has the most sunny days year round of Canada’s 100 largest cities, with just over 332 days of sun. 

In summer, daytime temperatures range from 10 to 25 °C (50 to 77 °F) and sometimes exceed 30 °C (86 °F) an average of 5.1 days anytime in June, July and August, and occasionally as late as September or as early as May

Language

English is the predominantly spoken language in Calgary. For a detailed breakdown of languages spoken in Calgary, click here

Currency / Banking Hours / Credit Cards

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Bank hours in Canada are generally Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Fridays most are open until 6pm. Some banks are open late and on weekends. 

There are many Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) accessible after hours in most branches of banks. Hotels, large shops and restaurants normally accept credit cards and traveller’s cheques and have many ATMs on site. Rates of exchange are published daily.

Tipping

Generally when you are receiving services, such as from waitstaff, hairdressers, cab drivers, hotel employees, and others, you are expected to give an extra bit of money in addition to the stated cost. Tipping is not mandatory but generally expected because most of the service providers receive a relatively low base pay. In most cases, a tip in the range of 10 percent to 20 percent is perfectly acceptable. Sales tax in Alberta is 5 percent and tipping calculations are suggested for pre-tax amounts. 

Insurance

It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the conference. The organizers cannot be held responsible for any losses, damages or injuries.

Electric Current – Voltage

In Canada, the standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. Power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. 

For more information, click here

General Shopping Hours

Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open between 07:00 and 11:00 and remain open until  at least 17:00. Many shops remain open until between 21:00 or 23:00, especially Thursday through Saturday.

Pharmacies / Drug Stores / Emergencies

They stay open during shopping hours. 24/7 Emergency Care is available in all major cities. 

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Fax: +1 403 329 2038
E-mail: gcet21@uleth.ca

4401 University Dr W
Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4

© 2020 Dhillon School of Business | uLethbridge.ca/Dhillon