Calgary City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 12, 2007

Calgary is a city that is gifted with an ultra-modern urban center that feature high-rise buildings interspersed with scores of entertainment spots, dining establishments and shopping malls. The outskirts of the city however reveal a rustic, almost Old West atmosphere that invites comparisons to Dallas in the United States. Make no mistake though; Calgary is a city that is uniquely all its own as a closer look will bear out.

Residential Places in Calgary

If you are looking for a place to stay in Calgary for the long term, you may want to take into consideration just how long you are planning to stay. If you are planning to stay for 5 years or more, buying a house is probably the best option for you; otherwise you would be better off renting. Some real estate analysts are predicting a market crash by early 2008, and prices are expected to go down about 20%. Of course you may not have the luxury of waiting. In any case, if you do decide to buy a house, try not to stretch your budget too much and take the time to research all possible options before taking the plunge.

On the higher end of the price scale, you can check out Rideau Park, Bel Aire, Mount Royal and the Britannia districts. A bit lower down the ladder are the Eagle Ridge, Elbow Park Glencoe, Roxboro and The Slopes districts. Finally, the Mayfair, Lakeview Village and Pump Hill districts offer more affordable housing potions.

Hospitals and Universities of Calgary

Calgary is one of the foremost educational centers in Canada, hosting no less than five major post-secondary educational institutions. The largest of these is the University of Calgary, which in 2006 registered an enrollment of more than 28,000 students.

The Mount Royal College offers degrees in a number of fields and at last count registered about 13,000 students.

SAIT Polytechnic’s primary focus is on polytechnic and apprentice education, and they grant certificates, diplomas and applied degrees. Their main campus can be found just north of the downtown Calgary area.

For education in business, technology, and the liberal arts, you can check out Bow Valley College, which also has its main campus downtown, along with several campuses across the region.

There are three main medical care facilities in Calgary: the Foothills Medical Centre, the Peter Lougheed Centre and the Rockyview General Hospital. All three of these hospitals fall under the jurisdiction of the Calgary Health Region. There is a medical evacuation helicopter that is generally on call, which is sponsored by the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society.

Calgary also has a cancer care facility, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, which is located in the Foothills Medical Centre.

For other health related concerns there is also the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Grace Women’s Health Centre, as well as scores of other medical and dental care facilities all over the city.

Commercial Places in Calgary

Calgary offers an almost bewildering of dining options in all price ranges. Whether your tastes run from the quick bite on the go, or to a more genteel outdoor café experience, or even if you want to splurge on a luxurious and intimate dinner for two, Calgary can deliver.

Chopsticks, which is located beside Petro Canada Gas, offers a wide array of mouth watering sushi dishes. While the interior itself is not quite that authentic, the place more than makes up for it with its menu that covers the range from the familiar to the adventurous.

JaroBlue is currently making a name for itself for its casual atmosphere and delectable tapas selections. Featuring a rotating menu that changes according to the best local ingredients of the day, JaroBlue will surely have something to please everyone.

Sometimes only a thick, juicy steak will do, and for that there is Halo Restaurant. The menu is surprisingly moderately priced which is all the more impressive given the enormous servings. They also offer tuna steaks, seafood and a variety of non-beef meat dishes.

Noon Urban Bistro offers diners a charming dining experience that is both cozy and inviting, and they are also known for their extensive menu of gourmet entrees.

Finally for the intimate, candlelit dinner for two that we mentioned earlier, Escoba is hard to beat. They offer wine by the glass, so feel free to sample from the extensive wine list.

Service Establishments of Calgary

Some of the companies that provide electrical distribution services in Calgary are the TransAlta Energy Corporation, the ENMAX Corporation, which was formerly known as City of Calgary Electric, ESBI Alberta Ltd., which is the Transmission Administrator of Alberta and the Alberta Regional Transmission Organization.

For any Internet connection and web hosting services that you may require, the companies that provide such services in Calagary are: CyberWAVE Technologies Inc, Inc, Pixel Calgary, TELUS and Wi-LAN Inc.

Finally some telephone service providers that you can contact in the city are: GO-IP Inc, PDL Mobility and Call Centres, Everything IP and Cygnal Technologies.

Embassies in Calgary

The main diplomatic post in Canada is the British High Commission in Ottawa. They are responsible for all concerns regarding the British relationship with Canada, and solely responsible for the issuance of UK visas and full British passports. They can be found at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5K7. You may also contact them by telephone at 613 237 1530 and by fax at 613 237 7980. For after-hour inquiries or emergencies, you may reach them at this number: 613 239 4288. Office hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Calgary itself has a British Trade office, although they will only be able to help you with trade related concerns. They can be found at: Suite 700, 205 – 5th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2V7. Their telephone number is 403-705-1755 and their fax number is 403-538-0121. You can also reach them by email at [email protected]

If you are in Calgary and have passport and visa application related concerns, you should contact the British Consulate-General in Vancouver. They can be found at 1111 Melville Street, Suite 800, Vancouver, British Colombia, V6E 3V6. You can reach them by telephone at (00) (1) (604) 683 4421 and by fax at (00) (1) (604) 681 0693.

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