Visiting Calgary


 

Every year, visitors flock to Calgary to experience the wondrous delights of the High Performance Rodeo during the month of January.

 

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Getting Here

Getting Around

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Designated as one of the cultural capitals of Canada in 2012, Calgary's artistic community can be seen and felt throughout the city.  A historical city, Calgary is situated on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut'ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Home to world-class events and attractions, Calgary has breathtaking landscapes in every direction ready for your next great Canadian adventure. Explore neighbourhoods, connect with friendly locals, and discover the community spirit and Western hospitality that will make your time exploring Calgary memorable.

Home of the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary is rich with culture and literature, fine architecture and beautiful parks and galleries (including the Glenbow Museum), and has a city centre that’s easily walkable. Calgary has consistently been recognized for its high quality of life. In 2018, The Economist magazine ranked Calgary the fourth-most liveable city in the world in their Global Liveability Ranking.  Well-known visitor attractions include Calgary Tower and Prince's Island, and the historic Fort Calgary. 

A vibrant city for the arts, Calgary hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the High Performance Rodeo, is home to One Yellow Rabbit, the National Music Centre, Arts Commons, Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, DJD, Alberta Ballet, Making Treaty 7, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Downstage, and many more arts organizations that combined provide the city and its visitors with year-round opportunities to explore live performance, music, dance, theatre and art.  For more information about things to see and do in Calgary, visit the Tourism Calgary website.

 

Getting here


We know that the High Performance Rodeo will leave you wanting more, but the journey to Calgary is part of the fun too. Whether travelling by rail or road, via the Canadian Rockies foothills or the Prairies, the landscape is spectacularly breathtaking.

 

By Road

 

With breathtaking vistas of mountains and unforgettable open landscapes, the journey to Calgary is a scenic treat by either car or bus. Calgary is easily accessible along the Alberta Provincial Highway No. 1; which is a major east-west highway in Southern Alberta that forms a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway and Alberta Highway no. 2 (Queen Elizabeth II Highway).  These major fairways connect Calgary to Banff, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Edmonton, and into the United States.  

Coach bus services run directly to Calgary from throughout Alberta and the rest of Canada.

Car Rental Services:
Budget
Avis
Enterprise 

Bus Services:
Red Arrow
E-bus

Start planning your journey:

Google Maps

 

By Rail

 

Regular passenger train services are currently not offered in Calgary.  Luxury train services offer a once in a lifetime experience of travel to Calgary through the Rocky Mountains.  For more information visit:

Rocky Mountaineer

 

By Air

 

YYC Calgary International Airport is served by most domestic carriers and international operators and is one of Canada's largest airports. The airport is easy to reach from the city, located approximately 20 minutes away by car from the downtown city centre and the home of the High Performance Rodeo.  Details can be found on the websites below:

YYC Calgary International Airport

Transport for Calgary

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Getting Around


 

 

Walking

 

Calgary has an accessible city centre and most venues are located within easy walking or transit distance of each other. During January, the quickest way to get between venues can often be on foot. Many of the HPRodeo venues are located within Arts Commons, where you can enjoy the comforts and amenities inside the building without stepping outside the to get between performances.

If you're looking for directions or more information on any of our venues, you can use our interactive venue and parking map.

 

Cycling

 

Calgary has plenty of cyclists, so if you’re thinking of bringing your bike along you will be in good company. But remember the city is quite hilly! The Fringe Programme map includes information on some useful routes. A complete cycling map of Calgary can be found on the City of Calgary website.

 

Transit

 

Calgary’s Transit network is excellent, connecting not only the city centre but also the outter communities of Calgary and connecting with transit services for neighbouring cities such as Cochrane and Airdrie.  Most venues have accessible transit stops steps from our doors.  C-train service is free to use within the city centre; allowing you to easily explore and grab a meal before your next show.

If you are travelling to the festival from the airport, express Calgary Transit service is available from the YYC Calgary International Airport to the city centre.

Single fares cost $3.40 but if you’re taking two or more journeys in a day then a Day ticket of $11.00 is the best value for you. Calgary transit also offers a 10-pack bundle of single-use transit tickets and a monthly pass.

Please note: you must buy your C-train ticket before you board, via ticketing machines on the C-train platform.

For more information on routes and timetables visit calgarytransit.com.

 

Taxis and Ride Share

 

There are a variety of taxi services to get around the city of Calgary. An orange light on top means the taxi is available for hire.

 

Vehicles

 

If you’re bringing your own vehicle, please be aware of our interactive venue and parking map for the High Performance Rodeo. Always check the instructions on the meter, or register with CPA and pay over the phone or via the app.

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Safety information


 

Public safety is a major priority during the High Performance Rodeo. We work closely with our community partners to support a range of security measures to keep you safe.

You have a key role to play in reporting anything unusual or suspicious to police, a member of security or staff. Help us keep the High Performance Rodeo safe and secure for everyone.  Don’t ever be concerned about reporting anything that doesn’t seem right.

Tell a police officer or member of security or High Performance Rodeo staff

Calgary Police non-emergency line: 403.266.1234

In an emergency, always call 911

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