Calgary, Alberta's largest city, is a product of oil culture, and is situated where the prairies end and the foothills begin. As such, it is the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains and an important centre of trade and tourism for the western prairies. It is your most likely point of access for Banff and Jasper, and a worthwhile destination in its own right. Calgary is the heart of the largest metropolitan area between Toronto and Vancouver, with over 1,220,000 people as of 2009 (1.1 million city-proper), making it Canada's fifth largest metropolitan area.
The average daytime temperature is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (10.5 degrees Celsius) and 37 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). Remember to bring a light sweater or jacket for the air-conditioned meeting rooms.
The Hotel Arts and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown are about 30 minutes away from Calgary International Airport (YYC). Cab services are available. Average taxi price will range from $55 to $60 CAD one-way.
Driving Directions to the Hotel Arts
From Calgary International Airport (YYC): 30 minutes/12 miles (20km)
Take Airport Rd NE to turn left onto Airport Trail NE, take left to Deerfoot Trail (AB-2 S). Take exit 256 to Memorial Drive W. Use the left lane to merge onto 4 Ave SE W. Turn left onto 1 St SE S. Turn right onto 11 Ave SE. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto 1 St SW. Turn left at the first cross street onto 12 Ave SW; hotel will be on the right.
Driving Directions to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
Exit the airport on Airport Rd NE. Continue onto Barlow Trail NE. Turn left onto 96 Ave NE/Airport Trail NE. Travel 2.6 km and turn left to merge onto AB-2 S/Deerfoot Trail. Travel 10.4 km and take exit 256 for Memorial Drive W. Travel 0.55 km and merge onto Memorial Dr NE. Travel 2.0 km and take the 4 Avenue South ramp to City Centre. Merge onto 4 Ave SE W. Turn left onto 1 St SE S. Travel 0.8 km and turn right onto 11 Ave SW. Travel 0.5 km. Take the 3rd left onto 2 St SW. Take the 1st left onto 12 Ave SW. Hotel will be on the right.
Parking at the Hotel Arts
$21 Sunday to Thursday daily max (includes overnight parking)
$7.50 Friday and Saturday daily max (includes overnight parking)
Parking at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
$30 daily valet parking only