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Business Hours and Banks
Bank Hours Most banks are open between 9am and 4pm (16.00h) Mondays to Fridays. However, they tend to extend their hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 6 pm depending on the bank and their branches. Toronto Dominion Bank’s (TD) usually opens until 8 pm (Monday to Friday). During Saturday’s most banks open at 10 am to 3.30 pm. On Sundays most banks are close except Toronto Dominion(TD) Bank which is now open from 12 pm to 4 pm for their 300 locations.
Government Offices Most government offices and services are open from 8 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday. They are often close during the weekends and statutory holidays.
Shops & Malls Most of the shops and malls in Calgary are open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays.
Appropriate Driving Document – If you are planning to drive here in Canada, you must have a valid International Driver’s Permit
Road – which is the correct side? – In Canada, you must use the right-side of the road when driving.
Speed Limit – Calgary’s standard speed limit under the Traffic Safety Act is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted.
Vehicles – Majority of Canadian vehicles are left-side drive.
Photo Radar – Be very careful when you a speeding here in Calgary, speeding cameras and police photo radars are all over especially on major highways and roads.
Seatbelts – Are mandatory and must be worn all time to avoid penalties.
Visa and Mastercard – Are the preferred and the most common credit cards use by most retail stores, shops and restaurants here in Calgary.
Winter Clothing – Wearing proper clothing during winter here in Calgary is a must. Proper winter attire consist of the following, a winter jacket, gloves, a tuque, winter socks, a scarf, winter underwear, and a sweater. Don’t forget to bring a petroleum jelly to apply to your lips. If you are planning to hit the slopes, winter pants are a must. This fantastic piece of travel tips and advice will help you to enjoy your visit here in Calgary.
Winter Driving – you drive slower during the winter times for safety reasons. Having winter tires on your vehicles can increase safety to your travels.
Celsius – In Canada the temperature is measured by Celsius (1 Celsius = 33.8 Fahrenheit).
Using Your Cellphone
Cellphone – Do you plan to use your cell phone in Calgary? Be sure to ask your carrier if your cell phone is quad band and if it will accept and send calls/texts internationally. If so, only use for emergency purpose only not for regular calls (roaming cost can be very expensive, watch out!). Using a phone card is a smart thing to do. They are available at most convenience stores, malls, and newsstands. Purchase price from 5, 10, 20 Canadian dollars worth of phone cards and enjoy your conversation cost-effectively.
Mountain Time – is the time zone in Calgary, Alberta
(MTS) Mountain Time Standard. UTC/(GMT) -7 hours
(MDS) Summer with Daylight Saving Time UTC/(GMT) -6 hours
Very useful Travel Tips and Advice! In order to make you visit here in Calgary hassle free, fun and exciting, here are useful travel tips and advice we can offer to you. If you have tips to share, I would love to hear from you!
Canada has two official language English and French. In Calgary, most people speak English making communication on a daily basis very easy. If your English is weak (like mine lol), may I suggest bringing a dictionary or if you have smart phone downloading a language translator application can help you a lot.
110 Volts – If you are planning to bring small appliances like your phone charger, laptops, hair dryer, razors etc. It is very important to know that we use 110 Volts electrical system at 60 Hertz here in Canada. To add to this, Flat blade plug and Flat blade with round grounding prong plug are most common wall outlets to plug your device. If your electrical appliances plug has a different shape, you may need to bring plug adapter as well.
Canada uses Canadian Dollar ($CAD) as its official currency. Fun facts: In Canada, One Canadian ($1.00) dollar is widely known as The Loonie while Two Canadian dollars is widely known as The Toonie.
Tipping – In Calgary, tipping is customary. A tip is usually from 10% to 15% of your entire bill. Tipping is not mandatory, however, if you dine in with more than 8 people or more expect it to be included in you bill.
Reservation It is not mandatory to book reservation to any of Calgary restaurants, however, certain upscale restaurants might require you to do so. If there’s a special holiday such as Valentine’s Day or Thanks Giving booking a reservation is not a bad idea.
Purchased Goods and Services you only pay %5 GST additional on goods and service you purchased here in the province of Alberta. Other provinces, on top of the GST you have to pay HST or PST.
The last stop for your mountain adventures is at Lake Louise. Lake Louise is located two hours west of Calgary and 45 minutes west of Banff via the Trans Canada Highway. The glacial lake is the main highlight of the place. The emerald color of the lake is fantastic particularly in the summer and the Rocky Mountain background adds up to its beauty. The combination of Fairmont Chateau Hotel and lake make stunning images you can treasure forever, so make sure you carry a camera with you.
Lake Louise has the biggest ski resort in Canada and a usual venue for professional Alpine Ski Events where hundreds of athletes from different parts of the globe set in to compete. Top Canadian Alpine athletes such as Calgary’s own John Kucera and Erik Guay are some of the participants. A perfect place for ski lovers and enthusiast!
My favorite event in Lake Louise is the Ice Magic Festival Competition. This is an annual affair being held beside the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. My wife and I enjoy going there to see various fine ice carving. Some of the amazing of images we saw: unicorn, native Indian arts, ballet dancer, flying eagle, sea creatures, fairy tale land and my most wanted – ice castle.
This event is regularly being held third to last weekend of January. If you miss this competition, don’t worry you can go anytime to see their creation for FREE! Go at once before it melts. Don’t delay!
We went around the banks via horse sleigh for an hour, took pictures and saw the frozen waterfall.
The cool breeze of the air and fresh scent of the trees were refreshing and relaxing.
Also go for snowshoeing, cross-country, snowmobiling and dog sledding to explore the place.
Summer time is the best time to go for canoeing, and kayaking on the lake. Biking and hiking on to Lake Louise’s countless trails is another sure thing to do. You might end up face to face with animals such as moose, deer, cougars, mountain goat, black bears, grizzly bears, wolverine, elks, coyotes plus wide assortments of birds. So be on your guard and protect yourself by being aware of what to do when you encounter wild animals.
If your dream vacation is one where the only skyscrapers are towering rock cliffs, where you can unplug from the busy world and where you can exercise your body while rejuvenating your mind, then why not consider whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon?
Why not indeed? There are numerous options for getting from point A to point B on the canyon’s Colorado River. Seasoned water sports fanatics may favor Grand Canyon kayaking, while those seeking a somewhat less physically challenging experience can choose either an oar-powered dory or a large motorized raft. In either case, it’s a smart idea to book your trip with a professional outfitter. Their highly skilled and competent river guides can make sure your Colorado River rafting trip will be safe, insured and exciting. They’ll provide the proper equipment, carry your belongings, guide you on fascinating side hikes and feed you delicious meals. They also know the region and are skillful not only in river navigation but also in first aid in case of accidents or illness.
You’ll see stunning vistas featuring numerous geological eras that have been laid bare by the river’s flow over a few centuries. The view from your raft gives you glimpses of ancient ruins, waterfalls and wildlife; but the finest tours for body and mind will break up your days with Grand Canyon hiking. Just the sound of Matkimiba Canyon, Dear Creek Falls, Elves Chasm or Havasu Creek, all Grand Canyon hiking destinations, conjures up discovery and entertainment. Exploring remote canyons can reveal ancestral Puebloan, Cohinina, Hopi and Zuni cliff dwellings, marked by petroglyphs and pictographs. Be sure to bring your camera, and of course, some high-quality hiking boots are a necessity.
Taking a swim in a Little Colorado swimming hole provides a restorative break from hiking in the Grand Canyon before you and your fellow rafters continue your journey.
The Grand Canyon is a limited and extremely valuable resource. That’s why the National Park Service has put some constraints on its use. An individual can only take one trip each year. Also, the outfitters are restricted to a 24-person maximum on their oar-powered boats and a maximum of 36 on their largest motorized rafts. There is also a rule that what you bring in must be taken out – as in garbage, gear and other debris.
So, if your “bucket list” includes whitewater rafting the Colorado River as it hurries through the Grand Canyon, take this plunge to adventure on your next vacation.
Health tourism become important health element that is present at people with different ages. As it is understand, more and more people care about their healthy life and take a good interest to health tourism. It is a term that is present more in old people lives but also is present on young people that want to recreate and have a good time. Health tourism become an important niche in travel agencies and mass-media promote it in last time.
Of course this is important, but you need to check twice location of your tourism and search best places.
There are lot of nice countries with a good culture and lot of health specialists that will help you with the voyage. Some people are great, some not. If you are staying on a private house you will get a better price and you will be better tractate. Especially in China and India there are some extraordinary health centres full of specialist that are ready to help you in any problem.
Here are some health tourism tips for you:
- Make sure that your location where are you going has Spa baths and Salt mine. This is very important because spa baths helps to recover and invigorate the muscles, also salt mine helps you to improve your respiration and helps the lungs for a better work.
- Choose a nice country. Better for you is having a great time. You surely won’t stay all day in spa bats and salt mines, because it is boring. Choose a nice city with some good tourism objectives and have fun!
- Specialists. Make sure that where are you going are some good specialists that will help you with some tips and take care of you. You don’t want to get on a unskilled person because it can hurt you more than if you won’t go.
Best tip is to do fitness exercises and walk more on a health travel.
Hope you will care about my tourism tips and have a good health tourism.
Remember, health first!
With the number of people traveling to the holidays, it is important to take some health concerns to ensure that everyone is comfortable along with secure.
In light of that, here are several of the best tips from folks who suffer from experienced traveling during the trip rush:
- Home Safety
Firstly , you need to keep safe will be your home. Make sure that it will be safe and sound during the entire time that you will be removed. Double check the locks in all your windows and doors. Unplug pointless appliances and check your shoes. Turn your security alarm in and put it in minutter mode. Inform your neighbor you are gone and ask them when they can keep an eye on your home. Do not keep messages on your answering appliance regarding the vacation.
- Pack Prudently
If you are going to be away for one few days, try to pack while light as you can. As much as possible, you need to a carry on bag to stop having to pay for check in bags. Do not bring items that are generally highly prohibited at the air port. If you are traveling by auto, put all your luggage from the compartment in order to have more place inside of the car.
- Traveling by simply Plane
Before going to the airport make sure you call the airline and make sure your flight; this is important to be sure that you can be accommodated on the flight, or maybe if there are any possibilities of a new cancelled flight.
Leave at the very least 4 hours early should you be flying international and 3 a long time for domestic flights. It is far better to wait at the airport instead of be left behind by the jet.
Secure all your documents and still have them handy when you are throughout line at the airport stability checkpoints.
Have your vehicle checked through your mechanics a week before you leave. This will be relevant especially during the winter season. It will be a total disaster if you will be getting stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere when your car suddenly refused for you to budge.
- Managing your Products
Wrapped gifts are not granted at the airport, so do certainly not waste your efforts on having to wrap your presents. It would be recommended that you just bring the items and after that wrap them up if you reach your destination. Yet another good idea is to have them transported to the destination.
- Traveling with Little ones
Travelling with your kids might be tiresome, but with a few tips and many patience a whole lot of inconveniences might be avoided. If you are bringing your baby, you need to make sure that all the newborn essentials are in one handbag. Do not forget to bring some gadgets and make sure that the baby remedies are always ready.
For adolescent children, try to keep them busy to stop tantrums and frequent complaining. Children have the tendency to have easily bored if they have to be one place for a long time, consequently try to keep them entertained.