Shopping in CalgaryFind Deals Downtown
Stephen Avenue Walk, a downtown pedestrian mall and shopping destination, extends from Bankers Hall to the city municipal buildings. This popular spot for people watching features shops, galleries and restaurants housed within historic buildings. Also downtown, a five-block shopping complex linked by indoor walkways includes the more than 200 boutiques, department stores and retail chains of The CORE Shopping Centre (333 7th Ave. S.W.), Bankers Hall (315 8th Ave. S.W.) and Scotia Centre (225 7th Ave. S.W.).
Unique specialty shops, kiosks and local restaurants are the draw at Eau Claire Market , adjacent to the Bow River and Prince's Island Park at 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street S.W.
Trendy 17th Avenue, a retail and entertainment district, features stylish fashion shops, restaurants and eclectic craft boutiques. Kensington Village features smaller stores in new and old buildings. Inglewood's Ninth Avenue S.E. is lined with antique stores, clothing boutiques, gift shops and places to eat.
Malls and Familiar Brands
Major department stores and a wide variety of chain and specialty stores occupy the city's shopping centers. If your vacation isn’t complete without a trip to a mall, check out CF Chinook Centre (6455 Macleod Tr. S.W.), CF Market Mall (3625 Shaganappi Tr. N.W.), North Hill Centre (1384-1414 19th Ave. N.W.), Northland Village (5111 Northland Dr. N.W.), Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. S.E.), Sunridge Mall (2525 36th St. N.E.) and Willow Park Village (10816 Macleod Tr. S.E.).
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The federal Goods and Service Tax is 5 percent and applies to most goods, food/beverages and services, including lodgings. Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax but does impose a 3 percent Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) as well as a 4 percent Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT).
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Foothills Medical Centre, (403) 944-1110; Peter Lougheed Centre, (403) 943-4555; Rockyview General Hospital, (403) 943-3000.
238 11th Ave. S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 0X8. Phone:(403)263-8510 or (800)661-1678
Calgary International Airport
Hertz, with multiple downtown locations and one at Calgary International Airport, offers discounts to CAA and AAA members; phone (403) 221-1676 or (800) 654-3131.
The nearest VIA Rail stations are in Jasper and Edmonton; phone (888) 842-7245.
Red Arrow Express operates luxury motor coaches between Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge; phone (403) 531-0350 or (800) 232-1958.
Taxi companies include Associated Cab, (403) 299-1111; Checker Yellow Cab, (403) 299-9999; and Mayfair Taxi, (403) 255-6555. Allied Limousine provides town car and limo service; phone (403) 299-9555. Taxi rates begin at $3.80 for the first 120 metres (about .074 mi.) or portion thereof, plus 20c for each additional 120 metres (about .074 mi.) or portion thereof (unless departing from Calgary International Airport, where rates are $8.30 for the first 120 metres, then 20c for each additional 120 metres with a $4.50 surcharge). Cabs can be hailed on the street, but phoning ahead is recommended.
Calgary has both bus and light-rail transit (LRT) service; the latter, known as the CTrain, is free in the downtown core between 3rd Street S.E. and 11th Street S.W. Calgary Transit's office, 125 7th Ave. S.E., has schedules and maps and sells transit passes. Fare is $3.40; $2.35 (ages 6-17). A 1-day pass is $10.75; $7.75 (ages 6-17). Phone (403) 262-1000.