Car hire at Calgary Airport
Car hire at Calgary Airport
Calgary International Airport (YYC) is located around 17 km northeast of downtown Calgary, and serves the Canadian province of Alberta, including Calgary itself, and the surrounding region.
At the back-end of 2016, it completed a major upgrade which saw the addition of a fourth runway - the longest in Canada, stretching for 14,000-ft - as well as a new terminal building, measuring two million sq ft.
The AB-2 is the main highway connecting the airport to the centre of Calgary.
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Where to pick up my car
There are several car hire companies operating out of Calgary Airport and all of them have pick-up points inside the terminal.
This means that finding booths from your provider of choice should be straightforward, and you’ll be heading to your hotel or final destination relatively quickly.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Heading to downtown Calgary is a very good idea. Here, you’ll find an eclectic range of restaurants, bars and shops. However, you don’t need to venture too far out to experience Canada’s amazing raw wildlife and nature at Nose Hill Park or along the Bow River.
Nearby Calgary Airport
If heading downtown or into the wild isn’t your thing, there are many quaint and peaceful towns for you to explore within an hour’s drive of Calgary Airport, such as Airdrie, Olds, Okotoks, High River and Drumheller, as well as Red Deer - Alberta’s third most populated city.
About 80 minutes west of Calgary Airport is Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park, spanning 6,641 sq km and offering amazing mountain scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Just under three hours north is Edmonton, the capital city of the Alberta province, with its beautiful William Hawrelak Park.
Meanwhile, driving 330 km and almost four hours south is the 1,349 sq km Glacier National Park.
Eating and drinking
As you’d expect, most of Calgary’s finest eateries are located downtown, south of the Bow River, but if you’re after something more rurally located, you’ll find some great spots just off the 1A not too far from Nose Hill Park.
Things to do
Canada, especially nearby Banff, is well-known for its bears, but don’t approach them expecting a warm cuddle, they can be deadly and should be avoided.
Much safer pastimes would be to go and watch the Calgary Flames hockey team at the Scotiabank Saddledome or visit one of Calgary’s many attractions such as Fort Calgary, Eau Claire Smokestack or The Military Museums.
We’ve already mentioned some of the amazing national parks near Calgary, but you don’t need to drive for hours to soak up some of Canada’s best sights. The Calgary Stampede is one of the world’s most popular rodeos and takes place for 10 days every July. Meanwhile, Fish Creek Provincial Park is just south of downtown.
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