Housing & Travel
Here is your chance to not only experience Electricity Transformation Canada but to embrace the abundant sunshine that Calgary, Alberta is known for!
The ETC 2023 official hotels are close to selling out. The Hotel Arts has rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Hotel Arts
In the heart of downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts is steps away from the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment possibilities. The Hotel Arts offers a dynamic travel experience for business travelers.
Hotel Address: 119 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R OG8
Housing Group Rate: $225.00 CAD per night (plus 12.27% tax)
Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown
Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown offers Alberta’s best location to experience Calgary, work, fun, or both. From here, take a quick walk to the East Village and downtown Calgary neighborhoods for shops, restaurants, and attractions. Step into your hotel room or suite and enjoy convenience without unnecessary clutter, from free Wi-Fi to 24-hour room service to seamless work desks.
Hotel Address: 209 4th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0C6
Housing Group Rate: $224.00 CAD per night (plus 12% tax)
Housing Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2023
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
Choose comfort and convenience and enjoy a restful stay in the heart of the Beltline, Central Memorial Park - Calgary's oldest surviving park. Our downtown hotel is a short walk from events at Stampede Park, Scotiabank Saddledome, or BMO Centre, and ample local dining options. When it's time to call it a day, retire to our thoughtfully designed rooms and suites boasting sweeping views of the city and Calgary Tower.
Hotel Address: 239 12th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2R 1H7
Housing Group Rate: $216.00 CAD per night (plus 12% tax)
Housing Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Traveling to and Around Calgary
The Calgary International Airport
The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is one of the top 100 airports worldwide. The airport is one of the busiest in Canada, connecting Calgarians to the world – and international visitors. Since YYC is the international code for Calgary, locals may frequently say YYC in conversations for a local tip. YYC is about 20 minutes from Downtown Calgary and the BMO Centre.
Calgary Transit System
Calgary Transit and Access Calgary allow all to travel by train, bus, and special services around the city. The city’s public transportation system features a combination of a light rail transit system – commonly referred to by locals as the CTrain or LRT, and community shuttle buses. For those with disabilities, use Access Calgary. The LRT system, which entirely runs on wind-generated electricity, currently covers 59 km, called the Green Line.
Driving Around Calgary
Calgary has one of the easiest and shortest commutes of major cities in Canada. The traffic infrastructure in Calgary is a grid system, and every street address includes one of the city’s four quadrants; northeast (NE), northwest (NW), southeast (SE), and southwest (SW). No car? No problem. Communauto is an Alberta-wide car share program with various fleet vehicles available for rent for a few minutes or longer than a day. Calgary has multiple taxi and rideshare options to take you where you need to go.
Parking in Calgary:
- FREE street parking after 6 pm and all day on Sundays.
- Shop and get FREE parking with the CORE Shopping Center.
- Download the Calgary Parking Authority app; easy to find pay and parking.
- Utilize impark to see parking lots and the pricing.
- Please refer to your hotel's website for information on parking at your hotel.
- For information on parking at the BMO Centre, please click here.
Top Things to Do Downtown
The Calgary Tower
One of the best ways to orient yourself around any city is to get above it all, and the Calgary Tower, some 1228 meters above sea level, gives you a 360 view of the city. The 62-second trip from the bottom takes you to the first observation deck, where you and 249 of your closes friends can enjoy sweeping, uninterrupted views.
Shop 17th Ave
Calgary’s famed 17th Ave has mainstream stores in the big cities and a few quirky shops you won’t find elsewhere. If it’s retail therapy you’re after, punctuated with cocktails at the hottest wine bar in town, this is over 400 shops, restaurants, and services at your beck and call.
Calgary Cultural Walk
Calgary was named the cultural capital of Canada in 2012. Grab your camera, hit reset on your imagination, and stroll along somewhere like the Stephen Avenue Walk. You’ll find metal sculptures, art installations, murals, and more here!
Catch a Flames Game
Canada is a hockey country, with 7 NHL teams and millions of fans nationwide. The province of Alberta is home to two Stanley Cup champion teams, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, and home of the ‘Great One,’ Wayne Gretzky. There will be two home games the week of ETC 2023!
Visit Fort Calgary
Fort Calgary is a living museum that shows the beginnings of Calgary from 1875, at the convergence of the Bow and Elbow River. Here you can learn about the rich history of Calgary's Mounted Police. Just a short 5-minute drive from downtown Calgary!
Bring your Boots for the Cowboys Dance Hall
USA Today voted Cowboys Dance Hall as one of the “Top 3 Mega Bars in North America”! There is no better place to be during Stampede than here for the biggest party, and if you’re here during the off-season, it’s still one of the most happening bars in the city!
View the Rockies in Banff
Every trip to Calgary is complete with a visit to Banff National Park. Banff is the gateway to the Rockies, an unrelenting 6,641 km2 of pristine, rugged wilderness. Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada's first National Park. The most beautiful sights in Canada's most incredible natural playground!
Columbia Ice Field Tour
Canada is home to some of the planet's oldest rocks and most impressive glaciers. Head out of Calgary and take a trip along the continental divide. This particular glacier initially advanced around the same time a modern man appeared in the archeological record!
Ride the Rocky Mountaineer
The only thing more peaceful is winding your way through some of the world's most impressive mountain ranges, being served five-star cuisine while being abroad on one of the most exciting train journeys on earth!