Calgary is a city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 miles) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. It is roughly 299 km (186 miles) south of the provincial capital of Edmonton and approximately 240 km (150 miles) north of the Canada–United States border. The city anchors the south end of the Statistics Canada-defined urban area, the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.
The Calgary Metropolitan Area had a population of roughly 1,581,000 in the beginning of 2021, making it AlbeThe Calgary Metropolitan Area had a population of roughly 1,581,000 in the beginning of 2021, making it Alberta’s most-populous city and the second most-populous in western Canada. In 2016, Calgary had a metropolitan population of 1,392,609, making it the fourth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada and second-largest in western Canada (after Vancouver).
Calgary’s economy includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors. The Calgary Metropolitan Region is home to Canada’s second-highest number of corporate head offices among the country’s 800 largest corporations. In 2015 Calgary had the highest number of millionaires per capita of any major Canadian city. In 1988 it became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games. (Source: Wikipedia.org)
Participants in the Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning are expected to be aware of and adhere to all public health measures that may be in place due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Active public health restrictions in Alberta can be found on the Government of Alberta website. These requirements may be subject to change; participants are responsible for knowing and complying with all public health mandates in Alberta at the time of the conference.
Anyone coming to the conference from outside the country should also be aware of the Government of Canada’s regulations for those travelling to Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Getting to Calgary, Alberta, Canada
With over 16 million people flying in and out of the city, Calgary International Airport is an efficient hub for flights from around the globe. In order to accommodate travellers passing through each year, the airport offers a variety of services including dining options, boutique stores and comfort amenities. Experience exceptional service at one of Canada’s busiest airports. (source: Calgary Telus Convention Centre)
There are many options for getting around Calgary. Step out of the airport and into a limousine or taxi. Ubers are also plentiful and there are many options for car rentals at the airport and around the city. Calgary boasts a modern network of trains and public transportation, which can help you get anywhere in the city, hassle free.
The airport is approximately a 25-minute drive from the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, depending on traffic conditions.
You can find more information about ground transportation from the Calgary International Airport to downtown Calgary, where the Calgary Telus Convention Centre is located, on the Calgary International Airport website:
Your hotel may also offer shuttle service; please contact your hotel for more information.