Almost everything in Calgary, barring Stampede locations and a few minor diversions, is a comfortable walk away - except in winter, when temperatures can make any excursion an ordeal. The city's much-vaunted Plus 15 Walking System
, a labyrinthine network of enclosed walkways 4.5m above ground, is designed to beat the freeze. It enables you to walk through downtown without setting foot outside, but is too confusing to bother with when the weather's fine.
Calgary's public transport system is cheap, clean and efficient, comprising an integrated network of buses and the C-Train (every 15 to 30min; no late-night service) the latter a cross between a bus and a train, which is free for its downtown stretch along the length of 7th Avenue SW between 10th Street and City Hall at 3rd Street SE. An on-board announcement tells you when the free section is coming to an end. For route information, call 276-7801.
Tickets , valid for both buses and C-Train, are available from machines on C-Train stations, shops with a Calgary Transit sticker, and from the main Information and Downtown Sales Centre, also known as the Calgary Transit Customer Service Centre , 240-7th Ave SW (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm), which also has free schedules and route planners. The one-way adult fare is $1.60 (free for under-6s, $1 for 6-14s), day-pass $5 adults. You can pay on the bus if you have the exact change. Request a transfer from the driver (valid for 90min) if you're changing buses. The sales centre also provides timetables and an invaluable information line (Mon-Fri 6am-11pm, Sat & Sun 8am-9.30pm; tel 262-1000): tell them where you are and where you want to go, and they'll give you the necessary details.
You can easily get a taxi from outside the bus terminal