Frequently Asked Questions about Calgary

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FAQ about calgaryWhat are the best neighbourhoods in Calgary?

The best areas in Calgary are the north-west and south-west suburbs. These are closest to the Rockies, and boast fine views and low crime rates. Popular suburbs in the north-west include Tuscany, Country Hills, Dalhousie, Edgemont and Rosedale; and in the south-west, Springbank Hill, West Hillhurst and Westgate.

The north-east, where Calgary International Airport is located, is considered an unfavourable location because of the long commute into the city centre it demands; while the south-east features a mix of favourable and unfavourable locations – unattractive industrial areas, as well as pleasant suburbs such as Midnapore and McKenzie Lake.

How do I apply for healthcare in Calgary?

Applying for the  Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan coverage is very easy to do. Simply download an application form from the Alberta Health and Wellness department's web site, complete it, sign it, and mail it off with the following supporting documents: proof of Alberta residency (such as a rental agreement, or utility bill); government-issued photo identification (such as a copy of one's passport); and proof of legal entitlement to reside in Canada (such as a copy of one's working visa).

What can I do with kids in Calgary during the winter?

The Devonian Gardens, the largest indoor garden complex in Alberta, is a great place to take the kids in Calgary during winter – it remains warm enough to use all year round, and is equipped with an extensive children's play area.

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