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Tourism Calgary – Flood Recovery FAQ Sheet

June 27, 2013   |  

From Tourism Calgary...

Flood Recovery FAQ Sheet

1. Can I still visit Calgary?
Yes! Most of our destinations and attractions are open for business and conditions are safe across a vast majority of the city. Exercise caution in the affected areas of Calgary near the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Check the location you are planning to visit on the City of Calgary News Blog. For information on getting to and around Calgary visit Alberta Transportation and Calgary Transit.

For up to date information on the city attractions, visit visitcalgary.com

2. Where can I stay?
By Saturday, we expect all Calgary’s hotels to be operational. Currently the following hotels are still working to regain power: Delta Bow Valley, Hyatt Regency, International Hotel, Fairmont Palliser, Hotel Arts and the Marriott. All other 70+ hotels are fully operational.

3. Which areas are affected?
The communities that experienced the brunt of the flood damage are those located adjacent to the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Check the location you are planning to visit on the City of Calgary News Blog.
Recovery efforts are well underway in the affected areas of the city.

4. Is the damage significant?
Some areas have been hit harder than others. Those communities located adjacent to the Bow and Elbow Rivers have experienced extensive flooding and recovery is underway. We recommend you stay away from all bodies of water in these communities. Visit Environment Alberta for current flood warnings and water level conditions. Tune in to local media reports and follow @TourismCalgary@calgary and @CityofCalgary on Twitter for any news alerts.

5. Is the Calgary Stampede still going ahead?
Absolutely! Calgary’s spirit is alive and well, and teams of staff and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure the Calgary Stampede is ready to host The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. July 5-14, 2013.

6. I have a vacation planned for the Canada Day long weekend... what should I do?
Canada Day festivities will take place on July 1st and have been relocated from Prince's Island Park to Shaw Millenium Park. Please visit the City of Calgary website for more information.

7. I have planned a trip to Calgary in the near future... what should I do?
Stay tuned to the Tourism Calgary webpage and the resources above for further updates. Please follow our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook for the most timely updates from the area and local businesses.

Visit the City of Calgary's website for information on Calgary or Alberta Transportation for road status and closure information.

8. What happened with the Bonnybrook train bridge?
On June 27, there was a structural failure of the Bonnybrook train bridge over the Bow River. Rescue crews are onsite to attend to the situation. For up to date information please visit the City of Calgary News Blog.

9. Are there any road closures?
Everything you need to know about travel restrictions on Calgary roads and public transportation can be found by dialling 311 or visiting the Calgary Transit website. Information is also available in person at Visitor Information Centres.

10. Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. The water quality continues to be good. Please visit the City of Calgary's Service Disruption page for more information.

11. What type of weather can I expect?
The recent severe weather that triggered flooding in parts of southern Alberta has subsided and you can expect typical summer weather for Calgary. Check Environment Alberta forecast for current conditions and the Weather Network for detailed weather information.

12. How do I get around?
The city is working diligently to lift the current road closures and to get the public transportation back to 100% capacity. As things are changing by the minute, we recommend you check the Calgary Transit website.

13. Where can I get the most up-to-date information?
We’re here to help. Contact Tourism Calgary by phone 403-735-1234 and follow their social media channels, www.facebook.com/visitcalgary or on Twitter @TourismCalgary and @calgary.

14. Can I travel to Banff/Canmore?
Parks Canada is pleased to announce that the Trans-Canada Highway re-opened at 3 pm on June 26 east of the town of Banff, for both private and commercial vehicles. Due to the repairs still underway, the highway will be reduced to single-lane traffic in each direction for 12 kilometres between the park's East Gate and the turn-off to the town of Banff. The rest of the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park (west of the Town of Banff) remains a divided highway with 4-lane traffic