Getting Around When Camping in Calgary
Where to Camp in Calgary
Tourists travel to the Calgary area to experience the sights and attractions of the city. Over time we have seen the elimination of many camping options in the area but Riverbend Campground continues to be a popular choice because of our great Calgary access. It’s just over ten minutes to the city limits on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. For more on camping in Calgary check the blog post here.
When visiting the city most of our campers drive because access is fast and easy. And traveling around Calgary is relatively easy. Avenues run east and west, and Streets run north and south. The city has 4 quadrants, with street numbering starting at Centre Street and avenue numbering starting at the Bow River where it flows under the Centre Street Bridge.
Using Calgary Transit
For attraction in the inner city, you might want to access Calgary Transit. The C-Trail (light rail transit) can be boarded at the southern most station is Somerset-Bridlewood. This is 30 kms/22 minutes from the Riverbend Campground. Transit fare is $3.60. There is parking at the station and lots of retail close by including a Walmart if you do choose this option.
Bus and Taxi Options
You may want to have someone else drive. Perhaps you are travelling in a motorhome or you have a large tow vehicle and want to avoid driving in an unfamiliar city. You do have options. Southland Transportation offers a commuter bus service called On-It which is used by Okotoks residents who work in downtown Calgary. As such is leaves very early in the morning and goes right into downtown where they make stops at 6 different locations. It then returns in the afternoon. Their website is https://www.onitregionaltransit.ca/okotoks-commuter/
Okotoks Taxi is another and perhaps better option. With prior arrangement you can have them drive you to the Calgary Transit station in south Calgary. Campers choosing this option can get a flat rate for the trip. Okotoks Taxi website is: https://okotokstaxi.ca/
Visiting Calgary Stampede
We thought it would be important to share some information on staying at Riverbend Campground and visiting the Calgary Stampede. Stampede Park is inner-city and parking is very limited and can be expensive. Downtown Calgary has some of the highest parking rates in North America. Your best option is to use transit. Parking is available at the stations and C-Train service operates with extended hours during Stampede.
Things to do in Calgary
Be sure to check out the page on our website with 15 things to do in Calgary by clicking here. There are lots of options from the Calgary Zoo to Heritage Park Historical Village and many more. For more to see and do including dining and shopping be sure to visit the Tourism Calgary website here.