Woke up at 5:15 AM to prepare for our 5:50 AM taxi ride to Newark International Airport. Our 8:00 AM flight would take us across the continent to the booming Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta.
We passed through the security checkpoints at Newark International without incident and relaxed for an hour at the airport while waiting for our flight. It was a bright and cheerful morning in Jersey, albeit rather hot, so we were all looking forward to feeling the cool mountain breezes that the Far North had to offer.
We boarded our Air Canada direct flight and kicked back as the plane lifted off the runway. The flight took five hours, passing through two time zones. After the plane landed, we headed for customs downstairs and exited at precisely 12:00 Noon. We were officially in Canada!
After passing through customs, we went downstairs to pick up our rental car at Alamo (a white Nissan Sentra 2012) which would be our indispensible tool for seeing the country over the course of the next nine days. The total fee was approximately $280 for about a week and a half.
Our first stop in this vacation was at the Value Mart supermarket on Barlow Trail near the Calgary Airport to fresh vegetables, water, and the like. This would allow us to forgo the expensive food and water offered at the tourist destinations, saving time as well as money. After shopping, we went to Perkins restaurant for lunch, enjoying a fine meal. 1:30-2:30 PM -Drove to Downtown Calgary to begin walking tour. Parked at Fort Calgary 3:00 PM -Walked east along Stephen Avenue shopping area. Bought 2 wooden cups at local gift shop -Walked along 4th Avenue to Calgary Tower, Olympic Plaza, etc 3:30 to 5:30 PM -Walked to Peace Bridge- 5:30-6:00 PM -Took C-Train light rail back to City Hall and walked back to Fort Calgary- 6:30 PM -Drove to Comfort Inn Calgary South- $104 CAD/night total- 7:00 PM. -Sleep- 9:30 PM