Transportation and Accommodation
You are responsible for the arranging, booking and payment of your own transportation to the staging area and for hotel accommodation before the ride and the night after your ride ends (we don’t recommend travel after the last day of your ride).
The nearest city and international airport is in Calgary (see details below). International guests will need to clear customs and immigration when arriving in Calgary from foreign countries. All visitors to Canada require a passport.
Your staging area and travel/accommodation needs are different depending on your ride location:
- For rides to the Little Elbow River, you will need information about Boundary Ranch … please click here for details
- For rides to Halfway Lodge, you will need information about Banff/Canmore … please click here for details
Flying to Calgary
Flying to Calgary is easy thanks to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) which receives arrivals from all over the world. The airport is located in northeast Calgary, about 20 minutes from downtown in light traffic. Rental cars, taxis, limousines and airport shuttles are all available to take you to your final destination.
YYC is serviced with direct flights by: Air Canada, West jet, Air Transat, Alaskan Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Sunwing Air, Hainan Airlines and KLM with direct flights from most major cities in North America as well as Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.
Common “hub airports” used to access Calgary in North America include: Los Angeles, San Franciso, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.
Driving to Calgary
From any direction, the drive to Calgary offers good 4 lane roads and unforgettable scenery. The Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Highway brings visitors from the south and north, stretching from the Montana border north to Edmonton and beyond. Travelers from other Canadian provinces generally arrive via the Trans-Canada Highway, which stretches from the West Coast of Canada to the East. Calgary is about a two and a half hour drive from the U.S. border, three hours from Edmonton, six hours from Regina and a good 12 hours from Vancouver in fair weather.