Club Profile

Official Club Name

The Friendship Force Club of Calgary Region

Closest Airport

Calgary International Airport – YYC

About the Club

FF Club of Calgary Region received its charter on Feb. 25, 2001.  Our club’s membership is about 30.  We usually host once or twice a year between June and September.  Our members live in Calgary as well the rural communities of Langdon, Airdrie, Okotoks and High River. FF Club of Calgary Region received its charter on Feb. 25, 2001.  Our club’s membership is about 30.  Our members live in Calgary as well the rural communities of Langdon, Airdrie, Okotoks and High River.  The Calgary International Airport is located in Northwest Calgary.  If Ambassadors arrive by air, our members will meet them at the airport.

About the Region

Calgary is located in southern Alberta, in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains.   Calgary is Alberta’s largest city (population 1.6 million) and Canada’s fourth largest city.   Calgary has sunny weather most of the year but the weather can be very changeable.  The region experiences dry Chinook winds that blow over the Rocky Mountains and can raise temperatures significantly for a short length of time.

Calgary’s economy includes activity in the energy, financial services, film and television, transportation and logistics, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, health and wellness, retail, and tourism sectors.  The foothills near Calgary are ranching land and this area is known for its cattle ranches and farming. Alberta produces the most beef in Canada.

 There are some places that you may wish to visit on your own either before or after your club’s Journey. Calgary is home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede held in July. Spruce Meadows is the site of several major world equestrian championships each year.   Banff National Park is 125 km west of the city.  Banff National Park which also includes Lake Louise is very busy.  It is advisable to book accommodation and tours well in advance.  There are some areas where vehicle traffic is not permitted. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, located in Drumheller is 145 km northeast of the city.

A Typical Journey

A typical 5–7-day Journey begins with a Welcome Party.  Some of the activities for the stay may include Spruce Meadows (world class equestrian facility), a visit to Heritage Park to explore early prairie history, a visit to Studio Bell (National Music Centre), a walking tour of Calgary’s downtown, a museum visit, and the Calgary Zoo. We often include a country drive in the Foothills with the spectacular views of the mountains to the west and the prairies to the east.   There may be an opportunity to see Rodeo or Chuckwagon Races in one of the surrounding towns.  On the last day, there will be a Farewell event. There is usually a lot of driving on a journey as distances can be quite far.

 

Revision March 2022