YYC = Calgary Alberta Canada Airport Code

Wild lupine flowers - North Glenmore Park - Calgary Alberta Canada

Wild lupine flowers at North Glenmore Park – Calgary Alberta Canada


YYC is the airport code for my hometown Calgary Alberta Canada. I enjoyed a visit with my family and just returned yesterday. I like to visit Calgary towards the end of June so that I can enjoy the long summer days. It’s great weather for hiking and being outdoors.


Beautiful pink wild roses - official flower of Alberta Canada

Wild rose – official flower of Alberta


I’ll just give you a little taste of what Calgary Alberta is like. Hope you get to visit sometime. Calgary is located in Southern Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains which are located to the west. A short drive to Kananaskis Country will get you to the mountains and another short drive to Banff National Park or Jasper National Park.


Kayaking at Weaselhead near North Glenmore Park in SW Calgary Alberta Canada

Kayaks at North Glenmore Park in Calgary Alberta


Calgary is known for the annual Calgary Stampede Rodeo which begins on July 4th this year. Downtown Calgary becomes lively with pancake breakfasts every morning and country music is abundant. There is a big parade to celebrate the start of stampede and the city of Calgary is in party mode for 10 days enjoying the rodeo, fairgrounds, music events, and just having fun.

When I visit Calgary now I love going to the parks especially along the water at Glenmore Park or Prince’s Island Park downtown. I visited a new park this trip – Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Northwest Calgary.


Lupine flowers at Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Northwest Calgary Alberta

Lupine flowers at Silver Springs Botanical Gardens

I also love to wander around Chinatown in Calgary – there are interesting shops and delicious foods to try out. Lately the area has taken on a more modern look and there have certainly been some improvements but I do miss the old Chinatown I used to visit years ago.

Passing the wisdom of the old to the young - mural by Dale Barry in Calgary's Chinatown

Chinese Blossoms mural by Dale Barry


Lion at entrance of Sien Lok Park in Chinatown - near Prince's Island Park in Calgary Alberta Canada

Lion at entrance of Sien Lok Park in Chinatown – near Prince’s Island Park


Chinese Cultural Centre in downtown Calgary Alberta Canada

Pagoda of the Chinese Cultural Centre in downtown Calgary – Chinatown


Downtown Calgary is connected by a series of 2nd level walkways between buildings known as the Plus 15 walkways. When the weather is not pleasant one can walk all over downtown Calgary without going outside.


Downtown Calgary Alberta Canada - Plus 15 walkway

Plus 15 walkway in downtown Calgary


There is plenty of public in Calgary especially in the downtown area.


Calgary Alberta public art - Conversation by William McElcheran - located at 8th Ave and 1st Street SW

Conversation by William McElcheran – 8th Ave and 1st Street SW


Public art in Calgary Alberta Canada - 4th Avenue SW - “Porte Cochere de la Lumiere” “The Portal of Light”, a Michael Hayden sculpture.

Porte Cochere de la Lumiere (The Portal of Light) by Michael Hayden – located at 240 – 4th Ave SW Calgary


Sculpture - Wonderland by Jaume Plensa from Spain - Calgary Alberta Canada

Wonderland by Jaume Plensa


Visiting my mother’s flower garden is always a joy. She has turned the entire front yard – and most of the back as well – into a beautiful English style garden.


Mauve white and maroon foxglove flowers

Foxglove flowers – Mumsy’s garden


Spirea flowers - white and yellow blossoms - Calgary Alberta

Spirea flowers – Mumsy’s garden


I loved my visit to Calgary this past week and I hope you enjoyed a taste of Calgary Alberta Canada – known as airport code YYC when booking flights. Happy travels!


A journey through the alphabet with ABC Wednesday Project where people from around the world create a weekly post – landing at the letter Y this week.

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Ann says:

    I really enjoyed YYC–beautiful flowers are everywhere. I’m sure your Moms garden is lovely.

    • Thank you Ann! Summer in Calgary is a beautiful contrast to summer in Texas – although i know some people in Calgary would prefer warmer days :)

  2. Absolutely wonderful!

  3. Reader Wil says:

    Thank you for the walk in Calgary! It’s a colourful and modern city by the looks of it.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

    • Thanks Wil – yes it’s colorful and modern. There’s been a lot of growth in the past 20 years – a lot of oil money in the region has brought prosperity for many people but Calgary is now a very expensive place to live and rental accommodation is limited. There are pros and cons like every place.

  4. Leovi says:

    Stunning photos! delicious flowers!

  5. Lovely town, but I would NEVER have guess that city based on the airport code! BTW, I live in ALB, Albany, NY, a pretty easy one.


    • The Canadian airport codes don’t make much sense – next month I go to Montreal – YUL is the airport code. ALB for Albany – now that makes sense :)

  6. Joy says:

    Looks a fascinating place, flowers and art always a winning combination. I have some early 20th century postcards sent from Calgary by my grandmothers family when the fact that someone could keep an aeroplane aloft must have been excitement enough.

  7. Indrani says:

    Amazing art work, the painting and the sculpted work is so beautiful.
    The flowers of course are absolute delight!

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