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-====== Day 12 - Calgary ======+====== Day 12 - Calgary ​and a city tour ======
 [{{  :​terris_travelogue:​canada:​calgary_tower2.jpg|Calgary Tower}}] [{{  :​terris_travelogue:​canada:​calgary_tower2.jpg|Calgary Tower}}]
 We'd looked at the weather forecast for the next few days, and it was not looking good. Today was going to be cloudy, then the rest of the week was forecast for rain. So if we were going to see anything of Calgary, today was the day. After a late start (that bed in the Fairmont was very comfortable!) we looked up the nearest A&W outlet, and headed for breakfast. Our tour included a trip up the Calgary Tower, so we headed there next. We'd looked at the weather forecast for the next few days, and it was not looking good. Today was going to be cloudy, then the rest of the week was forecast for rain. So if we were going to see anything of Calgary, today was the day. After a late start (that bed in the Fairmont was very comfortable!) we looked up the nearest A&W outlet, and headed for breakfast. Our tour included a trip up the Calgary Tower, so we headed there next.
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 Fort Calgary was the first base in the district for the Royal Mounted Canadian Police ('​Mounties'​). Most of it is not original, as there was an arson attack a couple of years ago. We were given around an hour to look round. There was a pretty amateurish talk given to us in a small theatre (I think the guy was new, and he was very nervous). A 10 minute film (with  a projector that needed a new bulb), then a chance to dress up in Mounties uniform. Art looked very much the part! Then a tour round the exhibits, and the purchase of a few postcards. We were then going to use our final 15 minutes to look round outside - but our bus driver caught us up. Our fellow passengers had a problem - they thought the tour was only for a couple of hours, and they were expecting to be back in time to pick up a bus to the airport, then on to Banff. They were already back on the bus! He was busy trying to sort them out, and arrange alternative buses for them, but he though he'd better warn us that there may be some difficulties,​ and he wanted to make sure that we didn't lose out because they were pushing him to get back sooner. We certainly didn't want to get back sooner than planned - these tours aren't cheap. Nevertheless,​ we got back on the bus early this time. (Note - if you visit Fort Calgary by yourself, entry is around $12) Fort Calgary was the first base in the district for the Royal Mounted Canadian Police ('​Mounties'​). Most of it is not original, as there was an arson attack a couple of years ago. We were given around an hour to look round. There was a pretty amateurish talk given to us in a small theatre (I think the guy was new, and he was very nervous). A 10 minute film (with  a projector that needed a new bulb), then a chance to dress up in Mounties uniform. Art looked very much the part! Then a tour round the exhibits, and the purchase of a few postcards. We were then going to use our final 15 minutes to look round outside - but our bus driver caught us up. Our fellow passengers had a problem - they thought the tour was only for a couple of hours, and they were expecting to be back in time to pick up a bus to the airport, then on to Banff. They were already back on the bus! He was busy trying to sort them out, and arrange alternative buses for them, but he though he'd better warn us that there may be some difficulties,​ and he wanted to make sure that we didn't lose out because they were pushing him to get back sooner. We certainly didn't want to get back sooner than planned - these tours aren't cheap. Nevertheless,​ we got back on the bus early this time. (Note - if you visit Fort Calgary by yourself, entry is around $12)
  
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