We're two couples from New Zealand visiting Calgary for the 2013 Stampede. Because one of our party has bad knees we decided to hire a car for his comfort.
We've arranged parking inside the grounds and seating for the parade but the big question now is that we're staying 16th Ave NW and need to get to the Rotary Club breakfast on the corner of 9th Ave SW and 7 St SW by 7am. It appears that there's a 24 hour parkade at 722 8th Ave SW so we're thinking that if we leave by 6am to get to that parking lot, then walk to arrive at the breakfast at 7am, does this sound feasible? (knowing that the streets are closing round 7am but no idea of traffic for the drive in that early, or how long it will take).
Also as the Alamo rental car is costing $1883 CAD (including a $199 one way drop fee for Edmonton) for 8 days ($235 a day!) we've heard that some car sales will sell the car and buy it back several days later at about $1000 less. Anyone heard of that?
Any advice appreciated; I know the train would be the sensible and cheaper option for us but we're catering for our friend. Cheers