As COVID-19 case numbers continue to surge in Alberta, testing sites have become overwhelmed.
Whether you need a COVID-19 test for travel, want to take one prior to visiting with friends or family, or would like to have a few on hand just to be safe, there are a few options in Calgary for getting an in-person rapid test, picking up at-home test kits, or ordering tests online.
The provincial government has distributed 8.5 million rapid tests so far, and they’ve just ordered an additional 10 million, so while a number of pharmacy locations around the city have run out of test kits, there are more to come.
Keep in mind that private test results will not be reported to contact tracers or be included in daily government case counts.
Here are some places in Calgary where you can get a rapid test:
In-person rapid testing
These locations conduct tests by a professional in a lab setting. Clients are given a results certificate for travel purposes.
Rapid antigen tests at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations cost $40.
317 7th Avenue SW, Calgary (TD Square)
1410 1st Street SE, Calgary
815 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
2412 4th Street SW, Calgary
1323 Centre Street NW, Calgary
1632 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
2067 33rd Avenue SW, Calgary
3012 17th Avenue SE, Calgary
1610 37th Street SW, Calgary
6455 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
3939 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
5628 4th Street NW, Calgary
2525 36th Street NE, Calgary
383 Heritage Drive SE, Calgary
200 52nd Street NE, Calgary
7740 18th Street SE, Calgary
216 Stewart Green SW, Calgary
8338 18th Street SE, Calgary
5500 Falsbridge Drive NE, Calgary
210 Aspen Glen Landing SW, Calgary
1919B Southland Drive SW, Calgary
#356 – 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary (Southcentre Mall)
873 85th Street SW, Calgary
500 Country Hills Boulevard NE, Calgary
600 Saddletowne Circle NE, Calgary
2555 Woodview Drive SW, Calgary
8060 Silver Springs Boulevard NW, Calgary
28 Crowfoot Terrace NW, Calgary
1221 Canyon Meadows Drive SE, Calgary
12192 Symons Valley Road NW, Calgary
11700 Sarcee Trail NW, Calgary
2060 Symons Valley Parkway NW, Calgary
150 Millrise Boulevard SW, Calgary
8756 Country Hills Boulevard NW, Calgary
85 Shawville Boulevard SE, Calgary
#110 – 620 McKenzie Towne Drive SE, Calgary
261055 CrossIron Boulevard, Rocky View County (CrossIron Mills shopping centre)
7 Mahogany Plaza SE, Calgary
19369 Sheriff King Street SW, Calgary
19489 Seton Crescent SE, Calgary
In-person rapid antigen tests at Rapid Test & Trace’s drive-thru site will cost you $80.
Address: Lot 10, 250 Collegiate Boulevard NW, Calgary
Numi has five locations in Calgary and administers COVID-19 antigen tests for $61.95, with results available in as little as 15 minutes.
#1122 – 12 Royal Vista Way NW, Calgary (Located inside Guardian Royal Vista Pharmacy)
5959 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary (Located inside Revolution Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy)
#110 – 8500 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary (Located inside Meadow Miles Pharmacy)
1301 16th Avenue NW, Calgary (Located at the SAIT Main Campus, inside Orpheus Theatre)
2000 Airport Road NE, Calgary (Located behind the Air Canada Priority check-in desk in the International Terminal – Departures Level at the Calgary International Airport)
Switch is located in the domestic terminal at the Calgary International Airport and offers on-site COVID-19 tests. Antigen test results are available in 30 minutes and will cost you $67.80.
Address: Domestic departures at the Calgary International Airport (2000 Airport Road NE, Calgary)
Rapid tests at CVM Medical start at $99.
Address: Acclaim Hotel – Constellation Room (123 Freeport Boulevard NE, Calgary)
At-home rapid test kits
Select pharmacies in Calgary have rapid test kits available for free distribution. Visit the Alberta Blue Cross website for an interactive map of locations that currently have kits available.
It’s important to note that test kits are currently in high demand and availability is not guaranteed. We suggest calling your nearest location to confirm that they have kits on-hand prior to visiting the pharmacy.
A pack of two tests sells for $35 from this online retailer, which works out to $17.50 per test. Right now the estimated shipping date for new orders is January 15.
Tests can be ordered online through Rapid Test & Trace starting at $9 per test. If not on backorder, the company’s Canada-wide delivery ranges between four to eight days from the date of purchase.
Order these rapid tests online for $29 to $39 each. There’s currently a delay and no orders will be shipped until January 10, 2022.
This Ontario-based company offers five-packs of rapid tests for just under $50 and 25-packs for $225, plus tax and the cost of shipping. New online orders will be shipped in January.
A two-pack of these rapid tests costs $79 for Aeroplan members and $129 for everyone else. They’re accepted for entry into the US, according to the company’s website. Order online.
With files from Megan Devlin