Category: Calgary

Delta Calgary South – a Dual Nature

This is a dual minded hotel. I am thinking it was maybe two hotels that the Delta acquired and made into conjoined twins. In the Atrium side, there’s a really nice wide open spot to have breakfast, which is a decent buffet. It’s a bit pricy when the kids don’t dig in. The open atrium is surrounded by hotel rooms which reminded me of the really, really old Holiday Inns, except those ones were roofless and a swimming pool was in the middle. Speaking of kids, there was a nice, fast water slide on the Tower side. Both front desks […]

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Boston Pizza, Calgary Style

Going to Boston Pizza in Calgary, when the chain’s head office is in Richmond BC, when I’m Vancouver-based makes little sense except for 2 reasons. It was near my hotel and my friend’s house, specifically 232-6455 MacLeod Trail SW. And, it is very kid friendly. While the adults did the “blah blah I haven’t seen you in years blah blah” there was a substantial colouring and games book to amuse the younger patrons, along with a children’s menu. Perhaps one of the signs of either the rise or fall of civilization in Alberta is the 32 oz schooner of beer. […]

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The Calgary Zoo

We had the pleasure of a morning visit to the Calgary Zoo on a cool March day. It was dry and there zoo was not crowded. I think there were more moms and strollers than anyone else! The zoo itself is not huge but it’s got a good spacious feel to it. The first exhibit was the Penguin Plunge, which was the most convincing penguin habitat I’d ever seen. Bored penguins standing around was replaced by space for them to dive and swim while being observed by we monkeys. Gentoo, Humboldt, King and Rockhopper Penguins were all represented. The Canadian […]

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Stampede and More

Calgary is not much of a cow town anymore. The city has grown since I first visited it many years ago. From a kind of rough-and-ready ugly prairie town it has been transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated city with more to do and of a greater variety than many cities twice its size. In the area of culture you can’t fault the City’s Glenbow Museum. It always fascinating with a variety of changing exhibits that deal with everything from contemporary fine arts and the culture of Canada’s indigenous peoples, to western Canada’s heritage and world history. The permanent collection […]

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Calgary Stampede The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Calgary Stampede, an awesome event that’s synonymous with Alberta’s largest city and that attracts over 1 million visitors every year! The Stampede is an amazing spectacle that hosts one of the largest rodeo events in the world, making this one of those things that should definitely be on your bucket list! You don’t have to be a cowboy or a horse lover to appreciate this show after all, as the thousands of people who come to Calgary from all over the world to experience the Stampede will tell you. The show isn’t […]

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Distant Views from the Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower is by no means the tallest building in Canada; in fact, it’s not even the tallest building in Calgary! So you may be wandering what’s the point, if nearby buildings tower over the one specifically designed as an observation tower! But despite this, the Calgary Tower is one of the city’s top attractions, and as someone who has visited, I personally recommend it! When the Calgary Tower was built, it was the tallest building in Calgary and the tallest in the country outside of Toronto. That was back in 1967, and when it was opened to the public […]

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Spruce Meadows

If you have enjoyed the televised events from Spruce Meadows, then a visit to the Spruce Meadows facility during one of their major events should be on your “to do” list if you are visiting southern Alberta.   It is an amazing facility and so well run by the staff and volunteers.  Come prepared for all sorts of weather conditions, this is Calgary after all. For any horse crazed person there is just so much more to the place than what is shown on TV.   The International Ring is huge but, there are other events going on in rings that never […]

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Calgary Overview

Slap on the sunscreen: there are more hours of sunshine each year in Calgary than any other city in Canada! Spend a day hiking the Cowboy Trail through Alberta’s high ranching country, where visitors can horseback ride, hike, attend a rodeo, festival or even a pow-wow. For a family outing, check out Butterfield Acres where the petting zoo, goat milking and picnic area will keep little ones entertained. The Calgary Science Center is an award-winning multi-media theatre that offers interactive learning for all ages. Dine at one of many restaurants, take in a movie, shop at unique boutiques, and enjoy […]

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