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mrscanada Calgary - A travel report by Lyla
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Calgary is in the southern half of Alberta close to the mountains and Banff National Park. Nearly 5 million visitors each year. We were two of them this year.


Stampede
Stampede
Alberta has no sales tax so you can shop until you drop!!! There are Malls, boutique areas, trendy neighborhoods and specialty shops that are found in every area of the city. The downtown shops are connected with Calgary's Plus 15 system - an indoor walkway allowing you to stay indoors throughout the downtown core. Calgary Eaton Centre, Toronto Dominion Square and the Scotia Centre are Malls that are conncected by indoor walkway system connects a five-block downtown shopping complex that includes: The Bay, Calgary Eaton Centre, TD Square, Bankers Hall, Scotia Centre and Penny Lane Mall. 17 th Avenue is a scenic neighborhood and upscale shopping district is just south of downtown and hosts over 450 galleries, boutiques, cafes, bistros, bookstores and art galleries. Stephen Avenue Walk is a National Historic District boasting over 1,000 shops and facilities including some of Calgary's finest restaurants and pubs. The Inglewood District is shopping area just east of downtown featuring antiques, home furnishings, book stores and restaurants. The Mission district is an area of restaurants, specialty stores and coffee shops. 4th Street is the place to be for fun at night. There are Disco's, fine restaurants, bars, pubs and coffee shops. Uptown 17 th Avenue (2 - 3 hrs) This scenic neighborhood and upscale shopping district is just south of downtown and hosts over 450 galleries, boutiques, cafes, bistros, bookstores and art galleries.

Favourite spots:
The Fair
The Fair
We have been to the Calgary Flames hockey game, attended a folk music festival. We often visit to Canada's largest historical village, (Heritage Park) and wander through Calgary's birthplace called Fort Calgary. The Calgary Zoo is one of two zoos in Canada that not only have been accredited by the Canadian Wild Life Society, but each animal in the zoo has been accredited as well. We also like to visit the Botanical Garden and Pre-historic Park. Last year the film industry that has used it as a backdrop to many well known movies when Calgary became Hollywood, New York, Afghanistan and Vietnam. The newly renovated Calgary Tower elevates visitors 189 meters (626 ft.) above downtown Calgary fabulous view of the city and the Canadian Rockies.

What's really great:
Rodeo Contest
Rodeo Contest
We hadn't been to the Calgary Stamped for a long time.The Parade route was 3 miles long and lasted for 2 hours. The Stampede is Calgary's biggest Tourist Attraction. There were a lot of great bands, I love the ones from the United States, because they march to a faster drum beat. The R.C.M.P., (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Musical Ride was there and will stage shows at Spruce Meadows, (the show jumping arena), in SW Calgary. The people who started the Stampede were there in vintage cars and the cloths they wore when they moved to Calgary from Cardston. This means they are Mormons and I wonder how many wives the men had way back then!!! Each year Calgary picks a Parade Princess, this year it was Cheryl Defoe. For the first time all of the past Princess' were riding on horses. They were wearing red cow boy hats that you can only receive if you have participated in raising money for cancer.

Sights:
Downtonw Calgary
Downtonw Calgary
We have been to the Calgary Flames hockey game, attended a folk music festival. We often visit to Canada's largest historical village, (Heritage Park) and wander through Calgary's birthplace called Fort Calgary.

The Calgary Zoo is one of two zoos in Canada that not only have been accredited by the Canadian Wild Life Society, but each animal in the zoo has been accredited as well.

We also like to visit the Botanical Garden and Pre-historic Park.

Last year the film industry that has used it as a backdrop to many well known movies when Calgary became Hollywood, New York, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

The newly renovated Calgary Tower elevates visitors 189 meters above downtown Calgary fabulous view of the city and the Canadian Rockies.

Accommodations:
Five Dollar Bill
Five Dollar Bill
Holiday Inn Express branded hotel in downtown Calgary. It's close to the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Eaton Shopping Center and the Pengrowth Saddledome.

There are 56 guest rooms that have mini-fridge, microwave, coffee-maker, an ironing board in every room and a high-speed internet access large work desks.

You get a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast when you stay here.

Nightlife:
A River near the Canyon
A River near the Canyon
Grotto Canyon is in the Bow River valley. You hike through a 2.3-km trail to the canyon at that point you reach the dry riverbed of Grotto Creek. The Grotto Canyon is above you. The canyon a spectacular view of the walls where there are Indian petrographs, (rock paintings).

Hangouts:
My Grandson's football team
My Grandson's football team
My daughter's house is the place I like to hang out. I love playing with my grandson and his dog Rodeo

Restaurants:
Downtown Calgary
Taken From the Calgary Towers
Downtown Calgary Taken From the Calgary Towers
I'd rather eat at the Haifa Deli. The hot brisket sandwich or the pastrami on rye is to 'die for'. They also serve pita, humus, falafels, Middle East salads and desserts.

Then again I might eat at Tony Roma’s they make the best beef ribs. I like the onion cake made from sliced onions.

When you are in Calgary you are in beef country. Many people like to go to Hy's Steak Café.

I prefer to eat at the Metropolitan Grill. They feature Triple-A Alberta Angus beef, the famous coconut shrimp martini, Gorgonzola wild mushroom veal scallopini and a molten chocolate souffle. On weekends they have music...now if I could only talk my husband into dancing with me!!!!

Any place in China Town serves greatfood. If you don't want to go to the trendy Italian Cafes go to Little Italy.

Other recommendations:
A Play At My Grandson's School
A Play At My Grandson's School
Alberta has no sales tax so you can shop until you drop!!!

There are Malls, boutique areas, trendy neighborhoods and specialty shops that are found in every area of the city.

The downtown shops are connected with Calgary's Plus 15 system - an indoor walkway allowing you to stay indoors throughout the downtown core.

Calgary's Eaton Centre, Toronto Dominion Square and the Scotia Centre are Malls that are conncected by indoor walkway system connects a five-block downtown shopping complex that includes: The Bay, Calgary Eaton Centre , the Toronto Dominion Square,
Bankers Hall, Scotia Centre and Penny Lane Mall.

17 th Avenue is a scenic neighborhood and upscale shopping district is just south of downtown and has 450 galleries, boutiques, cafes, bistros, bookstores and art galleries.

Stephen Avenue Walk is a National Historic District has over 1,000 shops and facilities including some of Calgary's finest restaurants and pubs.

Published on Monday August 28th, 2006


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Thu, Aug 31 2006 - 03:01 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Very good report!

Tue, Aug 29 2006 - 06:42 AM rating by marianne

Interesting personal account and very nice photos

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