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Through the eyes of a new Calgarian

16 Jun 2006  My new hometown
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

If I had three days to do anything I wanted in Calgary...

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Calgary, Banff National Park
  • Category: Wish list
  • Traveler type: Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer
  • 1. Calgary Tower
    Calgary Tower, Calgary, Alberta

    The Calgary Tower is the landmark of Calgary's city scape. It has a revolving restaurant at the top good for brunch and romantic evenings. The observation deck had a glass floor that may be intimitating to the feint hearted, but a thrill to all the rest. The view is grand, not only the city, but the Rocky Mountains to the west and the roaming praires to the north, east and south.

  • 2. Stephen Avenue

    The old main street of Calgary. A walking avenue borded on each side by restored historical buildings. Church bells ring every hour on the hour and music is played at the entrance of the avenue. Old show tunes, old movie favorites and the classics. In the summer there are street preformers, muscians, and all nature of artwork on display and for sale.

  • 3. Murrieta's Westcoast Grill

    Murrieta's is my number one choice for fine dining in downtown Calgary. It is located just off Stephen Ave in an old historical building, The Alberta Hotel Building. It has a very beautiful atmosphere and architecture. In the evenings there is a piano player, and a small dance floor. The food is fabulous and reasonably priced. This restaurant has it, history, entertainment, good food and great service.

  • 4. The Fairmount Palliser

    The pallisar is a classy hotel located in downtown Calgary. It is an older hotel residing in an old stone historical building. When you walk into the lobby, it is like going back in time, complete with old fashion and genuine service.

  • 5. Calgary Zoo
    The Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta

    The Calgary Zoo is a great place to spend an afternoon. It is well kept and has many different animals, including hippos, monkeys, tigers and more. The zoo gets very busy, and the best time to go is first thing in the morning. In the winter time the zoo is decorated with a massive Christmas Light display. It is best to go in the evening to get the full effect. The night comes with hot chocolate and there is always caroler's along the path.

  • 6. Prince's Island Park
    Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta

    Prince's Island Park is an island in the middle of the bow river located in downtown Calgary. It has paths for cycling, rollerblading and walking. There is also a duck reserve with a path where you can walk and find many pairs of unusual ducks. In the spring the park is decorated with many flowers along the path and an excellent view of the river and downtown Calgary. In the middle of the island there is a small restaurant called The River Cafe. It is a fine dinning restaurant with excellent food and a real Canadian menu. It is also a romantic spot to stop for a glass a wine on an evening stroll through the park. In the summer months Prince's Island Park hosts a number of festivals such as Folk Festival and Shakespeare in the Park.

  • 7. 4th Street SW

    4th Street SW a cute street in the Beltline of Calgary extending from 17th Ave to the Elbow River. It contains many small shops and restaurants, with many choices in cuisine. My favorites include The Latin Club, for their Latin American Menu, The Mercato for their great antipasto and Italian food, and Joyces on Fourth, for a really neat Irish pub.

  • 8. Canada Olympic Park
    WinSport, Calgary, Alberta

    In the winter Canada Olympic Park (or COP as the locals call it) is a place for downhill skiing, snowboarding and riding the luge track. All of which you can get lessons in. In the summer it is the hot spot for mountain biking and riding sleds down the luge track.

  • 9. Spruce Meadows
    Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta

    If you enjoy horses, equestrian or horse racing, Spruce Meadows is the place. It has beautiful grounds which are open to the public and if they desire their dogs too. You have free reign to visit the stables the park and of course the arena. Spruce Meadows hosts many international equestrian events every summer, which is a must see in Calgary. However, riding lessons are not available.

  • 10. Banff National Park
    Banff National Park

    Calgary is also a gateway to the mountains and Banff National Park. The park is less than an hour west of the city. Banff National park provides great sightseeing, hiking, fishing, and cycling in the summer. In the winter there is great skiing, both downhill and cross-country. There are several ski hills to choose from, ranging in price and distance from Calgary. I personally prefer Sunshine Village for downhill skiing and boarding. They almost always have awesome snow conditons and they do not make artificial snow, and you ride in a large windowed gondola to reach the ski hill from the parking area. From the gondola you see many different views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.