August 4, 2017

Visiting Calgary

Calgary Alberta! We had a couple days to explore there and it was nice! We flew into Calgary on Canada Day. Flying into Calgary on Canada Day in 2017 when the Canadians (eh!) are celebrating their 150th anniversary was both particularly exciting and a bit of a crowded nightmare, but I am convinced that Canada loves to party!

We flew out the day Calgary Stampede started where the city transforms itself into the Wild West! Lots to experience in Calgary. We used it as our gateway to get to the beautiful Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Yoho National Park.

Here are some of the best things to do in Calgary:

Prince's Island Park: Peace Bridge
This is where Canada Day was hosted. It is a beautiful area with walking paths, bike lanes, and gardens that hug the riverbank. To get across the river, there is a beautiful red bridge called The Peace Bridge. It is quite unique.

Stephen Avenue
My hotel lead right out to Stephen Avenue. It is a pedestrian only area that is surrounded by high rises and full of restaurants and bars. Quite a fun area.

Explore Art
Also a couple of steps away from my hotel was a beautiful building and the Wonderland sculpture. There are just other random art installations that draw your eye.

Canada Olympic Park
We were unable to do this on our trip, but there are some exciting thrill seeking activities here! It was built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. There are both summer and winter activities there. Looks like fun!

Get Around
We rented a car. I had heard that the public transport wasn't all that great (still don't know if it is true) and we were planning on travelling the the mountains. But Calgary is a beautiful pedestrian friendly city. It is also a great biking community and I would recommend it!

I had read that there were amazing city views at Nose Hill Park. I didn't really do that much research, but I was very surprised when I got there. It is a huge grassland and the views weren't really that great. I would not recommend it.

Thanks for a nice stay Calgary!

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