Capture the Spirit of Calgary



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Calgary is a youthful, energetic city with lots going on. If you’re lucky enough to have a weekend here, or just a few extra days tacked on to a business trip, here’s what to do to make sure you hit a little bit of everything that makes the city unique.

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Author: Jennifer


Day 1 - Calgary


Downtown Calgary is full of character, and it’s small enough that you can do your own walking tour and make it as long or short as you like. Begin on Stephen Ave., where you’ll find plenty of dining options for breakfast, brunch or morning coffees. While you walk the cobblestone street, you can explore art galleries, shops, historic buildings or the pubs, if that’s more your speed. Later, go to the top of the Calgary Tower for a panoramic view of the city - the jury’s still out on if the day view is better than the night. Wind up your tour in Chinatown and at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, an architectural tribute to the large international population in our city. Then go for dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants – there are simply too many choices for me to make a recommendation.


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Stephen Avenue Walk

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8 Avenue Southwest
T2P 1C2 Calgary, Canada

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tel: 403 215 1566 (Calgary Downtown Association.)
fax: +1 403 265 1932 (Tourist Information)
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Calgary Tower

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101 9th Avenue SW
9th Ave. and Centre St. SW
T2P 1J9 Calgary, Canada

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tel: 403 266 7171
fax: 403 266 7230
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Olympic Plaza

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228 8th Ave. SE
(Near City Hall)
T2N 1J9 Calgary, Canada

Contact:

tel: 403 263 8510
fax: +1 403 538 6111(Tourist Information)
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Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

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Location:

197 1st Street
T2P 4M4 Calgary, Canada

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tel: 403 262 5071
fax: 403 232 6387
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Day 2 - Calgary


As you meet the locals, you may find a common trend: We love the mountains, and many people here have relocated to be near them. So part of your tour in Calgary must include experiencing the outdoor activities that people here love. Luckily, you can do that right in the city, at Canadian Olympic Park. C.O.P. offers outdoor activities year-round, including bobsleigh rides in the winter and ziplining in the summer, for the more adventurous, and historical tours through the ’88 Olympics venues for the less adventurous. But the very best way to tap into the spirit of Calgary is to go see a Flames game. It’s incredible much Calgarians love their team, and the only way to really experience it for yourself is to see a game. Check the Flames website for tickets, or search other websites where people sell privately, such as craigslist.com or eBay. If you can’t get tickets, go watch a game anywhere on 17th Avenue. And never, ever, wear the colours of the opposing team on game night.


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Canada Olympic Park Bobsleigh Rides

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88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest
Canada Olympic Park
T3B 5R5 Calgary, Canada

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tel: 403 247 5452 (Park)
fax: +1 403 286 7313
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Canada Olympic Park Ski Hill

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Location:

88 Canada Olympic Park Rd. SW
T3B 5R5 Calgary, Canada

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tel: +1 403 247 5452
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Calgary Flames

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Location:

555 Saddledome Rise SE
(Pengrowth Saddledome)
T2G 2W1 Calgary, Canada

Contact:

tel: 403 777 0000
fax: 403 777 3695
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Day 3 - Calgary


Alberta is a farming province and we are proud of that. The Calgary Farmer’s Market is a great place to sample some of our home-grown products, and to spend the morning shopping, sampling, eating and enjoying the vibe of wholesome Albertans. Local favourites include Saskatoon berry pie, elk, bison and hand-crafted furniture.


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Calgary Farmer's Market

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Location:

510 77th Avenue SE
T2H 1C3 Calgary, Canada

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tel: 4(403) 240-9113
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