Being on a tight budget isn’t a bad thing: It means you have time to relax and spend time taking in the atmosphere, which is always a good thing when you’re on vacation. And Calgary is a fantastic city to do just that. Here are four full, and inexpensive, days to spend in the city.
Day 1 - Calgary
1st Street South East
T2P 2M5 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 263 8510 (Tourist information)
fax: +1 403 538 6111(Tourist Information)
Day 2 - Calgary
In the downtown core, there are several places you can walk through for free, and at your leisure. These include Stephen Ave., the Devonian Gardens and Art Central Calgary, where you can explore the more creative vibe of the city (without having to buy anything!). All three of these venues are in the same area downtown, and are also surrounded by several restaurants with windows where you can spend your daily budget on one glass of wine and watch the people go by outside.
8 Avenue Southwest
T2P 1C2 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 215 1566 (Calgary Downtown Association.)
fax: +1 403 265 1932 (Tourist Information)
317-7th Avenue SW
Level 4, Toronto Dominion Square
T2P 2Y9 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 268 3830 / 403 268 5207
fax: +1 403 538 6111 (Tourist Information)
100 7th Ave SW
T2P 0W4 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 543 9600
fax: 403 543 9603
Day 3 - Calgary
Same budget, different venue. Today you’ll head to 17th Avenue, which is not far from downtown, but features the funkier side of the city as opposed to corporate downtown. And 17th Avenue is another great street to walk around, explore the diverse shops, restaurants and pubs, window shop and observe.
The Ship and Anchor is a lively pub along this street that still offers cheap, quality food and a spot on the busy patio, if you’re lucky, to watch people go by.
Or, the Purple Perk on 4th St. is another venue where you can get healthy food at coffee shop prices and a spot to sit outside, or by the window.
T2T 0A7 Calgary, Canada
2212 4 St. S.W.
534 17th Avenue South West
T2S 0B1 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 245 3333
fax: 403 244 6055
Day 4 - Calgary
For all your inexpensive big screen entertainment needs, Calgary has several independent movie theatres that run documentaries and independent films. The Globe and the Uptown are both downtown and offer discounted rates for matinees and Tuesday shows. They also have student discounts all the time. Check their website for showings.
617 8th Avenue Southwest
T2P 1H1 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 262 3309 / 403 262 3308 (Infoline)
fax: 403 262 6051
612-8th Avenue Southwest
T2P 1G4 Calgary, Canada
tel: 403 265 0120
fax: 403 265 0165