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    Calgary and its Sister Cities

    by scottishvisitor Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Calgary is also known by other names such as Cow Town - The Stampede City - The Heart of the New West and its most modern one of C-Spot. Her sister cities are Phoenix Arizona 1997 - Taejeon South Korea 1996 - Naucalpon Mexico 1994 - Beijing China 1985 -Jaupur India 1973 and Quebec Canada 1956 - the city is in good company

    Fondest memory: I liked Calgary with its old and new architecture and its vibrant atmosphere. A very pleasant and walkable city

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    Designed by Children for Children

    by penumbra Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It’s not a tourist attraction, but if you’re driving along Shaganappi Trail and see a building that looks like it might be an amusement park constructed with giant children’s blocks, then you’ve come across the new Alberta’s Children’s Hospital . Originally, the architects proposed a standard brick building, but when the kids were allowed to make some revisions, the building took on a more interesting style. The novel design is intended to reduce stress and promote healing. I know it works for me. Even after watching the building being built for several years I can’t help but smile when I drive by.

    Address: 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW

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    Homes of the Rich, if not Famous

    by penumbra Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Mount Royal

    Favorite thing: I’m a fan of architecture. You’ll notice that most of my pictures are either buildings or landscapes. You’ve probably seen pictures of Calgary’s downtown skyscrapers, but what you may not know is that we also have a large variety of house designs. Some of the most interesting designs are in neighborhoods just south of downtown: Mount Royal, Elbow Park, Britannia. These are old neighborhoods but they have always been considered exclusive neighborhoods. You’ll see new construction and newly renovated and you’ll always see well maintained. Guaranteed to generate more than one “Look at that”.

    Fondest memory: For best results explore South of Royal Ave, East of 14th St, North of 50th Ave and West of 4th St.

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    9am first Friday in July...

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Jan 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 9am first Friday in July downtown Calgary Parade. Cowboys on horses: Indians on horses; Mounties on horses, and more horses. Take your camera.
    Fort Calgary is well worth a visit.

    Fondest memory: Pam Cumberland's cooking. And I did like the beer.{This is from a Scot} 'YAHOO!' The Stampede is a must see for an all day & night out. 'YAHOO!' Have fun again this year Calgary.
    The museum at Fort Calgary is fun.

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    I didn't really see much of...

    by ABL1958 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I didn't really see much of Calgary, other than what one sees from the airplane as one comes down for a landing. What impressed me most about the city was the broadness of it. It goes on for miles. The heart of the city centers around tall skyscrapers and is then surrounded by miles of suburban landscape. Beyond that is the prairie that leads up to the Rockies, my destination.

    Fondest memory: Calgary was only my starting point on this trip, the beginning of my experiencing the Rockies. And that experience is unforgettable. I'll enclose pictures because they speak to the beauty far better than my words can. Feel free to ask me questions as well.
    An interesting site with interactive maps of the area: http://www.ccvb.pair.com/flash/downtowncalgary.htm

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    A lack of entertainment should...

    by Navihawk Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A lack of entertainment should never be a problem in Calgary. Even though its known more for its sense of bawdy adventure than refined good taste, theres still an activity to get anyones blood pumping.

    As soon as you mention Calgary, most people immed iately think of the noise, dust and excitement of the Calgary Stampede, but there is much more to the city. From the world-renowned sports facilities to over 4,000 restaurants of every nationality and culinary discipline imaginable to a vibrant performin g arts community, Calgary provides enough entertainment choices to stave off any sort of boredom.

    Sports

    The Saddledomeand McMahon Stadium are Calgarys two largest sports venues, and are home to the Calgary Stampeders Canadian Football League team and Calgary Flames NHL hockey team. For a unique football experience, drop by McMahon Stadium on any chilly autumn Sunday to see rabid fans, wearing nothing but bathing suits and body paint, as they cheer the Stampeders on amidst driving sleet and h ail. Impervious to cold, such hardcore cheering squads often brave -10 Celsius weather, and fueled by a healthy supply of cheap domestic beer, will remain outside for the three hour duration of the game.

    Outdoor Activities

    When visiting the city during the winter, a trip to one of Banffs ski hills is a mandatory part of the Calgary experience. Lake Louise, Sunshine Valley and Mount Norquay are three luxurious resorts with some of the highest ski lifts in North America and accommodations to rival the best of Europe.

    If you want to get some skiing done, but don't have two ho urs to drive to Banff, Canada Olympic Park, site of many of the events in the 1988 Olympics, is located about five minutes from downtown and features several lifts and lots of artificial snow. For a real adrenaline rush, watch the nordic ski jumpers as t hey launch themselves off the 90-meter ski jump and float hundreds of feet through the air.
    For a more relaxed skiing experience, Wintergreen Ski Area lies just outside the rustic hamlet of Bragg Creek, a 40-minute drive from downtown. With several smal l lifts and a network of cross-country ski trails, it is ideal for the naturalist or beginner skier.

    In the summer, horseback riding and cycling are the best ways to explore the forests and mountains of the parks surrounding the city, and guided tours ar e available in Kananaskis Country to the west of the city, as well as in and around the city itself. For those looking for a more leisurely adventure, canoes and drift boats can be rented for a pleasant float down the Bow River.

    Theater and Comedy

    Theater groups include the One Yellow Rabbit Theater, which is famous for its entertaining and controversial skits, and the Loose Moose Theater, renowned for its hilarious improvisational sessions. Yuk Yuks Comedy Club patrons are known to laugh themselves to exhaustion while being entertained by Canadas premier stand-up comics.

    For large theatrical productions, the Calgary Center for Performing Arts has five venues scattered throughout the city, ranging from the 1,800-seat Jack Senger Concert Hall to th e 180-seat Big Secret Theater.

    Shopping

    Shopping in Calgary is easy. There are about a dozen shopping areas in the city, each unique in character, price and merchandise. 17th Avenue is lined with trendy clothing and jewelry shops, Kensington Village c aters to the artistic and international crowd, Downtown is home to both Bankers Hall and Stephen Avenue Walk, and Eau Clair Market is a showpiece of independent small business. Englewood and Marda Loop areas cater to the more eclectic shoppers with vint age galleries and unusual import shops, and Macleod Trail boasts a selection of hundreds of discount warehouses and huge shopping centers.

    Cinema

    Calgary has a plethora of mainstream and alternative cinema choices for the discriminating moviegoer. Cineplex Odeon theaters are scattered throughout the city, and every major shopping center has a cinema hidden in it somewhere. The Eau Clair Market Imax presents stunning documentaries and feature films on its four-story-high screen, while the Coliseum shows Hollywood movies on a huge wraparound screen. The Plaza and Uptown Theaters are stanchions of the local independent film community, with art films, special presentations and premiers of locally produced movies.

    Calgary Stampede

    The Calgary Stampede is undoubtably Calgarys biggest event, and claims to be the largest festival in Western Canada. Half a million people pour into the city to watch the bull and bronco riding, chuckwagon races, and receive a heaping dose of cowboy culture. If you intend to v isit Calgary July 11-17, 2000, make sure to reserve your hotel ticket early, as everything will be booked solid during Stampede Week.

    Concerts and Music

    Calgary plays host to most North American rock and pop tours with a steady stream of concert dates throughout the year. The Palace and Back Alley nightclubs also feature classic and up and coming rock performers, while alternative and rave music can be found in the Republik and Night Gallery clubs. Jazz and Blues fans will be delighted by the Calgary Jazz Festival, which will feature acts by Johnny Lang and Holly Cole in 2000.

    Afficionados of classical music will enjoy the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs on a regular basis at events throughout the city.

    Museums and Interpretive Sites

    For explorers young and old, Calgary has a wealth of museums and exhibitions, including the Glenbow Museum, the futuristic Calgary Science Center, and Heritage Park. The Calgary Zoo showcases flora and fauna from every corner of the globe, while a n hours drive from Calgary in the town of Drumheller, the Royal Tyrrell Museum will astound and fascinate dinosaur lovers and naturalists with one of North Americas largest dinosaur skeleton collections, as well as one of the eight complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever discovered.

    Fondest memory: The Chinook is quite a wonderful experience. And this happens within a few minutes, hours, etc. It could be -20 celsius and then it could go up to +20 in the afternoon with no warning. Now, that aint too bad a reason to live here.

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    OPEN COUNTRY

    by Simonneeddy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Ranch

    Favorite thing: See the open country at the North West End of the city. In this picture taken from the rear veranda of my daughter's house we could see horses in the field which was still a part of a ranch. This was on our second visit. Today it probably all built up with houses and streets

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    North West End

    by Simonneeddy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Calgary Skyline

    Favorite thing: Visit all the city.We lived in the North west end and enjoyed shopping in the big shopping centre there. Also we were close to the main highway leading to Banff etc. This is a picture of the Skyline of Calgary from where we stayed.

    Fondest memory: We miss the dry climate and the mild winters

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    by trip_rmn Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: The best place to go for nachos and beer has to be the Stadium Keg, located just across the Foothills Hospital on Uxbridge Drive and the corner of 16 Ave. N.W.. Asides from that, there is a nice patio and the interior design is nice.

    Fondest memory: The chinook winds. In the winter there can be temperature differences of up to 30°C! Sometimes there are cold spells, where the temperature remains below -25°C for over a week! Then, when the warm air masses cross the Rocky Mountains the temperature rises to 0°C. It really feels like summer!

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  • Visit Mario's, it's small,...

    by MichaelBeech Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Visit Mario's, it's small, it's out of the way and you'll have to look for it, it's in a strange location, but has some of the best food on the planet.

    Fondest memory: Being from New England, the 'cowboy' buzz of the Stampede as we cycled through town was pretty wild.

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    by chaack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Calgary is the shopping. I lived in Canmore, just outside of Calgary in the Rocky Mountains, one summer, and being a prairie girl used to open spaces I would take a day and go to Calgary just to see the open spaces and visit the mall. Calgary has really grown over the past few years, and as I and my boyfriend have family in Calgary we like to go whenever we can.

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    Go for a ride on the slides

    by Simonneeddy Updated Oct 3, 2002

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    Slides on the hill

    Favorite thing: I doubt they are still there now. If they are go for a ride on the slides on the mountain side you see in the distance.We did and had fun. (of course they may have been removed by Urbain sprawl.)

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    Same house different view

    by Simonneeddy Updated Sep 19, 2002

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    Daughter's home

    Favorite thing: Same house different view. They eventually sold this one and bought another one. He worked for the company that buil homes at that time.

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    Visit the beautiful homes

    by Simonneeddy Updated Sep 19, 2002

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    Daughter's home

    Favorite thing: Visit some of the beautiful homes . This was my daughters new home ( and 3rd one) built for them after my second visit. A Home with a mountain view.

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    TOWN HOUSES

    by Simonneeddy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Town Houses

    Favorite thing: Visit the area in the North West end where we stayed on our first visit. This is a picture of the TOWN Houses where we stayed. My son-in-law soon bought his own home not far from here.

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