Ranching played a large part in Calgary's development, and so many Calgarians are proud of the city's western heritage. Calgary's nickname is "Cowtown", but it doens't live up to it unless you count the requisite country and western radio station, and two bars called "Cowboys" and "The Ranchman's".
Ranching and western heritage may be responsible for the fact that you can wear jeans to almost any function anywhere, though as Calgary keeps growing and becoming a major world business centre, this practice seems to be declining.
However, cowboy culture is no more apparent than at Stampede time, where everyone seems to don any one of, or all of the following: Jeans, cowboy hat, boots, neck kerchief, or bolo tie. Also, you'll notice some guy wandering down Stephen Avenue Mall screaming, "Yahooooooo!"
I am not into western culture or country and western music, but when Stampede rolls around, hey why fight em? Join em! And, for 10 days, jeans are accepted attire for anywhere you go.
This is something I found at the EAU CLAIRE MARKET but unfortunately was unable to bring home. The reason? I've ran out of space for all things wonderful from around the world! Guess what, I need a new house (yeah, house, not an apartment, if I were to collect all these interesting items from everywhere I visited!)!
OK, this may not be what everyone deems as culture, but in the broader sense... Yeah, I'm splitting hairs here, but this is the only way to get this on my front page. The point is, The Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup this year!!!! It was a great game and uh, well, so was the party!!!!!
Greet people with a smile. Were Canadian, so were all pretty nice. Just let people know if your lost, they'll usually help. Tipping is usually the G.S.T. value on the bill X2. (14% of the bill). Bring a debit or interact card, you dont really need to carry much cash anywhere. Were a Euro-Asian city.
Just because Calgary is in a ranching province and hosts the stampede rodeo every year don't assume that we're all cowboys! In Calgary city folk are most definitly city folk so don't be surprised if we aren't all wearing cowboy hats!
P.S. We can always tell who is a tourist in Calgary by the way they pronounce our city name. Everyone new to Calgary pronounces it 'CAL-GAAR-Y'. Everyone who lives here pronounces it 'CAL-GRY' as in we drop the sound of the A. :)
Distances are great, it's a BIG Country.
This is where I'm from
No cultural tips to offer. Just make sure you hit the spots you want to see before the tour buses arrive.
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