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  • Elbow River Casino at 17th and McLeod
    Elbow River Casino at 17th and McLeod
    by penumbra
  • Waiting for our beer
    Waiting for our beer
    by BLewJay
  • Map of Calgary.
    Map of Calgary.
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    All that Glitters

    by penumbra Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    Elbow River Casino at 17th and McLeod

    No this isn’t La$ Vega$, or even Atlantic City. You probably wouldn’t travel to Calgary just to gamble at the casinos, but once you’re here, you might as well be aware that they’re available for an afternoon’s or evening’s entertainment. In the past, gambling was only available in one building for 10 days in July during Stampede. Now casinos have sprung up all over town, some operating 24/7. Typically, the casinos have a variety of table games (blackjack, roulette, poker, etc.) as well as an assortment of slot machines. In Alberta, all casinos are privately managed, but proceeds go to benefit a particular charity, whose volunteers work at the casino during the week. Calgary has five casinos:

    Elbow River Inn Casino
    1919 Macleod Trail SE
    (403) 266-4355

    Cash Casino
    4040 Blackfoot Trail SE
    (403) 287-1635

    Casino (ABS) Calgary
    1420 Meridian Road NE
    (403) 248-9467

    Century Casino
    1010 - 42 Ave SE
    (403) 243-3000

    Stampede Casino
    Big Four Building, Stampede Park
    (403) 261-0422


    Gambling problem? Please call 1-866-33AADAC (Alberta).

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    Big Rock Brewery Factory Tour

    by BLewJay Updated Oct 20, 2004
    Waiting for our beer

    I've been to Calgary numerous times (LJ also lived in Calgary), but we never had the opportunity to take the brewery tour until now. The Big Rock family of beers are awesome, so this was the perfect opportunity to try them all.

    Tours take place every Monday - Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (usually lasts an hour) and a knowledgeable host guides you through the entire facility explaining the art of brewing (e.g., cold filter brewing technique used at Big Rock that replaces pasteurization).

    After the tour was over, we went to the hospitality suite where we got to sample Big Rock ales (JackRabbit, Honey Brown, McNally's Extra and Black Amber)...now that's what I call customer satisfaction. Downstairs, there is a store where you can purchase shirts, glasses, etc.

    Since tours fill up fast, I would suggest that you book early. It cost $5.00/person, but it's well worth it (plus you get a signature Big Rock beer glass to take home). All tours meet at the Reception Building in the main foyer and you must be 18 years or older to participate.

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    • Budget Travel

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  • There is lots of excellent...

    by Anne-Marie_W Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There is lots of excellent shopping - maye not on the scale of Toronto.. but were getting there. Cool places:
    17th Ave SW
    Inglewood (second hand shops and antiques)
    Outlet Mall in the SW if your into that stuff
    Stephen Avenue (8th ave) at least good to watch people

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    There is an Olympic ski hill,...

    by wfox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There is an Olympic ski hill, so if you go in the winter months skiing and snow boarding are always an option.
    And as you are in the praries I suggest hitting up a ranch and going hourse back riding.

    China town in Calgary is small, but it does have a small historical building that you just can't miss down there. I truly suggest going down there and paying the $2 or $3 dollars and seeing all the asain and asian Canadian art, it is absolutely beautiful.

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