General city Information, Calgary
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
4040 Blackfoot Trail SE
Casino (ABS) Calgary
1420 Meridian Road NE
1010 - 42 Ave SE
Big Four Building, Stampede Park
Gambling problem? Please call 1-866-33AADAC (Alberta).
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.
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
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.