Local theater: Loose Moose
Though Calgary has several good theater companies (the big ones include: One Yellow Rabbit, Alberta Theater Projects, Vertigo Mystery Theater, etc.) my personal favorite for a fun and informal night out is The Loose Moose Theater Company. With everything from improv nights to original plays, they are usually hilarious and relaxed.
They present weekly performances in their theater, located on the 2nd Floor of the Crossroads Market - South West Entrance, 1235 - 26th Ave. S.E. Free parking on the west side of the building, with overflow parking on the east side. By public transit: Ogden #24 bus route.
Online tickets are sold up to 6 pm the day prior to a performance. Any remaining tickets will be available 'at the door'. All performances have assigned seating. Seats will be assigned in the order the tickets were booked.Related to:
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The Badlands -- Dinosaur Provincial Park
75 million years ago, this area was a lush, tropical environment, and attracted a large number of dinosaurs. The conditions here were also perfect for the preservation of their remains, and for forming large deposits of coal, gas, and oil.
The great rivers that flowed through the area at that time, deposited large amounts of mud and silt. The water from retreating glaciers eventually carved these deposits into beautiful rock formations and exposed colorful layers of silt. To date, about 150 complete skeletal dinosaur remains have been discovered, along with other valuable fossils.
There are self-guided hikes through the area, an interpretive centre, and campgrounds. The Royal Tyrrell Museum also runs a field Station here, with limited hours of public access.
The park has campgrounds, or you can find lodging in the town of Brooks, 30 min. south.
The establishment of the NorthWest Mounted Police fort in 1875 ws Calgary's beginning but the placement of the transcontinental Canadian Pacific lines thorugh here ensured the City's future. Multiple railines form the downtown's southern border and large parking structures actually cover the lines in a couple of places. From your parked car, you can witness the economic vitality of the nation pass beneath you. There is an exhibition to the importance of the rail line to both the City and Canda in the Palliser Hotel. CP has its headquarters here in Calgary as well.Related to:
- Historical Travel
CENTRE STREET BRIDGE
Much of Calgary's past was destroyed in the City's rapid late 20th century development - not unlike what happened in many other North American cities. One of the early political moves that Alberta's recently resigned premier , Ralph Klein, lend his weight to was an attempt to save some of Calgary's early 20th century legacy, which you can find here and there - Stephens Street, the Armory on the westend, and here at Centre Street Bridge. The bridge lays atop a series of graceful arches which span the Bow River immediately north of the Chinatown section of downtown, leading to northern sections of the City. Four grand towers grace the bridge entrances - two to the north and two to the south. The towers rise above the traffic below with old British lions growling from atop and Albertan buffalo peaking out from below.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
Visit Drumheller or the badlands
Horseshoe Canyon is a small glimpse of what the badlands look like. I shouldn't really say that because the picture and Horseshoe Canyon doesn't show the true wonder that is the badlands.
It's all about an hour to an hour and a half north east of Calgary. Bring your 30 SPSF
sunblock and some water.
Some day I will add some photos from the drumheller area.
Outdoor activities - classes from Introto Advanced
The University of Calgary has a great line-up of classes for all kinds of outdoor / indoor activites. Everything from swimming lessons and rock climbing to skydiving and hiking is available, depending on the season. They have all levels - from beginner to advanced. Check out their great list of activites and lessons online, or give the programs office a call!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Big Rock Brewery Factory Tour
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.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Our kids (adults too) liked the wave pools - There are two, one in the SW (2000 Southland Dr. SW) and on in the NE (2623 - 56 Street NE). The waves are turned on every 20 minutes or so. There are water slides as well. Great fun!
Cost in 2004 - $9 per adult, $5 per kid
web site: City of Calgary Southland websiteRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Water Sports
The Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royal Tyrrell Museum was established in 1985 as a world-class paleontology museum and research facility, located near the town of Drumheller, about 1 1/2 hours northeast of Calgary.
There are many exhibits of restored skeletal dinosaur remains and the museum also runs a variety of programs; you can go to a quarry and actually assist in excavating dinosaur bones. This place is worth the drive out from Calgary, and if you have children, they'll be entertained for hours.
If you wish to do the museum and Dinosaur Provincial Park (next tip), allow at least two days.
Directions:Take Highway 2 north of Calgary until Highway 72. Head east on 72, which will turn into Highway 9. Follow Highway 9 east, then north through Drumheller, and you will hit Midland Provincial Park. You will see a turn-off for Highway 838 on your left. Head west on 838, and you'll see the museum
Just discovered that it could be so cold and still, according to what they carry on the road, the people are building incredible things there.
-30° Celcius or Farenheit, just don't talk, don't open the mouth outside without taking the risk to get a frozen tongue !!!
Check out these websites
The following websites provide information on Calgary and travels in Canada.
(*** I find this to be the most comprehensive and helpful site)
www.dave-stephens.com (check out pix)
Sharrie's Things to Do Tip
Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988 & surpassed Montreal in 1995 with regard to the number of head offices it houses.
The city is divided 4 geographical segments:
1) North-west (NW); 2) North-east (NE); 3) South-west (SW) & 4) South-east (SE).
All city streets run north & south, all avenues run east & west.
CALGARY is the 2nd largest...
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Banff National Park is 138 km to the west while Edmonton is 294 km to the north. The best international gateway city to the Canadian Rockies.
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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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