Calgary

 

 

This page brought to you by Alistair's good friend Cody.

Figure I gotta have a cowboy to do cowtown.

 

Cody at the Western Heritage Centre

Cochrane, Alberta

Calgary - "Well howdy there pardner!" Welcome to me and Alistair's hometown. Now if you ain't heard about our fine city just gather around the wagon and I'll spin you a tale.

Now Calgary ain't like any other city I know. In July we all go hogwild and have ourselves the greatest outdoor show on earth. It's called the Calgary Stampede and we got chuckwagon races, all sorts of rodeo stuff and everybody dresses like a cowboy for 10 days. The standard costume is cowboy boots, jeans, western shirt and tie and of course a cowboy hat. Stores and buildings are decorated and we have free pancake breakfasts all over the place for all 10 days. There's square dancin in the streets and cowboy music is everywhere.

Now Alistair says I should make this here page look like the others, but then again it's my page, then again I gotta live with the guy, then again I am the guest host of this here page.

Now yah'll wanna have a good time right? You check out these here spots and I'm purdy shur you'll have yourself some fun.

Purdy darn good spots to go to (click on the place for lots of good info):

Calgary Stampede

(July 9-18, 1999)

Heritage Park

(My pic for best place. Lots a famous folk filmed here too like John Cusack, Richard Gere, John Goodman and even Clint Black)

The Calgary Zoo

(One of the best and we gots dinosaurs here too)

The Calgary Tower

(Good views from up top)

Fort Calgary

(Where it all started)

Canada Olympic Park

(We had the 1988 Winter Olympics here)

Olympic Oval

(At the university, you can rent skates)

Eau Claire Market

(Movie theatres, Imax, market, park, lots of restaurants, galleries)

Other good spots if you want cheap, few tourists and you got extra time in town. I've also linked to the associated websites:

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Lakes 'n Parks| Shop'n| Museums|

Scenic Vistas|Ghosts|

Eatin| Sleepin

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Lakes and Parks

Sicome Lake (July 1- Aug 30) For swimming and sun bathing. Located at the southend of Fish Creek Park. Better than you would expect for inside the city.

Riley Park - Best wading pool. If you have children under 9 it's the best wading pool I've ever been to.

Bowness Park - North West not far from the #1 highway. It's got a lagoon and you can hire canoes. Some of my strange friends have fallen overboard on a few occasions. There's a mini golf here but a better one is at Canada Olympic Park.

Carburn Park - South east in the community of Riverbend. Nice walk around the lake takes about an hour. You can fish in the Bow River and there's lots of playground equipment.

Fish Creek Park - For hiking. I think it's about 25 miles long but do as much as you like. It's a provincial park right inside the city.

If I ain't listed enough parks here's the whole dang list:

Whole dang list

Shop'n

17th Ave SW- (from 5st to 14 st). Lots of galleries and shops and restaurants. Good place to wander around on an afternoon.

9th Ave SE (Inglewood) from Fort Calgary heading east. This is antique shop avenue for you great antique hunters.

T.D. Square (From the Bay to Eatons). Lots of shopping and check out the Devonian Gardens on the 4th floor. They are large yet well hidden so you might have to ask someone inside the mall.

Bragg Creek - 40 Km west of Calgary on hwy 22X. Great little shops to browse and some nice places to eat. Make sure you check out Elbow Falls (just past Bragg Creek on hwy 22). Allow 2 hours.

Museums

Aero Space Museum - NW out towards the airport

Glenbow Museum (downtown)

Naval Museum of Alberta - SW off Crowchild Tr

Museum of the Regiments - SW off Crowchild Tr

Firefighters Museum - 4124 11th St. S.E. - (hours Wed-Sat 10-5 and Sun noon-5 till Sept 6th).

Calgary Science Centre and Planetarium - Near downtown

Calgary Police Service Interpretive Centre and Archives -Downtown

The Nickle Arts Museum - Up at the University so good C-Train access

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre - Downtown

Canadian Western Natural Gas (now Atco) - 909 11 Av SW (hours Mon-Fri 8-4:30)

Energeum - 640 5 Av SW (hours Mon-Fri 10:30-4:30). Allow 1 hour. Downtown

 

Scenic Vistas

Crescent Hill - Best view of the city and downtown. Take Centre St from downtown and take a left at the top and just find your way to the edge of the hill. Parking and benches available. Bring your camera.

Scotchmans Hill - Overlooks the Stampede Grounds. Great spot for fireworks viewing if you're here during Stampede. Bring a blanket to sit on. Also good for photos anytime.

 

BOO!

The Deane House - (It's a restaurant next to Fort Calgary)

The Palace - (Nightclub, used to be a movie theatre. I played with the ghost here in 1980). Downtown on Stephen Ave.

The Canmore Opera House - Heritage Park

The Prince House - Heritage Park

Sam Livingstone House - Heritage Park

The Banff Springs Hotel - Banff (1.5 hours west of Calgary)

The Kilmorey Lodge - Waterton (3 hours south of Calgary)

EATIN

(it's Calgary eat western)

Western:

Montana's - My favourite. Westhills or Crowfoot Crossing

Buzzard's Cowboy Cuisine - 10 Ave and 1st Street S.E.

Coyote Grill - 1411 17 Av SW

OutWest - Eau Claire Market (designed by the Oscar nominated film set designer of Unforgiven and Legends of the Fall

Here's a few of my non-western favourites

Le Picola - Italian (Excellent). Avenida Mall off Macleod Tr.

Il Chianti - Italian (Very Good). Edmonton Trail and 22 Ave N.E.

The Unicorn - Irish (Dwnstrs 304 - 8 Ave S.W.)

Inn On Lake Bonavista -International, nice location on the lake.

747 Lake Bonavista Dr. S.E.

Caeser's - Steakhouse (home of the world famous "Ceaser"). It's clamato juice, vodka, spices and a stick of celery). 2 locations. 10816 Macleod Tr. S or 512 4 Ave S.W. (downtown)

Hy's - Steakhouse (Most famous steak in town). 316 4th Av SW

Rockin Robin's Diner - 50's diner. 6999 11 St SE next to Irene Besse's

Peter's Drive In - A Calgary classic. Voted best hamburger in Canada. Largest portion of fries and home made milk shakes. It's a Calgary tradition. !6 Av NE turn right off Centre St and it's on your right in a few blocks. Picnic tables or eat in your car.

Sleepin

I live here so I don't spend time in hotels. Here are a few that are well located and look good.

B&B's

Ripley Ridge Manor (Nice view but you need a car)

Calgary Westways Guest House (Good location)

Inglewood Bed & Breakfast (20 min walk to downtown)

Hot Tub Haven - Sounds like my house so it must be good

Hilltop Ranch - I can't stay here cuz I'm allergic to horses. Looks fun though. You need a car and it's about 20 minutes to Calgary

Hotels

Check this link for a list of hotels

 

Last updated 990710

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