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After the worst flooding in Alberta history in 2012, Calgary is on the mend. Calgarians are taking the opportunity to improve and reinvigorate their town, from the budding fine dining scene, to the food truck culture, craft beer renaissance, and new downtown bike lanes.
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698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P, Canada
A two minute walk from the bustle of downtown Calgary, Prince’s Island Park—which is surrounded by the Bow River—is home to festivals all summer long. The Calgary Folk Music Festival and 52,000 of its closest friends rock and/or folk out on the...
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The Bow, Calgary, AB T2G 0E3, Canada
Take a trip through the human psyche outside the iconic Bow Building in downtown Calgary, the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto. You can walk around and through the 12-meter wire sculpture of a woman’s head, and many visitors do. The...
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111 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z9, Canada
While you’re in Calgary, call upDecidedly Jazz Danceworks, one of the leading professional jazz dance companies anywhere, and head over for a drop-in dance class. DJD’s expert dance teachers welcome anyone of any age or experience level to come on...
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The Peace Bridge shows up on a bunch of lists of top public spaces. Designers love it, and so do pedestrians—about 6,000 people use it to get across the Bow River every day (and we think more than a few of them just walk back and forth because it’...
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25 Prince's Island, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1, Canada
River Café is a well-loved Calgary restaurant in the middle of Prince’s Island Park downtown. In the summer, enjoy the beautiful patio, or watch the leaves turn or snow fall from near the roaring fire inside. Regardless of the season, you will...
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1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4, Canada
The historical Plaza Theatre in Kensington has a full roster of flicks, classics to contemporary films and everything in between. They also host special events, such as a Wayne’s World 90’s Party with beer and live music before the movie. Party...
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5620 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T3K 2P6, Canada
As well as seeing the office towers to the south and the (slightly higher) Rocky Mountains to the west, you’ll see plenty of hawks, porcupines, and deer (as well as other running wildlife) on Nose Hill, one of the largest environmental parks in...
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750 5 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5B4, Canada
It’s a new take on an old favorite—a drive-in movie without the car. Instead of a car, you bring a blanket and settle in to watch a classic film on the side of one of the oldest buildings in Calgary, just east of downtown. And if not a movie, you’...
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1006 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0M4, Canada
Calgary’s Inglewood neighborhood has come a long way from its trading-post roots. Founded in 1875 as a commerce hub along the Bow and Elbow rivers, it emptied out as residents moved to the suburbs. Now it’s seeing a revival, with shops, galleries,...
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1429 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T4, Canada
This live blues bar in Inglewood is known for its great music and its Cajun menu. Come for dinner and stay for the show. But if you don’t want to pay the $15-25 cover fee, then it’s best to book a table early and enjoy the deep-fried pickles with...
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169 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 6B7, Canada
The world often thinks of Canada as the land that hockey built, but the truth is, Canada has a rich, diverse sports heritage that extends well beyond the stick and puck. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, established in 1955 and opened at its new...
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1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3, Canada
Heritage Park's antique steam train thunders through the Living Historical Village, giving the park a sense of place in time that deepens the experience for visitors young and old. History comes alive on two wheels at Heritage Park, though...
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220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary, AB T2E 5T2, Canada
Little scientists can’t wait to get into this brand new science center, with its climbing playground, indoor water park (complete with plastic shirts to keep the little ones somewhat dry), and a giant atrium, with hula hoops just waiting for...
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210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6, Canada
While few Calgarians were seriously injured during the flooding, the Calgary Zoo was relatively hard hit. It lost four peacocks (most of the flock of twelve evaded collection by staff sent to evacuate them) and a pot-bellied pig (it died from the...
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120 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3, Canada
Wander through downtown Calgary’s main shopping and dining street, Stephen Avenue Mall. Olympic Plaza—with a skating rink in the winter—is at the east end, and you’ll find plenty of great stores, public art, and patios toward the other end.
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1212 13 St SE #104, Calgary, AB T2G 5R3, Canada
This home of modern design is part gallery and part store. It’s full of innovative abstract art and functional contemporary decor such as John Greg Ball’s subsonic chair with built-in subwoofers, Eveline Kolijn’s sculptural installations, and...
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2429 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2, Canada
Enjoy a detoxifying facial and professional make-up application in this chandelier-illuminated contemporary parlor that’s somewhere between retro-chic boudoir and Victorian teatime. Whether you need your nails done or your hair styled for dinner,...
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1440 17a St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T9, Canada
Bow Habitat Station is an interactive educational facility designed to give visitors a hatchling-to-harvest experience with a guided tour, exhibits, aquariums, an interpretive wetland, and a discovery center (where kids love to crawl through the...
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197 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4M4, Canada
The Chinese Cultural Centre offers courses and programming for residents, but there's also a lot to see even if you're just passing through. The Dr. Henry Fok Hall was modeled after the Temple of the Sun in Beijing and has intricate paintings on...
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Broken City is the place for live music in Calgary. Since it opened in 2004, hundreds of bands have played here. The place bills itself as an arts and culture hub and seems to stand by that, offering all-ages matinee shows to engage young fans....