48 hours in Calgary
It’s Alberta’s largest city and the perfect place to start your Canadian adventure. Set on the beautiful Bow River where the prairies meet the mountains, Calgary
is a city that is certainly easy on the eye. It also makes it a great destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors but still likes urban comfort to be close at hand. Here’s how to spend two days in C-Town.
BIKE THE CITY
Regardless of whether you’re here in summer or when there’s snow, hire a fat bike and explore the most extensive network of urban pathways and bikeways in North America during your first morning. Follow the Rotary/ Mattamay Greenway – at least for part of its 138-kilometre length – that goes right around the city and links parks, green spaces and the river. This is a city that’s also committed to public art, so be on the lookout as you're pedalling around.
DELICIOUS DISHES AND CRAFT CREATIONS
Hungry after all that activity? One of Calgary’s best restaurants, River Café, honours the finest seasonal Canadian ingredients with artistry and innovation. Its location on Prince’s Island on the Bow River only adds to the magic. When you’re done, it’s time to explore Calgary’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Don’t know where to start? Call the folks at Calgary Brewery Tours and get them to show you the most creative beverages in town.
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Don’t leave it too late to head out for dinner, because tonight you’re accompanying great food with a panoramic view at Sky 360 at the top of the Calgary Tower. Order a glass of champagne to sip as the sun sets then watch the city illuminating below as you sample the French-influenced menu.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
If you’re someone who becomes an expert on aerial skiing and the luge during the Winter Olympics, you should head straight to WinSport for a morning of pure adrenaline. During 1988, this was one of the venues for the Calgary Winter Games. Now visitors can go there to test their skills at year-round. In summer, try the zip line, bobsleigh or skyline luge. Winter activities include snowboarding, bobsleigh and tubing.
LOCAL HISTORY TIME
Get a taste of local history in the afternoon. During summer, there’s the chance to hire a car and head south to Bar U Ranch, a living museum, where you can find out what life was like for working cowboys in the Old West. Otherwise, in the heart of Calgary is Glenbow Museum, which presents the history, art and culture of western Canada.
SET OUT ON 17TH
Whether you want to do a little late afternoon shopping or are ready to hit the after-dark scene, 17th Avenue is the place to be. Wander along window shopping in the boutiques, then have a beer on the patio at Trolley 5. When hunger strikes, take a seat at the industrial-cool Model Milk. Once a dairy, this restaurant is now the place to try local and regional produce treated simply to showcase their incredible flavour. When you’re done, sample the local music scene at the Ship & Anchor or Morgan’s Pub. If cocktails at a speakeasy are more your style, find the hidden door to Betty Lou’s Library, where all the drinks are inspired by famous authors.
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