Calgary Journals

Calgary - the volunteer city

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A September 2002 trip to Calgary by Drever

Calgary Tower Photo, Calgary, Alberta More Photos
Quote: We had the opportunity to visit Calgary in September. It was our first visit to Canada so we didn't know quite what to expect. We found the people very warm and friendly. There was so much to see and do that we had a wonderful time.

Calgary - the volunteer city

Overview

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Calgary has a wonderful heritage though the city is only abour one and a half lifespans old. It is packed with culture parks, museums and zoos. There are some very good indoor shopping malls from Penny Lane to TD Square to Bankers Hall. The city’s largest shopping mall is the Chinook Centre. We really enjoyed visiting Devonian Gardens,Glenbow Museum and the Heritage Park. Quick Tips: A good tip is to have a breakfast in Calgary Tower. The restaurant on top revolves and you can see the whole city as you eat. It gives good photo opportunities.Best Way To Get Around: My way of exploring any town is to start by having a walk from the hotel. We stayed in the ...Read More

Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre

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Hotel | "The Sandman Hotel"

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Having just travelled from the UK where the clocks are seven hours ahead of the clocks in Alberta we needed a good uncomplicated hotel to give ourselves time to adjust. The tour company had chosen The Sandman Hotel which proved a good choice. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, attractions such as the Calgary Tower, Glenbow Museum, the Centre for Performing Arts and major shopping malls were just a short distance away. To make the situation even better a stop for the C-Train (Calgary's Light Rail Transit system) was just outside. There was a delay in getting our luggage up to the room for it was difficult for the bus to park. The room itself was a twin bedded room with sette, private bath...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre
888 7th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
403-237-8626

Fort Calgary Historic Park

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Fort Calgary Historic Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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The 65 Mounties of 'F' troop, clad in bright scarlet jackets, rode their horses in single file cautiously across the Bow River. The trek across the prairie from Ottawa had been arduous and it showed on their tired, dusty gaunt faces. They were acting on the direct order of Colonel James F. Macleod to set up a fort and stamp out the unscrupulous traders from the States, who peddled bad whisky to the First Nation’s people. The junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers was chosen. Some of the men commented, "It's a beautiful spot - it is unforgettable." The rivers and the silver mountains, the Rockies, to the westwards gave an imposing aspect to the site. Colonel MacLeod, called the fort ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2002

Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5
+1 403 290 1875

Getting to know Calgary

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Calgary Tower Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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I was struck with the way Calgary has the look of a modern-day "Dallas". In many respects this is what it is. Oil and banking money built its soaring Downtown skyscrapers. The oil riches had its origins in 1914 with the first successful oil well. Today Calgary is the oil capital of Canada. The grid system with Avenues running east west and Streets running north south is like New York. It makes it easy for us to find our way around. A light railway, which runs along 7th Avenue before branching out, saves on shoe leather. Travel inthe Downtown area is free on this service. The weather was in the high 20s when we were there but winter temperatures are often 25 degrees below and the golf...Read More

Museums and Parks

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Heritage Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta
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Canada has a short history but it is all on display, including the First Nation’s culture, in the many museums, culture parks and craft shops. The Canadian natives, skilled carvers, have examples of their art everywhere, including totem poles. The life of the early settlers, the work of the mountie, developing the oil industry and building the railroad are displayed for you in many exhibitions. Devonian Gardens is an extraordinary indoor garden. The climate-controlled garden features more than 138 varieties of greenery, including 16,000 Florida tropical plants and 4,000 local plants, flower-banked pathways and tree-decked plazas. Waterfalls, fountains, fish and turtles, as well as beau...Read More