Calgary Journals

A Week in Calgary

A March 2007 trip to Calgary by Sask99

Quote: A week of fun in Calgary. We went to the Calgary Flames, Banff, the Calgary Zoo, and shopping (IKEA!).
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Melissa's is a favourite of locals and seemingly for good reason. They open at 7am daily and serve a wide variety of food and beverages. We arrived in the late morning and since the breakfast menu is available until 11:30 some of our group had breakfast. You can get a reasonably priced toast/eggs/bacon combo for around $6 or go a little more upscale for the crab and asparagus omelet (around $8 and excellent). The lunch menu expands into a variety of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, etc. My margarita was a little less frozen than I like but tasty none the less. The big breakfast was enough to feed an adult and a couple of small children. The chicken wrap was very good - although I was surprised it was serve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Melissa's Restaurant and Bar
218 Lynx St
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 462 5511

Boston Pizza

Restaurant

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As a rule we like to go to Boston Pizza, although I wouldn't select the "South Trail" location again. In general Boston Pizza serves good American-style food including pizza, pasta, and various sandwiches. Our favourites include the Santa Fe Stromboli, the Chicken Ciabatta, and the Boston Brute. On this visit, however, they were out of ciabatta buns, which we didn't find out until around 15 minutes after we had ordered. Since our guest was on her dinner break this left little time to choose a substitution. The waitress suggested a substitution of toast which we chose for hopefully a speedier service. (It turned out to be regular bread not Texas toast which was not a good choice.) We were not offered a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2007

Boston Pizza
220-4307 130th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 3V8
(403) 257-6661

Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Rose And Crown"

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The Rose and Crown is a British pub on one side and a restaurant on the other. The restaurant was clean and the staff was very pleasant. The only drawback was parking; they have a small lot and, since the pub was quite full, it was hard to find a spot.The menu has your traditional British items such as fish and chips (the fish was very fresh and highly recommended), bangers and mash, and steak and kidney pie. There were also regular items such as burgers and riblets on the menu. The childrens menu had very reasonably priced items (burger and fries for $6) that came with free pop. The restaurant had a very relaxing atmosphere and real wood decor. The pub had TV's, pool, and darts for en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2007

Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant
749 Railway Ave.
Canmore, Alberta
(403) 678-5168

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park

Attraction | "Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park"

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You can't go to Calgary without going to the zoo. It is easy to find as there are many signs on the road telling you where to turn. There is also conveniently close public transit and LRT. The zoo is open year-round from 9am to 5pm daily. We went in March so it was a little chilly, although it is $1 cheaper than in the summer. There are some indoor exhibits that you can warm up in between the outdoor animal enclosures. If you can go in the summer it is probably preferred as there were a few animals that don't brave the Canadian winters. There are typical zoo animals such as bears, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. The zoo also has a prehistoric park and a botanical gardens. There are food services a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park
1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta T2M 4R8
(800) 588-9993

IKEA

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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IKEA is IKEA. What can I say. IKEA is the same no matter which one you go to, which is one of the great things about it. IKEA is great, and if you have never been you must go. It is a store with a variety of home furnishings and decorations, of which most are fairly simple and basic. This means that they shouldn't go out of style. Most items are fairly inexpensive which makes this place great for students and people just starting out. Some of the wall hanging and pictures are a little more pricey for the better ones, but well worth the price. The Calgary IKEA is in the Southeast part of the city, located conveniently right off the Deerfoot (#2 highway). There is ample parking. When you ente...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

IKEA
8000 11 Street SE
Calgary, Alberta T2H 3B2
(403) 273-4338

Calgary Flames

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While in Calgary, we attended two Calgary Flames hockey games. The Flames play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE Calgary). There is some parking around the stadium and public transit nearby as well. For the game against Detroit, we had seats in the first row on the second level. These are great seats as there is no one in front of you to block your view and you are still close enough to be able to just read the names on the backs of the players jerseys.The second game, we had box seats, but they were the higher level boxes so the view wasn't as good. Having box seats does give you the privilege of an outside elevator, taking you right up to the box level.At...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2007

Calgary Flames
555 Saddledome Rise SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1
(403) 777-0000

Sulpher Mountain Gondola Banff

Attraction | "Banff Gondola"

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The Banff Gondola is located at Sulphur Mountain, which is about 5 minutes from downtown Banff. The eight-minute ride to the top gives a breathtaking view of the area. It is not cheap—about $20 each—so in summer, many people hike to the top of the mountain. The upper terminal at the top of Sulphur mountain houses a gift shop, restaurant, and the observation deck. The restaurant has good food and nice views. The observation deck gives you the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel, and some wildlife, if you are lucky. Be careful in the winter as the deck can be slippery.At the gondola exit, there is a deck that leads to some hiking trails. One tr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2007

Sulpher Mountain Gondola Banff
Sulpher Mountain
Calgary, Alberta