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!).
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
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2007
220-4307 130th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 3V8
Restaurant | "Rose And Crown"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2007
Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant
749 Railway Ave.
Attraction | "Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park"
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 and a gift shop as well.
I highly recommend picking up a map when you come into the zoo. This will help make sure you don't miss anything as the layout is not circular. The map also shows where there are washrooms and eating places. There is good signage throughout the zoo. The zoo is actually on both sides of the Bow River so you have to cross the bridge to get to all of the animals that are not native to North America. Be sure to take your camera and good walking shoes. We spent several hours there and could have spent longer. Both children and adults should find the zoo entertaining.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2007
Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park
1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta T2M 4R8
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 enter IKEA you grab a cart and take the elevator upstairs to start. There are many different rooms laid out to shop possible design/decorating ideas. Grab one of the many pencils/papers available and mark down where to find items you are interested in (each item will have a tag that includes the price and where you can find the item). Make sure you write down the locations of furniture as it will save you lots of time trying to figure it out later or having to go back to the other end of the store to get the number. Throughout the building there are several children's entertainment spots to keep them busy while you shop. Follow the arrows on the floor as the path is a winding one and you want to go with the flow of traffic to avoid accidents.
IKEA has a large amount of furniture, bedding, kitchen supplies, pillows, vases, pictures, etc, etc, etc from which to choose. Plan to spend several hours if you have never been to an Ikea. On the ground floor, just before the exit it a large area that has rows and rows of the boxed furniture that requires assembly. The check-out is a do -it- yourself packing system which has free tape/string/paper by the exit doors to wrap up any breakables.
It also has a catalog and you can order online. But be warned not all items can be purchased online and delivered. Ordering online also means you miss out on the experience of going to IKEA. Everyone I know loves going to IKEA so if you haven't been you are missing out.
8000 11 Street SE
Calgary, Alberta T2H 3B2
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2007
555 Saddledome Rise SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2W1
Attraction | "Banff Gondola"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2007
Sulpher Mountain Gondola Banff