Calgary Journals

A weekend in Calgary

A November 2001 trip to Calgary by indigirl

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta More Photos
Quote: In two days in Calgary, we went to a CFL playoff game, visited the downtown areas and the Calgary Zoo.

A weekend in Calgary


Calgary from the Car Photo, Calgary, Alberta
The Calgary Zoo is small but beautifully built around a small river. I also enjoyed downtown Calgary as well... cute shops and restaurants and a nice pedestrian street.

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The light rail is clean and cheap - better than driving to many places!

Econo Lodge Motel Village

Hotel | "EconoLodge Motel Village"

Our room was outfitted with one full sized bed, a small table and chairs, a television, and a wardrobe/closet that jutted out into the room. Most puzzling were the two doors to the room; one to the interior hotel hallway, the other to the parking lot. Seems convenient, right? The parking lot door could not be effectively locked or unlocked from the outside and was really only useful for loading and unloading the car. The bathroom was angled and small, with a shower head that we both had to kneel to use effectively. It also didn't come with shampoo bottles, but rather small foil packets (similar to ketchup packets in fast food restaurants) that were too small to be of much use. The management ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

Econo Lodge Motel Village
2440 16 AVE NW
Calgary, Alberta T2M0M5

Days Inn Calgary Airport Photo, Calgary, Alberta
The Days Inn Calgary Airport is quite new and features a great indoor pool recreation area, complete with waterslide and hot-tub.

The rooms were quite nice, also, with the addition of mini-fridge and microwave, as well as a good sized television.

A decent breakfast is served in the common room in the mornings from 6-10am or something like that. We had good pastries and bagels and cereal.

They have a free airport taxi service, too, and the location is great; near a Tim Horton''s and McDonald''s.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Days Inn Calgary Airport
Calgary, Alberta T1Y7K7

Mother Tucker's


They have a fabulous brunch that includes a huge salad bar, omelette bar and pasta bar, plus many hot and cold entrees. The service was very friendly - the man cooking the omelettes was a hoot! Skip the desserts... they looked good but didn't taste so hot. Definately don't miss the omelette and pasta bar! Both were delicious and well made!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

Mother Tucker's
345 10th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A5
+1 403 262 5541

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park

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Attraction | "Calgary Zoo"

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta
The Calgary Zoo is small but well thought out, with great exhibits on dinosaurs, butterflies, and local wildlife. It had all the major zoo animals; elephants, giraffes, and more. Not up to par with the San Diego Zoo, but well done nonetheless. A major portion of the Zoo was under construction while we were there, but we were still able to enjoy the well-planned Canadian wildlife section with a beautiful path wandering through local vegetation. The Zoo is built over and around a small river, with two beautiful bridges connecting the two sides. Food concessions were pretty standard, and there was a small gift shop available for the standard souvenirs. The Zoo is easily accessible via light r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

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

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Attraction | "Smashed-In-Head Buffalo Jump"

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Photo, Alberta, Canada
Smashed-In-Head Buffalo Jump is a significant historic site in Southern Alberta, and it is located in one of the most beautiful sections of Alberta Plains. This cliff and interperative centre marks the location of one of the most used buffalo kill sites by native Canadians thousands of years ago. Tribes would herd buffalo through marked channels and drive them over this cliff, resulting in a mass hunt that could sustain whole tribes for entire winters. The interperative centre was well-thought out and very educational without being overwhelming. Admission cost $12 for each adult and free parking was plentiful. Allow an hour, plus additional time on the hiking trails, if you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2002

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Highway 785 18 Kms North & West Of Fort Macleod
(403) 553-2731