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Calgary Alberta

Calgary... With a population of just over 1,000,000 people in 2007, Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, and one of the largest in the country. As the location of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary has become a haven for winter sport athletes. This feature is only made stronger by its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, home to some of the best Alpine skiing and snowboarding in the world. Economically, the city relies heavily on the oil industry, but also support one of the fastest growing technology sectors in Canada. More recently, agriculture and tourism play an increasingly important role in the city’s growing economy. Most recently, a 2007 Forbes Magazine study ranked Calgary as the world’s cleanest city.

It's the home of the Rockies, the famous Calgary Stampede, and is the fastest growing business sector in Canada.

HISTORY

Archeological evidence suggests that the area now known as Calgary has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years. First visited by European explorers in the late 1700s, it would be almost 100 years before any would settle here. In 1873, John Glenn was attracted to the agricultural potential and moved his family to the Fish Creek area in what is now south Calgary. Glenn began trading, and built a rest stop and trading post on the site.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police established a base in the region in the early 1870s, and by 1876 the area became known as Fort Calgary. The name came from Scottish Lieutenant Colonel James Farquharson Macleod, and means Beach of the Pasture.

In 1883 the Canadian Pacific Railway connected Fort Calgary with the rest of the growing nation. The population grew and began building its commercial prospects. One year later the town of Calgary was incorporated, and continued to attract residents. The town of Calgary became a city ten years later, in 1894.

Hints of an even brighter future came when oil was discovered in Alberta in 1902, and over the next few decades Calgary found itself at the centre of a growing oil boom. The result was an increase in all industries, from construction to entertainment.

Calgary’s growth and potential made it an ideal setting for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and has since developed a budding sports industry, with one of the finest sport therapy departments in the nation (at the University of Calgary). The large area covered by the city also provides one of the largest recreational pathway systems in North America, ideal for walking, cycling and inline skating.

The downtown grew at pace with the population, seeing more than 1,000,000 residents enjoying Calgary life by the early years of the new millennium.

Recently, industry has diversified, seeing a general increase in the energy sector, with much more rapid growth in technology, tourism and entertainment, attracting major productions fro Jackie Chan to Brad Pitt. The city proudly supports a growing theatre scene, with many award winning companies staging a variety of productions. Annual events such as the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary International Film Festival, the Fringe Festival and Summerstock attract millions of visitors every year. Calgary is also home to many historic sights attractions, such as the largest museum in Western Canada (the Glenbow Museum).

ATTRACTIONS

Architecture

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

This uniquely Chinese structure houses offices and shops importing Asian collectibles, from weapons to clothing. Modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is among the largest cultural centers in the nation. 197 - 1st Street SW

Calgary Tower

One of the tallest freestanding structures in North America, the 190 meter high Calgary Tower opened in 1968 as the Husky Tower. At the top is a revolving restaurant, an observation deck and an impressive, but somewhat unsettling glass floor looking down 525 feet to the street below. According to the official site, each pane in the floor can hold the weight of two adult hippos. In 1988, a flame was added to the top of the tower to commemorate the opening of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Today the flame is lit for special occasions. 9th Ave SW Calgary AB

Centre Street Bridge

Built in 1906, the bridge has since been developed and renovated, and is well known for its large guardian lions. Centre Street North

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

The historic Palliser Hotel in downtown Calgary is one of the finest destinations in the city. Opened in 1914, was originally connected to the CP Railway station. It has since been expanded, at one time becoming the tallest building in the city. The modern hotel boasts several of the finest dining establishments in Calgary. 9th Ave SW Calgary AB

Petro-Canada Centre

The tallest freestanding office and commercial center in Canada, towering 705 feet above 6th Ave. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the fastest elevator in the city. 150 - 6th Ave SW

Communities

Chinatown, Calgary

The second largest Chinatown in the country, dating to 1910. Chinatown, Calgary offers several unique import shops, from collectibles to clothing to groceries, has many fine dining establishments and the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. Centre Street South

Inglewood

The first Calgary community, Inglewood maintains several historic buildings along 9th Ave SW, many of which are now home to unique shopping. 9th Ave SE

Victoria Crossing

Historic Victoria Crossing covers a large residential area between 9th and 17th Avenues SW, and from the Stampede Grounds to 2nd Street SW. In addition to the Stampede Grounds, Victoria Crossing maintains several parks and the historic Memorial Park Library. Between 6th Street SE and 2nd Street SW, 10th Ave and 17th Ave

Gaming

Casino Calgary

1420 Meridian Rd NE Calgary

Elbow River Casino Calgary

218, 18th Ave SE

Frank Sisson's Silver Dollar Casino

1010 - 42nd Ave SE

Stampede Casino

Stampede Park , Macleod Trail SW

Historic Sites

Avatamsaka Monastery

Among the first Buddhist temples in the region, the Avatamsaka Monastery offers service and education in the Mahayana tradition. 1009 - 4th Ave SW

Cathedral Church of the Redeemer

Built in 1905, the Victorian style church became a provincial heritage site in 1974. 7th Ave and 1st Street Sw

Central United Church

Opened in 1904, the church now offers regular prayer service as well as fitness classes. 131 - 7th Ave SW

Deane House

Built in 1906 near Fort Calgary, historic Dean House was the home of city official Captain Richard Dean. The home was moved to its present location in 1929. Dean House now houses a restaurant, and presents occasional murder mysteries. 806 - 9th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 0S2 403 269-7747

Fort Calgary

Founded in 1875 as Fort Brisebois, historic Fort Calgary was the first Alberta home of the North West Mounted Police, the first European residents of Calgary. It was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876. The fort has undergone reconstruction over the years, but retains its original character in its original location. Today, the fort houses many artifacts and hosts many events, from art competitions to murder mystery dramas. 750 - 9th Ave SE 403 290-1875

Heritage Park

Preserving the pioneer lifestyle, Heritage Park offers historic architecture, several shops (the candy store is always popular), artifacts and exhibits. 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Lougheed House

This late 19th century historic home is among the oldest surviving buildings in Calgary. 707 - 13th Ave SW

McDougall Centre

Opened in 1906, this former school became a historic site in 1982. Tours are available. 455 - 6th Street SW

Mewata Armoury

Built in 1918, the castle like fortress is still home to the Calgary Regiment. 801 - 11th St. SW

St. Mary's Cathedral

This Gothic sandstone church opened in 1889, and houses a tall statue of the Virgin Mary and four bells cast in France. 219 - 18th Ave SW

Trinity Lutheran Church

Built in 1924. 840 - 3rd Ave. SW

Museums

Aero Space Museum of Calgary

Dedicated to the history of Alberta aviation. 4629 - McCall Way NE

Calgary Science Centre

Dedicated to “discovery and imagination”, housing several interactive exhibits and displays. 701 - 11th Street SW

Creative Kids Museum

Interactive exhibits, events and shows dedicated to the wonder of youth. 701 - 11th Street SW

Glenbow Museum

The largest museum in the city housing thousands of works from around the world. The museum maintains rotating displays, a gift shop and café. 130 - 9th Ave SE

Military Museums

The largest collection of military exhibits in Canada, maintaining six galleries in total. 4520 - Crowchild Trail SW

Naval Museum of Alberta

Preserving the naval history of Canada. 1820 - 24th Street SW

Nickle Arts Museum

The museum is found on the U of C campus, and promotes contemporary art. 434 - Collegiate Boulevard

Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum

Dedicated to the history of the Olympic Games. 88 - Canada Olympic Road SW

Tsuu T'ina Museum

A large display of artifacts detailing the life of the Sarcee First Nations tribe and the Tsuu T'ina Nation. 3700 - Anderson Road S.W

Festivals and Events

Body, Soul and Spirit Expo

Exhibits, lectures and workshops on traditional and modern practices. Stampede Grounds

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

Welcoming special guests and celebrating comic books, anime, gaming and animation.

Stampede Grounds

Calgary International Children’s Festival Featuring live theatre, dance and music, games and entertainment for children. 205 - 8th Avenue SE

Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

Celebrating wordplay through the world. Throughout Calgary

Calgary Jazz Fest

Welcoming jazz performers from around the world. Various locations

Calgary Stampede

Billed as the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede welcomes visitors from around the world with numerous exhibits and competitions, a world class rodeo, and carnival type midway. Macleod Trail South

Calgary Winterfest

Celebrating winter with arts, crafts and skating. Throughout Calgary

Folk Festival

An annual festival welcoming folk and rock artists from the world over. Prince's Island 1st Ave and 4th Street

FunnyFest Comedy Festival

Dozens of comedians perform in a variety of Calgary locations.

Lilac Festival

Celebrating Calgary culture with music, crafts and specialty foods. 4th Street SW between 17th Ave and the Elbow River

Marda Loop Film Festival

A popular film festival run by volunteers, focusing on contemporary justice. 3818 - 14A Street SW

Mosaic

An international cultural festival featuring live performances, ethnic foods and crafts. 2nd Street and 12th Ave SW

National Women in Business Expo

Exhibits and networking for modern business women. Stampede Grounds

Otafest

Celebrating Japanese animation. 2500 University Drive NW

Sun & Salsa Festival

Enjoy salsa music, ethnic foods and arts and crafts. Kensington

Parks and Gardens

Battalion Park

Dedicated to the memory of Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War, the large park is most notable for the more than 10,000 whitewashed stones forming the numbers of four battalions from Calgary. 3001 - Signal Hill Dr. SW

Calaway Park

A large outdoor theme and amusement park, featuring roller coasters, water rides, a gift shop and popular candy store. 245033 Range Road 33 (follow the Trans-Canada Highway north west of Calgary)

Calgary Zoo

The zoo features thousands of animals from around the world and a series of beautiful gardens, including the city’s finest botanical garden. The zoo is also a popular site for outdoor weddings. 1300 Zoo Road 403 232-9300

Carburn Park

Several hundred acres support a variety of species, and maintains several natural habitats, hiking trails and fishing ponds. 8925 - Riverview Dr. SE

Central Memorial Park

The park dates to 1912, making it the oldest park in the city, and maintains a historic library from that year and several war memorials, from the Boer War to the Second World War. 2nd Street and 12th Ave SW

Confederation Park

A large green space maintaining a golf course, the park is a popular location for outdoor weddings. 14th Street NW

Devonian Gardens

The Devonian Gardens, in the downtown shopping complex TD Square, houses thousands of tropical plants, a long winding pond filled with fish. This is the largest indoor garden in Alberta. 8th Ave and 3rd Street SW

Edworthy Park

Primarily used for family picnics, the park stretches along the bike path and Bow River from downtown into north west Calgary, offering paved and shale pathways. The park is also the location of the Douglas Fir Trail. Memorial Drive West

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Canada’s largest urban park, Fish Creek Provincial Park is a popular destination for hiking, biking (offering easy to difficult technical mountain bike trails), picnics and horse riding. Macleod Trail South

Glenmore Park

300 acres of cultivated green space offering walking, hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds and spectacular views of the Glenmore Reservoir. 7305 - 24th Street SW

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Dating to 1929, the sanctuary supports hundreds of species, and maintains a lagoon, walking paths and an interpretive centre. 2425 - 9th Ave SE

Nose Hill Park

Almost 3000 acres in North West Calgary offering hiking and biking trails and some of the most impressive views of the city. The park was once used as a lookout by First Nation’s tribes. 14th Street North

Olympic Plaza

Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, the plaza is not the site for several annual festivals and events, from music in the summer to skating in the winter. 228 - 8th Ave SE

Prince's Island

Located along the Bow river, north of Eau Claire Market, the large island park is home to several events, including the annual folk music festival. 1st Ave and 4th Street NW

Shaw Millennium Skate Park

North America’s largest urban skate park opened for the new millennium, and offers a variety of obstacles for all skill levels. 1220 - 9th Ave SW

Recreation/ Fitness

Gold's Gym Calgary

565 - 36th Street NE

Golf

Calgary is home to several golf courses, many of them world class, including: Country Hills Golf Club, at 1334 Country Hills Blvd. NW Silver Springs Golf Course at 1600 Varsity Estates Drive NW Glencoe Golf & Country Club at 636 - 29th Ave SW

Horse Rides

Horse back riding has always been popular in the Calgary area, and the tradition is still strong with several trail companies. Moose Mountain Adventures 403 949-3329 Alberta Outdoor Adventures 403 250-1051 Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies 403 652-8672

XV Olympic Winter Games

Held in and around Calgary in 1988, several sites were built specifically for these games. Among these, the Olympic Oval, built at the University of Calgary, housed the first indoor speed skating events in the history of the games. Also, Canada Olympic Park, in Calgary’s north west, was the site for ski jumping, freestyle skiing, bobsledding and luge. COP is now open to the public for skiing and snowboarding in the winter (complete with terrain park), and mountain biking in the summer.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Calgary maintains the site of the 1988 Olympic Games for skiing and boarding, the only ski hill within city limits. There are several resorts within an hour of the city, including Sunshine Village, Nakiska and the Canmore Nordic Center on the TransCanada Highway between Calgary and Banff. There are also resorts in the Canadian Rockies within driving distance from Calgary, including Marmot Basin, Lake Louise and Fernie Ski Resort.

Spa Lady Fitness Clubs

13226 Macleod Trail South 1440, 52nd Street NE 1002 - 37th Street SW 17010 - 90th Ave. NW

Talisman Centre

Opened in 1983 as the Lindsay Park Sports Center, the major sports training and fitness center houses several swimming pools, basketball and volleyball courts, weight and cardio equipment and a long running track. The facility is open to the public for a small fee, and offers a variety of programs covering fitness and nutrition. 2225 - Macleod Trail S

University of Calgary

The U of C boasts several impressive fitness centers, including the Olympic Oval, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall and one of the finest weight training facilities in the city. There are also a number of public programs, ranging from gymnastics to kung fu to Kendo, a traditional Japanese sword fighting sport. 2500 - University Drive NW

Shopping

Eau Claire Market

Eau Claire Market is part shopping mall, part city park, all fun. Offering a variety of imported and specialty items, unique Canadian themed souvenirs, a movie multiples and an Imax theatre. Its location along the Bow River, and next to Prince’s Island Park, makes Eau Claire Market a popular spot during the summer. 200 - Barclay Parade SW

Inglewood

The first Calgary community, Inglewood maintains several historic buildings along 9th Ave SW, many of which are now home to unique shopping. 9th Ave SE

Kensington

Kensington, just north of the river and Calgary’s downtown, is one of the more trendy communities, with many unique older homes, but is best known for its wealth of artsy shopping establishments, primarily along 10th Street NW.

Mount Royal

The Mount Royal shopping district, along 17th Ave SW, supports upscale shopping and several independent artistic retailers. Among the most popular is the Rubaiyat, purveyor of some of the finest hand made gifts in the city. 17th Ave between 8th and 5th Streets SW

Stephen Avenue

Historic Stephen Avenue, along 8th avenue SW in Calgary’s downtown shopping district, is home to several shops, both major and independent, a variety of dining establishments, historic architecture and several sculptures. 8th Ave SW

Theatre

Big Secret Theatre

Home to the acclaimed One Yellow Rabbit Performance company. 205 - 8th Ave SE 403 294-7455

Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts

A multi level complex supporting theatre and international events. 205 - 8th Ave SE 403 294-7455

Garry Theatre

One of the best locations for smaller, independent productions. 1229 - 9 Ave SE

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Home of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the center also welcomes acts from around the world. 205 - 8th Ave SE 403 294-7455

Joyce Doolittle Theatre

Located in a park along the Bow River. 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW 403 263-0079

Lunchbox Theatre

In Calgary’s downtown. 205 - 5th Ave SW 403 265-4292

Martha Cohen Theatre

One of the centers for the Alberta Theatre Projects. 205 8th Ave SE 403 294-7455

Max Bell Theatre

A large theatre complex hosting shows and events associated with the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts. 205 - 8th Ave SE 403 294-7455

Pumphouse Theatres

A unique theatre organization that claims a former water pumping station as its theatre. 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW 403 263-0079

Reeve Theatre

Home to student productions of performance art. University of Calgary 403 220-4900

Stage West

Dinner theatre at its finest. 727 - 42nd Ave SE 403 243-6642

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Opened in 1955, the theatre is now home to ballet, opera, musical theatre, concerts and more. 1415 - 14th Ave NW 403 297-8000

RESTAURANTS

ALL NIGHTERS

Gerry's Downtown

From breakfast to pasta and steak. 1201 - 5th Street SW

Perkins Restaurant

Offering all day breakfast. 3022 - 23rd Street NE

BAKERY

Brulee Bakery

722 - 11th Ave SW

Carriage House Inn

Fresh breads, cookies, pies and more. 9030 Macleod Trail South

Diamond Bakery

A Chinese bakery. 111 - 3rd Ave SE

Eiffel Tower Bakery

A taste of France on 17th Avenue. 1013 - 17th Ave SW

Euro Pastry

Eastern European pastries 4016 - 26th Street SE

Heritage Park Bakery

Traditional western goods in a pioneer theme. 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Logo's Cakehouse

1623 Centre Street NW

Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop

Specializing in Belgian and French baked goods. 1333 - 1st Street SE

Prairie Mill Bread Co.

Traditional and organic breads. 129 - 4820 Northland Drive NW

Rustic Sourdough Bakery

Fresh breads and pastry treats. 1305 - 17th Ave SW

Sunterra

A European-style market in downtown. 855 - 2nd Street SW

Westrock Cafe and Bakery

31 Crowfoot Terrace

BUFFET

Cheers

Lunch buffet in the heart of downtown. 708 - 8th Ave SW

Compass Restaurant

All day buffet in the Delta Airport Calgary. 2001 Airport Road NE

Elements Bar

Lunch buffet. 209 - 4th Ave SE

Garden Court

Weekday lunch buffets in the Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre. 2720 Glenmore Trail SE

Green's Restaurant

Casual lunch buffet. 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Mantra

Canadian and Indian fare, buffet until 2pm. 5353 Crowchild Trail NW

New Dynasty Restaurant

Asian themed buffet. 388 Country Hills Boulevard NE

COMEDY

Laugh Shop

Hosting professional comedians from across North America. Special events and dinner shows. 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Comedy Cave

Comedy over dinner or a fine buffet. 9206 MacLeod Trail SE

CYBER CAFE

Hard Disk Café

Offering both PC and Mac. 638 - 11th Ave SW

DINNER THEATRE

Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Three act plays and interactive dinner theatre. 1002 - 37th Street SW

Stage West

Buffet style dining. 727 - 42nd Ave SE

LIVE MUSIC

A Bar Named Sue

A country themed bar for country fans. 1410 - 4th Street SW

Aussie Rules Foodhouse & Bar

A piano bar featuring pop, rock, country and R&B. 1002 - 37th Street SW

Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club

Popular jazz in a New York themed club. 811 - 1st Street SW

Broken City

Featuring international DJs and live bands. 613 - 11th Ave SW

Castle Pub

Featuring live acts on the weekends. 1217 - 1st Street SW

Chrome

From rock to country, in the Deerfoot Inn and Casino 11500 – 35th Street SE

Distillery

A popular pub featuring a variety of acts from indie rock to local metal. 180 - 839 5th Ave SW

Foggy Dew Pub

Karaoke from Sinatra to Guns n Roses. Standard pub fare and a dance floor. 6120 - 3rd Street SW

Gateway

The SAIT campus featuring popular bands from across North America. 1301 - 16th Ave NW

HiFi Club

Contemporary dance and rock, funk and hip hop, disco and soul. 219 10th Ave SW

Ironwood Stage

A local favorite, featuring local bands from folk to funk. 1429 - 9th Ave SE

Liberty Lounge

A trendy student bar offering live music and American food. Mount Royal College: 4825 Richard Rd SW

Lobby Lounge

Live piano music in the Blackfoot Inn. 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Lucky

A trendy club offering an international menu. 510 - 17th Ave SW

Mikey's Juke Joint

Live blues and Creole cuisine. 1901 10th Ave SW

Oak Room

Fine dining accompaniment in the historic Palliser Hotel. 133 - 9th Ave SW

Sandstone Lounge

Live jazz and Latin American acts. Hyatt Regency: 700 Centre St SE

Shamrock Hotel

A popular live music pub in the historic Shamrock Hotel. 2101 11th Street SE

Stetson Pub and Stage

Bringing in a range of acts of all musical genres. 10002 Macleod Trail SE

Vern's

Local music from all genres, pool tables, darts and video games. 622 8th Ave SW

LOUNGE

After 5 Lounge

In downtown Calgary. 618 - 5th Ave SW

Amsterdam Rhino

A trendy lounge popular with Calgary’s up and comers. 607 - 11th Ave SW

Atrium Cafe & Skylight Lounge

Delta Hotel Calgary South 135 Southland Drive SE

Bonaventure Lounge

In the Delta Hotel Calgary South 135 Southland Drive SE

Cafe Koi

Vegitarian menu and local Djs. 1011 - 11th Street SW

Carriage House Inn Lounge

In the Carriage House Inn. 9030 Macleod Trail South

Chameleon Restaurant & Bar

Known for its wine list, on trendy 17th Avenue. 827 - 17th Ave SW

Crowsnest Gaming Lounge

In the Inn on Crowchild. 5353 Crowchild Trail NW

Crush Restaurant & Lounge

New York themes just of Calgary’s downtown. 1312 - 12th Ave SW

Dudley's Lounge

In the Carriage House Inn. 9030 Macleod Trail South

Barrington's Lounge

Known for a wide range of scotch, martinis, beer and wine, in the Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. 1316 - 33 Street NE

Elbow Room Lounge

In the Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre. 2720 Glenmore Trail SE

Elements

In the Delta Bow Valley hotel. 209 - 4th Ave SE

Embers Restaurant & Lounge

Offering a popular western menu. 8220 Bowridge Crescent NW

Lobby Lounge

In the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. 2620 - 32nd Ave NE

Mercury

A trendy sports themed club on the popular 17th avenue strip. 550 - 17th Ave SW

Ming

An Asian themed martini bar. 520 - 17th Ave SW

Milestone's

On downtown’s trendy Stephen Avenue. 107 - 8th Ave SE

Opus on 8th

Asian themes 628 - 8th Ave SW

Plush

An intimate location popular for their martinis. 205 - 9th Ave SE

QC's at Quincy's

Offering live entertainment. 609 - 7th Ave SW

Q Lounge

Offering VLTs, big-screen TVs and games. 2359 Banff Trail NW

Red Onion Bar & Grill

Offering live blues. 12100 MacLeod Trail SE

Snatch Rock N' Roll Lounge

Offering live rock from classic to top 40. 7400 Macleod Trail S

Soda

Live bands, DJs and spoken word 211 - 12th Ave SW

Static Ultra Lounge

3745 Memorial Dr. SE

Victoria's

Offering a variety of food and live DJs. 306 - 17th Ave SW

Vicious Circle

Live DJs on weekends. 1011 - 1st Street SW

YYC Lounge

Delta Hotel, Calgary Airport 2001 Airport Road NE

NIGHTCLUBS

Back Alley

A Calgary staple, popular for live rock bands. 4630 Macleod Trail South

Bamboo Tiki Lounge

Offering unique Polynesian themes. 1201 - 1st Street SW

Cherry Lounge

From house to hip hop, funk to R&B. 1219 1st Street SW

Coyotes Bar

A popular dance bar close to Calgary’s downtown. 1088 Olympic Way SE

HiFi Club

Contemporary dance and rock, funk and hip hop, disco and soul. 219 10th Ave SW

Ilyxor

A popular new club featuring live DJs. 213 - 10th Ave SW

Jimmy's Nightclub

Live DJs and dancing. 1316 - 33rd Street NE

Marquee Room

A trendy dance club in the historic Uptown Stage & Screen 612 - 8th Ave SW

Melrose Cafe & Bar

This trendy 17th Ave dance club offers a California style menu. 730 - 17th Ave SW

Ranchman's

Western cuisine and country themes. 9615 Macleod Tr S

Roadhouse

Popular with the younger crowds. 840 - 9th Ave SW

Static Ultra Lounge

Featuring theme nights and drink specials. 3745 Memorial Dr. SE

Tantra

In the theme of America’s east coast clubs. 355 - 10th Avenue SW

Tequila Nightclub

Contemporary and traditional American rhythms. 219 - 17th Ave SW

Twisted Element

Offering games, internet and theme nights. 1006 - 11th Avenue SW

The Warehouse

Raves, Britpop, indie, hard rock and metal. 733 10 Av SW

Whiskey

Retro and contemporary beats. 341 - 10th Ave SW

The Underground

Raves, Britpop, indie, hard rock and metal. 733 10 Av SW

SPORTS BARS

Bear & Kilt

A traditional English pub on Stephen Avenue. 110 - 8th Ave SW

Black Swan Ale House

In an old English style pub. 10455 Southport Rd SW

Boomtown

Featuring Alberta beef. 135 Southland Dr SE

Bottlescrew Bill's

An English pub atmosphere. 140 - 10th Ave SW

Brewsters

Popular local brew pub. 25 Crowfoot Terrace NW 834 - 11th Ave SW

Bugaboo Creek Pub

Offering live entertainment. 5353 Crowchild Trail NW

Buzzards

Western themes and Alberta beef. 140 - 10th Ave SW

Dixon's Public House

A nautical themed pub in south Calgary. 15425 Bannister Rd SE

Drum & Monkey

Offering popular music from hip hop to rock. 1201 - 1st Street SW

Fionn MacCool's Pub

A taste of Ireland in downtown. 255 Barclay Parade SW

James Joyce Irish Pub

A famous local pub on trendy Stephen Avenue. 114 - 8th Ave SW

Kensington Pub

Acozy English style pub. 207 - 10th Street SW

Kilkenny Irish Pub

Irish pub fare. 3630 Brentwood Road NW

Kilt & Caber

A traditional Scottish pub. 53 High St SE

Limerick's

A popular Irish themed pub. 7304 Macleod Trail S

O'Sullivans

A sports bar in Chinook Center. 5809 Macleod Trail South

Peanuts Pub

Big screens and beer on tap. 9030 Macleod Trail South

Red Fox Pub

Offering traditional pub fare and a lunch buffet. 708 8th Ave SW

Regal Beagle

Known for its chicken wings. 410 - 14th Street NW

Rose & Crown

Live entertainment and English pub fare. 1503 - 4th Street SW

Ship & Anchor

Among the most popular clubs on 17th Avenue, featuring live music. 534 - 17th Ave SW

Sky Harbour Lounge

Ideal for business meetings, near the Calgary International Airport. 1935 McKnight Blvd NE

The Other Side Sports Bar

A modern sports bar for the sports fan. 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Toad 'N' Turtle Pubhouse & Grill

An English-style pub. 2475 - 27th Ave NE

Woody's Taphouse

A unique Calgary pub experience. 1919 Southland Drive SW

SEAFOOD

Big Fish

Fresh fish. 1112 Edmonton Tr NE

Booker's BBQ Grill and Crab Shack

316 - 3rd Street SE

Boyd's Seafood Restaurant

Specializing in fish and chips. 5211 MacLeod Trail SW

Embarcadero Wine and Oyster Bar

Fresh fish and an extensive wine list. 208 - 17th Ave SE

Joey's Only

Several locations of fast fish dishes. 9250 Macleod Trail SE 260 Stewart Green SW 2120 Crowchild Tr 100 Anderson Rd 3545 32 Ave. NE

Kingfisher Seafoods

Located in Chinatown. 328 Centre St SE

Oceana

Steak, pasta and fresh seafood. 101 - 7th Street SW

Pelican Pier

4404 - 14th Street NW

Red Lobster

A variety of dishes including live lobster. 6100 MacLeod Trail SW 2316 - 16th Ave NW

Reef 'N Beef Restaurant & Lounge

Popular for surf and turf. 3735 Rundlehorn Dr NE

STEAK HOUSE

Bear's Den

Fine dining and Alberta beef. 254028 Bearspaw Road NW

Bolero

A Brazilian steakhouse. 6920 Macleod Trail S

Buzzards

Western themes and Alberta beef. 140 - 10th Ave SW

Carvers

In the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel 2620 - 32nd Ave NE

Cattle Baron Alberta Steakhouse

AAA Alberta beef. 3340 - 26th Street NE Calgary AB

Caesar's Steak House

From steak to chicken. 512 - 4th Ave SW

Chicago Chophouse

AAA beef in Chicago themes. 604 – 8th Ave SW

Jack Astor's

Dining in 1930s Chicago themes. 9823 Macleod Trail SW

Mother Tucker's

Popular family dining. 345 - 10th Ave SW

Nick's Steak House

From Alberta beef to pizza. 2430 Crowchild Tr NW

North 51° Steakhouse

Award winning dining in the Delta Hotel Calgary Airport. 2001 Airport Road NE

Odyssey Pizza Steakhouse and Lounge

3814 Bow Trail SW

Outback Steakhouse

130 Crowfoot Terrace NW

Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club

Western themes and socializing. 109 - 7th Ave SW

Prime Cut Restaurant

Offering only the best beef. 2323 - 32nd Ave NE

Quincy's

AAA Alberta beef and prime rib on 7th Avenue. 609 - 7th Ave SW

Red Carpet Steakhouse

Offering private dining rooms. 6707 Elbow Dr SW

Restaurant at 5

A popular downtown steakhouse. 618 - 5th Ave SW

Saltlik Calgary

On Stephen Avenue, just look for the metal horse. 101 - 8th Ave SW

Smuggler's Inn

A fine dining steakhouse experience. 6920 Macleod Trail South

The Keg

Standard fare south of downtown. 1101 - 5 St SW 7104 Macleod Trail S

Vintage Chophouse

322 - 11th Ave SW

VEGETARIAN

Anpurna Vegetarian Restaurant

175B 52 Street SE

Buddha's Veggie

Specializing in Asian themes. 5802 MacLeod Trail SW

The Coup

924B 17th Avenue SW

Veggie House

303 Centre Street South

LODGING

B&B

11th Street Lodging B&B

Non-smoking rooms, Internet ports and cable TV. 1307 - 11 Street SW

1910 Elbow River Manor

In a restored historic home dating to 1910. 2511 Fifth Street SW

A B&B at Calgary Lions Park

Close to SAIT and ACAD, with a metro train station near by for access to the rest of Calgary. 1331 - 15 Street NW

A Good Knight B&B

Offering queen bed, private bath, cable TV and in-room coffee standard, with a special honeymoon suite with balcony, Jacuzzi and shower. 1728 - 7 Avenue NW

An English Bed, Breakfast and Day Spa

A luxury spa based B&B close to downtown. 5544 Dalhouise Drive NW

B&B on Signal Hill

Overlooking the popular Signal Hill memorial, with quick access to the downtown. 4 Signal Ridge Court SW

Bed & Breakfast at Twin Gables

A five star B&B in a historic house dating to 1910. 611 - 25 Avenue SW

Bonaventure B & B

In south Calgary. 12229 Lake Erie Rd. SE

Bow River House B&B

In historic Bow River House, built in 1914. 3208 Parkdale Blvd., NW

City Centre Riverpath B&B

Located near the river and close to downtown. 1011 Maggie St. SE

A Lake House Bed & Breakfast

A luxury B&B in a quiet residential neighborhood. 535 Lake Newell Crescent SE

City View Bed & Breakfast

Offering comfortable rooms and views of the Rocky Mountains. 2300 - 6 Street SE

Inglewood Bed and Breakfast

In the heart of trendy and historic Inglewood. 1006, 8th Ave SE

Mount Royal Bed and Breakfast

In the prestigious Mount Royal district, close to 17th Avenue and downtown. Mount Royal Bed and Breakfast 809 18 Avenue SW

Oasis on the Bow

On the Bow River, close to downtown. 8136-48 Ave. NW

Pathway Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Overlooking Fish Creek National Park in south Calgary. 111 Sun Canyon Park SE

Westpoint Executive B&B

Amodern B&B ideal for business travel. 101 Westpoint Gardens SW

Westways

A historic home dating to 1912, offering ensuite bathrooms, free movie channels, voicemail, free Internet access. 216 - 25 Avenue SW

HOTELS

5

A full service hotel in downtown, offering swimming pool, fitness room, on-site restaurant and lounge and the small meeting and conference facilities. 618 - 5 Avenue SW

Best Western

A full service hotel offering standard amenities such as dining, internet access, and business services. Several locations: 1947 - 18 Avenue NE 1804 Crowchild Trail NW 3630 Macleod Trail 1330 - 8 Street SW 1935 McKnight Blvd NE

Coast Plaza

Close to the airport, offering include a health club with indoor pool. 1316 - 33 Street NE

Days Inn

Providing several locations offering standard amenities. 2799 Sunridge Way NE 3828 Macleod Trail South

Deerfoot Inn & Casino

A popular spot for gaming. 11500 – 35 Street SE

Delta Calgary

A full service hotel chain with several locations close to attractions and businesses. 2001 Airport Road NE Calgary 209 - 4 Avenue SE 135 Southland Drive SE

Econo Lodge

Several locations offering a variety of standard amenities including a fitness centre and sauna, in-room coffee, laundry and air conditioning. Some kitchenette suites are available. Amenities vary. 2440 - 16 Ave NW 7505 Macleod Trail South 2231 Banff Trail NW

The Fairmont Palliser Hotel

One of the premier luxury destinations in Calgary, close to downtown. Offering fine dining, conference facilities, business services and more. 133 - 9 Avenue SW

The Four Points Hotel & Suites

A full-service hotel offering indoor pool, hot tub, exercise and massage facilities, microwave ovens, refrigerators, coffee makers. 8220 Bowridge Crescent NW

Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre

Ideal for business and leisure travelers. 2720 Glenmore Trail SE

The Greenwood Inn & Suites

Offering meeting rooms, dining and lounge, pool and a fitness centre. 3515-26 St. NE

Hampton Inn & Suites

Offering several locations close to several major destinations including the University of Calgary and the Foothills Hospital or the Calgary airport. 2231 Banff Trail NW 2420-37 Avenue NE

Hilton Garden Inn

World renowned accommodations close to the Calgary airport. 2335 Pegasus Rd. NE

Holiday Inn

An international franchise offering affordable rates and standard amenities. 1020 - 8 Avenue S. 12025 Lake Fraser Drive S. 45 Hopewell Way NE 1250 McKinnon Drive NE (Calgary Airport Location)

Howard Johnson

Offering complimentary continental breakfast, wireless Internet access and coffee makers and more. Some kitchenettes available. 5307 Macleod Trail SW

Hyatt Regency

A full service hotel offering business center, dining, meeting facilities and more. 700 Centre St S

Inn on Macleod Trail

Close to downtown and popular attractions like the Calgary Stampede Grounds. 4206 Macleod Trail South

The Lakeview Signature

Offering complimentary breakfast, free airport shuttle, in-room high-speed Internet access, swimming pool and business facilities. 2622 - 39 Avenue NE

Inn on Crowchild

An award winning hotel offering a pool, fitness room, dining and a lounge. 5353 Crowchild Trail NW

Marriott

Luxury in the heart of downtown. 110 9th Avenue SE

Quality Inn

Several locations offering swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre, steam room, coin laundry, restaurant, lounge and full banquet facilities. 2359 Banff Trail NW 4804 Edmonton Trail NE

Ramada

Close to shopping, dining and entertainment, and offering coffee maker, wireless Internet access and more. 708 - 8 Avenue SW 2363 Banff Trail NW

Regency

In the heart of downtown, close to shopping, dining and businesses. 610 - 4 Avenue SW

Regis Plaza Hotel

In the heart of downtown. 124 - 7th Ave. SE

Sandman

A familiar hotel franchise with popular amenities. 25 Hopewell Way 888 - 7 Avenue SW 125 Bowridge Drive NW

Sheraton Suites

Luxury accommodations in the heart of downtown. 255 Barclay Parade SW 2620 32nd Avenue NE

Super 8 Motel

Affordable accommodations in several locations. 60 Shawville Road SW 3030 - Barlow Trail NE (airport location) 1904 Crowchild Trail NW

Thriftlodge

Affordable rates north of downtown. 2304 - 16 Avenue NW

Town & Country

Standard amenities and affordable accommodations. 1825 50th St. SE

Travelodge

A full service hotel chain with many locations, offering several amenities including free coffee, air conditioning, cable TV, swimming pool, movies and games. Non-smoking rooms are available. Amenities vary according to location. 9206 MacLeod Trail South 7012 Macleod Trail South 2227 Banff Trail NW

Westin

A popular franchise close to many businesses and attractions, offering standard amenities including a pool and meeting facilities. 320 4th Avenue SW

HOSTELS

Auberge Chez Nous

A European style hostel in downtown. 149 5th Ave SE

Hostelling International

Walking distance to downtown and the local metro train. 520 - 7th Avenue SE

INNS

Blackfoot Inn

Luxury accommodations with easy access to all of Calgary. YukYuks Comedy Club on site. 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Carriage House Inn

Offering dining, meeting facilities, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming 9030 Macleod Trail South

Kensington Riverside Inn

The only CAA/AAA Four Diamond Inn found in Alberta. Offering luxury and first rate amenities. 1126 Memorial Drive NW

Pointe Inn

Offering data ports, voice mail, air conditioning and in-room movies. 1808 - 19 Street NE

Wingate Inn Calgary

400 Midpark Way SE

CAMPING and RV

Calaway RV Park & Campground

Offering plenty of spots, and coin laundry and shuttle service to the Stampede Grounds. Just outside NE Calgary on the TransCanada (follow 16th Ave). Accepting INTERACT and major credit cards. 245033 Range Road 33

Calgary West Campground

Open from April 221 - 101 Street SW

Mountainview Camping

R.R. 6 Calgary AB

Symon's Valley

Also accepting RVs. 260011 - Symons Valley Rd. NW


 
 
 
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