I’ve never been to Calgary before, but I have heard a lot about it. A few years ago a few of my friends moved to Calgary and earlier this year, my (future) sister-in-law also relocated to Calgary to complete her masters program at the University of Calgary.
Since this was my first time in Alberta, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But to be honest, the city itself and Downtown in particular seemed to be quite ordinary and very ‘expected’ from a North American perspective – high-rise office buildings dominate city’s centre, while quiet and charming suburban neighbourhoods surround it on all sides.
It looks like the downtown is made predominately for “working” because there are not that many restaurants or shops there that are open late or on the weekend, everyone leaves the city center right after 5. Entertainment district, residential areas and other interesting neighbourhoods seem to be spread around the perimeter of the city center and not part of the Downtown core.
I didn’t know this but there is a Calgary Tower situated in the center of the city, which is a smaller version of the CN tower. There is even a revolving restaurant and a glass floor, just like in the CN tower. Also, the rumour has it that Calgary has one of the most expensive parking rates in North America. These are a few interesting fact I didn’t know about this lovely city.
I loved the view of Calgary’s city center from the Cresent Heights. You can see all high-rise office buildings, the Bow river and a bit of the residential area. On a clear day you can see the Rocky Mountains on the horizon and that’s pretty cool!
I went to Calgary in early October over the weekend to share Thanksgiving dinner with my travel companions (my Fiancé and two of our best friends) and a few Calgarians (another couple that moved there a few years ago, my (future) sister-in-law, her roommate and their friends). Needless to say, Thanksgiving was a very special celebration this year filled with laughter, delicious food, and great company! Seeing my “baby sis” in her new home and my friends whom I haven’t seen in a while, meeting new people, strolling through the sunny Calgary – the whole weekend was just splendid.
My first visit to Calgary was quite short, but I know I’ll be back to Calgary many times and Im looking froward to discovering more wonderful things this city has to over.