September 12, 2014


Why I’d Like To #CaptureCalgary Next Time I #Travel

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I'm Natalie!

Growing up in Western Canada has so many benefits.  The variety of terrain and diverse people across the provinces can make for an awesome adventure . There are quite a few cities in Western Canada that I have yet to explore and one of those cities is Calgary, Alberta.


I’ve only been to Calgary a few times and it was always work-related so I’ve never gotten a chance to truly experience everything the city has to offer. To tell you the truth, I even have family and friends in Calgary! Yup! That is even more reason for me to get it together and head there for a visit.

The Calgary Stampede is the well-known event that stands out to me every year (and no, I’ve never been)! I know, crazy right?

What would I do in Calgary if I made the trip? I have a few things in mind…


I’ve attended various zoos over the years so I would love to see the Calgary Zoo and make the comparison.

For more than 75 years, the Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has offered visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife – right in the heart of the city only 5 minutes from downtown.


The Calgary Zoo is one of only four zoos in Canada accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, one of only 222 in the world. We’ve held AZA accreditation since 1978 – over 35 years. We are one of 27 zoos accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo makes every trip and adventure with over 1,000 animals, 6 acres of botanical gardens, a prehistoric park, zoo-nique playgrounds and more!

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It can be difficult to find attractions our entire family can enjoy because we have three kids in distinct age groups (toddler, tween and teen) However, it appears that Calaway Park just might be the solution to that problem!

Calaway Park is Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park. The park opened its doors in 1982 and has grown from a small amusement park to one of Calgary and Western Canada’s best attractions!


The park spans 160 acres (operating on 90 acres) and has a collection of 34 rides!

Featuring numerous attractions, rides for the thrill- seekers and top-notch live entertainment, Calaway is fun for the whole family! Calaway’s mission is your smile!

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I’m a sucker for skyscrapers. So far I’ve been to the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York. It’s about time I check out a Canadian tower, no?!

Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must-see on any visitor’s itinerary. On the Observation Deck you’ll experience a spectacular 360° view of the bustling city, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and the prairies.


Guests of the Tower can dine at SKY 360 Restaurant which is located at 155 metres and completes a full rotation every 45 minutes during lunch and every 60 minutes during dinner.

Stand on the amazing glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below. Enjoy a complimentary tour and learn about Calgary’s history, landmarks, and future plans.

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Calgary seems like a pretty entertaining city to visit and I’ve only listed three of the numerous attractions it has to offer. Here’s hoping I get there soon!

Are you from Calgary or have you visited Calgary and know of other attractions to visit? Let me know!

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  1. Elle says:

    Calgary has blossomed into a vibran cosmopolitan city. My hometown and I love visiting there!

  2. Amy Heffernan says:

    Looks like so much to see there!! I would love to go to a zoo. 🙂

  3. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    Lived in Edmonton for 35 years – have past through Calgary a few times but never actually had time to enjoy it’s many parks/attractions and/or events. This year we decided this summer vacation with our 12 year old son would be something off the charts – so we were going to pass through Banff straight through to Calgary and perhaps partake in the Calgary Stampede – for a thrill of a lifetime.

  4. Lana H says:

    I have yet to take in the Calgary Stampede. Must do so soon.

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  6. Amy Heffernan says:

    I have never been to alberta before. Sounds like a wonderfu fun place with lots to do and see!

  7. Suzie M says:

    Calgary is a great place to vacation esp with kids lots to d

  8. JaimeeM says:

    Such a beautiful city. I cant wait to go back, calgary zoo is def on my list

  9. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    i have never been but i would love to visit after seeing your posts

  10. Krista M says:

    I’m a Calgarian & I think we have a super friendly city for tourists to visit! My favorite for sure is the Calgary Stampede & I encourage everyone to experience The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Good times 🙂

  11. Alexa Nernberg says:

    Hi Natalie, I live in Calgary, so yes I am biased, but Calgary is really a great city for all ages. Visitor highlights include going for a nice dinner at the Calgary Tower in the revolving restaurant. You will get a bird’s eye view of our city. If it is clear out you will also be able to see our majestic Rocky Mountains to the West. Families with kids will want to visit the Calgary Zoo. From exotic animals to the prehistoric dinnosaur park, the Calgary Zoo will appeal to people of all ages. If you visit in the spring or summer months, take a step back in time and visit Heritage Park. You can take a ride on the train or paddleboat steamer. Enjoy fresh homemade bread, old-fashioned ice cream or visit the Candy Store on main street. Smoking is not permitted at Heritge Park. Have kiddies who want to go on rides? Visit Bowness Park. You can also rent a paddleboat and take it out for a ride on the lagoon. If you visit in the winter months, you can go ice skating on the lagoon and enjoy some hot chocolate by the fire. I could go on and on. Calgary is a clean city and its people are friendly. Hope you will be able to visit our city soon and experience all it has to offer. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  12. Judy Cowan says:

    I have had a stop over at the Calgary airport but that as far as I have got. One of these year we will have to stay for a couple days to check it out!

  13. Suzie M says:

    we haven’t been to Calgary for a long time, but it is a fun city with lots for kids to do

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