With July just around the corner, our thinking turns to old-fashioned, Wild West fun. We found just that kind of fun blended with the rugged Canadian Rockies and cosmopolitan culture in Calgary, Alberta.
just a week or so, one of Calgary's most famous events,
the Calgary Stampede rodeo will take center stage in this
former pioneer outpost. But before that even gets started,
you can get a taste of local flavor with a visit to Ft.
to celebrate Canada Day on July 1. During your
visit, be sure to walk along the Bow
and explore buildings that replicate life in the
late 1800s when the fort was home to the region's Mounted
can also stretch your legs on the Bow River Pathway, which
leads to Isaac
Kendall Kerr Plaza
on the river's south side. The plaza,
named for a pioneer businessman, is across from the lush,
green landscape of Prince's
where locals and visitors alike enjoy picnicking,
jogging and watching for wildlife in the island's
there, take a quick jaunt to nearby Eau
and search its many stores for the perfect
memento of your time in Calgary. This is also a great spot
for gourmet dining or munching popcorn while watching a
movie at the six-screen theater.
For more shopping and dining, head to Stephen
Avenue Walk, one of two downtown pedestrian malls
where you'll find department stores, boutiques, galleries,
fine restaurants and plenty of live entertainment.
you're ready to rise far above the clamor of downtown,
take a high-speed elevator to the observation deck of
Tower for a spectactular, 360° view stretching
from the downtown core all the way to the Rocky Mountains.
Even if you're not quite ready to call in sick and head
north this week, you can still enjoy a taste of the West
with this desktop getaway.