The title of this article is no accident. On the front page of our site there’s a permanent link to a list of Top 10 Things To Do In Calgary. It’s a pretty popular list, but it also pulls in a large amount of traffic from people using searches like “guy stuff to do in calgary”, or “things to do with a guy in Calgary”. This is understandable. There isn’t a lot of obvious “Guy things to do” in the city. We don’t have a Run of the Bulls, we don’t have any Base Jumping, and the Mayor keeps foolishly rejecting my proposal to build a cage in the centre of downtown and charge office workers to fight enraged Bears.
It can be tough to find something appropriately Manly to do in Calgary. Therefore, for your Manly Amusement, I have compiled a list OF ALL THE MANLY THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY OF CALGARY.
Not all manly things are equally manly, however. So, I have devised a shrewd, yet manly, ranking system using the Overly Manly Man Meme. The following activities are rated from 1 to 4 Overly Manly Men (OMM). Hopefully, this helps you find some guy stuff to do in the city.
Stereotypically, shopping is not considered a manly thing to do. And it isn’t. Unless you’re shopping at a store that sells Video Games, DVD’s, Power Tools, Weapons and/or Exercise/Martial Arts Equipment. In which case, it is indeed Manly. To accomplish this Manly Feat, head over to your nearest Future Shop, Best Buy, Wholesale Sports, etc.
Rating: 1 x OMM
The (Manly!) Sport of Rock Climbing
Looking for an easy, yet awesomely manly way to spend an afternoon? Head on over to the nearest Climbing Gym and get rad. Seriously, though. Climbing is cheap, easy (at a beginner level), a great way to get (or stay) in shape. And even if you don’t want to take a course you can rent some shoes and do some bouldering.
Rating: 2 x OMM
Paintball (With Manly Bal… you know what? Never mind)
What’s Manlier than getting shot at? Shooting back, of course! There are several companies in the city that run Paintball year-round. It is ridiculously fun. It is, however, a little on the pricey side. Especially if you’re a ‘spray and pray’ kind of guy. However, getting hit with high-velocity paint filled marbles is pretty Manly.
Rating: 3 x OMM
Shooting Range (Manliest!)
Guns are about as Manly as Manly can be. If you don’t have a firearms license, don’t despair! You can still head to your nearest shooting range and have a Range Safety Officer make sure you don’t accidentally put a hole in your body parts. Depending on how many, and which types, of guns you want to try out this can get a little expensive. But, if you are looking for a Manly way to kill a couple of hours, this is as Manly as you can get in Calgary.
Rating: 4 x OMM
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about the Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.
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