The last time I hung out with some Vancouverites the only thing they could talk about was how much better a city Vancouver is compared to Calgary. The conversation devolved into me ranting at them about the usual things you can make fun of a Vancouverite for (hobos, riots, hobo riots, HST, etc). But, it made me think that there are a lot of people out there who have no idea about the metropolitan charms of our (mostly) fair city. So, here’s a list of things you can get out and do this weekend instead of sitting inside and arguing with a smelly, Vancouver hippy like I did last week.
Calgary’s reputation as a party city only seems to apply when Hockey is involved. This is quite unfair, as there is currently any number of ways for a visitor to our fair city to get hammered with the utmost output of fun. Currently, it is the middle of March so the patios are all still closed. But, there remains a great amount of indoor recreational imbibery available to the discerning traveller. If you’re looking for something uniquely Calgarian, you can try some Micro Brew. While Alberta Liquor Laws are shamefully unfriendly towards start-up breweries, the majority of the ones that exist in the province are located in Downtown Calgary. If you do end up having a few too many, consider maybe getting a room somewhere, or taking a cab home.
One of the things that Downtown Calgary has deserved its reputation for is Shopping. Especially since the construction of the Cross Iron Mills property just north of the city, Calgary has become the consumer hub for most of Alberta, and even some of British Columbia. However, if you’re coming in on a weekend to do some shopping, make sure to get into the malls pretty quick. They fill up very fast, and if you’re like me and being stuck in a large crowd of people ranks among your nightmares then do yourself a favor and stay the night so you can effectively dodge the masses while still getting your shopping done. An excellent tactic is stay in a hotel the night before, check out early, then get your shopping done before the crowds arrive.
Or, you can see a show. There’s plenty of Movie Theatres in the city, but while you’re here, why not go with something different? From April 15 to April 21st you can drop in and visit the Calgary Underground Film Festival, coming up in April we’ve got a great deal on Cirque du Soleil tickets, or you can visit with Alberta Ballet while they Celebrate Mozart. On any given weekend in Calgary there can be any type of show, festival, concert, or performance that can give you a small glimpse of the Metropolis-Inside-A-Cowboy-Hat-Next-To-A-Cow that is modern Downtown Calgary.
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.