Sunday, July 3, 2011

50 Awesome Things to Do in Calgary - Contest

The Calgary Stampede is just hours away and our city is about to be flooded with tourists, even some Royal tourists! A while back I made a list of 50 Awesome Things To Do in Calgary. I thought I would re-post this list in hopes that some of the tourists might find it useful.

I need your help, surely there are more than 50 Awesome Things to Do in Calgary. I want you to add to this list. All you have to do is leave a comment with something that you think I left off this list, and you will be entered to win a hard cover copy of "The Book of Even More Awesome."

For my birthday this year a friend sent me the original "Book Of Awesome." It was a really fun read. If you haven't read it, I suggest you check it out. I thought this would be the perfect prize for this contest.

It's that simple, leave a comment with something that is awesome that I left off the list. Make sure you put your email address (don't worry, I won't give it out, or EVER send you any other kind of email other than maybe saying thanks for leaving a comment). I will randomly select a winner on July 17th, the last day of Stampede and mail you the book!

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

50 Awesome Things To Do in Calgary

1. Watch a Battle of Alberta (Flames vs Oilers) at the Saddledome.
2. Go to one of the many World Cup sporting events that come to Calgary. Speed Skating, bobsled, luge, skiing, etc… brings the best athletes in the world for their respective sport and it is often very cheap or even free to attend.
3. Take a cooking class at the Cookbook Company. Lots of classes for every style of food you can think of.
#5. Bobsled at COP
4.  Get an Alley Burger from Charcut.
5.  Do the bobsled run at COP. Expensive, but worth every thrilling, ridiculously fast second.
6. Take a walk through Princes Island Park
7.  Go watch some great music at the Ironwood. Many times I’ve never heard of the people playing there, but I always leave with one of their CD’s.
8. Get dressed up, go for a nice dinner and then to the CPO. You'll feel fancy.
9. Spend a summer afternoon rafting down the Bow River.
10. Go see your favourite musical act at the Saddledome. Top acts are always coming to town. Splurge a little bit and get floor seats. It makes for a much better concert experience.
11. Skate at Bowness Park in the winter.
12. Have a few too many drinks and go two stepping at Nashville North during Stampede.
13. Go to a pancake breakfast.
14. Watch the Chuck wagon races and make sure you stay for the Grandstand show! The Grandstand show is my favourite part of Stampede.
15. Go for a walk/run/bike/roller blade on one of Calgary’s almost 1000kms of paved pathways. I like to start west and head towards downtown on Memorial Drive and watch the skyline get closer and closer.
16.  Go to Banff, but don’t just do a day trip. Stay over-night. See a concert at the Banff Center for the Arts. Go to one of the many nice restaurants for dinner. Relax in your hotel’s outdoor hot tub.
#18 Scotchman's Hill
17. Zip line at COP.
18. Go to Scotchman’s Hill and admire the view of Calgary’s skyline
19. Have a coffee (I prefer lattes) and a scone at Bumpy’s
20. Go to Calgary Roughneck’s Lacrosse game. It’s a much different sporting experience than any hockey game you’ve been too.
21. Drink a “heroin” beer at the Saddledome. There is something about that draft.
22. Use the C-train. Get to know the routes. You don’t have to drive everywhere in this city. It’s sometimes the quickest way to your destination, especially in the winter
23. Watch at Stamps game on a warm summers night at McMahon.
24. BBQ a Spolumbo’s sausage in the summer.
25. Learn how to line dance at Ranchman’s.
26. Have some Pho at one of Calgary’s many amazing Vietnamese restaurants. It's the cheapest, most filling lunch in town.
27. In the winter, play some shinny at one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks.
28. Eat a shawarma at Jimmy’s A&A Deli. They are the best in town.
29. Cross-country ski at the Nordic Centre in Canmore.
#31, Skate on Lake Louise
30.Overdose on mini donuts during Stampede.
31. Skate on Lake Louise in the winter, and canoe there in the summer.
32.Take a day off and go skiing at Sunshine or Lake Louise.  It’s a lot less busy on a weekday. You pretty much have the hill to yourself.
33. Eat some fresh Taber corn in the late summer. It’s the best corn you will ever have.
34. Buy some local produce/meats/crafts, etc… at the farmers markets. Calgary Farmer’s Market and Kingsland Farmers Market are two of the best.
35. Check out the Olympic museum at COP. It’s a nice way to spend a few hours.
36. Skate at the Olympic Oval. There is public skating everyday and it is considered to be the best ice in the world.
37. Go for a drive and visit Drumheller.
38. Take in one of the many cool exhibits at the Glenbow Museum.
39.  Eat a steak at one of Calgary’s many Chophouse’s. Alberta beef served at its best.
#41, Visit a Corn Maze
40.  Admire the view from the top of the Calgary Tower. Just before dusk is a nice time. There is still day light but the lights of the city are just coming on.
41.  Go to a corn maze south of the city in the fall. It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
42.  Stroll through Nose Hill Park.
43.  Eat a Crave Cupcake. Cravolicious is my favourite. Chocolate with blue icing.
44.  Spend a day at the Calgary Folk Festival. You’ll discover all kinds of world class talent that you’ve probably never heard of before.
45. Go to a Calgary Vipers Baseball game.
46.  Enjoy a cold drink on a hot summers day on one of the many patio’s on 17th Ave. Why not Melrose in the heart of the Red Mile? Maybe have a Big Rock Beer? They brew them here in Calgary.
47.  Get some gelato at Amato Gelato in Kensington. Delicious homemade Italian ice cream.
48. Join a sporting league. The Calgary Sport and Social Club has many different leagues of all different sports from beginner to advanced. It's also a great way to meet new people.
49.  Golf at one of the many golf courses in and around the city. The City of Calgary owns 6 different courses in every quadrant and it is the most affordable way to golf in the city.
50. Visit the Calgary Zoo. There are over 1000 animals from all over the world. Zoo Lights over the holidays is a nice night out. Buy a copy of hot chocolate and stroll through the zoo and admire the over 1 million lights.


  1. Lots of great ideas up there Adam. I recently made my fist visit to Aussie Rules and it will not be my last - Head to head pianos, taking requests, encouraging dancing on your tall stools - What else can I say... good times!

    I thought I read this previously and saw something about Ikea, but can't see it now. (perhaps late night blury eyes don't help) But for those who have not experienced it, it's a neat trip... I'd do it for the $0.75 frozen yogurt!

    You've got some Stampede stuff, but they also say if you do go you have to have the mini-doughnuts! - speaking of food... isn't there some take out place in the North that people line up for days to get milkshakes and fries? Have you been... I'd be interested in reading your review! :)

  2. Last summer I went to Calgary around this time (for the stampede) and then to Banff for a week. My last day in Calgary before driving to Banff was spent lounging at Prince's Island park. It was such a great day. lots of space to play sports, nice spots to picnic and bask in the sun, and lots of paths to take a walk around on. Such a nice place!

  3. Explore Inglewood, which is just a short walk from the downtown core. There are lots of cool shops, including a massive army surplus store. For lunch, get banh mi (Vietnamese sub) from Delightful Donuts Cafe (note: it's cash only). The place is kind of dingy, but man those subs are delicious!! -- Allison MacDonald

  4. I was hoping for some more comments. Last night was the deadline and after a random draw, congrats to Ddinonat! She is the winner of "The Book Of Even More Awesome."


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