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Winter in Calgary
By: Zdenko Kahlina
Few days ago I took opportunity to spend two days on the business trip to Calgary. There was a unique Storage Networking conference that I wanted to attend. At the same time I was planning to take a few pictures of this beautiful Canadian city and write few words about it on my blog site.
Calgary is only about 2.5 hours drive away from Edmonton. Highway 2 is easy to drive on, because it is a two line road both ways and goes straight thru the Alberta prairie. There is only one town (Red Deer) between Edmonton and Calgary. While carefully watching my speed (there are number of RCMP speed traps on this busy highway) I made it without stopping. As I was approaching the city, snow storm was moving in as well. That’s April like weather in Alberta. Though it was snowing heavily, I made it safely to the underground parking at the Westin hotel where I was staying.
Calgary & Area at a Glance
Calgary is the top city out of 21 major urban areas in terms of living quality and economic potential, according to a new study released by the Toronto Board of Trade. Their hockey team “Calgary Flames” is in the Stanley Cup playoff’s this year and the whole city is going crazy for their team (last night they beat Chicago 5:4 and tied the score to 2:2 in the playoff.
Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains. The Calgary Stampede is undoubtedly Calgary’s best-known visitor attraction. This event, featuring a large parade and world-class rodeo, draws more than a million people each year. The host city of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games takes pride in its sporting legacy. Canada Olympic Park is a multi-purpose athletic facility designed for skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh and luge during the winter and mountain biking during the summer. The Pengrowth Saddledome is the home of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, as well as being the venue for countless events and concerts throughout the year. Other attractions, including the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower and Eau Claire Market are other great places to visit year-round. Visit the WorldWeb.com travel guides for Edmonton, Kananaskis Country, Canmore, Banff, Bragg Creek and Drumheller for information about visitor destinations near Calgary.
There are so many reasons to be in love with Calgary but here are my favorite few:
- We love Calgary because we can enjoy sunshine even when it’s -30 outside.
- We welcome visitors from all over the world during Stampede and although they call us the wild West our hospitality is at its very best.
- Calgary is home to some lovable personalities like Wayne Mcbean, Patrick Eaves, Chris Jericho, Jann Ardene etc.
- We serve the best steak in Western Canada.
- We have a wide variety of Cultures here and we encourage diverse population.
- Where else in Canada will you find hot cowboys?
- We can enjoy four seasons in a single day.
- We hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988
- We also love Calgary because it’s the home to the Calgary Flames.
- We have the lovely Rockies on one side and the badlands on the other.
With such an interesting list, need I say more? Just look at the pictures and enjoy!