There is plenty to do and see in Calgary and our Bed & Breakfast puts you in the middle of action. Book now to be within walking distance from many of the city's top attractions.
The signature Calgary Pride Parade is one of the most colourful celebrations of the year! This family friendly parade sees upwards of 60,000 spectators as over 125 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians, churches and public services roll through the heart of downtown, and celebrates the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community.
My Calgary Bow And Mission Rivers Pathways Bike Ride
On Saturday mornings I usually meet a group of friends for coffee at the Calgary Co-op Supermarket on 11 Ave SW. Afterwards I cycle across downtown along 8th St SW onto the pathway system crossing the Bow River on the pedestrian Peace Bridge that was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This leads me onto the north side of the Bow River on the pathway flanking Memorial Drive and the Bow River heading east. Across the Bow river is Prince's Island Park and the skyline of Downtown Calgary. Travelling east on the Bow river pathway and biking under Centre St bridge then the Langevin bridge now approaching St Patrick's Island pedestrian bridge where a new art sculpture is located. I cross over the Bow River still heading east towards Inglewood.
Our Saturday coffee meeting
Downtown from the Co-op parking lot.
Calgary Peace Bridge
North Side of the Bow River
Prince's Island Park
The Bow River
Art on the banks of the Bow River
Elbow River as it joins the Bow River
Elbow River and the Grand Stand at Stampede Park
The Scotia Bank Saddledome, Stampede Park
Elbow River close to our Calgary bed and breakfast
My English friend Lyn who is from Liverpool stayed with us for a couple of days and on one of those day we drove over to Highway 40 for the Kananaskis Trail. We took Highway 1 West out of Calgary and then South on Highway 40 that became the Kananaskis Trail. We travel for an hour passing Barrier Lake then onto Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and afterwards the gentle rolling foothills to the small town of Longview. The Kananaskis trail is Canada's highest road pass at over 7000 ft above sea level. The weather was sunny with a few clouds and snowy mists. Lyn enjoy herself very much as my passenger in my truck. Part of the way we used the Gypsy Tour Guide App that I downloaded onto my smart phone then connected to the truck's radio. This tour app uses your device's location abilities to play automatically the commentary about the route you are travelling.
We had a fantastic evening as Graham and I went to the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the Arts Commons for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's grand finale of their 60th anniversary season. Having led the Orchestra for ten years, Mahler Eight: Symphony of a Thousand marks Maestro Roberto Minczuk's last concert conducting the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the role of Music Director. It was a very powerful performance.
This event happens either on the last Sunday of May or the first Sunday of June and it is Calgary's largest street festival with an average crowd of 100,000. Calgary's Lilac Festival occurs on Fourth Street SW about one and half blocks away from Calgary Westways Guest House. They close 4th St SW for about 12 blocks and then the vendors set up their tables selling many craft items. Many local restaurants set up booths to sell select food items and plus there are the beer gardens and various live music stages.