I’m back in Vancouver after a fantastic weekend in Calgary. I went to Calgary with 6 other friends of mine from Vancouver for the Calgary Stampede. I was also so so incredibly lucky to be hosted by Tamania from Urdu Mom and also hang out with my friends from residency program here in Vancouver!
THINGS TO DO IN CALGARY
GO TO THE CALGARY STAMPEDE
If you haven’t heard of the Calgary Stampede – you need to check out more details HERE. It is the largest outdoor western/cowboy event, filled with carnival eats, traditional cowboy rodeo, evening shows, music festivals and so much more! It is probably the busiest s time to be in Calgary, AB and wherever you will go people will be dressed in cowboy hats and boots. It’s a great vibe in the city, and i attended some events with my friends!
So, if you are planning to go to Calgary – definitely plan to go to the stampede and check out the grounds. If you want to watch one of the shows, like the rodeo that happens daily in the afternoon, you can get tickets before hand.
The nice thing about that is that you get access to the ground for the full day with your tickets. That way you can enjoy all the yummy carnival eats like these deep fried goodies, and also check out the shows if you are into that.
VISIT THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Now while you are in Calgary, I highly recommend renting a car and taking a day trip out to the Rockies. The absolute must see place is Lake Louise in Banff National Park, and it is about 1.5-2 hours drive away from Calgary. But, beware of crowds. We reached Lake Louise at 7:55 am (which meant we were on the road at 6 am), and the parking lots were already full! They do have over flow parking lots, from which you can shuttle to Lake Louise, but that can add an extra 20-30 minutes to your “commute”. Regardless, it was worth it!!
Lake Louise is a glacial Lake, and gets its turquoise colour from the abundant minerals that are in it. It’s magnificent from the ground but just as magnificent from a hike.
We decided, based on my friend’s recommendation, to do a hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House. This hike is all uphill and is 3.8 km long. It can take about an hour and is an intermediate level hike. En route, you get stellar views of the Rockies and abundant wildlife (no bears though because it’s too busy with humans). There is also another lake called Mirror Lake about 3/4 of the way up.
And then a beautiful waterfall as you approach the tea house. The tea house is at the top of the waterfall, adjacent to the Agnes Lake. You can enjoy a nice cafe meal at the tea house and the soup and sandwich combo was much needed after that hike!
like any mountainous hike, dress in layers as it can get cold as you ascend in altitude.
CHECK OUT HERITAGE PARK
The other thing that I did in Calgary was visit Heritage Park. This park is essentially a museum but all outdoors. The various buildings are donated by the original owners and are a representation of life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. You know I’m obsesed with antiques so this was basically my dream come true! If you have kids and are travelling to Calgary, I highly recommend spending a full day here and going prepared with a picnic lunch etc to make the most out of your day!
Heritage Park also has wonderful classes/activities for kids of different ages. We went to an ice cream making class and had the yummiest ice cream!
WALK AROUND DOWNTOWN AND CHECK OUT THE CALGARY CENTRAL LIBRARY
Another fun thing I did in Calgary was visit the Calgary Central Library. Let me tell you what a gorgeous architectural feat this state of the art library is!! I was so impressed with just the entrance alone.
One of the best parts of Calgary was hanging out with so many wonderful people!! From my friends from Vancouver, to new blogging friends! I had such a wonderful time and this trip was definitely one for the books.
Ps. For those wondering where Liyana is – she stayed back in Vancouver with my mom as mama needed this solo trip! A huge thanks to my mom for holding down the fort back in Van city!
That is basically what I covered in Calgary in 2.5 days! I wish I had more time, because I definitely would have spent it all in the mountains!
Have you been to Calgary? Or are planning to go? Let me know in the comments 💗
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