In 2014 I decided to start a new life adventure and move from the United Kingdom to Canada. Calgary became my new home city and this buzzing place is ideal for me with just the right amount of city life, balanced by easy access to some of the most amazing natural landmarks I’ve ever been lucky enough to explore.
With the expansive prairies to the east and the awesome Rocky Mountains standing between the Pacific west, Calgary travel should be a must on an itinerary for exploring Canada. Here are a few shots to show you why you should explore my home city.
Scotsman’s Hill is my favorite location in the city to watch a sunset. From the top of the hill there is a great view of downtown Calgary and its tall buildings. In the foreground is the Saddledome, which is where the Calgary Flames Hockey Team plays its games.
Calgary by night
During the evening the view seems to take on a new energy. As the sunlight dips the city lights illuminate and the nightlife of Calgary gets into full swing. There are many great nights to be had on 17th Ave with its numerous bars and restaurant. When the Calgary Flames make the playoffs it becomes the Red Mile and draws many people looking for a good nights watching hockey.
Peace Bridge opened in 2012 and the unique architecture of this bridge has made it one of the most photographed spots in the city. It allows pedestrians and cyclists an easy access to the city’s downtown from across the Bow River. To mitigate any ecological impact, the bridge was built with no piers going into the water.
The Bow River which runs under the bridge begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows right through the city. It passes the downtown buildings and heads out east toward the Saskatchewan River.
The colours of Autumn really bring the city to life. As the sunsets arrive earlier, it is the perfect time to admire the colourful cityscape scenery.
During Autumn my favorite part of the city to explore is Fish Creek Provincial Park. It is the second largest urban park in Canada and on a given day you could spot deer, coyotes, beavers or other wildlife which enjoy the surrounds.
Winter in Calgary
Winters in Calgary can be severe. This picture was taken in -30 degree temperatures. Once I had set up my equipment taken the shot and got back in the car I could barely feel my hands. Though the dry coldness can be quite biting, the snow brings a seasonal beauty with it.
However during the summer the city comes alive in the heat. The world famous Calgary Stampede is an annual event which is a draw to people from around the world who come to experience this very western festival.
These are only a few reasons why Calgary travel should top your Canada list!