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Mementos of Calgary, Pt II

We’ve rounded up some distinctly Calgarian souvenirs to help you remember your trip, like this Calgary keepsake that comes with a twist—the top of the tower is a bobble head, $15 (right).But a true a conversation piece is sure to be this pepper mill, modeled after the Calgary Tower. It’s made from wood, with touches of stainless steel and a dial to adjust peppercorn grains from coarse to fine, $36. Find both at the Visitors’ Centre at the base of the Tower, 101 – 9 Ave SW.Southern Alberta’s history is steeped in the culture of the Blackfoot First Nations peoples. Honour this heritage with a dream catcher made by a local artisan. Hung above the bed, it filters dreams, catching nightmares in its woven hoop, $15, Kanata Trading Post, 108 – 7 Ave SW.For something truly unique, pick up this traditional peace pipe and bag. For the pipe bag, artist Ivan McMaster of the Siksika Nation uses glass beads for the floral design and cow hide as the material, $225. The peace pipe is by Ross Miller of the Blackfoot Confederacy and features a pipestone bowl with beaver fur, glass beads and partridge feathers as accents, $265, Micah Gallery.A commemorative plaque of Calgary’s distinct skyline is an ol’ standard souvenir, you can get them for $11 at Cherries Gifts. If you’d like something more sophisticated, local photographer Tom Hamp has captured the quiet, still mood of the prairies with prints of grain elevators captured across the province. The use of Giclée printing (a technique of spraying) gives warmth and vibrancy to the works, $150 – $675, FourbyFive Gallery, Art Central.—Laura Pellerine

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