Covering almost four kilometres near the airport, the commercial stretch of 32 Ave NE boasts an array of restaurants, shops and recreational services for locals and visitors to stop at on their way in or out of the city.
Beef lovers have two steak houses to choose from: Carver’s Steakhouse, where diners can enjoy fine Alberta beef and tasty flambéed desserts in an elegant and modern setting; and North 51 Steakhouse, known for its quality steaks and seafood dishes.
Practice your swing at Fox Hollow, featuring a 6,500 yard course that is open to the public and will satisfy golfers of any skill level. Just a short drive away, the 27-hole facility at McCall Lake Golf Course was rated an “excellent local course,” by ScoreGolf Magazine. The course includes 6,788 yards of rolling fairways and manicured greens, and enough water hazards to keep you on your toes (1600 – 32 Ave NE, 403-974-1805).
Sunridge Mall is the largest mall in the northeast with over 160 stores, including the largest Sport Chek in Canada, an H&M to get you fashion ready for spring, and a World Health Club fitness centre.GOOD COOKIES
Cookies On the Go specializes in tasty, homemade cookies made in-store daily. Cookies are $1 each and all proceeds go to the Calgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation, an organization that provides support services for people with disabilities. 1935 – 32 Ave NE, 403-276-1016.
For 50 years, PM Hobbycraft’s varied collection has been the go-to place for all things hobby-related. The store boasts more than 70,000 items, ranging from art supplies to toys, radio-controlled cars and trucks, and realistic train sets. 2020 – 32 Ave NE, 403-291-2733.DIVA DOGS
Dogaholics is a doggy store and spa that ensures dogs are spoiled and well cared for. In addition to providing toys, treats and teaching aids, the boutique offers extended care, grooming, exercise, and massages. 2020 – 32 Ave NE, 403-769-0062.
Just off the main drag, the stylish and relaxed atmosphere of The Cactus Club Café pairs nicely with their eclectic menu, which features dishes like the Jack Daniels’ ribs and blackened Creole chicken. 2612 – 39 Ave NE, 403-250-1120.GLOBAL EATS
Those looking for cuisine with some kick can’t go wrong with Thai Boat, an authentic restaurant offering fiery Southeast Asian fare, with dishes like the Thai spicy soup and green chicken curry. For fans of equally tempting exotic fare, the family-owned and operated Clay Oven offers favourite Indian dishes like butter chicken and chicken vindaloo.
The commercial stretch of 32 Ave NE is located just south of the Calgary International Airport, between Deerfoot Tr and 36 St NE.—Richard Saad