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Calgary

Become a Ninja Warrior at these Calgary gyms

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

These aren’t your average monkey bars! Ninjas-in-training test their grip strength as they grapple through this obstacle at Cor.Fit’s WinSport location. (Photo courtesy of Alex Zabel.)

It goes without saying that working out is hard—heck, just gathering up the motivation to go to the gym can stop you dead in your tracks before you even break a sweat. But in recent years, reality TV competition shows like American Ninja Warrior and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have raked in viewers by the millions by turning incredibly difficult workouts into entertaining nighttime television.

Instead of just hoisting heavy weights or running at impossible speeds, athletes on these shows climb, vault, grapple and swing their way to victory, using every part of their bodies at every turn. This type of “functional fitness” is proving popular among Calgarians, and an influx of alternative ninja-style gyms have been popping up around the city in the last couple of years to meet rising demand.

If you’re looking to push your body to new athletic heights, or are just looking for a break from the treadmill, check out some of our favourites and see if this new workout trend is right for you!

Ever wondered if you could rocket up the Warped Wall like they do on ‘American Ninja Warrior’? Test your skills on the replica obstacle housed at Cor.Fit WinSport. (Photo courtesy of Alex Zabel.)

Cor.Fit 

It may look like a 15,000 sq. ft. playground, but make no mistake—this space was designed specifically for adults looking to be put to work. When Cor.Fit opened its premiere location in Calgary in Jan. 2016, the goal was to create a competition-level space for Tough Mudder and Spartan competitors—of which co-founder Kevin Halliday was one—to train locally year-round. Read more…

Shop ’til You Drop: Calgary’s Top Retail Neighbourhoods

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Light up your day with a visit to the vibrant and artsy Kensington neighbourhood. (Photo by Jason Dziver)

Calgary is home to a cornucopia of centrally located shopping, but to the unfamiliar eye, this variety can look more imposing than inviting. Each of the following Calgary neighbourhoods have a unique personality—which one is right for your one-stop shopping needs? Read more…

Where to take a Fargo Tour in Calgary

By SEEMA DHAWAN & MICHAELA RITCHIE

Fargo brought much silver screen acclaim to Calgary when it began filming its first season here in the fall of 2013. Martin Freeman, shown here, starred in the first season as Lester Nygaard. (Photo courtesy of Chris Large/FX)

The critically acclaimed television series Fargo has found its match for a backdrop in Calgary. This dark comedy-drama films extensively in the city, and Calgary’s heritage neighbourhoods and surrounding wilderness have been versatile enough to transport viewers to desolate landscapes in Minnesota and North and South Dakota across three separate pockets of time.

Want to make a visit to the American mid-west off-screen? Here’s where to go for a Fargo Tour in Calgary. Read more…

Calgary Souvenirs Get An Upgrade

By HANNA DEEVES

Hand-turned birch bowl by Ken Hawtin of Ardrossan AB. Available at Galleria Inglewood. Photo Courtesy Galleria Inglewood

If you are looking for a little more than T-Shirts and tiny bottles of maple syrup to bring back home after visiting our beautiful city, try checking out these spots. Even locals are sure to find something to show off their Calgarian spirit. Read more…

Calgary’s Best Fall Hikes

By SILVIA PIKAL

Nose Hill Park. (Photo courtesy of the City of Calgary)

With golden leaves, cooling temperatures and quieter trails, the autumn shoulder season is the perfect time to explore trails in a beautiful park in Calgary. These natural trails range from challenging hillier terrain to hikes suitable for all abilities. Experience stunning city and mountain vistas and see abundant wildlife without ever leaving town. Read more…

Another chapter begins for WordFest 2017

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

The annual festival that “connects Calgarians with life-changing ideas” will return Oct. 9-15 for its 22nd year. (Photo by David Kotsibie)

What do you get when you bring dozens of renowned authors from around the globe, and the fans who worship their work, together for six days of idea sharing and bookish events across the city? Those in the know might call it madness… others call it Wordfest. Read more…

Halloween Events Calgary

By HANNA DEEVES

Ghouls Night Out at Heritage Park. Photo Courtesy of Heritage Park

October is full of Halloween events for all ages here in Calgary. Whether you’re in it for the spooks, the costumes, or the candies, there is sure to be something for everyone. Read more…

Movie Foodie: Where to Grab On-Screen Eats in Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Jack Twist and Lureen Newsome first meet on-screen at Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall in Calgary. Reenact this and other movie moments with visits to these local eateries. (Photo courtesy of FanGirl Quest)

The 18th annual Calgary International Film Festival is set to take over screens across the city from September 20 to October 1. It’s hard to imagine a more iconic pairing than movies and popcorn, so in celebration of the local film scene, why not revisit some of Calgary’s starring roles with a delicious trip down memory lane? Read more…

4 Must-See Films at Calgary International Film Festival

By SILVIA PIKAL AND MICHAELA RITCHIE

With more than 200 features and short films being screened from Canada and 40 other countries, there’s plenty of choice at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). Here are four must-see films playing until the festival’s last evening on October 1. Read more…

18th Calgary International Film Festival Hits the Silver Screen

By RACHAEL FREY

Tickets for the Calgary International Film Festival don’t last long—grab them while you can! (Photo courtesy of the Calgary International Film Festival)

Ready the popcorn, extra butter please! The Calgary International Film Festival is hitting theatres in 2017 from September 20 to October 1. Over the past 18 years the festival has grown steadily, proving that Calgarians really love their cinema — last year the festival hit a record attendance of 36,700 film-goers eager to watch 200 multi-genre feature and short films from more than 40 countries. Read more…

Art Exhibits You Can’t Miss in Calgary

By HANNA DEEVES and MICHAELA RITCHIE

Courtesy of cSPACE

Calgary is home to some amazing artists. Here are a few exhibits and projects that you won’t want to miss.  Read more…

Beakerhead 2017: Everything You Need to Know

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Beakerhead’s Four to Six takes over the downtown core with three full blocks of open air experimentation along Stephen Avenue. Swing by this free event and see what happens when the street becomes a laboratory! (Photo by Kelly Hofer)

Science, art, engineering — at times it can seem nearly impossible to reconcile these three fields of experimentation. But from September 13 to 17, these industries will combine forces in Calgary to put on a citywide spectacle that is sure to delight the inventor in all of us. Read more…