Aug. 5, 2016
By Naomi Witherick
Fancy a taste of the city during your mountain vacation? Calgary is a dynamic and friendly urban oasis at the foot of the Canadian Rockies.
Just an hour and a half from Banff, Calgary is right on your doorstep if you’re staying in the national park. If you’re flying through Calgary International Airport, the city a great place to explore before or after your time in the mountains.
From historic sites to urban glitz, the city is pocketed with eclectic districts. Sample the unique shops, funky bistros and buzzing nightlife in Kensington Village, Stephen Ave Downtown Pedestrian Mall, Inglewood and 17th Avenue SW. With endless bike and walking paths (many along the Bow and Elbow Rivers), it’s very safe and child-friendly.
Where to Stay
Calgary has plenty of accommodation options. But for something exciting, convenient and budget-friendly try the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, a recently built four-star entertainment and lodging venue in southwest Calgary. Situated on Tsuut’ina First Nation land, it offers expressway connections to the airport and the Canmore-Banff area.
Grey Eagle’s sophisticated interior and ultra-modern bedrooms promise a touch of luxury, as do the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness suite. Dining options include buffets and upscale Little Chief restaurant. Relax with a drink in the Stage Bar with HD sports screens and poker machines, or experience Vegas-style action at the Casino and Event Centre.
Parking is complimentary (as are bikes to ride adjacent Fish Creek Park trails), and downtown is just a 15-minute drive away. Go online to discover current, value-priced Grey Eagle room and package deals.
What to Do
Calgary is full of attractions with appeal for the whole family. A 10-minute drive from Grey Eagle Resort is Heritage Park that interprets pioneer times with steam train and paddle boat rides, a working farm, a fur trading fort and an impressive array of historic homes, shops, churches and a hotel. Fascinating Calgary Zoo is one of North America’s best, and Calaway Park amusement rides are always a big hit with the kids.
The city’s shopping scene boasts designer labels to high street favourites in the malls and outlets, and since Alberta has no provincial sales tax you can justify a spending spree! Chinook Centre, Calgary’s biggest and most popular shopping mall, is 10-minutes from Grey Eagle Resort.
After a fun day in the city, head back to your resort and hit the casino. Grey Eagle has 84,000 square feet of gaming action, with 40 table games, 867 slot machines, poker room and daily bingo sessions.
Check out the Grey Eagle Event Centre calendar to see what big names are performing during your stay. This attractive venue is suitable for all ages and features country, pop, rock and indie music artists. A dose of lively entertainment is the perfect way to enhance your big city break.
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