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Top Things to Do in the Bow Valley

Aug. 30, 2016
By Where writers

The Bow Valley has tons of things to do. From hiking trails with quaint tea houses to fishing, watersports and visiting cute husky puppies there’s something of everyone.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Paul Zizka

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Niagara is for Everyone: Entertainment at the Falls

EACH YEAR, MORE THAN 12 MILLION PEOPLE VISIT THE NIAGARA REGION. THE EVER-POPULAR GLITZY MAIN STRIP, CLIFTON HILL AND IT’S THRIVING NIGHTLIFE SCENE CONTINUE TO DRAW (AND DAZZLE) VISITORS. 

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The exciting Great Canadian Midway.

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Golf with towering dinosaurs at Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

Clifton Hill is arguably Niagara’s most colourful street, providing a touch of Vegas with its blazing lights, eclectic attractions and themed restaurants. Non-stop campy fun and plenty of stimulation can be found at the Great Canadian Midway, which has more than 300 games primarily of the arcade variety, as well as rides. The ‘Street of Fun’ as Clifton Hill is sometimes referred to, proudly claims two Canadian records: the Niagara Skywheel is the largest observation wheel sitting 175 feet above the falls, while the Dinosaur Adventure Golf is the largest mini golf attraction with 50 dinosaurs throughout the course, some of which stand more than 30 feet high. Take a selfie with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson at Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars, which pays homage to celebrities and beloved film characters like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones.

 

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Fallsview Casino Resort has an unbeatable view.

Fallsview Casino Resort offers grown up stimulation by way of 3,000 slot machines, a dedicated poker room, and table games like blackjack and roulette. A 1,500-seat theatre hosts more than 250 shows   each year ranging from musicians and comedians to dance. Catch the likes of Jeff Dunham (May 19 and 20) and Flatley Lord of the Dance (May 25 to June 5), among other performances. Over at the Greg Frewin Theatre (5781 Ellen Ave., 1-905-356-0777), watch a magic show complete with a rare white Siberian tiger and exotic birds.

Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood are two popular chain restaurants in the area. The former is known for its musical memorabilia complete with a mural of rock stars, while the latter is dedicated to celebrities. The laid back vibe of Jimmy Buffet’s three-level Margaritaville with its island-themed decor is an ideal place for a burger, and of course, a slushy alcoholic beverage.

—Linda Luong Luck

 

 

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Indoor Fun in Banff & Canmore

March 15, 2016
By Where Writers

Read on for some of our favourite places to escape chilly weather.

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The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre: Get your ice time in at public skates Sunday to Thursday. The $20 drop-in learn-to-curl class (Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm) includes gear.

The Banff Centre: See top international talent at a music, dance or theatre performance. Coming up soon (March 26), Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star: Truth & Reconciliation portrays a First Nations woman in a life of youthful excess.

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Mountain Heli Adventures

Photo: Courtesy of Rockies Heli Canada

Photo: Courtesy of Rockies Heli Canada

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Skiers, do photos of deep virgin powder stir your desire to heli-ski? Do you wonder if you have what it takes? Good news—you don’t have to be an expert. You’ll join a group with others of similar ability, get tips from your guide/instructor, ski terrain suited to your skills and use fat skis that make deep snow turns easier. Located southwest of the national parks, RK Heliski offers daily packages with a Banff shuttle.

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5 Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

5. Speakeasy With Style
Just off Stephen Avenue Walk, Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar is downtown’s newest live-music hotspot. With loads of speakeasy cachet, its upstairs restaurant and lounge is the street-side cover for a basement that features not only cool jazz and warm blues, but bistro fare and an extensive and carefully curated wine menu.
• Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar 811 1 St SW, 403-263-1650, wine-ohs.com
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Hot Dates: 5 for music lovers

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    November 18: Canadian rockers Finger Eleven, best know for hits like “One Thing” and “Paralyzer,” perform at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.

  • November 26: The Dartmouth Community Concert Association hosts the multi-talented Rhapsody Quintet at Woodlawn United Church. The ensemble performs light classical, salon, musical theatre, movie music, jazz, tango, klezmer and more.
  • November 27: Soft-rock dreamboat James Blunt, best known for “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover,” makes a rare visit to the Halifax Metro Centre.
  • December 4: Performing in Halifax for the first time, the Mastan Group offers an “uplifting, mesmerizing” performance of Persian music.
  • December 9: New Orleans music legend Dr. John (joined by the Lower 911 band) rocks Casino Nova Scotia.