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Where to Eat at Calgary’s Top Attractions


Sky 360 restaurant in the Calgary Tower. Photo Courtesy of Sky 360

You might already know of these places as some of the must-see spots in Calgary, but did you know they also have some of the must-eat restaurants? Here are some dining hot spots within attractions you won’t want to miss.

Discover Winter Activities in Calgary


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Take the kids and head to the nearby ski hills! Photo courtesy WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park

Calgary is known as the gateway to the Rockies, but there’s no need to leave the city to find outdoor activities in the winter. World-class Olympic sports facilities and a keen sense of seasonal nostalgia combine to create a variety of family-friendly cold weather fun.

Ice-skating is an integral part of Canadian cold-weather life, and while indoor rinks may be practical, nothing beats gliding across outdoor ice under the vast Prairie sky. (more…)

Calgary Christmas Entertainment for the Whole Family


Theatre Calgary’s staging of A Christmas Carol. Photo: Trudie Lee, courtesy Theatre Calgary.

Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends, Nov 23 – Dec 22
Christmas past is alive and well and perfectly enchanting at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go for a wagon ride, take in live historical theatre, sing holiday carols and pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick. Three of the park’s historic homes open their doors to share the Yuletide traditions of Alberta’s pioneers. Admission, $8 adult, $6 child (does not include access to Gasoline Alley. Combined admission price for Once Upon a Christmas and Gasoline alley, $11 adult, $9 child, $5.75 senior).

•Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500.
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A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 24

Charles Dickens’s beloved story of greed, redemption and the spirit of generosity is told in Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The second year for director Dennis Garnhum’s revamped production marks the 20th year Stephen Hair, Calgary’s favourite Ebenezer Scrooge, has played the role of the miserly Christmas curmudgeon. Tickets $35 – $155.50. (more…)

Winter Activities For The Whole Family at Heritage Park


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Photo: courtesy Heritage Park Historical Village

Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village is a turn-of-the-19th century Prairie village come to life. While the park’s historical village is closed until spring, plenty of family-friendly one-off events take place throughout the winter in the village and in Heritage Town Square. (more…)

The Biggest and Best: 6 Calgary Attractions


Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Visit Western Canada’s most exciting urban attractions.

Heritage Park

The historical buildings and costumed townsfolk of Heritage Park Historical Village bring this bustling Alberta pioneer railway town to life. Old-fashioned attractions include a bakery, ice cream parlour, blacksmith shop, aboriginal encampment and antique midway complete with Ferris wheel.
Must See: Three vintage modes of transport afford unique views of the park’s charming scenery. Tour Glenmore Reservoir on working paddlewheeler the S.S. Moyie, catch a ride on a fully operational steam train or hop on a horse-drawn wagon.
Must Do: Outside the main gate, admire the antique autos at Gasoline Alley Museum and shop the boutiques of Haskayne Mercantile Block. Attend special aboriginal cultural performances presented throughout the summer on the main grounds. (more…)

Thanksgiving at Heritage Park

This holiday long weekend, take the kids back in time at Heritage Park and enjoy free rides, a pancake breakfast and a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

As a thank you for a great summer, Heritage Park is offering free rides all weekend long ($10 value) and a free pancake breakfast for the first 500 guests through the gates each morning before 10:30 am.

Take the family down to Heritage Park this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

And to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, the Wainwright Hotel will serve a three-course family lunch. The meal includes roast turkey with mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup and, for dessert, a slice of pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. The meal will be served from October 6 until October 8, between 11 am to 3:30 pm. The meal is $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (under 12).

Good To Know: While Heritage Park is closing for the season, several attractions outside the park’s main entrance will remain open year-round. These include Gasoline Alley Museum, Selkirk Grille Restaurant, Railway Café and the five shops that make up the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Also, as of the beginning of November, the area will feature a free skating rink, open daily.

Select Historical Village venues will reopen for special and ticketed events during the off season, including Ghouls’ Night Out, Ghosts and Gourmet and Once Upon A Christmas, which is held on the five weekends prior to Christmas Day. However, the Historical Village won’t reopen for the 2013 summer season until the May long weekend.

Weekend Roundup September 7 – 9

Friday, September 7 Catch the opening weekend of the fall exhibit Reclamation at The Artist Proof Gallery. An opening reception will be held Sep 7, at 5:30 pm. The evening will begin with a public lecture from the artist.  The exhibit features detailed etchings and lithographs by Georgia-based artist Curtis Bartone. The gallery is located at 2010F 11 St SE. For more information call 403-287-1056.

For a night full of laughs this weekend head down to Yuk Yuk’s and check out stand-up comedian Bob Beddow. His homespun humor will be taking the stage September 6 – 8. For tickets and show times, call the Yuk Yuk’s box office, 403-258-2028.

Saturday, September 8 Stage West presents Sexy Laundry by Michele Riml. The play is an entertaining evening for men, women and couples alike. (more…)

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $100 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part III.

By Laura Pellerine

1. Headphones by Roxy and JBL
Plush ear pads with an audio capacity of 40 mm. $79.95 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.

2. Glass Sushi Dish
Measuring at 3/4” of thick glass, and paired with stainless steel chopsticks. $79 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

3. Classic Tigger
A limited edition, powdered marble and resin figurine designed by European artist Peter Mook. $99 at Artesano Galleria (1218c – 9 Ave SE).

4. Murray McDavid Scotch Whiskey
Malts distilled in different types of barrels and casks, like this Dufftown 1997 blend, aged in two casks: a traditional whisky cask and a California Zinfandel cask from Ridge. Limited edition runs. Bottles range in price from $58 – $90 at Bin 905.

5. Bella Bracelet by Sugarlime Jewellery
A seven-inch sterling silver bracelet with a Swarovski crystal bevelled heart and sterling silver wolf charm. Inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. $89 at Honey B’s.

6. Wind in the Willows
A Folio Society copy of this classic story by Kenneth Grahame. In its 5th printing, high-quality bound with linen pages and award-winning artist Charles van Sandwyk’s illustrations. $100 at Arts on Atlantic.

7. Men’s Shaving Kit
Antique-inspired chrome-plated shaving kit with a badger-hair brush. $89 at Plaza Mercantile at Heritage Park.

8. Amelia Mini Purse
Made with 300 hand-crocheted recycled pop tops.  Lightweight and lined with silver satin. $85 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

Model T Citizen

Vintage car hobbyist Ron Carey’s $5,000,000 collection breathes new life into Heritage Park

By Laura Pellerine

Antique car collector Ron Carey was 14 when he got his driver’s licence. “I lied about my age,” he admits with a sheepish grin. He’s quick to point out that “back then,” growing up on a farm in eastern Alberta in the ’40s, he would have only been driving on old back country roads.

He started driving a Ford Model A roadster (think open-cab mob movie cars) when he was 12, and a life long passion for cars was born. Since 1974 Carey has been purchasing and restoring vintage cars, trucks and gas pumps as a hobby.

In 2002 he approached Heritage Park Historical Village with the thought of donating his collection to the museum—not only did the park agree, they decided to build the Gasoline Alley Museum, a separate on-site building dedicated to displaying his antique cars and memorabilia.

As Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park tells the story of the settlement of Western Canada with costumed interpreters and a recreated pioneer village. Carey knew his collection would be in good hands.

“It’s easy enough to sell these kind of cars, but then what? You spend the money and it’s gone. I wanted to give it to a place that would never go broke, so the items could never be sold off.”