Calgary: The Heart of the New West // Places to Visit

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Words & Photography
by Sisi Zheng

If I said I could count the number of times I wanted to create a city guide for Calgary, I would be lying. I kept holding myself back because I felt that there were already so many amazing guides out there and if I were to create one, it wouldn’t come close those. And maybe it won’t be as great, but I will attempt to make it my own.

Whenever I travel I try to visit places that are less well known but still worthwhile, and enjoy dining at places locals normally would. So instead of showing the usual tourist-musts, I thought it would be neat to showcase some of the everyday places a Calgarian would go, in order for people to get a taste of what it is like to live in Calgary. And if you already do live here, feel free to check out some of these places as well! So in the next three days, thanks to Habit & Home, they will be posting some of my favourite places to visit, eat, and shop in Calgary.

The Calgary Tower is the second tallest building in the city and it is in the heart of downtown Calgary. The night view is absolutely unforgettable, and be sure to head to the Sky 360 for a lovely meal that comes with a gorgeous view of the city as the restaurant floor spins around the tower while you dine. This used to be the tallest building in Calgary until the Bow tower was built, but it is still the tallest building that is open to the public.

101 - 9 Ave. SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1J9

This is one of the tallest towers in all of Canada, excluding the ones in Toronto. Sadly, The Bow is not open to the public, but at the front entrance stands the uniquely designed Wonderland sculpture by Jaume Plensa that is for sure worth a visit.

The Bow //
500 Centre St. SE
Calgary, Canada

Hidden along Elbow Drive, Wood’s Park definitely has a magical feel to it. Depending on the season, there’s always something different and new about it. During the summer, roses are planted throughout the park and during autumn, needless to say, everything is covered in a shade of gold.

Griffith Wood's Park //
Discovery Ridge Blvd. SW
Calgary, Canada


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