Calgary is located between the Rockies and the Canadian Prairies and is one of Canada’s most understated cities. It is often left in the shadows of its illustrious siblings Vancouver and Toronto. However, Calgary is one of those cities that provides its visitors and residents with experiences they will not find anywhere else.The Bow River
Spinner and Fly fishermen use the river all year round. The main species found in the Bow are Brown and Rainbow trout. The growth rate of the fish in the river is extraordinary, in fact, it is one of the highest in the world. So if you’re a fisherman and want to fish the Bow River you will have a great chance of experiencing the thrill of hooking into a big fish. There are other outdoor activities based on and around the river where you can float and drift in a boat, an inflatable craft, the Jon boat or a canoe enabling you to take in the amazing surroundings. For the more energetic amongst you, the Bow River pathway is ideal for cycling, hiking, jogging as well as skateboarding and rollerblading.
Calgary Tower was built to commemorate Canada’s centennial year of 1967. It was opened a year later and was originally called Husky Tower and was recognised as the tallest building outside of Toronto. From the top of the Tower, you will have a fantastic panoramic view across the City of Calgary and you can also take in the impressive view of The Rockies. If an adrenaline rush is your kind of thing, there is a glass floor that allows you to stand above the 9th Avenue. For those of you who like to dine with a twist, there is also a revolving restaurant at the top as well as a number of other transactions.
As Western Canada’s largest amusement park, Calaway Park provides fun for everyone. It has been open for over 30 years and since opening in 1982 the park has earned a reputation for being a top attraction. If you would like to become an Olympian for the day then this is the place for you. You can play out your version of the famous “Cool Running’s” film by listening to your bobsled pilot. Twisting and turning your way down the course at speeds of up to 50 mph will leave you with a rush that you will not find anywhere else. If that’s sold it to you then maybe consider upping sticks and moving to Calgary – take a look at these places on calgarylistings.com
Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump
A short distance away in south-west Alberta, where the northern plains meet the Rocky Mountains there remains one of the oldest buffalo hunting grounds. Here you can find large numbers of buffalo skeletons that signifies a custom that was practised by the aboriginal people of the North American plains approximately 6000 years ago. Their knowledge of buffalo behaviour was excellent and through using this knowledge they killed the buffalo by chasing them over a cliff to their deaths. They then used the carcasses for meat, clothes and tools. This proves that Calgary is not just an awesome place to live but it also has an interesting and rich history that dates back thousands of years.
When it comes to rail travel, the Rocky Mountaineer has a few surprises up its sleeve. It is on many people’s buckets lists and it can transport you to a whole new world, where you can marvel at the hidden beauty as you weave and slice your way through the tough terrain of the Canadian Rockies. While on board, all you need to do is sit back and take in this lavish and luxurious trip as well as the wonderful views it has to offer. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. This is a train journey that will really leave a mark on you, so let your mind and body relax and allow this journey to show you that there is more to life than just the hustle and bustle of busy city life. The Canadian Rockies has so much to offer, so take in the sights, experience new surroundings and embrace all that the Rocky Mountaineer has to offer.
- Collaborative Post