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What to See Calgary

The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

Discover The Calgary Stampede

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

Rodeo is just one attraction at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

Rodeo is just one attraction at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

“Come Hell of High Water”—that’s the new motto of the 2013 Calgary Stampede, the city’s world-renowned, 10-day Wild West carnival pays homage to Alberta’s pioneer heritage and takes over the city from July 5 to 14. Despite the Stampede site being seriously affected by the Alberta Flood, organizers have worked around the clock to return the site to normal.

While several concerts held at the flood-damaged Scotiabank Saddledome have been cancelled, many aspects of the Stampede are expected to procede as usual. However, the information listed below is subject to change, and we will provide updates via Twitter and Facebook. Below is our up-to-the-minute guide to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. (more…)

A Guide to Calgary Stampede Events and Attractions

By RACHAEL FREY

Chuckwagon races at the GMC Rangeland Derby. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

Chuckwagon races at the GMC Rangeland Derby. Photo: courtesy Calgary Stampede

Rodeo is the beating, bucking heart of the Calgary Stampede. More than just a sport, it is homage to the grit and romance of the Wild West. Rodeo champions from around the world test their mettle against the finest livestock, competing in daily roping events, steer wrestling and barrel racing for glory and their share of over $2 million in prize money. (more…)

Hannah Georgas Tours Canada: Q&A With Vancouver’s Irrepressible Singer-Songwriter

Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas on tour

With her self-titled new album and tour, Hannah Georgas is turning over a new leaf. Gone are the acoustic guitar-tinged folk melodies of the Canadian indie darling’s previous efforts The Beat Stuff and This Is Good; on Hannah Georgas (and on her current tour), you will find catchy melodies and synth-infused electronic beats. But though the album’s influences seem endless – everything from Foals to John Maus to Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen – the songs are still undeniably Hannah. They may indicate a slightly darker and more self-assured musician, but the impeccable musical and lyrical stylings that earned her a 2011 Juno nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” remain perfectly intact. Where Ottawa‘s Erica Eades sat down with Hannah Georgas on day three of her cross-Canada tour in support of fellow Canadian five-piece Mother Mother.

Read the full Q&A, in which Hannah Georgas discusses her tour, her process and her inspiration »

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10 Can’t-Miss Things at Calgary’s Heritage Park

Calgary's Heritage Park

The main drag at Calgary’s Heritage Park (Photo: MarilynJane)

Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village transports visitors back into the early days of the city and show what life was like on prairie homesteads. Fun family attractions and adult events are held regularly, and each has its own flavour. Here, we’ve compiled an easy-to-consult list that adventure-seekers can check no matter what time of year they’re heading to Calgary’s Heritage Park.

See the list of 10 can’t-miss things at Calgary’s Heritage Park »

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WordFest

Catch author Martin Amis at WordFest. Photo: Isabel Fonseca.

Calgary is getting downright literary as WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival hosts a swarm of international writers this week. Running until October 14, featured writers will take part in readings, performances, panel discussions and interviews at various venues in Calgary and Banff.

Among the festival’s guest writers are: Ivan E. Coyote, storyteller, performer and author of Missed Her; Martin Amis, UK literary giant and author of Lionel Asbo: State of England; Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s Q and author of musical memoir 1982; Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Canada; and many more.

Purchase tickets at WordFest Box Office, EPCOR Centre Box Office or The Banff Centre Box Office (Banff events only).

4 Places To Rent Bikes In Calgary

Bikers in Nose Hill in Calgary’s NW. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

With its many scenic parks and river corridors, the city of Calgary is a cycling paradise. Several bike rental stores are conveniently located near popular routes alongside the Bow and Elbow Rivers and numerous recreational parks. These are our picks for the top rental shops around town.

#4 Calgary Bike Rental
Eau Claire Rapid Rent
Close to the river in the heart of Eau Claire, this shop features rentals for the entire family. Children’s, junior and adult bikes including tandems, hybrids and road bikes are available, $10 – $15 per hour, $40 – 60 per day (over five hours). Child bike trailers are also available, $7 – $25. The store is located minutes away from the beautiful riverside paths of Prince’s Island Park.
•Eau Claire Rapid Rent, 200 Barclay Parade SW, 403-444-5845
•Maps and Reviews

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WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park: 10 Can’t-Miss Activities

Calgary's Canada Olympic Park

What to do at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park: explore the ski jump towers (Photo: Scott Woods-Fehr)

Built for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is home to many fantastic year-round activities for sports enthusiasts and the whole family. The spot is located in the city’s southwest, just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and near the city limit. No car? No problem: there is a direct bus route from downtown Calgary—route 408 Valley Ridge. As our list below proves, it’s worth the trip.

See the list of 10 can’t-miss things at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park »

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