The Weekend Travelogue: Calgary

It’s a weekend down from Edmonton, it’s a staycation in the city, it’s a layover on your way across the country.

You’ve got 24 to 48 hours in Cowtown — “now, what to do!” Well then, this is for you. While I had a total of 24 hours in Calgary, these are great food and fun options in the city for whoever’s looking to slap a few new experiences, tastes, and views onto their travel resume.

Things to Do in Calgary


Once you’ve arrived downtown, take a walk to the many beautiful public parks along the Bow River. Staying on 9th Avenue, one of the main streets home to a number of hotels and restaurants, it was easy to walk all the way down Centre Street to arrive at Sien Lok Park, which then takes you across the river to Rotary Park. I also recommend walking up the boardwalk stairs to get a gander at the beautiful homes that overlook the Calgary skyline. I promise the view is unlike anything you’ve seen from your average suburban neighbourhood. Find a bench, take a seat, enjoy the sounds and smells of nature. If the sounds of nature evolve into the sounds of your stomach growling, I’ve got a few solutions to this problem.

Hotels & Vacation Rentals - Calgary

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Calgary Hotels


I had the pleasure of staying at the Calgary Downtown Marriott Hotel. This hotel was bustling with businessmen and women; it includes a Starbucks, a restaurant and bar, a computer lab complete with beautiful Mac desktop computers, a fireplace (it was really cold, okay?), friendly staff, and beautiful rooms. I highly recommend staying there if you can.

If you’re looking for an equally-affordable accommodation, you’ll likely want to check out the International Hotel Calgary with the added bonuses of free Wifi, hot breakfast, a fitness centre and a pool.

Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

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