Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2019
I flew down to Calgary with my good friend A and spent the last four days in Banff National Park. We initially booked a campsite at the Two Jack Main Campground, but the forecast was calling for rain overnight and we didn’t want to pack up a wet tent in the morning. Plus it was cold. Instead, we headed back to Calgary to spend our final day of our trip out west.
Calgary isn’t the largest of cities (especially in comparison to Toronto). Calgary is often used as a gateway to the Canadian Rockies, but there are a few attractions worth seeing in the city.
We arrived in Calgary late last night and didn’t get much of an opportunity to wander around. We woke up to blue skies and sun, a first of the trip. Our hotel room was quite nice and provided great views of downtown Calgary and the Calgary Tower.
To take advantage of the nice weather, I went for a stroll through Prince’s Island Park, while A continued sleeping. This park is located in downtown Calgary on an island in the Bow River.
I walked around the park for about an hour before heading back to grab A. We returned to the park and walked the entire stretch of the island from east to west, ending at the iconic Peace Bridge.
By the time we finished hiking around Prince’s Island Park, we were getting pretty hungry. We headed over to OEB Breakfast CO for brunch. It was well worth the wait for a table.
After eating we walked along Stephen Avenue, a major pedestrian mall located in the downtown core. We walked around for a couple more hours before heading back to our hotel to pick up our bags and then head to the airport.
Banff National Park was easily the highlight of our trip. But it was still nice to walk around and explore downtown Calgary.