Comfort Inn & Suites South
4611 MacLeod Trail S.W.
Calgary, AB T2G 0A6
Phone: (403) 287-7070
Fax: (403) 287-8855
From the outside, this enormous shopping center looks a bit like a giant spaceship. The Bay, Zellers and Sears are the major stops here, while The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Hallmark and The Sony Store are among some 150 other mall tenants. There are also dozens of services and a professional building at the heart of the mall. A massive new food court is the feature attraction of the reworked mall, which for years was in many ways two malls separated by an elevated parking garage.
Situated close to the downtown area of Calgary, 4th Street is one of the most happening streets in the city. It is frequently used as an entertainment venue for cultural and other festivals, which see thousands of tourists and locals, converging here. The atmosphere is electric and has to be experienced to be believed. One sees performers, mime artists, jugglers, musicians, food stalls and families here. Most events held on 4th Street are free.
The Christ Church in Calgary is from the Anglican branch of Christianity and one of the most active churches around. It pays special attention to training and encouraging those who would like to learn the nuances of bell ringing. Since time immemorial, the ringing of bells have signified something poignant like death, end of war or a New Year. Children and toddlers have a special place here with a nursery to take care of them while their parents are at Sunday Service. Various spaces within the church enclave can also be hired for non parish events. Check the website for details.
A striking creation by celebrated artist Dennis Oppenheim, the Device To Root Out Evil has garnered equal amount of praises and criticism. But whether you love it or hate it, you just cannot ignore it. Initially exhibited in La Biennale, Venice, the structure was later parked at a public park in Vancouver from where it was unanimously voted out because it hurt many religious sentiments. This inverted church with its steeple burried into the ground is now a property of the Glenbow Museum and they proudly exhibit it at 24th Avenue South East. Open for pictures throughout the day at no fee, Device To Root Out Evil looks stunning at night when it is illuminated with idiosyncratic red lights. And do not be alarmed by its name, it is absolutely pleasant to be around this distinctive piece of art.
Home to the Calgary Flames, this stretch gets is name from red jerseys of its home team. And, this area comes alive during the hockey games, especially when the Calgary Flames are on field.
It is not unusual for Stampede Park in Calgary to remain occupied throughout the year. With its many spaces, it is perfect for events of different kinds. The Grandstand is perfect for concerts and trade shows, while the Rotary House is ideal for private events like weddings and other intimate functions.
Established in 1888, the First Baptist Church features impressive stained glass windows imported from Germany and enough room for 900 worshipers. The church strives to provide for their culturally diverse community and offers sermons in English, Spanish and Ethiopian throughout the week. Be sure to visit their website to find out more about their events and activities.
Central Memorial Park or the Memorial Park is one of the foremost parks in the city. It features scenic pathways, war memorials, and a cafe that serves excellent fare.
A local service offered by the city council, the Calgary Public Library is open to all. The library is run by its organizing foundation and has a number of branches all over the city. Catering to a larger community, the library houses a varied range of titles and boasts of an equally vast collection. Serving members of all age groups, the place frequently conducts book exhibitions and book release events. Call for further details.
Grace Presbyterian Church is constructed of locally-quarried sandstone, a material which ages to a gentle and almost soft beige color. Only four churches in Calgary were built of sandstone and this is the oldest, dating back to 1905. The church is reputed for its finest pipe organ in Calgary and can seat up to 1,200 persons. The stained-glass windows are particularly magnificent as they reflect off the stone walls.
Built in 1891 for Senator Lougheed and family, this beautiful sandstone mansion was once a political hub. Today, the house and its surrounding gardens have been restored and preserved to the original grandeur by the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and gardens then grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant. The gift shop offers unique items that help support the historic home and make for great souvenirs.
Calgary boasts the largest pathway system in North America. Nearly every day of the year, regardless of the weather, you can find Calgarians running, walking, riding, rolling and even skiing along 223 miles (360 kilometers) of paths. The network twists its way through countless municipal parks, alongside rivers and reservoirs, past skyscrapers, into valleys and through mini-forests, fields of wildflowers and other surprises. Use of the pathways is absolutely free. Maps are available from several outlets.