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COVE™ City Guide: Calgary

November 13, 2019

Nested between prairies and peaks, Calgary is Alberta is known as the gateway to the Rockies. The perfect springboard for mountain adventures, the energetic city has ample outdoor activities of its own. Its network of designated walking and biking paths form the most extensive urban pathway system in all North America.

OUTDOORS

Nose Hill Park, Calgary    

Nose Hill Park is Calgary’s biggest city park located in Fish Creek is a provincial park, covering 11.27 square kilometers, the park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Nose Hill Park is a lush natural park with numerous hiking, biking and walking paths – many are dirt, but some are gravel or asphalt paths. Nose Hill is a great location for wildlife spotting and retreat from Calgary’s bustle.

Edworthy Park, Calgary

Edworthy Park is a Calgary city park stretched along the south shore of the Bow River. Everything about this green space is big – big hills, big trees, big picnic areas, big playgrounds. The Bow River runs all the way along the eastern edge of the park and guides the pedestrian trail. On hot days the river is refuge for those looking to beat the heat.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on over 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir. As Canada’s second largest living history museum, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions but it’s far from a tourist trap. The village’s exhibits span western Canadian history from the 1860s.

FUN

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit organization that preserves and celebrates Calgary’s western heritage and community spirit. The annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos.

Calgary Tower

Originally named the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower was constructed as a joint venture between Marathon Realty and Husky Oil to commemorate Canada’s centennial and revive the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program. Today the Tower is a major tourist destination and popular dining spot. Though it’s been eclipsed in size (cough, the CN Tower), the Tower is still a source of pride for many Calgarians.

Mt. Norquay Ski Resort

Mt. Norquay is a mountain and ski resort in Banff National Park, about 40 minutes outside of Calgary’s downtown. The ski season usually starts in early December and ends mid-April. Mount Norquay is one of three major ski resorts located in the Banff National Park and should be a winter destination for any ski lover. If skiing isn’t your thing, cozy chalets and hot toddies await as well.

FOOD

Juice Because

Juice Because has dozens of locations around the city and makes cold-pressed juices, nut milks and healthy snacks. They say that can cure hangover to exhaustion.

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons

Perched atop a roof the Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is a hidden gem in Calgary. Lovely panoramic views of the Bow River and delicious Mexican-inspired dishes will keep you warm if you’re visiting Calgary in the winter months. The restaurant owners promise good times start at there – and we can’t argue with tequila.

Vintage Chop House and Tavern

No trip to Alberta would be complete without consuming a little Alberta beef. Situated in the heart of Calgary’s historic beltline neighbourhood of Victoria Park, Vintage Chophouse and Tavern has been consistently rated one of Calgary’s Best Steakhouses. Dine and indulge at this classic steakhouse and if meat isn’t your thing, the seafood and vegetarian sides are also mouth watering.

MUSTS

  • Visit Inglewood, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and a lovely area to explore as it’s lush with galleries, independent boutiques, restaurants and microbreweries.
  • Take a trip up to Scotsman’s Hill, a lookout point offering pretty views of the skyscrapers and landmarks of downtown Calgary.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Calgary has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

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How to Deal with Holiday Stress

This time of year seems to come with a while new world things to stress about: there’s an endless list of gifts to buy; there’s a scramble to complete work projects before the end of the year; and how can we forget the boundless stream of cocktail parties and group dinners. Many of us know this comes with the colder weather and holiday season, but knowing it’s coming doesn’t always help with managing the stress that comes from these events.

There is good news though, even if you’re stuck behind your desk or attending parties in the same outfit until the beginning of February, there are always ways you can manage — and even reduce — your stress.

  1. Remember to breath. It sounds basic but focusing on your breathing during times of stress it helpful. Every time you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on your breathing and adjust if necessary. If you need a reminder on how to breath, read this. After a few deep breaths, you’ll feel steadier and more in control of your emotions.
  2. Remember self-care. If you’re already committed to a full work and social schedule, schedule in self-care. Commit to going home early or sticking to your plan if you have scheduled downtime for yourself.
  3. Remember not to take on too much. With work and personal life commitments colliding during this time, you shouldn’t feel obligated to attend every single social function. Giving yourself a moment to breathe then decide, rather than RSVP’ing to everything out of social pressure will make life easier during this time.
  4. Remember to laugh. Try not to take the season too seriously and laugh it off. Don’t forget to giggle – seeing the humour in a situation is never a bad idea.
  5. Keep the holidays personal. Remember the reason for the season! The point isn’t to burn out. Try keep this time of year personal and think about what will be memorable for you and those closest to you.