48 Hours in Calgary
Set in an ideal location, populated with magnificent buildings, a variety of fine dining options and a high-spirited nightlife, Calgary is one of those places that shouldn’t be missed when in Canada. It is home to several museums, a handful of shopping districts and that “west coast” way of living.
I started off my first day by taking a stroll down the only pedestrian mall in all of Calgary, Stephen Ave. It is one of the best places to walk around in the downtown area because it’s a dash of everything the city thrives on. Refined boutiques staggered the promenade selling leather satchels, fur gloves and knit tops, fit for the cosmopolitan woman. Side roads hosted cafes such as Deville Coffee, I sipped on chai tea while I watched young hopeful business personnel scurry for their caffeinated drinks. Posh stay at home mom’s grabbed their smoothies before their Thursday morning yoga sessions while their kids attended school.
I continued my stroll and eventually reached the entrance to Core Shopping center, an extension of Stephen Ave set indoors. The shopping center housed haute couture shops such as Gucci, Burberry and L’Occitane en Provence. I grabbed a stylish pea coat in a beautiful fawn color from Aritzia as my arctic parka made me stick out like a sore thumb.
Being the art-obsessed individual that I am it was important that a made an appearance at the Art Gallery of Calgary, which is home to some beautiful examples of Native-Canadian art. I hailed a taxi outside of square one and spent the evening touring the facility and soaking in all the culture from the likes of Warhol, Van Gaugh and Le Groupe Des Sept.
I worked up quite the appetite from art gazing, thankfully, I was summoned to dinner by some friends from the city. We dined at Ruth’s Chris Steak House where my taste buds were treated with a juicy caramelized medium rare “Petit Fillet”. We caught up with each other in between bites of our meals and glasses of Pinot Grigio. We later continued indulging in cocktails and mixed drinks at Hifi Club, a city favorite dance club. We soon called it a night and parted separate ways.
A full night of indulging called for a full morning of working out. I purchased a day pass from Barre Belles where I struggled through my first barre class. If you're looking for a workout that could make you question if you're actually in shape, this would be the place to go. My cool off took place in Devonian Gardens inside the Core Center. I got there early in the morning so I walked around in, almost, absolute serenity and white noise.
Before my departure, I managed to make it across town to CrossIron Mills as I was in dire need of some bath bombs from Lush Cosmetics. With over 200+ stores I was more than impressed with the selection in this shopping center. Still feeling the after-effects from the morning workout I got a Jugo Juice smoothie to help my body recover. Last but not least no visit to Calgary is complete without getting a full view of the picturesque landscapes and city from the Calgary Tower. I made it there just before sunset. The sun-kissed the peak of the Canadian Rockies and painted the sky with a gradient of oranges, pinks, and deep purples. Stunning views like this could never be replicated at another location nor forgotten.