Fall Story Starters

Calgary Skyline
Calgary Skyline

Fall Story Starters

Meet a Local: Neil Zeller

Calgarian Neil Zeller sees the city like no one else. After many years selling office furniture but always interested in photography, Neil launched into his career after the world saw many of his iconic photos taken during Calgary’s 2013 flood.

#NeildIt

Since then, capturing an iconic Calgary image is often tagged as “#NeildIt”. Neil’s vast portfolio includes photos of Calgary’s Peace Bridge, Wonderland sculpture, cityscapes, storms, vistas, people and landscapes.

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Wonderland sculpture

Wonderland sculpture

Neighbourhood Profile: Hello Inglewood

Head east of downtown Calgary on 9th Avenue and over the Elbow River, and you’ll drive into Inglewood, which has the distinction of being the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Today, it’s home to Calgary’s Music Mile, the Barley Belt, businesses, shops, restaurants and breweries, and is the perfect place to stroll or bike.

Inglewood Has Great Neighbours

A destination in its own right, Inglewood is close to historic Fort Calgary, the East Village, Calgary Zoo and the Bow River pathway system. Visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary to spy common and rare North American bird species, or wander over to the Harvie Passage to see paddlers tackle the white water.

Stroll and Shop

Back on 9th Avenue, known as Calgary’s Original Mainstreet, you’ll find a collection independent businesses, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, featuring Calgary-based roasters. Don’t forget to check out Rouge Restaurant and Deane House, both featuring Alberta-based cuisine and located in converted heritage houses.

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Recordland

Inglewood's Recordland

Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

Celebrating Indigenous Culture and History

Calgary was formed at the confluence of two river, located in the heart of ancient Blackfoot Territory.

Indigenous Culture in Calgary

Located at the Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp is the new home of daily dance demonstrations, tipi raising competitions, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts set among 26 tipis in a traditional circle. Indigenous history and culture is part of exhibitions throughout the city, including at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary and Heritage Park.

Explore and Learn

For a day trip from Calgary, the Tsuu T’ina Museum, Nose Creek Valley Museum, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park are all rich in Indigenous history and information.

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Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp

Calgary Stampede, Elbow River Camp

Hand-Crafted Cocktails Almost Too Nice to Drink

Whether it’s infusing a spirit with honey made from the distiller’s bees, or small-batch gin and vodka infused with hand-picked ingredients from Alberta farmers and made with water fed from nearby glaciers, Calgary’s distilleries are starting to gain worldwide attention and appeal.

Happy Hour on the Prairies

Tuck into one of Calgary’s bar, brewpubs or distilleries and experience firsthand everything Calgary has to offer: whether it’s a local micro-brewery pint, handcrafted cocktail or seasonal libation, when you ask “what’s on tap?” most Calgarians are eager for you to try homegrown spirits and beers.

Obscure Hideaways

Many of Calgary’s top hideaways are home to world-class mixologists who are continuously pushing the boundaries of cocktails with new blends and concoctions. Check out Shelter, Proof, Betty Lou’s Library and Bar Annabelle when you are looking for a rest from the city in places that might not be big on size but overflowing with ambience and character. Learn about the history of cocktails and spirits or learn how to create your very own signature cocktail from some of the city’s best barkeeps.

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Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities

Proof - Cocktails & Curiosities