5 Reasons to Love SE Calgary

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5 Reasons to Love SE Calgary

Everything Epic is Waiting for You in South East Calgary.

Culture. Food. Nature. Fun. All things that Calgary is lucky to have no shortage of and all things that are calling your name to Calgary's South East Quadrant. Trendy neighborhoods, the city's beer capital, authentic eats, lush parks, family-friendly getaways and the home of the Calgary Stampede, what more could you ask for in a day of exploration around one of the city's most exciting quarters?

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Fly fishing on the Bow River

Fly fishing on the Bow River

Biking and Birds and Fish? Oh My!

Greenspaces and natural landscapes make up a lot of Calgary (over 8000 hectares) and many of these urban getaways are waiting for you in the South East. Feel connected to nature with a hike, bike or beach day in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Try your hand at fly fishing in the world-renowned Bow River, a fly fisher’s paradise. Out Fly Fishing Outfitters can set you up with equipment or take you out on a guided trip to show you the ropes. Discover a new species and explore the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, free of charge – just remember to be mindful of the environment when taking in this hidden gem. And the best part? You can use Calgary's seemingly never-ending bike paths to access them all. 

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Fresh veggies at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Fresh veggies at the Calgary Farmers’ Market

Hyperlocal Food for Thought

Locals know finding a good bite in Calgary isn’t hard. Looking for restaurants and hyperlocal eats you haven’t tried before? Try the South East quadrant. With over 75 restaurants each with their own special flare, International Avenue is the ultimate foodie destination. Hunt down the best our local producers have to offer at the Calgary Farmers’ Market or grab your friends and see how many different things you can try at the Avenida Food Hall + Fresh Market. No matter what you are in the mood for, the culinary flare of the SE has got you covered.

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Draft beer flight at Cold Garden

Draft beer flight at Cold Garden (Photo credit: Davey Gravey/Travel Alberta). 

Calgary’s Ultimate Thirst-quenching Destination

Quench your thirst in the quirky neighbourhood of Inglewood, explore the Barley Belt, or discover a new distillery in the South East. This quadrant is full of top quality, award-winning, beverages just waiting to quench your thirst. In the heart of Inglewood, Cold Garden Beverage Company is known for its eclectic feel and award-winning This Must Be The IPA. The Barley Belt is home to 14 breweries and distilleries that will make all your spirit and brew dreams come true. From award-winning brews at the Cabin Brewing Co. taproom to sipping spirits that make you feel truly Calgarian at Confluence Distilling, consider yourself quenched in the SE.

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Escape Rooms, Corn Mazes and New Fish Friends Aren’t Just for Kids

Whether you’re looking for some family fun or date night adventure, Calgary’s South East quadrant is the ultimate playground. Venture through an endless sea of corn and meet every iconic ‘Old McDonald’s Farm’ character at the Calgary Farmyard. Grab a date, a group of friends, or your entire family and solve the puzzles to escape The Locked Room or make some new underwater friends at the Bow Habitat Station in Inglewood. Whichever adventure the South East takes you on, you’re in for an epic ride.

 

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Western wear at Stampede Park

Find the perfect Western wear at Stampede Park.

Channel Your Inner-Albertan

Discover your own Alberta roots and find out why the South East is the ultimate headquarters for all things Western Heritage in Calgary. Find hidden gems at Stampede Park, home of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, with CalgaryWalks & Bus Tours Stampede Art Walk. Break in a pair of new cowboy boots made in house at the Calgary classic, Alberta Boot Company. After a day of living your cowboy dream, head up to Scotsman’s Hill to take in the gorgeous views of Calgary’s western heritage with the vibrant downtown core as the backdrop. 

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