Texas of the North … with the rockies next door.Shy
Overall, Calgary is a lovely ‘midwestern’ city on the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies. Main motivation to visit were the National Parks ;).
May 18 2019 – June 1 2019
We stayed at an Airbnb:
I was really bad about taking photos of food, but honestly the food scene in Calgary, although good, is on a significantly lower level than other cities visited thus far. Hence, quite a few of my meals were cooked at the bnb.
|5/21||Calan Beef Noodle|
|5/22||Cluck N’ Cleaver||Fried Chicken||https://goo.gl/maps/RDRofp9k1toE2utA8|
|5/23||Cooked at bnb||–||–|
|5/25||Junk food (Banff)||–||–|
|5/26||Junk food (Banff)||–||–|
|5/28||Cooked at bnb||–||–|
|5/29||Cooked at bnb||–||–|
|5/31||Velvet Cafe||Sandwich / Coffee||https://goo.gl/maps/2LqJ2BpaWgeqKrfR9|
Downtown / City
Although more populated (metro) than Vancouver, the city is much more spread out and doesn’t feel crowded at all (surbubia). The downtown while wandering around was mostly empty.
The surrounding parts of the city have ample space and parks to wander around with little to no folks.
Banff – Day 1
If you don’t like the outdoors, then Calgary probably isn’t for you. This was the main reason for us to come to Calgary and the National Parks did not disappoint. Very glad we came right at the beginning of the summer season as it was just starting to get crowded however once you get away from Banff town, crowds died down quite a bit.
- Driving in
- Johnston Canyon Hike
Banff / Jasper – Day 2
- Drive to Jasper and back with many many stops
Banff – Day 3
- Sulfer Mountain Hike
Slightly challenging but this was probably the highlight of the trip for me. This hike was amazing the entire way with views that only get better the more I climbed. Summit, although crowded because of the Banff gondola with cafe as well, is well worth a visit for 360 views. (Free if you hike :))
Public transportation is not all that great. We mostly used Car2G0 with car rentals for trips to Banff/Jasper. Also Uber/Lyft is available but a little pricey.
As I mentioned before, the national parks are what made the trip worth it. Otherwise, city and some UNESCO heritage sites could be knocked out in a few days. We didn’t get a chance to go to the Dinosaur Park, however read good things about that.