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10 Fun Things to do in Calgary

Calgary, still referred to by some as Cowtown is a fun, dynamic city with a young demographic. Even with the oil slowdown it's got an energy to it that I love. There's always lots going on in the city especially in the summer when the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Folk Music Festival come to town. I think these 10 fun things to do in Calgary are perfect for locals and visitors alike. The Calgary…

5 Easy Rocky Mountain Hikes Within 2 Hours of Calgary

If you're in the mood for an easy family-friendly hike but with the option for something more, these five Rocky Mountain hikes - all within a two hour drive of Calgary (and the Calgary airport should you be visiting from out of town) should fit the bill. From Kananaskis Country to Banff National Park, there's something for every type of hiker. All of these five hikes are popular ones so do expect to be sharing…

How to Recycle Your Beverage Containers & deliver #ChangeThatCounts in Alberta

I've been collecting beverage containers since my university days, first as a method of funding my weekly trips to the pub and secondarily as a means of keeping the streets clean. Fast forward many decades and it's the environment that I'm most interested in now. I never pass up an opportunity to pick up an empty beverage container lying in the park or on the road on my daily dog walks, a fact my neighbours…

5 of the Best Places to Cross-country Ski near Calgary

If you're looking to get outside and make the most of winter why not hit one of these five cross-country ski trails, all within an hour of Calgary. West Bragg Creek - one of the best places to cross country ski near Calgary You are spoiled for choice with well over 40 kilometres of cross-country ski trails in the West Bragg Creek area just 45 minutes away from Calgary. When there's fresh snow this place…

Crazy and Fun: Winter Fat Biking in Calgary

Winter fat biking in Calgary is an awesome way to see the city plus it's kind of crazy and fun. While the thought of bundling up and heading out in the cold may not sound appealing to many, it's actually something that will make you feel really good mentally and physically. The trails around Calgary are plowed after a snowfall as are the bike lanes so getting around the city in theory is easy. I…

7 Places to Snowshoe Within 2 Hours of Calgary

If you live in Calgary, you've got heaps of snowshoeing options within a two hour drive of the city. Granted, after a big dump of snow you don't even need to leave the city but let's face it, that's a rarity in this city. Where should you snowshoe within two hours of Calgary? These 7 places are all great options to get the happy hormones pumping in winter. Snowshoeing 30 Minutes from Calgary The Ann and…

5 Easy Winter Walks Within 40 Minutes of Calgary

As much as I love a winter hike in the mountains I don't always have the time to go. And on days when the driving is gnarly I'd rather opt for something closer. Fortunately in Calgary we're spoiled for choices - both within the city and close by. I've chosen these 5 easy winter walks near Calgary as examples of where you can go within a 40 minute drive of the city. Opt outside and…

5 Fabulous Fall Hikes Within 2 Hours of Calgary

Fall is a marvelous time in Alberta for hiking. The crowds are gone, so are the bugs and even though the wildflowers have died back, there's usually some colour left in the woods. Plus it's always a treat to have a Rocky Mountain backdrop. I've chosen these five fabulous hikes - all within a two hour drive of Calgary - to get you outside having fun until the snow flies and in some cases even…

5 of the Best Bike Rides Around Calgary

We're extremely lucky when it comes to biking in Calgary. According to the City of Calgary "there are approximately 900 kilometres of pathways and 400 kilometres of on-street bicycle routes within the city." None of these numbers reflect the opportunities for biking in Fish Creek Park. These five standout bike rides showcase the best the Calgary area offers. Glenmore Reservoir This is my go to bike ride in Calgary as it's easy to access from…

5 Early Season Mountain Hikes near Calgary

We're lucky in Calgary as we're spoiled for choice when it comes to early season hikes. I've chosen five early season mountain hikes that are all within a 90 minute drive of the city. The Hike to Castle Mountain Lookout If you've got 3 - 3.5 hours for a hike then do the one up to Castle Mountain Lookout in Banff National Park for its great views up and down the length of the Bow…

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