One Day In Calgary

I had just one short day free to explore Calgary before heading to the Canadian Rockies on the Greyhound bus. So what exactly did I decide to do?

Not wanting to try to fit in too much or have a half-hearted attempt at doing something that deserved much more attention, I thought the best way to spend my small amount of time in Calgary was to simply wander around and see what grabbed me.

Equipped with a camera, I took to the streets and captured some snapshots of the attractive city centre.

Here they are:

Save a horse, ride a cowboy! This is one of only two hand-carved wooden horses of this kind left in the world.

It has stood at the door of Riley and McCormick Western Store since 1920 and is rigged with the championship saddle won by famous rodeo cowboy Harry Knight in the 1928 Calgary Stampede.

People like to pose with the horse for photos.

I spotted quite a few artists painting colourful creations on Calgary’s streets.

This lovely lady was busy sprucing up a grid.

It is free to take the Calgary Transit along 7th Avenue in the city centre, via the C-Train light rail.

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to the famous Calgary Stampede.

However, I did spot this mural marking the centenary of this major event.

I liked this cowboy figure outside one of the western stores.

The Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts was a striking building and had lots of lovely flowers near its entrance.

John Hunter (Sitting Eagle) was commemorated with this statue by the Calgary Stampede Board in 1951 for his business and ranching acumen.

He was a patriarch of the Chiniki Band of the Stoney Tribe in Morley, Alberta.

He died in 1970, at the incredible age of 96.

A wall image that caught my eye at the Bankers Hall shopping atrium.

Calgary has a whole park, the Devonian Gardens, within the Core Shopping Centre.

An extra-long freight train crawling through downtown Calgary.

And finally, this was the first photograph I captured from the bus as it arrived in Calgary.

Have you ever been to Calgary? What were your highlights?



  1. September 1, 2012 / 17:08

    I lived in Calgary for six years. It is a fun city where people work hard and play hard. You took some wonderful pictures depicting the city, which brought back fond memories. I used to have lunch in the Devonian Gardens when I worked downtown. The arts scene is quite vibrant. I volunteered for Theatre Calgary which was most enjoyable. My favourite shoe store, Arnold Churgin, is located in Calgary.

    • September 4, 2012 / 01:18

      Cool, I didn’t realise you had lived here. It sounds like a nice place to live and the Devonian Gardens is not a bad place for a lunch break :-)

  2. September 2, 2012 / 05:33

    Too bad you didn’t have more time in Calgary but at least you got to see a bit of it and just like Darlene “Arnold Churgin” is also my favourite shoe store! You’ll have to come back for Stampede one year!
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    • September 4, 2012 / 01:14

      I would have looked you up if I was staying longer as I remember you offered to show me around. It was literally a stop-off on the way to the Rockies to find work. I need to return for the Stampede one year.

      • September 4, 2012 / 18:06

        Glad you got to see some of Calgary and looks like you’re having an amazing time! (Other than the losing/dropping cameras I’ve done that myself, so disappointing to lose pictures).
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        • September 8, 2012 / 02:28

          Ha ha, thanks Claire. I’ve been having a great time, although things seem to be going a bit teets up towards the end, but nothing too bad thankfully. Losing the cameras was unfortunate, but as you say it’s the pictures rather than the camera that hurt the most.

    • September 4, 2012 / 01:12

      It’s worth a visit I reckon and it would have been fun to stay longer.

  3. September 5, 2012 / 19:32

    I have been to Calgary once last year to visit a friend, stayed there for a week before being to Edmonton. A nice place, mostly oil related economy but surrounded by very scenic places to visit. I went to the shopping centre and reminds me of the place.
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    • September 8, 2012 / 02:26

      Hi Shalu, I agree with you that Calgary is a very nice place and there are lots of cool places to visit from there. I wish I had had more time to explore.