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?