Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hello from Calgary



Well in a surprise turn of events I didn't even have time to publish my 'Destination Canada' post before I arrived in Calgary!

It is a fresh 43ºF right now and I'm fortunate enough to snag a deal at The Fairmont Palliser for $150 CAD a night.

Calgary is in the Western province of Alberta, and really started to grow as a city with the arrival of The Canadian-Pacific Railroad
in 1883, with further growth coinciding with the opening of the oilfields in the early 1900's.

I go for a walk around the city only to find I missed the famous Calgary Stampede Rodeo Show that was held in July, and has been an annual event since 1912. Calgary was also the location of the 1988 Winter Olympics and I visit Canada Olympic park to see the impressive ski jump and bobsleigh venues.

In the afternoon I visited the Glenbow Museum, founded by Eric Lafferty Harvie in the mid 1950's. It has 93,000 sq. feet packed with over 1,000,000 objects celebrating the lifestyle and culture of the 'West', I may have to come back after breakfast tomorrow to see them all!

For dinner I head over to the River Cafe in Prince's Island Park overlooking the Bow River, where I enjoyed the highly recommended Mushroom Dusted Olson's Bison Striploin!
I would have gone to see the local NHL team, the Calgary Flames, play; but once again the timing of my trip sunk that idea as they are out of season at the moment.

So it's back to the Fairmont Palliser to figure out how I'm going to get to Norway next...

Savings this leg:
Flights from St. Johns to Calgary: $835
Hotel in Calgary: $139


Savings so far:
Grand Total: $8,587

Countries visited (days taken):
Greenland (2), The Netherlands (8), Antigua & Barbuda (133), Canada (1)

Total days so far:
144

-Luke Sidewalker

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