ITINERARY: SPRING

SNAPPY SPRING

Shed those winter clothes and start enjoying the city’s warmer weather. The city comes alive during spring with numerous festivals and activities in the city. Stroll the promenades of Stephen Avenue and soak up the public art dotted all over the city. The Riverwalk and newly opened St. Patrick’s Island is perfect for exploring during the afternoons and cool evenings or snap a selfie on the iconic Peace Bridge during a run, walk or bike around Prince’s Island Park.

Take a quick trip out West and explore the Canadian Rockies during the spring thaw, when the mountain peaks are dusted with snow, but fresh buds of leaves and green grass start to adorn the forests. Visit WhiteBark Cafe on Banff Ave for a welcoming espresso and embark on an adventure up Sulphur Mountain via gondola or hiking to see the spectacular scenery of the Bow Valley and mountain ranges. After indulging in some hot rock fondue at the local favourite, The Grizzly House, finish off the day back in Calgary with a sweet or savoury pie at Calgary’s newest dessert destination, Pie Cloud in Kensington.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Do: Drink a local craft beer and people-watch on a patio along 17th Ave.
  • Dine: Al fresco with the food truck pop up events in the  East Village
  • Discover: The vintage amusements and the old-time candy shop at Heritage Park
  • Do: Visit the spring zoo babies at The Calgary Zoo
  • Dine: On the farm-to-table eats at The Calgary Farmers Market or Crossroads Farmer’s Market
  • Discover: North America’s longest urban pathway along the Bow River by bike or on foot

FESTIVALS

  • Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
  • Calgary Underground Film Festival
  • Lilac Festival
  • FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival
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COMIC CRAZY

The annual four-day Calgary Expo, the largest pop culture convention in Western Canada, graces this fair city as Calgarians love all things comic.

More than 100,000 people come to Calgary Expo (April 27 – 30 2017) to pose with their favourite comic stars and creators, wander through hundreds of vendors and exhibitors and otherwise get their geek on.

Calgary Expo has hosted cast reunions of iconic films or television series including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Aliens, as well as hosted concerts and cocktail parties with cast from cult shows like Torchwood and Game of Thrones. Calgarians dress up in droves for costume competitions (for kids and their parents), parades and other special events.

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