Planning your holiday in the Calgary area:
Many of our guests make Bonaventure B&B their headquarters as they take day trips to see the best of southern Alberta. The most common day trips out of the city include drives to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake (pictured with your hosts above) Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis country, Drumheller, Longview, and Elbow Falls. Each of these is a maximum of 2 hours drive from our Calgary B & B home thus making them easily manageable for a day trip. Our summer sun stays up until about 10 PM so you can enjoy the incredible scenery and wildlife for many hours.
Calgary is a city of 1.3 million people so there is plenty to see and do in the city as well. In early July, the Calgary Stampede is the highlight, bringing in visitors from around the world. Guests can either drive to the Stampede or ride the C-Train (light rail transit) with two stations within walking distance of our B & B. Chuckwagon races, the world's premiere rodeo, extensive agricultural displays, first class fireworks, world class musical performances, an extraordinary Grandstand show, a giant midway , casinos as well as numerous free events highlight this ten day celebration of our Western heritage. The entire city gets in the western spirit so bring your hat, boots and jeans as you join the party.
Heritage Park, a recreated town from the early 1900's, is another Calgary must see. Open from May until mid-October, this 127 acre park includes a ride on a steam train, a paddlewheel boat on Glenmore dam, horse drawn vehicles, a working farm, an early oil drilling rig, wooden midway rides, cars and trucks from the era and workers dressed in costumes from the period. A working blacksmith and typical candy store are just two examples of the kinds of daily sights that visitors will enjoy. The C-Train from our south Calgary B & B will bring you close to Heritage Park
As host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary earned an excellent reputation as a city with the energy and drive to stage such a world class event. Today there remain many venues and reminders of that outstanding experience. Canada Olympic Park is one of the big draws as tourists can ride the luge, check out the 90m. ski jump, possibly catch a practice run on the bobsleigh track or visit the Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. Not far from C.O.P. is the Olympic Speed Skating oval located at the University of Calgary. You can either watch speed skaters from around the world in training or even rent skates to try out the high speed track at your own pace.
Calgary also boasts an excellent zoo. In the spring of 2018, four giant pandas will be joining the Calgary Zoo. They are sure to be a "must see" attraction. Animals from around the world are featured but for those who may have missed seeing bears, moose, wolves, elk, beavers or other wildlife in the Banff area, this is your chance to see Canada's iconic creatures up close. Take a photo and show your friends that you too saw the real Canadian wilderness! The C-Train will get you here easily from our B&B
In downtown Calgary, you may wish to ride up the Calgary Tower and if brave enough, stand on the glass floor as you look down 191 meters or 627 feet to the street below. The view of our young vibrant city stretches all the way to the mountains. Nearby, is the Glenbow Museum with extensive history of Southern Alberta including First Nations historical displays and an impressive art collection. Exhibitions change frequently and rate with the finest in North America. Stephen Avenue is also nearby. This street is pedestrian only and features numerous impressive sculptures. It is lined with great restaurants and shops (it is pictured in the top photo on our Reservations page) and often features live entertainment from local buskers. Again, these attractions are easily accessible from the C-Train or driving.
Are you an equestrian enthusiast? Spruce Meadows is reputed to be North America's premiere horse jumping facility. It is approximately an 8 minute drive from our south Calgary B & B. Crowds from all over the world gather to take in the show with major prizes spurring on the riders to great heights! There are several major jumping events that take place at Spruce Meadows from May through September. Our home could not be much better located for taking it in.
Our bed and breakfast is also located less than a kilometre from Canada's largest urban park, Fish Creek Park. This 19 km long park has been kept in it's natural state with prairie trees, grasses, streams, native animals and birds throughout. Beautiful pathways and bridges make wandering through the park a delightful respite from the hustle of the surrounding urban environment.
Bonaventure B & B is also very well located for shopping and restaurants. Southcenter Mall, with over 180 stores is walking distance from our home. Two other smaller malls, Avenieda Mall and Bonavista Promenade are even closer to us. Every kind of dining experience from high end lakeside dining to delicious fast food kiosks can be easily accessed from the B&B. There is also a Safeway grocery store located very close by.
These travel suggestions are by no means the only ones for you to consider and we look forward to explaining others to you in person. It would be a real pleasure to give you the help you want in planning further experiences in Southern Alberta.