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27 Local Businesses to Check Out In Calgary

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Supporting local businesses helps us to strengthen our community and meet the people around us. Many of these businesses started as grassroots initiatives that have blossomed or are poised to take on this year and grow to serve their neighborhoods by offering great products or services. 
 

1.  Grassroots Naturopathic Medicine

 
Speaking of grassroots small business:  we opened in March 2005 and have grown to include a team of eight naturopathic doctors, a registered psychologist, an athletic therapist, a massage therapist and a great front office team. We are committed to developing the foundations of health with all our clients and welcome anyone wanting to start on their own journey towards their best health to contact us. 
 
 

2.  Ski Cellar Snowboard

 
Staying active is instrumental to staying healthy and the Ski Cellar has been helping Calgarians do that for the last 70 years! Your fun is their obsession and they want you to enjoy the mountains, whether you are a busy mom with their Ladies Day Buses with Nakiska, or a kid of any age through their partnership with Winsport & Mount Norquay. They stay actively involved in the community through their support of the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Mustard Seed, as well as their Customer appreciation events they want to make sure that winter fun is enjoyed by everyone no matter their age or stage. 
 

3.  Flipp’n Burgers

 
Sometimes you need a burger, even though it might not fit in with those resolutions. And if you are going to indulge in that treat – why not have a bit of retro flare and the knowledge that you are supporting a local, family owned business that cares about the environment and giving back to their communities where they are located. We also need to mention that their beef (even their bacon) is halal – which is ethically raised and sourced, along with having delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
 

4.  Functional Spaces

 
Started in 2016 by our own Melanie, this organizer is passionate about making sure everything has a place and that your space works for you. She offers customized organizing services for your home and small business. She will even take care of the fridge and pantry
to keep you eating well and living healthy.
 

5. Fit Republic

 
Now a Bridgeland staple, Fit Republic aims to empower people through fitness. Offering a diverse mix of classes from AntiGravity, TRX, rowing, spin, kickboxing, HIIT, barre and yoga; you are sure to find your fit.
 

6.  Modern + Mindful

 
Calgary’s first modern and strictly meditation studio that offers quick 30- minute meditation classes. From the beginner to the experienced, corporate bookings or classes for kids and teens, the founders hope to share a space where people can sit still and enjoy the moment. 
 

7.   Urban Venus

Sometimes you need a place to get pampered. Enter Urban Venus Nail Bar, started by a Calgary couple in their kitchen making bath bombs that exploded into the idea of offering Calgarians an indulgent spa experience, including locally made products. They also support TELUS Spark and the Community Connections Program to help families who might not be able to afford it the ability to explore the science centre.
 

8.  Poppy Innovations

 
As part of the local food movement happening in Calgary, Poppy Innovations wants to empower us to make healthy food choices to build healthy communities. This means starting early with parent & child cooking classes along with teaching you how to grow and sow your own garden
 

9.  Plant

There have been a lot of studies recently on the benefits of bringing plant life into your home or workspace. Also for those of you that follow Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017, maybe it is time to check out this local shop to get you in the spirit of greenery. 
 

10.  ReWorks Upcycle Shop

 
A Calgary owned and operated small business that has been aiming to make our lives more sustainable. They offer fun home décor and gifts that have either been made by local artists or with recycled or upcycled materials.  
 

11.  Ironside Fitness

Founded in 2011 by Charmaine Ironside a former member of the National Snowboard Team, Ironside Fitness has grown into two locations. Charmaine came back from a spinal cord injury to be able to join her team in Whistler for the 2010 games and has taken that love of strength, recovery, determination and fitness to build classes and programs to help others be fit and healthy.
 

12.  The Light Cellar

 
An independent business that aims not only to be inspiring but also to remain inspired by constantly learning ways to share their love of superfoods with Calgarians. They offer many workshops, events and classes to keep you healthy and energized in the kitchen.

 

13.  Monogram Coffee

 
Sometimes we need that cup o’ joe. So how about a local company that likes to build relationships with other local businesses and host events to build a stronger community? Also they make their own organic almond and cashew nut mylk to be used in their drinks. Yum!
 

14.  Wild & Raw Superfood and Juice Bar

 
Another Calgary based offering for superfoods on the go. Wild & Raw is located in Kensington and aims to create tasty foods and drinks packed with nutrition to keep you fueled and nourished. Their ingredients are carefully and sustainably sourced so you can feel good about what you are eating.
 

15.  Strength Shaman

 
Strength Shaman gives you the opportunity for a personalized training program designed for you by an athlete to help you with your goals: whether it is weight loss, mobility, flexibility or strength. From athletes to those who are just starting on their resolutions, Dimitri’s goal is to get you healthier.
 

16.  One Love Float

 
Have you tried floating yet? There are several options in our city including this home studio run by Treeka Drake, a doula with a background in sports, which offers both the option of a closed or open tank float. This is a sensory experience unique to you that helps to reduce stress, promote relaxation to help you feel and perform better through recovery and visualization. 
 

17.  The Yoga Shala

 
A place where everyone is invited to explore what yoga has to offer. Several classes to help you find which style is right for you from traditional Ashtanga to Flow to Yoga Nidra. 
 

18.  YYC Cycle

 
Started by 3 ambitious Calgarians, YYC cycle has brought the dance floor to spin class. They aim to build a new fit biker gang through daily classes and high-energy music. Another focus of theirs – giving back. Each Friday they offer a 10$ drop in class where a 100% of the proceeds go to a local charity, nominated by Calgarians.
 

19.   made. foods

We all get busy but we know the importance of eating right. This company started when two friends wanted to solve the question of how do you eat healthy when you are always on the go. Now they offer ready to go foods and a selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy sensitive options for when you are in a rush and still want to fuel up right.
 

20.  Wild Tea Kombucha

 
Kombucha has become hugely popular, especially with new research linking healthy gut flora to good mental health, immune function and boosting overall health. Cue the founders of Wild Tea - one of whom was an Olympic athlete that got hooked after their naturopathic doctor introduced them to the energy and performance boost from using this rather than drinks laden with sugar.
 

21.  The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre WoodWorks

 
A local woodshop ran by experienced craftsmen that help at-risk individuals develop skills and self-sufficiency through training in core carpentry skills.  They offer services that include corporate gifts, residential and commercial services. Not only do you get a handmade product, but you also help someone with a second chance.
 

22.  The Loose Moose Theatre Company

 
They say laughter is the best medicine, if so then check out this local theatre group that was formed in 1977 and now has an international reputation. Not only can you go see a great show, but they also offer training for those interested in improvisational theatre.
 

23.  Farmer’s Markets

From local vendors to local food producers to consignment items Calgary has several farmers markets to meet your needs and keep you in the spirit of buying local and farm to table:
 
Calgary’s Year Round option: www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/
Part Year round market part flea market: http://crossroadsmarket.ca/ 
This mostly food market is always popular: www.marketonmacleod.com/ 
Community driven seasonal markets that include: 
Hillhurst Sunnyside: http://farmersmarket.hsca.ca/ 
Inglewood Night Market: www.inglewoodnightmarket.ca/ 
 

24.  Calgary Tool Library

 
Have some home renovations on the go for 2017? Or maybe you want to learn a new skill. Enter Calgary Tool Library, an organization ran mainly by volunteers to help bring people together by sharing both tools and knowledge.
 

25.  White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen

 
Maybe your 2017 resolution was to eat more vegetables? Here is a restaurant built on the concept of plate sharing that gets creative with ensuring you eat your veggies. 
 

26.  Wee Wild Ones

 
Part yoga studio, part day care, Wee Wild ones offers programs for children 2-12. They are also recognized by their commitment not only to the kids in the programs, but their employees, environmental initiatives and partnering with other local businesses and charities.
 

27.  Juice Because

 
Calgary’s latest Cold Pressed juice offering. With a focus on quality juices and educating their customers to choose a healthy lifestyle Juice Because is hoping to become a staple on the Calgary scene.
 
These are just a few of the great options we have in Calgary. For more ideas check out www.belocal.org or www.madeincalgary.org to support your local businesses and help your community thrive!
 
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20 Things To Do in Calgary Under $20

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1.   Calgary Tower

 
 
Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is must-see for any visitor or resident! On the Observation Deck, you’ll experience a spectacular 360* view of the city, the Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and prairies.
 
Stand on the glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below. Enjoy a complimentary tour and learn about Calgary’s history, landmarks, and future plans.
 
ADMISSION:
General (13-64) $18, Senior (65+) $16, Child (4-12) $9, Infant (3 and under) FREE
 

2.   Glenbow

 
 
A key cultural cornerstone in Calgary for 50 years, Glenbow has surprised and engaged generations of Albertans and visitor to the city with remarkable connections between art, culture and the world around us. Check out their website for the current collections and showcases.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult (18+) $16, Senior (65+) $11, Student (with valid ID) $11, Youth (7-17) $10, Child (6 and under) FREE. Family (up to 2 adults & 4 youth) $40.
 

3.   Loose Moose Theatre

 
 
Located on the second floor of the Crossroads Market in the historic Inglewood neighbourhood, this theatre company presents weekly improvised comedy shows. Every show is different, but they’re always funny!
 
ADMISSION:
General $15, Student $12
 

4.   TELUS Spark, Calgary’s Science Centre

 
The science centre houses four exhibit galleries, movies, planetarium shows in Calgary’s only HD Digital Dome Theatre, interactive activities in the Creative Kids Museum, live science demonstrations, and more. The Brainasium outdoor park features an interactive play area where children learn momentum and teamwork of the five tone spinning rock, explore simple physics on the teeter-totter built for six, slide their hands along the musical railing and climb the netting tower to the 63 foot slide! The second Thursday night of every month is “Adults Only Night”, where the venue is open only to adults to enjoy unique programming, an open bar, workshops and presentations, and kid-free play.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult (18-64) $19.95, Senior (65+) $17.95, Youth (13-17) $15.95, Child (3-12) $12.95, Children under 3 is FREE
 

5.   Heritage Park Historical Village

 
 
With more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres of lush parkland, this living history museum has a lot to offer both the history buff and the pleasure seeker. It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun! This isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreter, historic buildings, and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West was once.
 
In the Winter Season, only Heritage Town Square and Gasoline Alley Museum are open. Heritage Town Square is loaded with great shopping, food, and a 2-acre nature park. It is located before the gates and is an admission free zone. Winter admission includes access to Gasoline Alley Museum where you can explore the rare and stunning antique truck and car collection as well as the world’s largest public petroliania display.
 
Gasoline Alley is open Tuesday – Sunday, October 11, 2016 – May 19, 2017 (open select Holiday Mondays)
 
ADMISSION:
General (15-64) $10.75, Senior (65+) $8.50, Youth (7-14) $6.75, Child (3-6) $5.50
 

6.   The Plaza Theatre

 
 
The Plaza plays alternative films and functions as a first-run art house cinema. Watch timeless classics or a new indie flick in their 370 seat auditorium. Movie prices vary and usually cost under $10!
 

7.   Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

 
 
Located at Canada Olympic Park, you can discover Canada’s greatest sport legends at the Hero Station, experience more than 60 sports in our 12 Gallery Exhibits filled with interactive experiences, treasured sport memorabilia and artefacts that will transport you into the work of Canadian sport, and learn about Canada’s sporting history from the experts in the Education and Resource Centre.
 
ADMISSION:
General $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (4-18) $8, Children (3 years and under) FREE, Family (2 adults & 2 youth) $35
 

8.   Olympic Oval

 
 
The world-class, high performance atmosphere of the Olympic Oval skating rink is not just for professional athletes! Located at the University of Calgary, the 450 metre oval ice surface is open to the public, with equipment rentals available at the Skate Shop.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult $7, Youth/Senior (55+) $4.75, children under 5 FREE, special needs (with an assistant) $5
 

9.   Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

 
 
Located on a hilltop in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Calgary hosts public events and open houses that offer perfect occasions to star gaze. The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is dedicated to expanding our knowledge of the Universe and educating students, school groups and the public about the wonders of Astronomy. The side provides easy access from Calgary and an unobstructed view of the entire night time sky. Also, the observatory has one of the three largest telescopes in Canada!
 
ADMISSION:
$20 per car (all proceeds go towards Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programs). Gates open at 8pm and the event runs until 11pm
 

10.   Lougheed House

 
 
Lougheed House is a hub of cultural happenings and programs, and is at the heart of Calgary’s vibrant Beltline community. A National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum located on it’s original 2.8 acres. This 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion remains one of the finest residences in Canada’s Northwest, and was the political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1938. They offer spectacular flower and vegetable gardens (free and accessible 24 hours) and indoors (with paid admission) they offer self-guided and audio tours, historic interpreters (if booked in advance) and year-round revolving exhibits, concerts and happenings produced in partnership with their cultural collaborators.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult $8.50, Student/Senior $6.50, Child (6-12) $5, Family $25, Under 6 FREE
 

11.   The Military Museum of Calgary

 
 
The Military Museums of Calgary, AB is the largest tri-service museum in Western Canada and the second largest military museum in the country. It consists of the four founding regimental museums and the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta. You can walk through a World War I trench, enter the wheelhouse of a World War II ship model, and visit exhibits at the Founders’ Gallery.
 
ADMISSION:
Adults $10, Senior $5, Student and Youth (7-17) $4, Family $20, Children under 7 FREE
 

12.   The Hangar Flight Museum 

 
 
Formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, The Hangar Flight Museum is a busy and growing museum that fosters the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of flight through stories told about the airplane, and helicopters in their collection and the men and women who designed and flew them. The collection holds rare and historically significant military and civilian aircraft sure to delight visitors young and old! Movie Nights are the second Thursday of each month from October to May, and begin at 7 pm.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult $12, Senior (65+) $8, Student (12-17 with valid student ID card) $8, Children (3-11) $6, 2 and under FREE
 

13.   City of Calgary Leisure Centres

 
 
Get active at The City of Calgary’s two leisure centres. Admission includes access to the wave pool and slides, fitness centre, gymnasiums, exercise and aquafit classes, as well as scheduled public skating and shinny hockey. The recreation areas also have their own unique qualities – the 5.5 acre Village Square Leisure Centre, located in the northeast, boasts its own safari-themed waterpark, while the Southland Leisure Centre, located in the southwest, spans 227,000 square feet and its pool features a rope swing!
 
ADMISSION:
Adult (18-64) $12.50, Senior (65+) $6.25, Youth (7-17) $6.25, Preschooler (2-6) $3.10, Under 2 FREE
 

14.   Art Classes

 
 
The community-based Grasby Art Studio, located in the northwest, offers more than just art supplies! They also teach art classes and paint night events, as well as host several art shows a year. Their drop-in open studio offers instructed art classes daily. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, choose your medium or genre and work closely with an art connoisseur. All students learn a five-step drawing strategy and the six fundamental principles for professional art production.
 
ADMISSION:
$16/hour (all supplies included) or $13/hour (bring your own supplies)
 

15.   Dance Classes

 
 
Put on your dancing shoes! Every Friday night, Alberta Dancesport holds a dance party from 9:15 pm to midnight. The dance party is preceded with a workshop that begins promptly at 8:15 pm and is held at their Vecova (formerly called VRRI) location in the northwest. Complete with DJ, you can dance to your hearts contect!
 
ADMISSION:
$8 (includes admission to the Friday night workshop that runs from 8:15 – 9:15 pm)
 

16.   Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

 
 
Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will discover one of the world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps. In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site, placing it among other world heritage monuments as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the Galapagos Islands! Even though this isn’t in Calgary, this historical site is well worth the drive.
 
ADMISSION:
Adult (18-64) $15, Senior (65+) $13, Youth (7-17) $10, Child (0-6) FREE
 

17.   Fort Calgary

 
 
In the fall of 1875, the North West Mounted Police built a small wooden fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and laid the foundation for the city that became Calgary. Located just east of downtown on a 40-acre site, open year-round, the Fort offers Calgarians and their guests fun, interactive exhibits and tours.
 
ADMISSION:
Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $11, Students (post-secondary) $11, Youth (7-17) $7, Children (3-6) $5, 2 and under FREE
 

18.   Butterfield Acres

 
 
Enjoy an authentic farm experience from April to October at Butterfield Acres, located on Rocky Ridge Road. Toddlers can play at the Nursery Rhyme Park, and children can enjoy pony rides and tractor pulled wagon rides through woodlands and over hilltops. Pet the feel the farm friends and new baby arrivals at the Farm Corral, from chicks and bunnies to piglets and donkeys! You can even learn how to milk a goat!
 
ADMISSION:
Adults (18+) $14.99, Seniors (65+) $12.99, Children (able to walk to 17 years) $11.99
 

19.   Fish Creek Provincial Park

 
 
One of the largest urban parks in North America, and the largest in Canada, Fish Creek Park features the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre, Environmental Learning Centre, and a seasonal interpretive program and Sikome Aquatic Facility (the manmade beach and lake are the perfect summer spot to hang out). Bird watch, fish, bike, and hike through trails in the riverine forest location. Take a break and dine at Annie’s Café or the upscale Bow Valley Ranch Restaurant, or pack your meal and take advantage of the picnic tables and shelters complete with a fire ring and charcoal grill. Fish Creek’s beautiful scenic environment is enjoyable all year-round!
 
ADMISSION:
FREE
 

20.   Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

 
 
In 1883, Colonel James Walker settled the land that is now occupied by the sanctuary. In 1910, the current brick house – named Inglewood – was built, and the surrounding area was named for the most prominent property in the area. In 1929, Colonel Walker’s son, Selby, applied to the Federal government to have the 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River be designated as a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. His request was granted and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary was born. When Selby died in 1953, Ed Jefferies acquired the property and leased it to the Alberta Fish & Game Association. In 1970, The City of Calgary purchased the property and has been managing it as a natural reserve ever since. The Sanctuary’s Nature Centre was built in 1996 and grassland restoration projects began in that same year.
 
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929. That’s more than 80 years of conservation! To date, 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals and 347 species of plants have been recorded at the Sanctuary and Nature Centre by members of the public, volunteers and staff.
 
Trails are open sunrise to sunset all year-round. Reminder, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a natural environment and NO DOGS permitted on site (except assistance dogs).
 
ADMISSION:
FREE
 
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15 Performing Arts Groups to Check Out In Calgary in 2017!

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Calgary has an amazingly vibrant local arts scene. From theatre to dance to opera, there is something for everyone. Many groups have special performances for children and also lots of volunteer opportunities that may allow you to check out the show while you're helping them out! Today, we are counting up 15 fantastic local performing arts groups that you can check out in 2017and help support our local artists!
 

1.  Alberta Ballet

 
Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for the contemporary and classical productions that encompass its repertoire. In 2016-2017, Alberta Ballet performs its 50th season and boasts a company of 28 classically trained professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close to its home-base of Alberta.
 

2.  Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

 
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has been a cornerstone to the Calgary art scene since 1955. From classical giants to rock and roll hits and family favourites, the CPO offer about 85 shows per season.
 

3.  Calgary Opera

 
For 44 years, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works.  On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium, complimented by a series of opera-related events and fundraisers.
 

4.  Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

 
 
Established in 1984, Decidedly Jazz Dance (DJD) has carved a niche for itself as one of Canada’s most unique dance companies. DJD continues to enrich Calgary’s arts scene and community through the creation of their dedicated jazz dance centre and world-class performances.
 

5.  Theatre Calgary

 
Theatre Calgary traces its origins to the 1960s grassroots movement for local professional theatre. Over the past 11 years, has engaged in national and international collaborations with companies such as Soulpepper, the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, and American Conservatory Theater.
 

6.  Vertigo Theatre

 
Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for over 40 years with high quality programming, evolving into a truly unique organization. Vertigo Theatre is located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, and is home to the organization, its two performance venues and its two performance series, BD&P Mystery Theatre and Y Stage Theatre Series.
 

7.  StageWest

 
For 30 years, Stage West has entertained Calgarians with theatrical performances from film and television celebrities. Today, the theatre and restaurant hosts 10,000 people per month.
 

8.  Jubilations Dinner Theatre

 
Jubilations Dinner Theatre has been a staple of the Calgary theatre scene for over 13 years. Take in the excitement (and the stunning live vocals) while you enjoy a four-course meal, served by the actors themselves.
 

9.  Luminous Voices

 
Founded in 2012, Luminous Voices is Calgary's professional chamber choir. Comprised of some of the finest ensemble singers in Calgary, the choir also brings together exceptional singers and musicians from across the continent to collaborate with local performers. 
 

10.  Alberta Theatre Projects

Founded in Calgary in 1972 by Douglas Riske and Lucille Wagner, along with playwright Paddy Campbell, Alberta Theatre Projects envisioned bussing school children to see plays about Canadian history at a historic site. ATP was the first Canadian theatre for young audiences to have its own home – the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park. ATP now produces an annual season of six plays, including plays from the national and international repertoire, at least two world premieres, a Family Holiday Show, and a presentation.

11.  One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

 
One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) was once a punk rebel upstart troupe of ‘creatives’ – actors, writers, poets, jugglers, musicians and a dancer – on the cusp of a cultural renaissance that was Calgary. Over 30 years, OYR has shape-shifted into a cultural treasure that transcends the narrow geographical boundaries of city and nation.
 

12.  Calgary Youth Orchestra

 
Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is Mount Royal University Conservatory's internationally acclaimed ensemble and one of Canada’s leading community youth orchestras, comprised of approximately 65 musicians ages 14 to 24. The orchestra performs a series of concerts throughout the year, participates in the annual Alberta Youth Orchestra Symposium in Banff, and tours internationally.
 

13.  Spiritus Chamber Choir

 
Spiritus Chamber Choir is an internationally award-winning amateur choir founded in 1995, based in Calgary, Canada and their concert programming by the choir portrays a broad range of repertoire. Spiritus performs a number of concerts each season. Check out their website for more information!
 

14.  Lunchbox Theatre

 
Bartley and Margaret Bard and Betty Gibb were looking for a way to present live theatre during the lunch hour to downtown shoppers and workers, so in 1975 they founded Lunchbox Theatre. Located in Calgary’s downtown core, it is now recognized as one of the most successful and longest running noon hour theatre companies in the world!  Lunchbox Theatre focuses on the development and production of original one-act plays; many of which are written by local Calgarians and produce eight plays per season.
 

15.  Kensington Sinfonia

For more than 25 years, Kensington Sinfonia has been Calgary’s accessible classical performance ensemble. The group puts on a number of concerts each season, including several that encourage children to attend (with free admission for those under the age of 12!). Great entertainment for all ages!


So there you have it... a year's worth of local entertainment and fun for everyone.  Calgary has something special here with our arts scene. Check them out and support our local artists!

 

Seven Places to Go Cross-Country Skiing in Calgary

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Cross-country is one of the most accessible and popular Nordic sports. Since you aren't relying on gravity (like in downhill skiing), your momentum and speed is entirely dependent on your body's strength and stride. You can even get the kiddos out there on skis to make it a local and fun family activity.

You don't even have to leave the city limits to get out there for a good ski. We are excited to share with you SEVEN places in our gorgeous city of ours, Calgary: 

1. Shaganappi Point Golf Course

Location: 1200 26 Street SW, Calgary
 
Shaganappi Point Golf Course is located in the central SW, just minutes from downtown. This park's tracks are set and maintained by the Calgary Ski Club volunteers.

2. Confederation Golf Course

Location: 3204 Collingwood Drive NW, Calgary
 
Confederation Golf Course is located in the NW and its tracks are maintained by the Foothills Nordic Ski Club

3. Canmore Park

Location: 2836 Canmore Road NW, Calgary
This is one of the city's newest groomed trails. Also known as North Capitol Hill Park, these tracks in the NW are maintained by the Foothills Nordic Ski Club

4. Maple Ridge Golf Course

Location: 1240 Mapleglade Drive SE, Calgary
Maple Ridge is a great option for those in the SE part of the city.

5. Lakeview Golf Course

Location: 5840 19 Street SW, Calgary
Just a stone's throw from our clinic location, Lakeview is great option. Keep in mind that over the 2016/2017 season, tracks will not be set due to construction in the area. 

6. South Glenmore Park

Location: 90 Avenue SW and 24 Street SW, Calgary
Located in the SW on the south side of the Glenmore Resevoir, South Glenmore Park is another groomed trail within the city. 

7. Bowness Park

Location: 8900 48 Avenue NW, Calgary
Make a full day and go skating after your ski at Bowness Park. The Skate Shop there is operated by the U of C Outdoor Centre.

Get out, enjoy our city and the winter wonderland it has to offer!

 

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