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With the warm summer months now upon us, it’s time to get out and start exploring all the cool things Calgary has to offer. From once in a lifetime attractions, to unbelievable views and delicious dishes, exploring Calgary and sharing it with your friends is easier than ever. Did you know that there are more than 35,000 Shaw Go WiFi hotspots scattered all across Western Canada? At first, I was going to try and visit each one in Calgary and write about them, but then I realized that would take me 95 years and I’m already 32 years behind. So instead, I picked some of my favourite places in the city that will allow you to get free WiFi. Each of these places are picture perfect, so you can Facebook, Tweet, Instagram or Vine to your hearts content…without worrying about your precious data plans.
Here are some of my favourite places to take advantage of free WiFi and take in all the fun things Calgary has to offer!
Riley Park is easily my favourite park in the city. It’s huge (9 hectares), there’s a ton of trees, but enough open space to soak in some serious rays. There’s also a beautiful rock garden and for the families, there’s a great little water park, but that’s not even the best part. When the park was donated to the city of Calgary more than a hundred years ago, it came with one very important rule: Riley Park shall remain a place where people can also play cricket. Yup, the park is home to two cricket pitches and those passing by can watch people play the sport almost any night of the week. It also offers up one of the most spectacular places to watch the sunset in the entire city
The Calgary Tower
The Calgary Tower gets a bad rep here in Calgary. Sure it’s not as tall as the buildings around it, but I’ll never say “no” to the unbelievable views it offers up. After all, the towering skyscrapers are only cool if you work there, which many of us don’t. Plus, they don’t have glass floors that let you stand 191 meters above Calgary’s downtown core. And if you haven’t been, the revolving Sky 360 is one of my favourite restaurants. Just don’t leave your stuff on the railing, or you won’t see it again until an hour later when you’ve gone around the whole tower!
What’s old is new again in downtown Calgary
If you haven’t been to Inglewood or Kensington lately, two of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods are going through a somewhat historic revitalization right now, and the timing couldn’t be better. In Kensington, you’ll find a slew of new businesses including a poutinerie, a tacueria, a spin gym, a rollerblade store and a frozen yogurt shop. Over in Inglewood, the neighbourhood is quickly becoming a home of savvy and creative entrepreneurs like North American Quality Purveyors, The UnCommons, Plant Terrariums, ReWorks Upcycle Shop and Nerd Roller Skates. Both neighbourhoods are bike and pedestrian friendly, making for a great Saturday afternoon stroll, with a stop or two at a patio along on the way.
Peter’s Drive In
I’m not sure you can even call yourself a Calgarian if you haven’t been to Peter’s Drive In, a community staple for those looking for the classic drive-in experience most of our parents grew up with. The menu of burgers, fries and milkshakes is uncomplicated, but definitely delicious. With the potential to make thousands of different types of milkshakes, the line up for Peter’s Drive In are typically long, but Calgarians have long realized that it’s always worth the wait.
While our summers are amazing, winters often come quickly and stick around for a while. This year, it snowed eight out of twelve months. So where do Calgarians go to get away from it all, when they can’t get away from it all? Devonian Gardens. Hanging out in Devonian Gardens isn’t unlike relaxing in a giant green house, except that it’s a lot nicer and more relaxing. The park is completely enclosed with glass and covers 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) or one full city block and features more than 550 trees. There’s also a ton of seating, so if you’re looking for a nice place to eat or answer some emails, you usually can’t go wrong with Devonian Gardens.