Admit it. We’re all excited to go back to traveling when this pandemic is over. It’s more than a year already and our passports have become just a regular identification document for most of us. We’ve missed bringing our passports to the airport and getting it stamped, right? But it’s understandable. Because of the many restrictions in travel, we must follow guidelines in order to keep us safe from the COVID-19 crisis.
But it doesn’t mean that we’re not going back to travel again. Once we’re all clear from the pandemic, Metropoler’s choice of destination in the near future is Calgary.
Calgary is such a beautiful place and if you love arts, parks, and great food, you can find it here.
There are also famous people who were born in Calgary, and that is why this particular city in the province of Alberta is even more interesting.
Jessica Parker Kennedy who plays Nora West Allen in the CW series The Flash was born here and so is Steven Ogg, of The Walking Dead and Westworld.
And for those who didn’t know yet, Darren Espanto was born in Calgary, too! Darren is a Filipino-Canadian born and raised in Calgary before he joined The Voice Kids. He moved to the Philippines and completed his senior high school with honors under The Homeschool of Asia Pacific.
And so why Calgary?
It’s a fun fact that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loves Filipinos. He even acknowledged the contribution of Filipinos during the celebration of Filipino-Canadian Heritage Month in June of last year.
Prime Minister Trudeau sent his message of gratitude to the Filipino-Canadians of more than 837,000 of Filipino origin living in Canada. Trudeau also commends all the brave Filipino frontliners who are fighting against the global pandemic.
In a video statement released last year, Trudeau raised the issue of racism, saying that “racism, in any form, has no place in Canada.”
Every month of June, Canada celebrates Filipino-Canadian Heritage Month and recognizes the great contributions they made and continue to make in Canada.
And for Filipinos who would want to be closer to the Philippines, like they’ve never left the country, Calgary is one destination that will feel like home.
Calgary Metropolitan Area
Think of it like Makati City or BGC in Taguig. Alberta’s most-populous city and the second most-populous in western Canada, Calgary Metropolitan Area is the central business district and is home to Canada’s second-highest number of corporate head offices among the country’s 800 largest corporations. If you’re interested in corporate jobs, this is the place to visit.
For Filipinos who love horse back-riding and donning cowboy hats, this 10-day affair is one of the most anticipated event in Western Canada every year. Visitors will enjoy daily rodeo events at the Stampede Grounds and get their tummy filled with daily free “Stampede Breakfasts” hosted by different concessionaires, mostly offering pancakes.
This year’s Stampede gathering will be held on July 9-18, 2021.
Every tourists enjoy sightseeing and in everyone’s itinerary should include a visit to a place where you can see beautiful skyline. In downtown Calgary, visitors will enjoy a panoramic view from the observation deck and a 360-degree view from Sky 360, a revolving restaurant that rotates to give visitors a scenic view of downtown Calgary.
And for those who doesn’t have a faint heart, there’s a glass floor that allows a person to stand right on top of the 9th Avenue South and Centre Street. An elevator takes you to the top in about a minute.
General admission to the tower costs CAD18 or roughly PHP700.
The Riverwalk and Prince’s Island Park
Explore Calgary’s best parks and green spaces as you trek nature’s gift along the Bow River at Riverwalk, a famous two kilometer pedestrian and cycling path that stretches from Centre Street Bridge and all the way to East Village. When you’re done here, you can cross and head to Prince’s Island Park, a river island covered by a public park.
This place is good for those who want to relax and enjoy the nature environment as the sun sets from the horizon.
Kensington Village and Inglewood
Here are two places for craft beers lovers. Just a short walk from the Bow River, Kensington Village has a unique vibe and has a lot of cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and boutiques to explore. If you’re up for a smoked barbecue and whiskey-based cocktails, you can visit Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey.
If you’re up for the gritty and rugged vibes, move on to Inglewood to enjoy a craft beer tour perfect for happy hours.
Inglewood is the oldest neighborhood in the city and is also used to be called as Brewery Flats.
There are more places to explore and visit in Calgary and one day isn’t enough to finish them all. Perhaps a five-day stay or a two-week vacation will give you enough time to enjoy this place. If you fell in love with the place and you plan to stay for a while, there are places to rent out. Or better yet, check out affordable Calgary homes for sale if you plan on moving in.
Once the pandemic is over, we can all go back to enjoy life’s perks and get back to traveling.