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His­toric sand­stone build­ings are set against a back­drop of steel and glass sky­scrapers on Cal­gary’s busiest down­town pedes­trian walk: 8th Av­enue, be­tween 1 St SE and 4 St SW. Home to Glen­bow Mu­seum, which boasts the largest art col­lec­tion in Western Canada, and the Arts Com­mons, a multi-venue cen­tre that hosts hun­dreds of per­for­mances ev­ery year, Stephen Av­enue is the heart of Cal­gary’s arts cul­ture. The walk is also lined with ma­jor shop­ping cen­tres, not to men­tion an eclec­tic mix of bou­tiques and some of the best din­ing the city has to of­fer—all within easy walk­ing dis­tance.


Newly shod is un­doubt­edly the best way to hit the pedes­trian cir­cuit. Arnold Chur­gin has been a Cal­gary re­tailer since 1964 and of­fers an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of hand­bags and footwear for women, from top in­ter­na­tional brands to their own ex­clu­sive la­bel cre­ated by in-house de­sign­ers. The flag­ship shop is a stylish bou­tique on Stephen Av­enue, and there are three other lo­ca­tions around the city (page 49).


Hit the pa­tio or re­lax on plush banquette seat­ing with a cock­tail like the Mr. Belvedere with bour­bon, amaretto, Coin­treau, and pineap­ple juice be­fore din­ing on haute cui­sine such as Rougie foie gras with fig moutarda, cit­rus puree, and brioche fol­lowed by a grilled Al­berta lamb chop with hum­mus, an­cho oil, and drunken grape toma­toes (page 56).


Look­ing for a quick glass of wine be­fore head­ing to the theatre? Want to linger over a deca­dent cheese plate or lo­cally-sourced meal with some good com­pany? This stylish, New York City-inspired bistro has you cov­ered. There’s a phi­los­o­phy be­hind ev­ery­thing they do, not least of all the care­fully cu­rated wine list fea­tur­ing se­lec­tions de­scribed as “wines that pass along your tongue and shoot right up to the brain to make you think” (page 56).


Cal­gary is a stone’s throw from some of the most breath-tak­ing scenery and ex­cit­ing out­door recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties in the world. Ev­ery­thing you could need for the per­fect es­cape to na­ture can be found at Out There in re­li­able brands like The North Face, Arc’teryx, Ice­breaker, and more. The staff is pas­sion­ate about Al­berta’s out­doors, so they have the know-how to suit you up in style and com­fort (page 50).


When most peo­ple think of Cal­gary cui­sine, steak comes to mind. Trib is do­ing that rep­u­ta­tion jus­tice with their “old take on fresh steak.” The top-shelf Re­serve An­gus steak is pre­pared in tried and true dishes like a beef bour­guignon of anise red wine braised brisket with mush­rooms, shal­lots, smoked ba­con, and whipped potato. Or, for a true clas­sic, the sim­ple per­fec­tion of a but­ter-brushed 12 oz rib­eye (page 68).


Ya­hoo! It’s Stam­pede time, and that means Cal­gar­i­ans and visi­tors alike will be decked out in Western gear from the crown of their hats to the toes of their boots. Find au­then­tic cow­boy hats, boots, belts, jew­ellery, and ev­ery­thing else you need to get in the Stam­pede spirit. The shop has been out­fit­ting cowboys since 1901 (page 52).

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