You know those places that when you arrive they are so far removed from the view you had in your mind? Well Calgary was a wonderful eye opener for me. Maybe it was memories from my teenage years watching Eddie the Eagle flying high in the snow? But this was no frozen city but a mid 20 degrees wonder of high architecture and nature.
One huge thing I have noticed both here in Alberta and Saskatchewan is the genuine friendliness of everyone you meet.. Remarkably so really. I am led to believe just not from being here but by the nature of Twitter friends too that the whole of Canada is like that. Love it 🙂
Downtown Calgary can’t be missed. Skyscrapers adorn the view but in there you find wide open streets and lots of greenery and quaint little buildings, shops and a nice buzz. What better way to explore here and outward, by push bike.
Calgary has many many districts sprawled out, a gorgeous river running through and parks galore. Every single district is connected by cycle trails.. There is over 1000 km of cycle path! If new building areas are made then it must connect to the cycle system..super.
Today we set off from the skyscrapers and took in 20km along the river.. We had blue skies, autumn colour in abundance and new sights to see, perfect.
Far removed from a typical big city centre the paths lead the way.. It was hard to keep pedalling without wanting to stop to look at the view around too often. So many people were enjoying the tracks. Cyclists, walkers, parents running with buggies, roller bladers.. The space is so good there is room for all without seeming too busy.
I could have gone and gone all day.. Alas it was time to cross a bridge and head back in.. The view of downtown Calgary on the horizon, river by our side, sun on our face. Incredible.