There are some interesting statistics about the people of Calgary. This applies especially to the airplane pilots. A few years ago a USA scientist in the Antarctic got sick and needed to be air-lifted out in the winter. It was a nearly impossible feat and even the USA army failed in the mission. But two pilots from Calgary managed to get him out. This is definitely a story I have been tossing around that needs to be told.
When I was getting my weather observing certificate I found that a Calgary pilot has been the only survivor when flying through a CB cloud (Nimbus Cumulus). The wind power in these clouds is unbearable. His plane was trashed, but he survived. The statistics make it very important for weather observers to locate and identify these dangerous clouds.
Sports: For sports lovers Calgary offers many professional teams including the Calgary Stampeders football team and the very much loved Calgary Flames hockey team. Calgary’s people offer friendly rivalry but never hostility. The people are gracious without violence. They worship their teams and join in street festivities whether the team wins or loses.
Calgary’s Saddledome – the hockey arena.
Nightclubs: – A horseshoe bar, a dance hall and a restaurant with excellent food and live famous country singer dinner shows, Ranchman’s country bar is a place to meet real cowboys as well as enjoy time with friends.. Although there are a variety of clubs with various types of entertainment, Ranchman’s is an authentic taste of Calgary’s culture and the roots of – ‘Cow town”. In my book One Dance with A Stranger, my hero – a country music star – sings at Ranchman’s.
There have been many movies done in and around Calgary. It is not odd to see famous people on the streets. Clint Eastwood, (Unforgiven); Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland (The Mad Trapper), Christopher Reeves (Superman) and even Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt (Legends of the Fall). As is their way, most Calgarians leave them in peace to enjoy Calgary.
Theaters: – There are many theaters in Calgary including Live Theatre. I watched Phantom of the Opera in the Jubilee Auditorium and had to see it twice. Stage West – has a dinner/live play show. Again in One Dance with a Stranger, my couple goes to Stage West. In the downtown Theater Live, you can go to many popular shows of the time.
Dining: – Dining in Calgary is an experience as well. Although there is an immense variety of international and national cuisines I would recommend Smugglers – and have an authentic Alberta Grade A steak. There is nothing like it. Visit China Town and try Dim Sum for authentic Chinese delight. It was an enjoyable experience also.
And on every street corner try my favorite: – First thing in the morning, a refreshing break any time and a must after nightclubbing. Try Tim Horton’s coffee.