In Your Words, YYC is a regular CIA feature that allows awesome Calgarians to share their awesome views on our great city.
Calgary is awesome. I argue this point almost daily with my husband, who although born and bred in Calgary, pines for the balmy winters we had for a few short years during an experimental stint in Vancouver. (Even so, he reluctantly loves Calgary.) Rather than wax poetic about my childhood (in Brentwood, then Mount Royal) or what I like best about this city, I put together a Top Ten list; which is in no way an exhaustive list, nor prioritized. But here, right this minute, are ten reasons I love Calgary.
1) My Mom, Meg Van Rosendaal. Over the years she has contributed enormously to arts and culture in Calgary – as creator of Art Walk/Art Week, past manager of the downtown cultural district, founder of First Thursdays, organizer of countless festivals and events that have done so much to build a sense of culture and community.
2) Baking from Aviv’s Sidewalk Citizen Bakery on Friday and Saturday mornings. You should go.
3) Nenshi. I could focus this entire post on the guy I went to junior high school with.
4) The dog parks. There are plenty of them, and they make for beautiful walks.
5) Sled Island and a hopping music scene. ‘Nuff said.
6) The food. Great chefs with innovative ideas, collaborations reigning over competition, food trucks, food bikes, pop-ups, growers and producers, fantastic butchers, bakers, brewers, and home cooks. Micro-ice cream makers, markets, urban gardeners, beekeepers, chicken-raisers – it’s all going on here. [Editor’s note: Check out Julie’s blog for more awesome foodie notes!]
7) Our proximity to the mountains. I’ve recently rediscovered the pleasure of the Friday afternoon hop to the Rockies – in less time than it takes most commuters to get home in Toronto or Vancouver – for a day or weekend getaway.
8 ) The Peace Bridge. It’s a beautiful, unique piece of architecture, and has become a hub for people out and about, on foot or bike.
9) The coffee. We have a fantastic coffee culture going on in YYC, with great baristas, roasters and hangouts – more, it seems, than Vancouver or Toronto. (But who’s comparing?)
10) Let’s leave this spot open – what do you love most about Calgary? [Send us a tweet to @ciawesome!]