Welcome back to Calgary
I had my picture taken when I arrived back in Calgary, or shall I say the backside of my van did. Flashes started going off like the paparazzi as I navigated through a construction zone on the west side of the city. The speedometer was a bit higher than 50 kph (oops!) but hopefully, the other cars in the shot will prevent me from getting a ticket in the mail.
After a ten hour drive, I was happy to be back. The highway was closed for three hours due to a rockslide. I was thankful that I was waiting in the middle of the mountains, so the scenery was gorgeous. Also, I didn’t have little kids in the car – been there, done that!
Welcome back to Calgary!
I am here for six weeks taking a scenic and wildlife photography class to finish up my certificate. This class should be great as it is my favourite type of photography! It is also wonderful to connect with friends and family.
Coffee with my daughter was first on the list on Saturday. We both were shocked that Starbucks already had their Christmas menu up – way too early for that! After a great visit, I journeyed downtown to check out some ruins and a newish park by the river.
Rundle Ruins, Calgary
Ruins you say? In Calgary? The Rundle Ruins in Ramsay are all that is left of the first permanent hospital built in Calgary and date back to 1894. According to Avenue Calgary, the hospital started with 35 beds, a nursing school and an operating room. Fourteen years later, the city had grown so much that another hospital was built and Rundle was relegated to an isolation hospital. I like the mix of old and new.
I drove up to Scotsman’s Hill to soak in the view, surprised that it wasn’t busier.
Everyone was down by the river and what a perfect day for that. November 5th and 18C, wow! I stopped at St Patrick’s Island park in the East Village.This site was one of the original parks in Calgary. The new park opened in 2015 and the East Village website says the park “has been restored through mindful renewal and a biophilia master plan – a landscape design approach that nurtures the bond between people and nature.” I learned a new word today and I like it: BIOPHILIA. I will have to remember this.
The funky-looking sculpture is called Bloom and is made from an assortment of street lights at different angles. Thank goodness it is also designed to be flood-resistant, with its base anchored nearly two metres underground. The osprey built a nest on the tallest arm; I love nature in the city.
The George C. King bridge joins downtown with the island and the north side of the river.
The East Village is one of the older areas of Calgary and much work has been done to maintain some of the historical buildings as part of the redevelopment. The old Simmons mattress factory has been restored and now is a culinary stop. I should have gone inside as the pictures on the website look so cool. Next time Chester stays home.
Happy trails and thanks for reading!