The Sheraton Cavalier is a favourite hotel for many visitors to Calgary and, yes, even for locals. Close to the airport, it allows easy access to the mountains as well as the downtown core, major shopping centres and top tourist attractions.

You can enjoy a weekend of fun without ever leaving the hotel. There are six dining options, free parking, plus full-service banquet facilities and two ballrooms. (A family reunion, perhaps?)

Or, head out for urban adventures in every direction. 

Here are six fun things to see and do within minutes or onsite at the northeast Calgary hotel.

JUST ADD WATER

A popular spot for local birthday parties, it also attracts water-loving out-of-town visitors with the largest indoor water park in the city, which includes two giant slides. It’s also licensed, so adults can enjoy the outdoor patio and snack bar

WORLDLY EATS

Dine around the world without leaving the city. Many eateries are within walking distance. Just ask at the front desk for recommendations. The nearby restaurant offerings include Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese. Some favourites? Basil, Ultimate Pho, Misai Sushi, Thai Boat and Maria Market.

RARE PLANES

Take a five-minute drive, or half-hour walk from the Sheraton Cavalier to check out some aviation history. See rarities such as the Avro Lancaster. There are fewer than 20 in existence, but the bomber played an important role in the Second World War.

GO-KARTING, ANYONE?

Speeders Indoor ProKarts, about a 15-minute drive north. Take the team racing. These electric go-karts go up to 70 km/h (50 mph) on 50,000 square feet of indoor space. Drop in, or book in advance for groups. Drivers must be at least 12 years old, and at least 1.6 metres tall (5’1”).

IN PLANE SIGHT

The Edward H. Laborde Airplane Watching Area, about a 40-minute walk or 10-minute drive away. Watch the planes take off and land at the Calgary International Airport; it’s an excellent spot to take photos and meet fellow airplane fans.

LIONS, TIGERS AND … DRAGONS

The Calgary Zoo is about a 15-minute drive away. Kids and grownups love the animals and the gorgeous gardens. Plus, there are also some new residents of the zoo, including a komodo dragon and a white black bear to name just two. 

 - By Shelley Boettcher

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