When I first moved from Toronto to Calgary, here’s what I knew: There were going to be cowboys and the mountains were close by.
Literally, that’s all I knew – yes, I admit that I probably should have done more research.
Seven years later, I can officially confirm that both of these assumptions were true, although you tend to see a whole lot more cowboy hats in Calgary than actual cowboys or cowgirls.
But here’s what I was missing - there’s so, so much more to Calgary than what the stereotypes suggest. As a born-and-bred, Drake-loving, long-suffering Toronto sports fan, I wouldn’t lasted long if cowboys and mountains were the only things Calgary had going for it. All these years later, though, I'm still here!
When friends and family from the GTA come to visit, their final destination is inevitably going to be the Rockies. I get that, and I don’t blame them. But if you’re coming to Alberta from the Toronto-area, your trip’s not going to be complete without at least a day or two in Calgary, and here’s why.