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Annual Festivals in Calgary, AB

Films, food, music, and much more are all on tap at Calgary's festivals. The family-friendly events celebrate the history and culture of this fantastic city and draw visitors from dozens of countries; more than 7 million tourists come to Calgary every year for a visit, and many may even decide to move. Here is a closer look at some of the locals' favourite festivals in Calgary each year.

High Performance Rodeo

No "bronco busting" happens at the High Performance Rodeo (HPR). HPR is the official name for Calgary's International Festival of the Arts and is one of the city's best winter festivals. This incredible event takes over much of Downtown Calgary for the last two weeks in January and the first week in February each year. It features music,

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Living Near 4th Street in the Mission Neighbourhood

Calgary is known for its industry, history, and cowboy culture. Within Calgary, the Mission neighbourhood is one of the oldest and most historic areas. Over the years, the Mission neighbourhood has changed. No longer filled with just scattered houses, the Mission district is now full of trendy shopping areas, delicious restaurants, and a thriving nightlife. The most popular area in Mission is the 4th Street corridor, home to many of Calgary's top attractions.

4th Street is the epitome of walkability and vibrance. The area weaves around different pubs, bars, lounges, and cafés in a neighbourhood filled with townhomes and Calgary condos. From daytime activities to nighttime entertainment, there is plenty in the 4th Street corridor to keep residents

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Best Neighbourhoods Near 17th Avenue

The best neighbourhoods in Calgary have so much to explore! From easy access to the best employers to stunning views of Alberta's best natural landscapes, there's something for everyone here. Those who love shopping, dining, nightlife, and attending exciting events are often drawn to 17th Avenue. Stretching approximately 2.5 kilometres west of the Scotiabank Saddledome, residents and visitors alike can enjoy dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, and other unique small businesses. Many of Calgary's most desirable inner-city homes for sale are just a few steps away from the sights and sounds of 17th Ave. Read on as we explore the six best neighbourhoods within walking distance of 17th Avenue.


Those looking to live right in the

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Everything to Know About the Calgary Stampede

From the high-rise condos towering over the city skyline to the peace and quiet of Calgary's best gated communities, Calgary is a fantastic city to live in. The city offers many different cultural festivals and special events throughout the year, which locals and tourist visitors enjoy. Two of the biggest annual festivals in the city are GlobalFest Calgary and the Calgary Stampede—the latter is a rodeo and festival that gives "Stampede City" its nickname. Here's a guide on everything a person needs to know to attend the biggest outdoor rodeo in the world.

What is the Calgary Stampede?

"The Calgary Stampede" is a not-for-profit organization that arranges and hosts the annual parade, rodeo, and other events surrounding the Stampede. The rodeo and

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The best Christmas events in CalgaryThe holiday season is a time for fun and frolicking in the snow, revelling in the concept of peace on earth, and partaking in the spirit of giving. Those looking for Christmas events in Calgary this year to embrace the warmth the holidays bring should check out these annual festivities fostering everything Christmas is about.

Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas

Once Upon a Christmas is by far one of the most cherished holiday traditions in Calgary, and the event transports visitors into an old-fashioned town. A picturesque Christmas scene through and through, The Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas Village is open this year from November 26 to December 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., making it the ideal place to spend a day indulging in holiday magic.

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GlobalFest in Calgary, AB

GlobalFest is a major cultural festival that takes place every August in Calgary, AB. The festival started in 2003 and was spread out across various parts of the city. Today, the entire festival takes place at Elliston Park in East Calgary. Residents can walk from their homes in Penbrooke Meadows to reach the famous festival without worrying about parking. One of the best festivals in the city, it's capped each night with a fantastic fireworks display from up to five different countries. Here's a guide to everything residents and visitors could want to know about GlobalFest before seeing it firsthand.

What is GlobalFest?

The two main parts of GlobalFest are the OneWorld Festival and the International Fireworks Festival. The OneWorld Festival is a

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Why Should You Love Living Near Riley Park

Riley Park is in the northeast part of Hillhurst in Calgary, and it separates the rest of the neighbourhood from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The Hillhurst and Sunnyside areas are now considered some of Calgary's most beautiful and walkable communities. The streets and sidewalks are clean and well-kept, and new streetlights and benches have been added in the last two decades. Dozens of locally owned shops and restaurants are just a short walk from most homes for sale in Hillhurst. Residents are also close to many great parks and other outdoor amenities, including Calgary's East Village RiverWalk. Here are some of the perks of living near Riley Park.

Stroll to One of Calgary's Best Wading Pools & Playgrounds

Calgary gets some hot

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Best Restaurants in Kensington Village

As a pedestrian-friendly part of Calgary, Kensington Village's restaurant scene is booming. Visitors can stroll from their Hillhurst homes in the evening and find world-class dining or just a quick bite for lunch in minutes. From international flavours to down-home Canadian favourites, there's a little something to satisfy every appetite. Here are some of the best restaurants locals can walk to in Kensington Village.

Niko's Bistro

Niko, the owner of Niko's Bistro, came to Calgary after Croatia's War of Independence and learned English while washing dishes, busing tables, and becoming a head chef. He opened this restaurant in 2006, and it's been growing in popularity ever since.

Niko's Bistro is perfect for a quick business lunch or a more

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Perks to Living Near Pearce Estate Park

If your Calgary home-buying wishlist includes proximity to a world-renowned park, Inglewood should be at the top of your list. Pearce Estate Park is located within Calgary's Inglewood neighbourhood, a unique part of the city with a variety of quirky shops, flavourful restaurants and fantastic art galleries. Living near the park has numerous benefits, and there are stylish condos and a number of new construction homes within walking distance of this natural respite in an urban city. Here, we'll explore the rich history and some of the perks of buying one of Inglewood's homes for sale near Pearce Estate Park.

Calgary History in Your Backyard

Pearce Estate Park is one of the community's most prized areas and was once owned by William Pearce. This

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Is January the Best Time to Apply For a Mortgage?Buying a home is the project of a lifetime for many people. It pays to be well-prepared and well-coordinated in terms of timing. Of course, you are free to start this process whenever you want, but some times are better than others to get a home loan. In this article, learn why January and the beginning of winter months are great times to apply and qualify for a mortgage.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

January Is One of the Best Months to Apply For a Mortgage

Generally speaking, winter months represent a valuable opportunity for real estate buyers. Real estate is a seasonal industry, and the market tends to slow down during

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