As the towering mountains gave way to prairie flatlands, the big city congestion greeted me as I cycled into Calgary and struggled to find the Hosteling International hostel on the east side of downtown.
A vibrant city with loads to do, I quickly settled into the hostel life and joined the party and bbq. Before you knew it, a group of us were off to Cowboys nightclub – touted the best bar in town! Advertising for Cowboys – “Cowboys has been the biggest and best venue for boot-scooting fun every night in Calgary Proven by those who pack the club each week. Whether it’s the wannabe cowboys and cowgirls or the horse-riding, hay-pitching variety, they all find what they’re looking for at Cowboys.” Not wrong – the place was packed. I didn’t stand a chance in the crowd of partygoers and cowboy hats!
We headed off the next day to check out the Calgary Zoo – perfect way to unwind from the craziness of Cowboys. Turns out – the only live moose I would see on the entire trip across Canada were here at the zoo! On the other hand – the bears at the zoo were not the only live ones I came across on my bike, but that’s another story!
Not to be outdone by the zoo, Calgary has plenty more on offer. As I rode into town, I passed the Canada Olympic Park – home of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The sheer size of the ski jumps was enough to get my heart racing! 70 and 90 feet into the air – the ski jumps dominated the horizon.
The site is still used as a training site for Canadian athletes, but for the adrenaline junkie, check out the summer bobsleigh run – 60 seconds of sheer exhilaration at 100km/hr and 4Gs.