If Calgary is one of the cities with the most hours of sunshine in Canada regardless of the season, in winter, the mercury can drop well below zero.
Here are some ideas to keep you warm when temperatures get colder.
Warm up in a nice cafe - Among our favourites is Wise and Wright, in the Core Shopping Center on Stephen Avenue, offers ‘’wise elixirs’’, which are hot drinks with extraordinary healthy properties. We really like the “elevated hot chocolate”, a hot chocolate filled with vitamins and many other good things. Another popular spot is Alforno Bakery and Café, located a few steps from the Peace Bridge, where you can get delicious coffees, but also a nice matcha latte, chai latte and London Fog.
No need to go outside with the Plus 15 network - The Plus 15 is the network of small interior bridges (located about 15 feet above the ground, hence its name!) which cross and connect several buildings in downtown Calgary. Nearly 60 bridges are open from 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight. They allow you to walk a total of more than 18 kilometres without ever having to go out.
Take the time to visit museums - Calgary is full of museums to visit. These include the popular Studio Bell, which traces back the history of Canadian music. You might also want to visit the Central Library, or maybe the Glenbow museum. There is also the Calgary Tower which offers guided tours of the city, its buildings, its past and its future. So many options are available to you!
Recreate summer at the Devonian Gardens of the CORE Shopping Centrr - Need to see some flowers and giant trees and take a stroll in an almost tropical atmosphere? Head over to the CORE Shopping Centre. That’s right! The top floor of this shopping centre, located in the heart of the city, is home to over 500 trees and 50 varieties of plants, exotic fish ponds and even a children's playground. You can walk around this indoor botanical garden for free, stop for a coffee, read a book or just relax. A true oasis of peace!
Enjoy lots of hot drinks at the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest - This is the time of the year when many cafes, restaurants and artisanal chocolate makers compete for the title of the best hot chocolate in town. The 2020 edition will be held from February 1 to 29.