The Calgary Zoo remains a special place to visit for one reporter, who grew up visiting the animals and being enthralled at the worlds it recreates

meerkatPassing through the sliding doors, you are immediately swallowed up by darkness. As your eyes adjust, they glance at the coloured lights that highlight the carved figures decorating the wall, while your ears are attacked by the sound of animals. Their screeches surround you as your ticket is scanned – dinosaurs and lions, monkeys and bears.

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Palm trees and warm weather offer retreat south of the border

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Palm Springs may be a symbol of the American Dream, but to me it signifies comfort, love, and culture.

My family goes there for Christmas, and my mom and I adventure there for girls’ weekends.

It is a place that has sentimental value because of the memories made there.

It is also a place for me to travel to escape.


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A former MRU student owns the nearby Weaselhead Pub. We visit on steak night and find superb value in food and drink.

thumb finalserverthumbA short five-minute walk from Mount Royal University (MRU) is the Sarcee Plaza, a strip mall located just off 37th Street that houses the 7-11 that many MRU residents have used at least once. Yet what few students may be unaware of is the secluded bar tucked behind, the Weaselhead.

Weaselhead may be easy to miss, but it is definitely a hidden gem. The first thing that I noticed when I entered was the intoxicating smell of prime-cooked steak. My mouth was watering and I knew I had to try it. It was after all the reason I was here, the infamous Steak Night. The price of a steak sandwich plus fries is only seven bucks. (The price for steak at the Keg downtown can be as high as $39 while the Hub comes in at about $15.)

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How my first visit back to the recently flooded oasis has me escaping Calgary's concrete jungle

EmbracethumbnailBowness Park will officially reopen on Feb. 7 with a skating party hosted by The City of Calgary Parks and the Bowness Community Association.

After the Calgary flood of 2013, Bowness Park was forced to close and faced many lifeless days. Since half of the pre-existing structures needed to be repaired, the park was closed to the public until deemed safe.

The park was donated to the City of Calgary by John Hextall in 1911 to ensure the developing streetcar service in Calgary would extend to the town of Bowness. Hextall first bought the 2481.65 acres of land in 1908. He quickly realized the profit of his riverside land and soon began developing, turning his land into a town. Although the streetcar service stopped in the '50s many Calgarians still visit the park today.

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