Beauty, culture and community in Calgary
Five must-visit locations for fall
By Omar Omar, Staff Writer, and Robyn Welsh, Features Editor
With every change of the seasons in Calgary comes a new activity, a place and trend. In the winter, Skiing and other snow activities are widely enjoyed. In the spring, bikes and hiking boots are dusted off. And lastly, in the summer – cowfolk or not – people enjoy the Calgary Stampede.
Autumn is no different as it signals the revival and brief farewell of many aspects of Calgary life.
The city is born again in new shades of yellow, red and orange. Many of Calgary’s parks showcase this beautiful autumn colour palette. Take advantage of every aspect of the season by visiting these beautiful Calgary locations.
Prince’s Island Park and Bow River Path
Prince’s Island Park, and the Bow River Path parallel to downtown are gorgeous all year round – but especially in fall. The array of contrasting colours make it a must visit location. With grey paths that bring out the green of the grass, and the yellow and orange leaves against a blue sky, it is almost impossible not to stop to snap a photo. Make sure to snap one of the colorful flowers before the winter! As you walk down the trail you may find that your whole trip is serenaded with the Bow river itself. The peaceful stroll almost allows you to forget that you’re just outside the bustling city centre.
DeVille has a calm atmosphere all year round, but something about the wind making the leaves dance on their branches makes it a perfect place for back-to-school study dates and lazy before school coffee runs. Right off Stephen Ave, DeVille is the perfect place to stop on a day out exploring the city. A must try for fall is their White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte, which has been rumoured to be better than the crowd-favorite at Starbucks. What better way to celebrate fall than downtown with a warm drink?
Nothing details the passage of time better than a park dedicated to it; and nothing in nature contrasts the transition of old and new better than the arrival of fall. Although the park’s primary seasons of operation are summer and winter, a fair portion of the park is open in spring and autumn. By stopping by in autumn you are able to avoid large crowds and enjoy some lessons of Western Canadian history in peace. You can even stop by on a Wednesday night before November 9th to enjoy one of their outdoor ghost tours!
The Globe Cinema
If you’re a movie lover, the Globe Cinema is the place to be this autumn. From Sept. 21 through to Oct. 2, Calgary International Film Festival takes over the venue. The festival has something for every cinema fanatic, from dramas to documentaries. If you are interested solely in documentaries, Calgary Underground Film Festival hosts their documentary series Nov. 17-20 and Doc Soup presents one film per month. Perhaps the best thing about the Globe Cinema is the fact they are licensed. There is nothing better than cracking a beer or cider in the middle of the theatre.
Kensington houses some of Calgary’s gems including Oolong tea house, Community Natural Foods and The Red Bush which have excellent seasonal selections. Having a bit of everything has always seemed to be Kensington’s theme, and with the arrival of fall, Kensington’s streets are filled with a flow of people, calming tea aromas and good autumnal food.