Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: February, 2013

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The days are getting longer here in Calgary and it's a perfect time to head out for a winter hike. The weather's also starting to warm up a bit and it's time to get in your winter hiking before the snow starts to melt and the spring season descends upon us.

depositphotos_canmore2_320The Heart Creek Trail is one of the best hiking places to visit during the summer and winter. It has an elevation gain of 100 m, which makes it suitable for young and old alike.

If you've ever wondered why so many vehicles are parked on the east side of Canmore on the trans Canada Highway, it's because families, couples and individuals have stopped there for some quick hiking. There is an easy hike available up Heart Mountain along with plenty of rock climbing.

If you're looking for something easy and fun…

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When you want to go shopping Calgary there are plenty of malls to choose from but one of these rises above the rest in almost every survey that's conducted on shopping in the city - Chinook Mall. Firstly the Chinook Center is absolutely massive and spans almost 1,500,000 square feet and contains over 250 different stores - making it the largest enclosed mall in Alberta and also one of the largest malls in the entire country.

If you like eating during, after or while shopping then you'll find the enormous food court to be to your liking - there are over 900 seats and 20 different types of food to choose from, with the special touch of a dinosaur made from scrap farming equipment located there too. On top of having a huge number of stores the Chinook…

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If you're looking for a fast sale on your home the best thing you can do is get it staged. Sometimes you have a lot of time to get your home sold while in other cases you need to get out of the house immediately or sell it within a matter of weeks. When a fast sale is critical, take a look at staging and what it can do for you.depositphotos_staging_2_400

Home staging has been proven time and time again to make a home sell faster and quite often can bring in better offers as well. Staging makes your home look cleaner, brighter and even bigger so that people that are looking at your home can actually imagine living in it themselves.

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to live with a staged home when you're in the process of selling it. You’ll have to live with different types of…

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Considering that Albertans refer to Calgary as "Cowtown" it should come as no surprise that one of the biggest events held in the city each year is the "Calgary Stampede". As you'd expect from a bunch of humble cowboys and ranchers the stampede is modestly referred to as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", and it quite literally is exactly this.

The Stampede offers visitors and current residents of Calgary 10 days of fun during July of each year and is one of the biggest events on the Calgary social calendar. As you might expect when something is billed as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" it's bound to attract a lot of visitors and more than 1,000,000 (1 million) guests come to enjoy the Stampede each year; injecting hundreds of millions of…

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