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Botanical Gardens Inside a Mall!

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Being the second most heavily populated city in North America from the North Pole (Edmonton would be first), growing a garden for 4-5 months, let alone year-round, is pretty much impossible-unless it's inside a mall! You can visit the Devonian Gardens on the top floor of the Core Shopping Center right in the heart of downtown all year long. It's a free attraction with huge palms, fountains, fish, tropical flowers and several places to relax and unwind. A good place to get some work done as well as there is free, strong wifi throughout. Many people were just chilling out on their laptops or phones. It definitely makes for a wonderful green retreat especially during those long cold winter months I'm sure! It's not very big so I'd plan to spend about 1/2 hour here max if just strolling through.
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Culture and experiences

Glenbow Museum
Learn about Calgary & Alberta's history at the Glenbow Museum. Plan about 3 hours here.

Hotels

Hyatt Regency Calgary
Stayed 3 wonderful nights at this hotel on a Club level which meant free breakfast and appetizers daily in the club lounge as well as non-alcoholic drinks (honor bar).

Points of interest

Olympic Plaza
Olympic Plaza is a park in downtown Calgary. It's where medal ceremonies were held during the 1988 winter olympics.
Wonderland Sculpture
Amazing open air sculpture in the shape of a giant head. Really lit up well at night.
US Consulate in Calgary
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Calgary Tower
Ascend to the top for amazing views of the city.
Devonian Gardens
These gardens are located on the top floor of the Core mall in downtown Calgary.

Restaurants

CRAFT Beer Market - Calgary Downtown
If you're into craft beer as much as I am, then you can't miss this in downtown Calgary!
Bakers Cafe
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Shopping

CORE Shopping Centre
Shopping mall in downtown Calgary with several boutique shops and the like.

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