Welcome! We’re happy to have you for a visit to our hometown.
We asked our Simplex lawyers based in Calgary to put together their top list of places to try, shopping to do and whatever else they love to share with out-of-town guests. We hope you’ll enjoy!
Indulge your Inner Foodie
Erika ~ You can’t go wrong with Model Milk on 17th Ave or Notable in Bowness! Trish ~ Vero Bistro is a cozy venue, just a short taxi ride from downtown in lovely Kensington. Lynsey ~ Briggs Bar (you must try the cursted French toast!) or Monki for a good breakfast near the core. Geoff ~ No hesitation… Palomino for the BBQ fans (ask for the Fat Ass Platter!) or Caesars for a kitshy 1970 atmosphere, but arguably still the best steak in Calgary. Thirsty? Bank and Baron or James Joyce to enjoy a pint the way Calgarians do. All of that within walking distance of where the conference is… Martine ~The Nash in Inglewood offers a gorgeous sunny & convivial room. Amazing food! Or take a short walk from the Westin toward Prince’s Island to try unforgiveable River Cafe.
Geoff ~ Well, that’s an easy one (sponsor alert!!!) for guys: a hot towel shave at Best of Seven Barbers! The Westin concierge can book you in directly. Lynsey ~ Make a detour by Purr for some funky clothes shopping or book a massage at RnR Spa (right downtown). Erika ~ A bit of shopping at the Rubaiyat Gallery or anywhere on Stephen’s (8th) Ave. Swizzlesticks Spa is also a nice option in Kensington. Martine ~ I just discovered John Fluevog. If you love shoes and don’t know him, just know it’s a big trap right downtown, from which you may never want to get out. And then take your new shoes for a stroll in Inglewood and see if you can resist not buying anything at Silk Road or Knifewear! Trish ~ For Bikram yogis, Bikram Hot Yoga in Marda Loop. And while there, just browse around that nice little neighbourhood!
Get out there!
If you arrive a bit earlier or if can extend your stay by a day (or two), then you need to head straight for our gorgeous Rockies. Here’s a few of our faves in that area:
– Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, a visit you are not likely to forget surrounded by a gigantic field of rocks that serve as a memory of Canada’s deadliest rockslide.
– Moraine Lake, the lake that used to be on the old $20 bill. A must-see!
– Johnston Canyon for a nice and easy hike
– Festival Canmore Uncorked for more foodie’s adventures!
And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, well – forgive us as this is was a tough one, so many good things to choose from, and we feel we’ve hardly touched the tip of the iceberg! So drop us a line or stop to say hi at the Simplex kiosk in the market place (you can get a free shoeshine, or chocolate… your call!), we’ll be happy to guide you around. Enjoy the conference!