Check out the interpretive centre including carnival games and special theatre perfromances. Outside there will be plenty of winter-themed activities for the whole family including sleigh rides (weather permitting). Make sure to track down EV's EAST Crew - they'll be on hand giving away hot chocolate. For more information visit www.fortcalgary.com.
Chinese New Year - EV's Lucky Red Packet
All visitors to the East Village Sales and Experience Centre between February 17th and 26th can enter our Lucky Red Packet contest. Make sure you swing by on Thursday, February 19th - Chinese New Year. Our EV ambassadors will be giving away gifts representing Chinese good fortune to everyone who stops by.
For full contest rules, click here
Love in EV
Fancy yourself a selfie conoisseur, maybe a bit of a hobby model? Do you love hanging out in EV? Enter to win one of two $150 gift certificates to Willow & Whimsy by posting a photo of you and anyone you love spending time in East Village on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LoveInEV. It could be you and your partner shopping for a condo, or you and a sibling chowing down on food truck nosh last summer, you and your best friend biking across St. Patrick's Bridge. You could capture a run along RiverWalk with your four-legged companion or maybe you took your wedding photos in our community. Anything at all that shows you loving on someone in the neighbourhood. Make sure to post the photo with #LoveinEV before 9am on February 12. We will announce the winners that day.
Not so extroverted? There's another way to enter the Love in EV contest. Visit the EVEC between February 2nd and 12th to fill out a ballot. We will be drawing one name each day to win a $150 Gift Certificate to Willow & Whimsy from February 10th to the 12th .
For full contest rules, click here
Big, Really Big, New Year
2014 was a year chock-full of milestones for East Village. Significant projects like the St. Patrick’s Bridge, the Elbow River Traverse, the Fort Calgary Sentinels and 5th Street Square were all crossed off the to-do list. But if 2014 was a big year for East Village, 2015 is already proving to be even bigger. Way, way bigger, actually. Just how much excitement can be squeezed into one year? Quite a lot, it turns out.
EV’s first new condominium towers, Fuse in Embassy BOSA’S Evolution and FIRST, from developers FRAM+Slokker, will open their doors in 2015, welcoming upwards of 800 new villagers into their sparkling fresh digs. Expect the purchase of house-warming gifts to spike dramatically in the coming year.
In addition to arranging furniture and hanging pictures, EV’s newest residents will have a lot of neighbourhood to explore. A newly revitalized St. Patrick’s Island will be open for play in the summer. Just a short walk over the St. Patrick’s Bridge – the celebrated new “skipping stone” bridge, itself a destination – awaits a stunning backyard playground. The 31-acre island offers plenty of room to stretch your legs, with meandering pathways, a seasonal breach for wading in the summer, and some breathtaking views from atop the island’s Rise. With performance spaces, sun deck, amphitheatre and lots of room for farmers’ markets and food trucks, SPI offers something for everyone and every season.
2015 is also the year that local gastronomists have been salivating over, as the newly restored Simmons building opens to the public. Elevated to heights of deliciousness by the epicurean tenant group of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Charbar and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, the former mattress factory is guaranteed to become a favourite destination of foodies everywhere. Opened up to allow in natural light and spectacular views of the Bow River – and boasting a rooftop patio that offers stunning panoramic vistas over the water and island – the historic Simmons building may just turn RiverWalk™ into RiverEat.
With the recent announcement of our new development partner, Cidex Developments Ltd, Calgary renters really have something big to cheer about in 2015. The construction of a 28-storey residential rental complex on the southeast corner of 7 Ave. and 5 St. SE will bring the first new rental accommodations to the neighbourhood. Built by Calgary-based developer CIDEX Developments Ltd, the 221-unit building will offer family-friendly three-bedroom apartments, with child care services close at hand. Families renting suites in the new building will have everything they need within walking distance.
RiverWalk, St. Patrick’s Island Park, the New Central Library, National Music Centre, an urban shopping centre, new restaurants and more: now, that’s the kind of village you want to raise a child in. And, for that matter, their parents.
EV's Favourite Things: 12 Days of Giveaways
Be sure to check our EV Facebook and Twitter pages each morning to find out what we're giving away that day. Then be one of the first few to visit our Urban Ambassadors at the EV Experience Centre to take home your prize.*
Can't make it to the EV Experience Centre? Like our Facebook page to be entered to win our grand prize draw on December 18th from our friends at the Calgary Opera. Package includes:
-4 tickets to the Calgary Opera Sunday Brunch featuring the cast of Carmen – Sunday, March 29 at the Calgary Petroleum Club
-4 tickets to A Taste of the Opera – an evening focused on the upcoming production of Carmen complete with an entertaining educational presentation followed by a reception with food and wine
-4 tickets to Carmen at the Jubilee Auditorium on Friday, April 24th, plus complimentary parking and coat check and an invitation to the VIP Impresario Lounge for a glass of wine at intermission
EV's 12 Days of Christmas runs December 6-18. Please remember we are closed Friday, December 12th.
*Daily giveaway items are on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Limit one per customer. Contest rules below
Your NCL, Your Way
The two-year public engagement process that was incorporated into the library’s plans referenced input from over 20,000 Calgarians about what they want from their new bibliotheca. Part landmark, part destination, part venue and really big part library, Calgary’s New Central Library will have something for everybody.
While you are waiting to take your first step through the door of the stunning new library, check out this video that gives you a taste of what it will be like to actually use the NCL? After all, it’s never too early to start planning that first trip.
There’s an experience for students, who can tap into vast study resources and enjoy plenty of elbow room for project work and families that can flock to the children’s area where youngsters can learn how to learn. And, of course, bibliophiles will relish the books just waiting to be taken down from the shelves. But design fans can also marvel at the inspiring spaces and quality of light; people watchers can sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the flow of life through the building; and community groups of all kinds will be able to meet in a multitude of theatres, meeting rooms or in the grand reading room at the pinnacle of the library. Add to that a technology commons, programming for children and teens, and accessibility for all regardless of financial or physical means, and you have a civic institution that will inspire Calgarians now and far into the future.
Construction of your NCL is right on schedule, with encapsulation of the existing LRT line currently underway. By mid-2015, the rising and curving C-train line will be completely sheathed in a concrete tunnel, creating a base on which the library can be built. When the building throws open its doors in 2018, patrons will be able to sit comfortably in the library’s café and spot trains as they emerge from that tunnel.
Once encapsulation is complete, the CMLC development team will entertain tenders for the above-ground work on the library project – the foundation, the structure and exterior cladding, the interior construction and the landscaping. Curious to see Snøhetta and DIALOG’s innovative design take shape before your very eyes? Follow the progress of the New Central Library on CMLC’s construction cam, where images are updated every ten minutes.
How will you experience your New Central Library?
5 Minutes on 5th Street
5th Street Square, the newest urban park in East Village, is open for relaxation. With furniture now in place and landscaping complete, the little tree-lined plaza at the intersection of 7th Ave. and 5th St. SE is a place where pedestrians and East Village residents can meet up, catch their breath and kick back.
(We do admit that it’s a little chilly for kicking back outdoors, but not to worry – our inaugural event on December 11 from 2-4pm, Christmas at 5th Street Square, includes hot chocolate, carollers, and even an appearance by Santa himself).
Attractive benches flanked by green space invite you to sit for a while and five large planters, which will be spilling over with greenery come spring, bring nature to urbanity. Intersected by the Riff – the diagonal pedestrian path that runs through East Village – 5th Street Square is differentiated from that pathway by coloured brick pavers, a sort of visual cue that entices you to slow down and take a breather.
Come see for yourself on December 11 when we ring in Christmas at 5th Street Square.
The New Central Library: Out Loud
The free Sept. 4 design disucssion and first look at the features, amenities and function of the New Central Library has been embraced by library and architecure-lovin' Calgarians, and the free tickets are all spoken for.
Didn't get one? A video of the presentation will be available at calgarymlc.ca/ncl/videos by the endo fo the day Friday, September 5.
Visit calgarymlc.ca/ncl for all the latest project updates, or to join the discussion!
Flow by the Bow
Back by popular demand is Julaine Antoniuck to lead us during our one hour session.
5:30 - 6:30 - Check in and mat placement
6:30 - 7:30 - Class starts
7:30 - 8:30 - After party with Food Trucks
Bring your mat, a bottle of water, and your Eventbrite ticket to get into this event.
This event was postponed from the original August 7 date to August 28 due to weather concerns. If you had a ticket from August 7- hang on to it! It can be used on August 28.
If you don't have a ticket yet, get it now: www.flowbythebow2014.eventbrite.ca
Fit Fast @ EV
Come and be a part of free weekly Yoga, Zumba/Pilates, Crossfit and Spin classes led by local pros. With four different workouts every week, you'll be your best self in no time. Classes are weather dependent, of course. If the sky is looking iffy, check out our Facebook page. EV is the 'hood that makes fitness more fun. Join us!
Tuesdays - Yoga in the Village
Free lunchtime yoga on the deck of the EV Sales and Experience Centre (EVEC), noon - 1 p.m.
Wednesdays - Zumba/Pilates
Join the workout party. Zumba or Pilates each week. Check us out on Facebook for the weekly schedule. EVEC deck, noon- 1 p.m.
Thursdays - EV Crossfit
Take your fitness to the next level. EVEC at noon.
Saturdays - Spin Class
Starting July 12, get your cycle sweat on at the RiverWalk Outlook at noon. Space is limited, so come early!
Saturdays- Bike Tours and Tune Ups
Join us for a bike tour, led by our e.a.s.t. CREW on Saturday July 26 at 1:00 p.m. Need a tune up before heading out? No problem. Bike Mike is on site from 12:30 - 2:30 that day. See you there!
Voices in the Village
Our "Voices in the Village" program is back in East Village for the summer, featuring some fabulous local talent.
Plan a stroll or bike ride along the banks of the Bow on RiverWalk™ and stop in to join us on the deck of the EVEC Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm for a variety of live music.
Sean Hamilton is on deck to entertain you starting on August 10th.
Please plan to join us. Puppies and picnics are welcome, and encouraged!
Seeking Urban Ambassadors
The East Village Experience Centre has become a hub of activity in the community, welcoming more than 15,000 visitors in 2013. The one-stop sales and community information centre is the heart of all things East Village and features interactive tools and displays that illustrate the vision for the community and where you might live within it.
Now we want to hear from you!
The East Village team is seeking urban explorers to fill ambassador positions working within the Experience Centre. So if you are a fan of East Village and excited about the future of the community, this is your chance to join the team.
So, who is an "Urban Explorer"? We believe it is a mindset, not an age group. It is a broad group of individuals who are interested in what an urban downtown can offer and advocates for creating lively communities that enrich cultural, entertainment and recreational experiences.
The East Village Ambassador positions are a first point of contact in the Experience Centre and represent the future of the community. It is a critical role suited to passionate and motivated communicators.
Sound like you? Read more about the Urban Explorer Ambassador profile by visiting www.calgarymlc.ca/careers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Fifty Days to Fifty 5K's!
Come on out and join our lunch hour run club at the East Village Experience Centre. Every Wednesday, starting on April 9th runners of all levels and abilities will meet on the deck and begin training to run a 5 K. Our two awesome instructors Tamara & Mary will sign you in and teach you some simple tips and tricks on stretching and technique.
For everyone who completes our program, by participating in at least 5 Run Club sessions, we will pay your way into the Calgary Marathon 5 K on June 1st!
It’s so easy to see yourself running what might be your first ever 5 K in June. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.
1. Set a goal
2. Show up
3. Stick to it
4. Run your first 5 K
You can do it and we can help you! Run with the East Village and we’ll cheer you on every single step of the way!
Run Club starts April 9 and continues every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the East Village Experience Centre, located at 553 Riverfront Ave. SE. All you need is appropriate attire, running shoes and to show up. We will help you with the rest! Space is limited to 50 participants on a first come bases.
To sign up please phone the East Village Experience Centre at: 403-264-0309. YOU CAN DO IT! It's the first step that is the hardest!
Art in April
For the month of April, the amazing works of public art in East Village will be highlighted through a series of interactive displays and programs!
Starting Friday, March 28 a group of local artists will begin painting a collaborative mural on the glass windows on the east side of the building. The outline of an urban c...ity scape will be drawn on the glass and each artist will fill in the buildings with how they interpret “revitalization” in East Village. The bottom of the mural will feature the Bow & Elbow Rivers, filled in using hand prints by a group of second grade children from the Calgary Arts Academy. Directed by the Calgary Arts Academy’s Artist in Residence, Carl White, the children will finish the mural on Friday, April 4 and take a tour of the impressive public art located within East Village.
Talented local artist Mandy Stobo, featured in McLean’s Magazine and creator of the “Scuba Nenshi” portrait which helped raise funds for Calgary Flood Relief, will be one of the many artists collaborating on the mural. Mandy will also participate in our Art in April by spending one weekend doing live paintings in the EVEC.
Thursday, April 10 at 7 PM
Our own resident photographer Mark Shannon, who has been capturing the communities revitalization since it’s onset in 2007, will be displaying his work on a digital frame that will loop images from the past 7 years. Mark will be taking a group of young urban photographers on an evening walking tour, where they will have the opportunity to capture images of Langevin Bridge, the St. Louis Hotel, RiverWalk and some of our famous artwork by Ron Moppett, Julian Opie and Light & Soul.
Saturday, April 26 at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 PM
Daniel Kirk, one of the creative masterminds behind The Field Manual will be hosting three public walking tours to explore his mural on the East Village bridge abutments and maintenance shed. The public will be able to sign up from one of three tours on Saturday, April 26 leaving from the EVEC.
The Art in April collaboration will see talent from our own Urban Ambassadors, CMLC staff, Market Collective, University of Calgary Arts Program, Alberta Collage of Art & Design and Calgary Arts Academy.
To sign up for the April 10th Urban Photography Workshop: Please email Erin Kergen at email@example.com to secure your spot. The workshop is free, open to all skill levels and all cameras. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
To sign up for the April 26 Daniel Kirk Walking Tour: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-264-0309. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
Bridge to the Future
Flag-waving school children, brilliant sunshine and a traditional Blackfoot blessing marked the official opening of St. Patrick’s Bridge this autumn. The long-awaited day was cause for big celebration, and not just because of the unseasonably fine weather. The ribbon cutting ceremony for East Village’s pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Bow River commemorated yet another milestone in a year full of milestones for Calgary’s newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood. If you missed out on the fun, or just feel like revisiting that warm sunshiny day, step back a couple of months with this video.
St. Patrick’s Bridge is the final piece in the connectivity puzzle that links East Village to the rest of the city. By way of the 4th Street underpass to the south, along RiverWalk™ and the Elbow River Traverse to the east, through the New Central Library to the west, and over the graceful arches of the St. Patrick’s “skipping stone” bridge to the north, East Village is now fully connected in all directions. It’s never been easier to come home.
Thanks to the connectivity that St. Patrick’s Bridge has added to Calgary’s river pathway system, the once largely recreational trails are now a functional commuter system. More than just a pretty face, the new river crossing is bridging the sustainability gap by letting more Calgarians live well without having to get into their cars to do so. This video shows just how St. Patrick’s Bridge is helping make Calgary a more sustainable, more liveable city.
But more than just a river crossing, St. Patrick’s Bridge is a destination in itself. Sure, it helps cyclists and pedestrians get to work with ease, but it is also a great place to play. Boasting some of the best views of the city, the spacious bridge deck has become quickly become a cherished public space right on the river. When St. Patrick’s Island opens in the summer of 2015, island programs will combine with bridge programs to create a whole lot of fun that is much larger than the sum of its parts. That’s pretty heavy lifting for such a delicate looking bridge.
The slender arches of the skipping stone bridge have been lauded for their elegant simplicity, but the actual building of the bridge was anything but simple. And that’s not even counting the little matter of the 2013 flood. Check out this video for a bridge-building primer. It was trickier than you’d think.
2014 has been a great year for East Village, marked by the completion of significant projects from the Fort Calgary Sentinels, the Elbow River Traverse, 5th Street Square and St. Patrick’s Bridge. 2015 promises to be even more exciting. With the opening of St. Patrick’s Island as a backyard playground, the re-opening of the beloved Simmons building as a culinary destination, and the handing over of the keys to the first new EV residents, it’s going to be a very happy new year.
The team at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) wishes all Calgarians the happiest of holidays and best wishes for 2015.
It may be a while before you can actually check a book out of the New Central Library, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read stories there. No library card needed. Simply stroll along 3rd St. SE to immerse yourself in the colourful picture book that Calgary illustrator Serena Malyon has created on the construction hoarding surrounding the NCL site: Maylon’s large watercolours depict the historical timeline of East Village from the untouched grasslands of the early 19th century to completion of the visually-stunning new library in 2018.
Examples of Malyon’s whimsical paintings can also be seen at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and inside Market restaurant on 17th Ave. Her imaginative illustrations have graced the covers of Swerve and FFWD magazines, as well as posters for Downstage Theatre and the Canadian Indigenous Shorts Film Festival. Her fanciful paintings are a welcome new addition to the vibrant public art that already enhances East Village. Take a walk to the NCL construction site to see for yourself that a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Feast in the East
It's a very special feast this year, because the food trucks will gather at the new south and north landings to St. Patrick's Bridge in East Village and Bridgeland. Bring friends, try out the bridge and work up an appetite!
You can hit your favorite trucks and then dine along the bridge deck. See chefs compete in the Mystery Ingeredient Challenge for the coveted FEASTY award. Live music, great eats and fun on the newest bridge in town at the last YYC Food Truck festival of the year.
When: October 24 and 25
Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm each day
Food truck challenge: 2:00 pm on Satruday
Place: St. Patrick's Bridge
Celebrate the opening of the new St. Patrick's Bridge with us!
Skip on over for a week of fun in East Village to celebrate the new St. Patrick's Bridge. Play, dine and stretch on the new span, inspired by the beauty of a stone skipping across the Bow River.
October 20 Grand Opening Celebration. Noon - 1 pm. Join Mayor Naheed Nenshi, members of City Council and CMLC for a ceremonial crossing into EV. Free Chili for the 1st 200 visitors!
October 21 Tai Chi Demonstration on the Bridge. Noon - 1pm.
October 22 Breakfast on the Bridge. 7am - 9am. First 200 guests.
October 23 Yoga on the Bridge. Noon - 1pm. Free event.
October 24&25 Feast in the East Foodtruck Challenge. 11 am - 7 pm.
Kids and adults alike shed their shoes to climb and explore the immense mesh structure inside the big white tent, but this was no ordinary bouncy castle. Part conceptual art, part jungle gym, part commentary on spatial perception, the wildly popular free event proved that there is no age limit on play and discovery.
The brainchild of the Viennese design collective Numen/For Use, the self-supporting inflated structure encourages users to push their perception of space and dimension while pushing themselves to scale the flexible mesh. And boy, did Calgarians push themselves. “That was so cool; I touched the roof!” exclaimed one flushed youngster, as she emerged from the tent. “It was actually kind of hard to climb,” her dad admitted. “You have to be quick because it keeps moving on you.”
Net Blow-Up proved so popular that curious climbers waited for up to an hour and a half to tackle its peaks. Beakerhead co-founder and science rock-star Jay Ingram chatted with would-be climbers as the line snaked out of the tent and into the brilliant afternoon sunshine. Parents served as good-natured human place-holders while youngsters chased one another and danced to the upbeat background music. “It was just awesome,” declared one mom as she helped her excited brood get their shoes back on post-climb. “It was so worth the wait!”
Fall for East Village
EV loves fall! Let us help you warm up to the season with a fall harvest festival on RiverWalk™ Plaza and in the East Village Event Tent, Saturday October 11.
We have loads of fall fun planned for you. You can shop for artisian crafts, take in live music, nosh from YYC Foodtrucks, strike a pose in the photo booth and more.
A donation to the foodbank grants you access to our pumpkin patch where you can harvest your very own pumpkin!
Join us from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. All the scarecrows will be there- don't miss it!
PARKLUXE Fashion Show and Sale
PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) is an organization designed to connect Calgary fashion and art lovers with spohisticated local designers and artists.
We are pleased that they have chosen to present PARKLUXE, a high-end fashion show and sale here in East Village, this coming weekend.
Join us in the EV event tent for your chance to see collections from: Caitlin Power, Laura Siegel, Malorie Urbanovitch, Workhall, Paul Hardy, and Matthew Gallagher.
Tickets are still available at www.ourparkonline/parkluxe.
Hope to see you there!
VIP parking at the EVEC. General parking available in the lot located at 6th ave and 6th street, on a first come first serve basis. The LRT is steps away, and always a good option when visiting East Village.
Beakerhead is back in East Village with Net Blow-up
Net Blow-Up is the creation of three artists from Vienna and Austria called 'Numen/For Use', that encourages people to explore the ideas of scale and direction, and immenseness and absence of space, simultaneously.
People of all ages are encouraged to navigate this floating landscape of nets suspended within a soft structure, which mutuates with every movement of its temporary inhabitants.
Dates & times:
September 10- closed due to weather and power outages
September 11 & 12 :
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 13:
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Artist talk at 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 14:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
East Village Event Tent- RiverWalk Plaza
In order to ensure everyone is able to fully experience this unique interactive sculpture, the number of participants allowed in at any given time is limited. Vistors should be aware that this may result in some short wait times - that we are sure you will agree are well worth it!
Blooming Good Times
For the gardeners who dropped by the bountiful micro-farm on the corner of 5th Avenue and 8th Street SE, it was a chance to spend a sunny afternoon with neighbours, swapping horticultural tips and enjoying lemonade and cookies. Because the only thing better than spending time in the garden with friends is spending time in the garden with friends and lemonade and cookies.
An arrangement of benches and chairs near the little white gardening shed was a popular vantage point from which to survey the fruitful plots and to greet fellow green thumbs. “It’s nice to sit here and talk and visit,” said one senior gardener, taking a break from thinning her beets. “This is my second year having a garden plot,” added her friend. “I just grow from seeds rather than bedding plants, because it’s so nice to have a surprise as to what comes up.”
As she poured out lemonade and offered cookies, Erica from the e.a.s.t. CREW (Events Activity Street Team) paused to admire the lush lettuce and aromatic dill spilling from one of the raised beds. “This is one of the Drop-In Centre’s three plots,” she explained. “They always take such good care of their plots and I know DI clients really enjoy the fresh produce.”
Growing nourishing produce and beautiful blooms enriches all the neighbours who are part of the community garden. Raised beds, a storage chest full of tools and watering cans, and a 1,200 gallon watering tank on site makes tending plots a whole lot easier for the agrarians, many of whom are seniors. The monthly EV Community Garden Party – where gardeners can enjoy lemonade and cookies from the comfort of a shady bench and swap planting tips with fellow enthusiasts – is a refreshing reward for a job well-done.
You don’t want to miss the next EV Community Garden Party. Mark Wednesday, September 3 on your calendar and drop by the EV Community Garden from noon till 2 pm to survey the bounty. Cookies and lemonade are on us.
Heritage at the Fort
German, Spanish, French, Cantonese and English all resonated throughout the old North West Mounted Police barracks as families locked each other in jail cells and took turns trying on Red Serge uniforms. The steady stream of strollers through the log gates of Calgary’s birthplace and the rows of tour buses lining the parking lot proved that exploring the past never gets old. At the corner of 6th St. and 9th Ave. SE in East Village, the newly installed scarlet-red Sentinels landmark was a fitting portal to the past.
“We’ve had quite a few people come through already, and it’s not even noon,” reported the friendly greeter in his Mountie red uniform. “Lots of people are bringing the kiddies, because we have some great activities for the kids today.” A picture-perfect end to an August long weekend, plus free admission all day at Fort Calgary, meant that many families took advantage of the welcoming atmosphere and the accessible location to spend the day steeped in history inside the barracks and soaking up some sun in the community garden and throughout the sprawling grounds.
“How does this work?” one youngster wondered as she tried out the wooden turn-of-the-century toys on display in the hands-on museum. “Mom, did you used to have one of these when you were little?”
The rough jail cells with their chinked log walls and coarse blankets were especially tempting to little criminals of all ages. “I want to go to jail,” insisted one n’er-do-well, luring the rest of his family away from the big black steam locomotive where they had paused for family photos. Happy to oblige, his father promptly fitted him with the smaller set of shackles that were hanging outside the jailhouse doors. “Handcuffs for little thieves! Perfect!” Dad declared before locking his delighted offspring in the cell.
Amateur historians squeezed into the interpretive centre’s theatre to hear Fort Calgary CEO and President Sara-Jane Gruetzner talk about Chief Crowfoot, Colonel MacLeod, Captain Deane and Alderman John Ayer. These key figures from Fort Calgary’s colourful history are all commemorated by the scarlet Sentinels standing guard at the gateway to Fort Calgary and East Village. Elsewhere in the fort, crafty youngsters crowded around a long activity table to create their own Sentinels from red beverage cups and paper cutouts. Across the room, parents gathered around the barrack’s pool table to instruct the next generation on the finer points of snooker.
Along the meandering pathways that criss-cross Fort Calgary’s 40-acre parklands, Calgarians wandered in peaceful contemplation. As they paused to marvel at the heirloom plants in the community garden or reflect upon the abandoned railway line that turned the traditional Siksika land into a settlement, urban explorers could not help but be fascinated by the richness of the bygone days beneath their feet. It was indeed a day for the history books.
Opera in the Big Top and Beyond
Opera in the Village
Step right up to the return of Opera in the Village under the big top on the banks of the beautiful Bow River.
Roving circus performers, Calgary's gourmet food trucks, fresh-pressed lemondade, a waterfront Big Rock Patio, karaoke, movies and more will keep you entertained day and night August 14-23.
Tickets to Candide and matinee performances of Hansel and Gretel are available at calgaryopera.com/bigtop.