7 unusual places you need to visit in Calgary

Jun 3 2017, 3:18 am

Calgary’s famous for its iconic spots, but have you ever thought about doing something a little different?

It’s easy to go with the usual brochure when you’re touring around, but there’s nothing more monumental than going way out of your comfort zone. After all, that’s how some of our best memories are made – the kind that end up on our Instagram feeds. If you really want to experience something epic, you have to be willing to try something new.

To help you do just that, we’ve created a list of unusual activities you can do right here in Calgary.

Regal Cat Cafe

The only thing better than coffee is coffee and cats. Regal Cat Cafe is opening on June 24 and it’s an event that you don’t want to miss. If you don’t already love cats then you probably will after just five minutes in this shop.

Deane House 

Deane House is definitely a must-see for history buffs and anyone with a curious mind in general. It was originally built in 1906 and was owned by a man named Captain Richard Deane. His wife passed away during the house’s construction which is located in Fort Calgary. People started calling it haunted in the 70s and 80s because visitors reported paranormal events. Surprisingly, it now features a restaurant that’s gotten some pretty rave reviews.

The Sentry Box 

One of the coolest stores around town. The Sentry Box is sized at 13,000 square feet and is filled with display and gaming space. So if you’re interested in fantasy, science fiction or military games, you’ll love this place – especially since there are over 100,000 different items on The Sentry’s shelves.

National on 8th

You’ll find tons of ordinary patios in Calgary, but what about visiting a massive one where you can choose items from a decked out menu? National on 8th is within the Scotia Centre and has Canada’s largest rooftop patio. This is the perfect spot for the warmer months because you can easily soak up the sun. You’ll never find any other place that suits your lunch break, happy hour, and weekend hangout quite so well.

Blackfoot Truckstop Diner

Don’t go to Calgary without visiting this diner. Blackfoot Diner exists at a truck stop in Inglewood, and it’s been around since the 50s. The best part, other than its food, is that it’s open 24/7. If you’ve ever watched one of those movies with the quintessential diner scene, you’ll feel like you’ve experienced just that. Enjoy a massive pile of scrumptious pancakes and mouthwatering slices of pie – topped with meringue. If you like eating to the beat of some music then don’t forget to bring some toonies that you can pop into its private jukebox.


Reid’s is a stationery store that’s popular for more than one reason. First of all, the buys are awesome. Think along the lines of stationery and writing instruments, pet products, art supplies, pinatas, and much more. But what’s really cool is that it features this cool blue wall that stands as the background for several people’s Instagram photos – so get on it.

The Mermaid Inn

Strange name and strangely awesome. This restaurant is actually underneath the umbrella of the Danish Club of Calgary, and it’s one of the few places in the city that you’ll find fishy Scandinavian delights in an extraordinary room called the “restolounge.” Located in the Beltline area, the name of this place plays homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Little Mermaid.’

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