PLAY One of the city’s top family attractions, the Calgary Zoo, is right across the Bow River. While the living animals are a draw, be sure to check out their astounding Prehistoric Park too. The Saddledome is also nearby, where you can catch a concert or a Flames game. When it’s time to get active and lace up your own skates, there are three outdoor rinks at the Inglewood Community Hall. Or for something different, try your hand over at the Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club. And of course, the pathways along the rivers are wonderful for cycling, jogging, or just taking the dog for a walk.
EAT The family-run Dragon Pearl is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Calgary, with delicious ginger beef, sizzling rice, and wor wonton soup. For Italian cuisine try the upscale Sugo, or head next door to Without Papers Pizza for a more hip and casual environment. Salt & Pepper has great authentic Mexican food, which you can enjoy upstairs in Lolita’s Lounge if you want a side of live music with your meal. Otherwise, if you’re not sure what you’ve got an appetite for, all you have to do is take a stroll down 9th Avenue and you’ll find something that hits the spot.
DRINK Inglewood is home to The Blues Can and Ironwood Stage & Grill, both excellent spots to share a pitcher with friends and catch some of the best live music acts in the city. Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar has a relaxing ambient environment, not to mention the citywide honour of “Best Cafe” from Avenue Magazine. And if you like a little neighbourhood history with your drink, head over to The Hose & Hound, which was originally a firehall and is now said to be haunted by the ghost of the pet monkey of Calgary’s first fire chief.
SHOP Simply put, you will love the stores of Inglewood. Junktiques specializes in eclectic antique furniture and accessories, and they do custom-built reproductions too. Pretty Little Things has all sorts of vintage treasures from clothes and jewelry to stationary and books. Espy is always on top of men’s and women’s fashion trends, and Rivas Eco Store is a pretty special place that’s fun for both adults and kids. They’ve got a huge variety of products that encourage wellness and clean living, from toys and body care products to homebuilding supplies. And when it comes to gearing up gourmet-style, Bite Groceteria has fresh produce, handmade pasta, imported and local meats and cheeses, and more. Check out the Silk Road Spice Merchant too, where you’ll find over 200 pure and blended – you guessed it – spices.
GEMS Every August, the Calgary Fringe Festival descends on the community with new – and sometimes wild – live theatre from local and international artists. The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre is open year-round and offers the chance to observe over 270 species of birds. It’s a true oasis in the city, with walking and nature trails through forest and along river and lagoon. And we have to mention Fort Calgary, the city’s birthplace established in 1875. Add in the spectacular new National Music Centre just down 9th Ave, and you can see why Inglewood is a neighbourhood that Calgarians flock to.
The designated Calgary Board of Education schools are Connaught, William Reid, Elboya, Mount Royal and Western Canada. Colonel Irvine, Rideau Park, William Reid, Elboya and Western Canada. The designated Catholic School District schools are St. Monica’s, Holy Name, St. Michael, and St. Mary’s.
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