Stephen Avenue Walk

#8 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
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Key Info

Eighth Avenue S.W. from First Street S.E. to Fourth Street S.W

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Occupying three blocks of downtown's 8th Avenue, the Stephen Avenue Walk is one of the city's most popular shopping venues. This pedestrian-only shopping area—also dubbed a National Historic District—is lined with trendy stores, delectable restaurants and even several nightclubs. This downtown stretch is also the place to go for avid culture-hounds; street performers, local artists, and even festivals are often found here.

However, recent visitors warn that, despite the overhaul made to the Stephen Avenue Walk's appearance, it's still necessary to keep your wits about you. This formerly derelict stretch still sees the occasional panhandler and pickpocket.

The Stephen Avenue Walk welcomes shoppers every day, although store and restaurant hours vary depending on the day. You don't have to pay to peruse, but you might want to keep a couple dollars (or loonies) on hand in case something strikes your fancy. For more information, check out the official website.

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#1 Prince's Island Park

According to a TripAdvisor user, this island park near the Calgary Zoo is "A great place to go for a walk, play some Frisbee, toss the football around or have a picnic. I was amazed of how such a clean family friendly park could exsist in the middle of a city." Trails lined with cottonwood trees appeal to walkers and bikers alike, while regular festivals and an outdoor theater beckon to culture-hounds. For food, just follow the footbridge across the Bow River to the stalls of Eau Claire Market. Looking for more refined dining? Then check out the River Café.

The park is open all day, every day, and you don't have to pay to play. For more information, visit the Prince's Island Park website.

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