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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 ... Read more » Scott5114 / Wikimedia Commons

#2 Heritage Park Calgary's Wild West past still thrives at this 66-acre living-history village. Nestled beside the Glenmore Reservoir and just south of downtown, this history-lover's paradise swarms with costumed staff ... Read more » D'Arcy Norman / Flickr

#3 Glenbow Museum Heralded as one of Canada's finest, the Glenbow Museum caters to history buffs and art aficionados alike. Exhibits here focus mainly on the culture of Western Canada, featuring everything ... Read more » Kelly Hofer / Courtesy Calgary Tourism

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#5 Calgary Zoo The massive Calgary Zoo houses more than 1,400 animals—from tigers to gorillas—in enclosures that are representative of their natural habitats. Stop by Creatures of the Night/Australia ... Read more » Courtesy Calgary Tourism

#6 Canada Olympic Park A tribute to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, this massive sports complex is still used throughout the year as training grounds for young athletes. If you're in town for ... Read more » Courtesy Calgary Tourism

#7 Calgary Tower Standing a whopping 626 feet high, this landmark was once the tallest building in the city. It was originally constructed in 1967 to celebrate Canada's Centennial and in 1988 ... Read more » abdallahh / Flickr

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#9 Calgary Stampede & Stampede Park Located just south of downtown Calgary, Stampede Park captures the Canada's attention every July during the world-famous Calgary Stampede. This massive festival features rodeos and all things Wild-West. Don ... Read more » Calgary Tourism Board

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