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Calgary Local Information

Information on local government, activities, restaurants, nightlife.

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Fort McMurray fire - before and afterOur neighbours to the north are enduring one of the most difficult challenges they're likely to face; dealing with the Fort McMurray wildfire. One of the largest Alberta fires in over 100 years, this tragedy has resulted in the evacuation of over 80,000 people in this Alberta oil town.

Since Tuesday, May 3, the fire has increased ten fold, currently about the size of Calgary, and it's still not known how the blaze started. 22 water bombers, dozens of helicopters, heavy equipment and over 250 firefighters have had little impact in containing the wildfire that has been fed by dry conditions, warm temperatures and high winds.

As the evacuation areas continue to spread, it's important for our neighbours to know they aren't alone. Cash donations and

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Marriott Hotels in Seton, South CalgarySoutheast Calgary just received another boost!

Located side-by-side at 3750 Market Street SE, two new Marriott hotels just opened in Seton. The Courtyard Calgary South and the Residence Inn are conveniently located across the street from the South Calgary Campus Hospital, close to shopping, restaurants, Orange Theory Fitness and Tommyfield Pub.

These multi-purpose hotels have shared amenities that include waterslide, pool, hot tub, fitness center, full-service spa, The Bistro restaurant and almost 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

Quick Facts About New Marriott Hotels

Courtyard Calgary South

Courtyard Calgary South

  • 128 rooms
  • 4 executive suites almost 900 square feet in size with luxury finishings and incredible mountain and city views
  • Courtyard
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Float getting ready for the Auburn Bay ParadeLast Saturday night Auburn Bay held its annual Parade of Lights event and it was a great success. Families lined up along the street on a warm December evening to spread Christmas cheer and bring the community together. A lot of effort went into the floats and the residents, young and old, enjoyed it all.

We were so impressed with the organization and quality of the parade. An event like this doesn't happen by itself. Over 35 people volunteered to work as street marshals, and manning hot chocolate, cookie and craft tables. Not to mention the hours of planning involved to make the parade a success. Having our 2 fantastic community groups working together as a team created phenomenal results  

Parade Participants

Seton Optometry float in Auburn Bay parade

Here is a list of all of the

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The long awaited recreation centre in Calgary's new urban district of Seton is close to breaking ground. Recently approved by the city, this 330,000 square foot facility is slated to open its doors in 2018 - a long way off, but this will be more than just a rec centre. A true community gathering place, the Recreation Centre will be run by YMCA Calgary and will combine fitness with youth and neighborhood programs, and include a new library. This is an ambitious undertaking that will benefit thousands of South Calgary residents.

Proposed Amenities:

The Pools

  • 50-metre pool
  • 10-lane competition pool
  • Water Park
  • Leisure pool
  • Spectator viewing area
  • Additional hot tubs and steam room

Time to Workout

  • 3 Gymnasiums
  • Running/
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Calgary Ring Road As the price of oil continues to hover around the $US50 mark, there was some talk in January about the province reassessing its capital spending priorities in the face of falling revenues and royalties, and one of the items discussed was cancelling the planned southwest ring road. However Premier Jim Prentice recently told AM770 the project still had the green light.

The southwest leg of the ring road would help create a true circle road around the city, and that section comes with a $5 billion pricetag. In addition, from a Calgary real estate perspective, would pave the way for land development south of the Tsuu T'ina Nation in what is known as the Providence area, which is south of 146 Ave and north of Hwy 22x, west of Bridlewood and Evergreen. That

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Calgary lake communities are bustling with activity during the summer months, you would think that come winter, everyone would hunker down and hibernate. That couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, some of these neighbourhoods are busier than ever in the colder season.

If you're looking for things to do, in the upcoming months and holiday season, there is plenty going on.

Arbour Lake

Light the Night: November 28, 6:30 pm

Kids Christmas Party: December 6, 1:00 to 3:00 pm SOLD OUT!

Best Decorated House Contest: December 17, 7:00 pm

Winter Programs: Assortment of winter programs including skating, curling, kids ice fishing, figure skating, hockey basics, pond hockey and power skating.

Visit to download registration

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Canadian Pacific Holiday TrainWho says Christmas has to break the bank? There are plenty of free things to do in and near Calgary, certain to put a twinkle in your holiday spirit. Many of these events are free, or require a foodbank donation. Remember to dress warm and enjoy!

Christmas Lights Downtown Walking Tour -

This is a great way to enjoy the lights of Christmas while exploring Downtown Calgary. Start off with a skate at Olympic Plaza, and continue down Stephen Avenue. Stop at CORE and take in the Devonian Gardens while warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. Continue to the McDougall Centre and finally end at Prince's Island Park.

Multi-Vendor Holiday Extravaganza - November 22 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Shop til you drop at the Copperfield Community Centre, featuring 2

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When it comes to all things spooky, there is no shortage of awesome events going on this Halloween in Calgary. Here is a list of some of the most fun and terrifying things to do for Halloween:

Halloween events in Calgary Alberta


This annual spookfest is now held at Stampede Park, which means more room which means more ways to be scared! You'll now find multiple haunted houses such as the Madhouse, Bates Motel and the new Walking with the Dead area. You can also get into some zombie paintball and try to keep back the undead hordes. You can check out ScreamFest on Friday or Saturday night at the Grandstand Building. Note: This is not a kid-friendly event as it is scary.

Haunted Rocky Ridge Home

Since 1987, the home at 222 Rocky Ridge Bay NW has turned into one of Calgary's

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Seton, Calgary

It won't be long before Calgarians can venture out into a second downtown thanks to the amazing Seton development. It's a mixed-use, master-planned Southeast community that will become a "trading" area for more than 120,000 people. When it's completed, Seton will rank among the most comprehensive mixed-use developments in North America.

The urban zone will feature commerce, entertainment options, restaurants, parks and nightlife in a vibrant area around the South Calgary Health Campus. Basically it's about bringing a second downtown to Cowtown.

The Seton area, which has the largest solar panel power system in Calgary, encompasses some 165 hectares of space which will become more than a million square feet of professional services, drug stores, liquor

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Check out some of the fun fall events happening in Calgary's lake communities!

Auburn Bay

Events in Calgary Lake Communities
  • Fishing Derby - There are great prizes and the derby is open to residents only who are more than 12 years old. The Fishing Derby goes on Sept. 20, 2014. Registration packages are available at Auburn House.
  • Women's Show & Sale - will be held at Auburn House on Sept. 20, 2014. This show will showcase the latest fashions, beauty products, crafts and much more. Admission is free but organizers are kindly requesting gently used clothing donations which will go to the Women in Need Society. Children are welcome and childcare will be provided.
  • Halloween Haunted House - This spooky attraction is sure to be a thriller on Oct. 31. Check out the haunted house at
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