Category Archives: Calgary

Nightscapes of Stephen Avenue

Stephen Avenue is Calgary’s only pedestrian mall, and is one of the city’s most vibrant streets at all hours of the day. It is home to major shopping centres, including a Hudson’s Bay department store which has recently opened its own restaurant with a bar and patio. Most downtown streets are named numerically (e.g., 1 Street SE), but the title Stephen Avenue is used to describe a portion of 8th Avenue.

I’d like to share a few of my favourite photos taken on Stephen Avenue at night over the past year. Continue reading

An incredible Calgary sunset

On October 9th of last year, Calgary was dazzled with a sunset so incredible that people stepped out of their houses to take pictures. The city is always quite beautiful during the evening hours, but this sunset was very different. Everything around the city seemed to glow.

From my balcony, I was able to capture a stunning photo of the city skyline which I previously shared on social media (including Instagram). The attention it received makes that image one of my most popular ever.

In this post, I would also like to share several other photos taken that day which show the Rocky Mountains in the distance, and other parts of Calgary’s downtown and Beltline neighbourhood skylines. Everything looked incredible in these lighting conditions. Continue reading

Red Mile after Calgary Flames eliminate Vancouver

See also my photos from Tuesday, May 5th: Red Mile after Flames win against Ducks

On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames won game 6 at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Vancouver Canucks, eliminating them. Following the game, thousands of fans flooded 17th Avenue recreating the infamous Red Mile, a term first coined for the strip back in 2004 when the Flames nearly won the Stanley Cup. The city and police have smartly chosen to manage the street party without restricting it. They closed down the street to cars entirely, allowing fans to flood the bars and party in the street. This lasted for hours.

In Vancouver, a surprise display of fireworks lit the sky moments the final buzzer of the game went off. Even the Olympic Cauldron was lit! Apparently, the fireworks were for a private event, not to actually celebrate the elimination of the Canucks from the cup. Many Flames fans found the very unfortunate timing quite hilarious.

I live only a few blocks from 17th, so I joined the street party with my camera. I’m no hockey expert, but during playoffs, nearly all Calgarians become Flames fans.

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