17th Avenue in Calgary is one of the city’s most active spots for socializing and night life. It was recently referred to as the Red Mile during the Flames Stanley Cup playoffs.
Earlier this year, I walked the avenue at night, and captured many great photos. Here are my favourites! Continue reading
Fans flooded the Red Mile again after the Flames pulled through with a win in overtime of game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, at home at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Are you in any of these photos? If so leave a comment below or contact me!
You may also be interested my previous set of photos from the night when Calgary eliminated Vancouver. Continue reading
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.
17th Avenue is one of Calgary’s hot spots for night life, restaurants, and trendy shopping. In the summer, the side walks are filled with people. In winter, there is still lots of activity, but less of it, especially on cold nights.
Fresh snow is visible on parts of the ground, but foot traffic has removed it entirely from the side walk. Continue reading