Fourth Street This wonderful street is only a four minute walk from Westways Guest House and the street is renowned for its variety of Restaurants with flavours representing the four corners of the world. You won't go hungry walking along Fourth Street. From bagels to baklava, and tandoori chicken to falafel, there's something delicious on every block. Whether you're looking for fine dining or a casual café, you'll find an impressive selection of establishments filled with ambiance and great food!
Some of my favourite restaurants are:
Wildwood Restaurant & Brew Pub Located on the corner of 4th St & 25 Ave SW has become renowned for its fine beers and food. The restaurant is on the street level while the pub is on the lower level. Wide range of dishes with local flavours of game, great informal ambiance, service provided by well knowledgeable and attentive staff.
Aida’s Bistro The theme is Lebanese and I have guests who have enjoyed the distinctive food. Check out a review of the restaurant by clicking here.
Fleur De Sel An intimate French Brasserie offering traditional and Nouveau French Cuisine. Whose proprietor has practice his strong views on this type of cuisine and still is popular today. Can be a bit of crush, so you will get to know the next table.
Antonio’s Garlic Clove A proven hit with many of my guests with its intimate atmosphere and unusual approach to the menu. All the menu items have garlic in their ingredients including ice cream and the beer.
Il Giardino We enjoy the Il Giardino as it has a relaxing and comfortable ambiance. Offering great value for its wide range of Italian dishes without Americanizing the food. Check the rack of lamb and the mussels in a basil cream sauce.
Ouzo Greek Taverna
Pleasant Greek restaurant with good food and has been establish for a few years. They do not smash the plates here as they are more interested in serving fine food.
For a local pub “The Joyce on 4th” is a good choice with its wide selection of beers and good pub food. Spacious and comfortable and plenty of room to sit at the bar or excellent lounge chairs and fireplace.
Another favourite restaurant of ours that comes with its own fine Italian foods market. Here the restaurant guests dine at the counter that surrounds the open kitchen and you can observe the preparation and cooking of your meal.
This is a small sample of restaurants on Fourth Street as well there are theme bars with entertainment. Check out the Fourth Street web site for listings of all the dining and drinking establishments.
Fourth Street is a wonderful place to spend the day window-shopping. You will be enticed by the variety of local shops with unique merchandise. From imaginative hand-made crafts to designer fashions, Fourth Street is one of Calgary's favorite places to shop for that "something special".
Fourth Street is the proud host of the Annual Lilac Festival, held the last Sunday of May. The street's shopping mix is enhanced with over 100 local vendors exhibiting arts and crafts. Even the restaurants hit the streets with specialty food stands. A parade kicks off a full day with seven stages of entertainment & kids performances. Admission is free. Call 403-229-0902 for more information.
Some of my favorite stores are:
THE CROFT, offering Ceramics, China and Pottery designed and manufactured mostly in Alberta, making it a unique craft store, with its monthly exhibitions of Canadian Artisans.
Art Mode Gallery on the corner of 4 St. and 17 Ave SW has a good selection of Western Canadian Art and has access to General Canadian Art having a branch in Ottawa.
Lululemon Athletica which is around the corner from the Art Mode Gallery is a retail store for high end yoga apparel.
Masters Gallery Ltd is on the corner of 4th St and 21st Ave and is one of the premier art galleries in Calgary.
Close by to Westways is an excellent wine store called Bin 905. I have had guests who have purchase high end California wines that cost less then purchasing them in the USA. Tel 403 261 1600
For those who want to have a special hair style then call IZOBIZO on 403 228 0179 at 1819 – 4th St SW, they are “the art of hair”.
Walk to 17 Avenue SW and again you will be surprised by the amount and variety of stores, pubs and restaurants. More information on 17th Ave SW may be found on http://www.uptown17.ca/
CalgaryStampedePark About a ten-minute walk heading East on 25 Ave you will arrive at the South Entrance to the StampedePark. This is where the famous Calgary Stampede and Rodeo has its annual event in July. In StampedePark grounds are the exhibition halls - Roundup Centre, The Big Four, The Corral - as well as the Grandstand where you can watch horseracing and the chuck wagon races. For a look at upcoming events, click here.
In the Stampede Grounds is the Pengrowth Saddledome, so called because of the shape of the roof resembles a saddle. The Pengrowth Saddledome is a venue to many pop music concerts and is the home of NHL team The Calgary Flames and local hockey teams The Calgary Hitmen and the Lacrosse team The Calgary Roughnecks. Watch out for our “Specials” for tickets to the Calgary Flames home games.
Lindsay Park Turning left after exiting the front door and walking down to the bridge, which spans the ElbowRiver, here you can access the bike pathways, which follow the river and then connect with the other bike pathways, which Calgary is famous for. Crossing the bridge and follow the pathway under the bridge which then runs alongside with the Elbow river you enter the inner city park called Lindsay. This is where I take my morning and evening stroll with my two dogs Miikka and Ben. Here we watch the ducks and geese on the river or the squirrels darting from tree to tree. In the evenings just as the sun goes down and as I cross the footbridge and look down onto the water I can see the beavers swimming and diving. Sometimes they are on the riverbank with their black shiny broad tail laying flat on the grass. Lindsay Park can offer other surprises like last Spring I saw a dark object in the treetop thinking that it might just be some old garbage bag trapped there. Imagine my surprise that when I got closer and found it was in fact an American Bald Headed eagle perched high up the tree and eyeing the ducks. That bird was in the same area the next day but afterwards it must have continued its journey. Check out the photographs.
Talisman Centre Lindsay Park has an excellent sports and aquatic building called Talisman Centre, which was formally known as Lindsay Park Sports Centre that was dedicated to Dr. Lindsay and commemorates his service as a legendary physician and former alderman. The Centre was built in the vicinity Dr. Lindsay lived in for many years locally known as Lindsay Park.
Pathways & Bikeways They are many path trails within a short walk of Westways Guest House; you can find yourself in a wooded glen, follow a path up an escarpment and have wonderful views of downtown and the mountains. Explore the island in the ElbowRiver with access from MissionBridge. These trails are part of Calgary’s renowned pathway system and we have two bicycles for you to borrow and explore.
Antique Stores and shopping Districts in Calgary
I am often asked if there are any Calgary antique stores or Calgary markets, as many guests would like to browse these fascinating shops. We do have quite a few individual stores as well as districts that specialize and they are quite close to Westways Bed and Breakfast.
On Fourth Street SW, there is Smithens Antiques at 1302 – 4th St and close by on 17 Ave. SW is June Dyson Antiques.
In the Calgary district of Inglewood on 9th Ave SE, there are a large selection of diverse stores specializing in antiques, second hand and reproduction furniture. Here you will discover all types of antiques and the specialists to repair them.
There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to revive the body to continue the search. Not far away and only open on the weekends is the Crossroads Market with selection of Farmers Market, secondhand stalls, antiques and collectable stalls, clothing stalls and various eateries. On the second floor are large art galleries, all this makes for an interesting day out.
For the largest antique shopping mall in Calgary is the Curious Cat Antique Mall, 510 – 77 Ave SW, just off the Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive.
If you are staying at Calgary Westways for a few days then check out these two auction houses and you might be in luck and be able to purchase that special item at a bargain price.