Calgary’s much anticipated East Village redevelopment springs to life this summer with the reopening of the historic Simmons building. Soak up some sun on Charbar’s patio (sister restaurant to Le Germain Hotel Calgary’s Charcut), grab a java from Phil & Sebastian or a pastry from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, then stroll along RiverWalk by the banks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Riverfront Ave SE.
Calgary’s local chefs love Anju on the bustling Red Mile. Small plates are the way to go for creative riffs on Korean-inspired dishes. Since Anju translates to “food you eat with alcohol,” expect to wash back your meal with inventive cocktails or a shot of soju. 344 17 Ave SW.
Via Ferrata For high octane adventure, tackle Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata. Wannabe climbers earn the same rush as mountaineers as they scale one of Banff National Park’s prettiest peaks. No experience necessary and all the gear is provided. Plus, a certified pro is by your side every spine-tingling step of the way. Banff, AB.
Spruce Meadows equestrian facility hosts tournaments all year but there are three in 2015 you can’t miss: Nationals June 3-7, North Americans July 1-5, and Masters September 9-13. 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW —
Booming American retailer Nordstrom has opened its first store in Canada at Chinook Centre. Four more Canadian stores are set to follow later this year. 6455 Macleod Trail SW.
At Vin Gogh, the city’s first paint-and-sip studio, guests drink wine and create masterpieces with a professional artist guiding them through the process. 118 7004 Macleod Trail SE — vingogh.ca