Once called the "Bow River Fort" this area grew in population in 1883 with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Some of those that settled here were Mormons and missionary efforts continued throughout the years, which led to the first LDS stake outside the United States in 1895. With the 2012 dedication this was Canada's eighth temple and Alberta's third (others are Cardston Alberta Temple and Edmonton Alberta Temple). It was dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson who served as a Canadian Mission President in 1959. The grey granite exterior is built up into multiple levels with a single spire rising from the center. It features beautiful stained glass windows with trees and geometric shapes.
The area has a history of being a wild west cow town and still is despite the growing metropolis. You can still catch the Stampede every July, which is a festival celebrating and preserving the Western heritage. You can see a lot of this heritage at the Heritage Park Historical Village. There's also plenty of military history, including The Military Museums and Fort Calgary. The area was once named after the Bow River and you can see the river and wetlands today at the Bow Habitat Station & Fish Hatchery. The city was shaped even further by hosting the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Check out the history and take part in some of the Olympic sports, such as bobsleigh, luge, ice skating and hockey at the Winsport's Canada Olympic Park. Treat the kids to time at the Tellus Spark Science Center where they can have fun learning about the world through interactive exhibits.
With the size of the city, you can find any type of cuisine you want. There is no shortage of fantastic eateries. If you like Thai food, visit Smooth Curry. If you're tired of the same old subs, try a Vietnamese sub at Banh Mi Thi Thi. For gourmet pizza at a family-run pizzeria, you won't want to miss Gaga Pizzeria. For a special night out and upscale Italian and French food, Vero Bistro Moderne will do the trick. Start your day off right with interesting and unique breakfasts at OEB Breakfast Co. where they use their own free-range hen eggs.
Whatever activities you choose to participate in food you eat, take a few minutes and savor the moment. Take time to really immerse yourself in the city and the culture.