Globalfest is a festival of fireworks usually held a few weeks after the Calgary Stampede at Elliston Park. There are other performances and good food celebrating cultural diversity, but we all know what the main draw is: the fireworks! Go early, bring bug spray, lawn chair and enjoy the show with some amazing food. Parking can be quite a challenge and the roads around Elliston Park are shutdown. Consider parking many blocks away or take public transit.
Inglewood Sunfest is a street festival held in the Inglewood neighbourhood shutting down 9th Avenue SE during the middle of the Summer months. There are lots of buskers and street vendors out enjoying the Sun year after year. There is a Show and Shine as well for the classic car lovers. Classic American Muscle is well represented. I really like Sunfest as it gets me walking around Inglewood and we always end up at a nifty restaurant we haven’t tried before. I entered my very first pie eating contest here. Fun! Some people have Ironman competitor shirts, I have a pie eating competitor shirt.
Lilac Festival happens on 4th Street SW in the Mission District almost right after the May Long Weekend when the Lilacs are in bloom and is a sure sign that Winter is over. Like the Inglewood Sunfest, there are lots of buskers, street vendors and a variety of restaurants to try out as you wander the streets. As street festivals in Calgary goes, I’d say that Lilac Festival is probably the biggest one and draws the biggest crowds. Our favourite sushi restaurant Sushi Towa is in the Mission District.
Bell offers Fixed Wireless Internet for those within Bell Mobility coverage area. You get a LTE wireless router and use that instead of a wired one like you would with Shaw or Telus. This could be an interesting option if I was interested in moving a mobile box around to bring Internet with me wherever I go.
I personally have been using Shaw broadband cable Internet for over 20 years. For the places I go, I especially enjoy the Shaw Go WiFi feature where my devices can be connected to Shaw’s WiFi service without using my cell phone data plan. Sometimes I’m REALLY surprised to see full bars of Shaw Go WiFi in Medicine Hat AB or Prince Albert SK. This is VERY handy when I have my laptop or tablet with me that don’t have a mobile data plan.
Telus would be my second choice if Shaw wasn’t available. They’re the other large ISP (Internet Service Provider) in Calgary. When I go to Edmonton, I often see Telus WiFi options instead of Shaw. Overall though, I think I see Shaw far more than I see Telus in places I go. I’m not currently seeing fiber to the home FTTH with either Telus nor Shaw out in the suburbs. So, for now I see no reason to switch. Calgary high speed home Internet service is basically Telus or Shaw. Either one will be fine.