Originally a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel, I think the Fairmont Palliser is Calgary’s oldest, most historic and fanciest hotel. You can probably find old postcards of Calgary where the Palliser Hotel was the tallest building around. Now it’s surrounded by the Calgary Tower, and The Edison. Completed in 1914, the Palliser Hotel is an icon of Canada’s history with the railroad and the grand railway hotels. Today, managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (who was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels), it is still Calgary’s finest hotel in my books. I’m biased towards the Fairmont group of hotels in general, because of our love of the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. For years now, since we don’t really have things that we want, my wife and I had standardized our gifts to each other for special occasions as Fairmont gift cards and stay whenever possible. Never expire and good in any currency.
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Crate and Barrel
Pretty fancy pants for a big box furniture store before getting into custom solid wood stuff. I definitely get sticker shock when looking at certain things especially comparing to IKEA pricing, but that’s not comparing apples-to-apples. Things do feel like they’ll last quite awhile and there are sales throughout the year if you can wait. We were looking for a wood table and chairs and actually found Crate and Barrel to be reasonable compared to other places that we were looking at.
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Mount Royal University
I knew a number of people who went to Mount Royal and hung out there a lot. Mount Royal – MRU was granted University status somewhat recently, but University of Calgary in its current form didn’t exist until 1966, so we’re not talking about hundreds of years of history here. Mount Royal University has a much more limited number of degrees offered, but the learning environment to me is more of a classroom compared to a large lecture hall packed with hundreds of students. It’s also a great place to take upgrade or transfer courses. More selection for those who are interested in post secondary education can only be a good thing.
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