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Calgary has been a hazy city the last few weeks because of the forest fires raging through British Columbia and other parts of Alberta. While the city of Calgary is not currently under a fire ban, residents are still being cautioned by the city and the fire department to be careful when they are using open flames. However, fire safety should be used whenever you’re using an open flame outdoors, regardless if there is a ban or advisory in effect. Before you get the marshmallows out and the graham crackers ready, consider these fire safety tips:
 
1. Calgary’s ban applies only to Calgary
 
If you’re travelling out of the city for the weekend, even if it’s within the province, be aware of the specific advisories and bans that are available for wherever you

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You don’t have to get far to enjoy an escape from the bustle of the city. Calgary is surrounded by many small towns and quiet retreats, and many of these places take under an hour to get there!

 

Cochrane
Time from Calgary:  30 mins

Cochrane may not seem very far away, but the drive down into the quaint town will put aside any thoughts of the busy city. Driving through the picturesque valley and strolling down the historic downtown area is a must while visitng Cochrane. McKay’s famous ice cream shop is another obvious stop, but the town is also home to many other cafes, restaurants, and activities that can easily fill up a day away from the city. The Chiang Rai Thai restaurant is a popular visit, and The Gentry Espresso and Wine Bar offers

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Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing – but the relaxation doesn’t have to end once you get home. By taking steps before you leave to make your home ready for when you’re on vacation, you can enjoy your trip and not worry about what you may find when you return. Follow some of these suggestions below to prepare your home before you leave.

 
Unplug
 
Unplugging all your electronics will help keep your power bill down, and prevent any potential dangers like electrical fires while the home is unoccupied. It is also important to make sure your thermostat is turned down – but don’t turn it off completely. The furnace and/or air conditioning should be left on to make sure that air stays flowing and condensation doesn’t build up. Keep your air conditioner

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Enjoy the sunshine and get a taste of the food scene in and around Calgary – this June marks the start of food tours that will take people to popular local restaurants and food shops. Take this opportunity to learn more about the city, meet new people, and enjoy good local food and drinks while taking in the warmer weather. Here are a list of food tours to try:
 

1. Savour 17th Ave
When:  Saturdays and Sundays, June – November
Cost: $115
Length: 3 hours
 
On this afternoon lunch tour, participants will meet up at Cibo, and Italian restaurant that is known for its gourmet pizzas. The tour continues onto Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, a cheese shop that offers a large selection of local and international cheeses. Following that is a stop at Made by Marcus Micro

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Calgary’s 4th annual neighbour day is coming up on Saturday, June 17! On this day, Calgarians are encouraged to come together with their neighbours and celebrate with block parties and barbeques. This event provides community members with the perfect opportunity to meet the people they’re living around, at no cost. Any permits or rental fees for park spaces are waived on this day.

 

Planning a celebration with multiple people can be a difficult task, especially if it’s with neighbours that you may not know very well. In order to make your event successful, make sure that your Neighbour Day event has the consent of the majority of your neighbours, and that everyone is a part of the planning process. There are many important factors you and your

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Pet owners in Calgary need not worry: the city is home to many pet-friendly park areas that allow dogs to roam off-leash, and many regular park areas and pathways allow dogs to walk on a leash. Currently, the city has 150 off-leash areas available for dogs and their owners, and a comprehensive map of these areas throughout the city can be found here. However, it is important to keep in mind that although these areas are off-leash, they are not reserved only for dogs, but are available for all members of the public to use for different recreational purposes.

Parks like the Nose Hill Natural Area (5620 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB) have off-leash areas for dogs in most sections of the park, unless indicated otherwise by a sign. This park covers 11

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Different schools and organizations offer camp programs over the summer for children that appeal to a wide range of interests and skills. However, each program offers different activities that vary in length and time. There is a lot to consider when trying to find the right program for your child, as well as registration details and deadlines. Below are important areas that should be considered when choosing a camp for your child. Help make your child’s summer vacation one to remember with the perfect summer camp!

Location

Location is always an important consideration for summer camps, as they will require commuting twice a day, usually every day for up to two weeks, in the early morning and later afternoon. Some summer camps are available at

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Trying to understand all there is to know about a transit system can seem daunting, and even if you use it every day, there are still some parts of the system that may be unknown to commuters.

General tips

It’s important to note that while Calgary transit can be used to move about the city, this does not mean that you can always get on one train or one bus to go anywhere. Often, many routes will require transfers between buses or trains, so it’s always a good idea to map out your route, either on the transit website or through an app (more on that below) before you leave.

In a city

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Whether there is snow in the air or sun in the sky, the city of Calgary is home to many different activities for couples and families alike – and all for a reasonable price. From board games to arts and crafts, Calgary has something for everybody!

Board game cafes are becoming popular around the city. So far, there are three separate organizations: Hexagon in the northwest (1140 Kensington Rd NW #200, Calgary, AB), Pips Board Game Café in the southwest (2015 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB), and the Boxcar Board Game Café downtown (100, 1215 1 St SW, Calgary, AB). While each café has different pricing, hourly rates range from $2.50/person at Hexagon, $3/person at Boxcar, or a $5/person flat rate at Pips.  At these cafes, visitors can try playing a wide

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From child-friendly play centres to high end services and premiere clothing retailers, Calgary’s shopping centres offer more than just a shopping experience for everyone. Residents can satisfy all their retail, food, and entertainment needs under one roof at any one of the larger shopping centres around the city:

Chinook Centre

Chinook Centre is widely considered one of Calgary’s premiere shopping destinations, and it shows: this year, Chinook Centre placed seventh in the Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Shopping Centre Study on mall productivity. The mall, which features a mix of high-fashion boutiques like

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