Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains.
The Calgary Stampede is undoubtedly Calgary's best-known visitor attraction. This event, featuring a large parade and world-class rodeo, draws more than a million people each year.
For a unique experience, visit Canada Olympic Park, where a portion of the 1988 winter Olympics were held. During the Olympics, Canada Olympic Park was the primary venue for ski jumping, bobsleigh, and luge. These facilities are still maintained for training and competitive purposes. The park is also home to a National Sports School and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Major expansions and additions are currently under way in an effort to maintain the park's status as a world-class training facility.
Other attractions, including the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower, Calaway Park and Eau Claire Market, are great places to visit as a family.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.