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How were we to spend our day in Calgary? Unfortunately we were too late for the Calgary Stampede, featuring the world's largest rodeo, but we could visit Fort Calgary, a reconstruction of the Northwest Mounted Police post that founded the city, or Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, famous for the exploits of the Jamaican bobsled team (which inspired the film Cool Runnings) and Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards (apparently a film is in the pipeline).

In the end the weather was still good so we decided to save our money, take a day off from sightseeing and head to Prince's Island Park. The island in question is in the middle of the Bow River, which also runs through Banff. The city's skyscrapers provide a dramatic backdrop.

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After spending a happy few hours reading and relaxing we made our way back to the hostel, which boasts an inviting garden.

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Posted by shoestring 20:14 Archived in Canada Tagged trees park grass island rest canada calgary alberta prince's

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