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Calgary - March 6, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Stetsons, the Rocky Mountains or even the cowboy-inspired Saddledome itself; Calgary has plenty of unofficial symbols to choose from. But for hockey fans, nothing epitomizes Cow Town quite like this 10-foot carving of Flames legend Lanny McDonald outside Buzzards bar downtown. The artist nailed every last detail when crafting the representation of the Hall-of-Famer, from his No.9 captain’s jersey and old-school wooden stick right down to his iconic, bushy, red mustache.

In our most recent On the Road blog in Buffalo – or as it ended up being, Niagara Falls – the crew visited the highest point in the city to check out the foggy view. Since they were disappointed with their experience at the Falls, we figured we’d try our luck at the Calgary Tower out west to see if we could catch a better glimpse of the Rocky Mountains or some beautiful western scenery. The clear blue sky made for some picture perfect views – although we probably could’ve done without looking down…

When you live in a city where scraping off your car before the morning commute is as much a part of your daily routine as picking up a cup of coffee, it’s no surprise to see the lengths to which people will go to avoid the salty, snowy streets in Montreal by navigating the intricate underground city to get around the downtown core. It may be warmer down there, but there’s something about soaking in the atmosphere of the dark humid metro system that can get depressing during the long winter months. That’s why we think Calgary got it right with their “+15 Skywalk System”, an extensive network of above-ground bridges to help pedestrians get around without braving the elements while still getting to see a little Alberta sunshine during the day. Between that and the balmy Chinooks that roll through every once in a while, we have to give Calgary props for the way they handle winter!

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