See also my photos from Tuesday, May 5th: Red Mile after Flames win against Ducks
On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames won game 6 at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Vancouver Canucks, eliminating them. Following the game, thousands of fans flooded 17th Avenue recreating the infamous Red Mile, a term first coined for the strip back in 2004 when the Flames nearly won the Stanley Cup. The city and police have smartly chosen to manage the street party without restricting it. They closed down the street to cars entirely, allowing fans to flood the bars and party in the street. This lasted for hours.
In Vancouver, a surprise display of fireworks lit the sky moments the final buzzer of the game went off. Even the Olympic Cauldron was lit! Apparently, the fireworks were for a private event, not to actually celebrate the elimination of the Canucks from the cup. Many Flames fans found the very unfortunate timing quite hilarious.
I live only a few blocks from 17th, so I joined the street party with my camera. I’m no hockey expert, but during playoffs, nearly all Calgarians become Flames fans.
Earlier this month on March 7th, I watched from my own balcony as flames consumed the top floor of a balcony under construction.
2 weeks later, all the wooden floors of the condo were demolished. The ground floor constructed with concrete remains intact. Continue reading
While I was out, I could see from a distance a major fire happening with thick black smoke somewhere in the downtown area. Initially, I couldn’t spot my own condo building, and was a bit concerned. I quickly learned that a new wood frame condominium under construction on Calgary’s 17th Avenue was on fire.
I wasn’t home when the fire started and would’ve had more black smoke and flames, but I’m posting my photo and video later on as fire crews tamed the fire.
UPDATE: I added 2 photos from the following afternoon, including one of the ember I found on my balcony which I assume is from the fire.
My condo is located at the edge of Calgary’s Victoria Park neighbourhood. This neighbourhood has completed changed over the past several decades.
Winter seemed to come early in Calgary this year, but I still managed to get a few great photos of the fall colours. Continue reading
Now that I have moved in, the city has decided there is enough traffic to warrant the installation of new lights in the intersection outside my window. Continue reading
It’s been foggy a lot in Calgary lately. The lights from the city are visible glowing through the fog when viewed from my balcony. Continue reading
On this Remembrance Day, I thought it would be appropriate to make a post about the neighbourhood of Garrison Green in Calgary where I used to live. This area was once part of Canadian Forces Base Calgary, before the base was closed in 1998. Continue reading