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72 hour Road Trip to Calgary

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

We packed up the car for a little road trip to Calgary a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been to Calgary a few times but we would always stay at a friend's house. This time around, we had the opportunity to stay at the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown for a couple of nights and it was awesome.

We love visiting cool and unique cabins or lodges but there is something so special about a nice hotel and Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown was just that.

Nelson, BC to Calgary is about a 7-8 hour drive, 10-12 if you travel with little kids and a dog with all the fun and important stops along the way.

We stopped in Creston this time around and checked out the Good Coffee Company nestled in the countryside overlooking a beautiful orchard.

You must check out Good Coffee Company if you live in the Kootenays. After a quick coffee break, we got back on the road. This drive is fairly long but there are so many beautiful views to admire along the way.

We love stopping in Sparwood to check out the World’s Largest Truck and popping into the visitor centre there.

One of our favourite spots is right before the “Welcome to Alberta” sign. There is a pull-off spot right before the sign to check out a stunning blue lake and views of the mountains, it’s really fantastic.

We got into Calgary around 5 PM and checked into the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown. We were greeted with great customer service and were directed up to our room.

This hotel is located right in downtown Calgary and we appreciated how close it was to the highway. Sometimes you stay in a downtown hotel and it can be tricky to get out of the city in less than 5-10 minutes or find parking.

The Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown also had underground parking available for their guests which was a huge plus.

We took the elevator up to our room which was on the 17th floor. We appreciated that the elevator is only accessible with your room key which adds an extra layer of safety.

Once we got to our room, we opened the door and were welcomed by an incredible view of the city and the Calgary Tower that lit up at night. It was stunning.

We stayed in the Corner King Suite which had a bedroom with a king bed and a pull-out couch in the living room area. The room was so beautiful, clean and comfortable.

The really cool thing about staying at the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown is that they have a road trip package for guests which includes road trip snacks, a $25 gift card for each night you stay, and an interactive audiobook that shares about Banff which is about 2 hours from the hotel. Everything was put into a cute little basket and was waiting for you once you got to your room. We loved this memorable touch.

After we went through our basket and stopped Everest from eating all the snacks inside, we walked around the area, had some dinner and then came back to the hotel and visited the Elite Pantry!

What is the Elite Pantry you ask? Well, on the top floor of the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown, there was a room overlooking the river that had coffee, juice and pop, snacks like chips, candy and ice cream bars plus breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal and yogurts free of charge, open 24 hours a day and only accessible to guests who upgrade their room or use their Marriott rewards. It was awesome and an incredible feature because who doesn’t crave some chips or a couple of gummy worms at 11 PM when everything is closed?

The next morning, we woke up, got ready and headed out to pick up Mike’s dad from the airport. He flew in from Halifax to hang out with us for almost a month.

Then we headed to the Crossiron Mills Mall located between Calgary and Airdrie.

This mall is massive and a great spot to visit when it’s pouring rain. We also checked out Bass Pro Shop which is attached to the mall and wow, what an attraction. It’s a 2-floor store with a fish tank and so much to look at. Everest really enjoyed himself in there.

After the mall, we went back to the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown and stopped in their restaurant called the Shoe and Canoe for dinner.

We had a fantastic time and had the best waiter.

Cierra got the charcuterie board (yes, for dinner), Mike got the pasta and Mike’s dad Brian got the burger. Everest tried everything and then enjoyed dessert with Grampie which was a tart with sorbet. It looked amazing.

After dinner, the boys went down to the 3rd floor for a swim before bed.

Our 2nd day in Calgary was spent at the Calgary Zoo which was so close to the hotel, 5 minutes to be exact.

If you haven’t been to the Calgary Zoo before, you should visit at least once. The park is so nice to walk through, the animals seem really loved and taken care of and they have so many things to do for kiddos like playgrounds, a train, a merry-go-round and more. It’s truly a blast and you can even bring in your own snacks and water which is awesome however, their lunch prices are reasonable too.

After the zoo, we got some pizza and then drove back to the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown. We visited the Elite Pantry for some snacks and once we put Everest down for bed, we watched a movie.

The next morning, we woke up, got ready and visited the Elite Pantry one last time for breakfast before getting back on the road to head home.

Our overall stay at the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown was amazing and we highly recommend taking advantage of their Road Trip Package. Our favourite highlights of the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown were:

  • The view of Calgary

  • The customer service

  • Dinner at Shoe and Canoe

  • The pillows

  • On-site parking

  • The location and proximity of everything nearby

  • The Elite Pantry

To book now or learn more about the Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown, visit this link

Until our next adventure,

C & M


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