I moved to Calgary, Alberta to study broadcasting in the mid 90’s and then ended up living there for about 10 years before moving to Vancouver. It was the city where I came out as a gay man and first dove into the world of video and TV production. It wasn’t known as being the most LGBT-friendly city back then and part of what brought me further out west was the fact that Vancouver was known as being just that. Fast forward to 2018 though and Calgary is quite a different place, especially when it comes to the LGBTQ community being accepted and appreciated. So it was great to go back with my boyfriend (who during this trip became my fiancé!) and see how much it had changed while visiting it as a tourist instead of a local!
As you can see in the video above, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, we went to the Glenbow Museum, learned about and enjoyed some artisan gelato at Fiasco Gelato, went through the Heritage Park living history museum, and had dinner at Anju, an award-winning Korean restaurant.
Our thanks to Tourism Calgary for helping us plan our activities and TELUS for helping to get us there to be a part of their Pride parade entry! Here are some of the photos that I shared from our visit:
I also did a “Hotel Hangout” video where Heath and I talked about (and showed footage of) his proposal during the Calgary Pride parade to me! So check it out too and feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you’d like to see more fun videos from destinations that are great for LGBT+ travelers. We try to feature new ones all the time that are especially good for other gay couples and gay solo travelers like ourselves so you can have great trips too!