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posted by: on: November 18, 2018

Photo Credit: João Monteiro

Canada, eh? The land of beavers and wintery wonders.  Canadians, and specifically those in Calgary have a distinct way to celebrate their Christmas/Holidays.  The spirit of the winter holidays is alive and doing well in cities like Calgary. To see how this manifests, you have to check out the Canadian way with these events:

Alberta Ballet: The Nutcracker

On December 14-16 (Friday to Sunday) and December 20-24 (Thursday to Monday), join the Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker.  This 2-hour show has various times (and Saturday and Sunday matinees) , so it’s best to check out the website.  The ballet is accompanied by the CAlgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. Tickets range from $41 to $145. This show holds a wonderful tale, but it is also a great way to bring the family and share in a Canadian way of enjoying Christmas.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

There is nothing more Canadian than hockey rivalry. And there is something about the winter months that make hockey so much more special; perhaps it reminds us of frozen lakes and rivers, and playing on the neighbourhood ice. Nonetheless our rivalry with our western neighbours is nothing short of symbolic of Canada. A good game of hockey can’t anyone wrong.  Join several thousand other people for a game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Game starts at 8 PM!

Once Upon a Christmas…

Start November 24 through to December 23, 2018, Heritage Park in Calgary transform into Calgary’s own little area for Christmas festivities. While these Saturdays and Sundays are an annual occurrence, a couple things are new this year. These include performances by the Acclamation Handbell Choir, an opportunity to pet the holiday horses, and the Calgary Carvers exhibit their art of woodworking. Horse-drawn sleighs and carriages? Come on, you cannot miss out!


Christmas can be tiring, especially if you are visiting from out of town.  We’ve got your rest, relaxation and sleep covered. The Econo Lodge in Calgary is just minutes away from everything, and can give you great value for your dollar.  If that isn’t enough, then consider the benefits of having a pool in-house, too!

Source: Pixabay. Author: tobbo.

October is a great time to visit Calgary, especially if you’re interested in culture and the arts. There are some fantastic concerts happening from huge headlining artists, as well as a fun, family-friendly tournament for those who enjoy horse sports. Take a look at what’s on below and, of course, if you’re visiting us next month, be sure to book your stay here at Econolodge South Calgary. We have a wide variety of beautiful, comfortable, and clean guestrooms and suites, as well as fantastic on-site amenities and affordable rates. Give us a call today!  

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters will be performing in Calgary on October 23 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The internationally acclaimed rock band is touring in support of their most recent and ninth studio album, 2017’s Concrete and Gold. It’s their second number one album in the United States. The multi-Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters was founded and is fronted by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who started the band after the death of Kurt Cobain.


Stone Temple Pilots

The San Diego rock band is playing the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary on October 27. They rose to fame in the early 1990s, their sound experimenting with grunge, psychedelic rock, and classic rock, with hits like “Plush” and “Creep.” Jeff Gutt has taken on lead vocals in replace of the late original frontman Scott Weiland and his first replacement, the late Chester Bennington. The band’s newest album, STP, was released late last year, to positive reviews.


Spruce Meadows Oktoberfest Tournament

Taking place from October 10 to 14 at the Spruce Meadows Equi-Plex, one of the world’s leading horse sport venues, the Oktoberfest Tournament will feature horse jumpers in competition, jumping over heights ranging from 0.80m to 1.40m. This free, family-friendly event will also offer a food concession.

 taco food truck sign at night

Image taken by: TJ Dragotta

Weary from your travels? We’ll help you feel like a world traveller without even having to leave town! These drool-worthy Calgary food trucks are sure to take your taste buds on a trip without spending hours in the car. Read on to get hungry:

 Soul Kitchen BBQ Co.

If you ever find yourself craving Southern food, or wondering what Creole dishes taste like, then head on over to the most inviting, smokin’ hot street food truck in all of Calgary! Their inspiration for the truck came through sauces, so the food is definitely not lacking in flavour! With classics like peppered beef ribs, alligator gumbo, collard greens and fried okra.

StrEATS Mobile Kitchen

Serving tacos, poutines, fish & chips, and burritos, this food truck really appreciates their customers - by recognizing that the people who like on the streets deserve food too, so they utilize their give back program, called StrEATS4streets foodraiser, which allows customers to donate $1.50, which then contributes towards buying a full-size taco to give out to someone in need. They also take sustainability into account by shopping local, and using 70% ocean-wise certified fish, and using recyclable food containers because as they say, “a good planet is hard to find”! They also have vegetarian options among their tacos and poutines! What a trEAT!

 Arepa Boss

Serving gluten-free Venezuelan food, such as their traditional arepa, with a corn-dough pocket with all kinds of savoury fillings, authentic side dishes and sauces too! The arepa can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - it doesn’t discriminate! This scrumptious food truck even donates a portion of their sales to Project P.A.L., which supports local people and animals in need. Who knew something that tasted so good could feel and do so much good too?

 CheChivo Salvadoran Street Food

Che Chivo, meaning ‘how cool!’ in El Salvador, sure lives up to its name! Serving the freshest food you can’t get anywhere else in Calgary, such as pupusas, tamales, ceviche, yuca fries, and plantain empanadas. The menu is naturally gluten free, and everything is served with their home-made curtido salsa. They even have vegetarian options! Finally, if you have fallen in love with their hot sauce, lucky for you they now have it for sale by the bottle - Order up!

If you’re thinking of indulging in any of the above food trucks, make sure you book with Econolodge South Calgary for the best stay you can get without draining your wallet! We have an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, free wireless internet, and continental breakfast! The lodge is even pet-friendly, so feel free bring your furry friends!


Calgary Zoo brings back the magic of discovering new creatures and fun facts about our world while admiring some of the most beautiful creatures our world bestows. Calgary arguably has the best zoo in all of Canada scoring a high 4.4  of out 5 star Google review. It’s typical for zoos to lose funding and thus underkeep their enclosures resulting in unhappy animals - but not Calgary Zoo! This is a clean, well-kept zoo with great staff who can tell you fun facts about each animal!


Discover Animals From Around The World!

The Calgary Zoo choose to showcase their animals in different ways by segregating species into different “destinations”. These “destinations” help give animals enclosures that are more suited to their natural habitats and assist guests in find what’s where. These “destinations” include: Canadian Wilds, Conservatory & Gardens, Destination Africa, Eurasia, Land of Lemurs, Penguin Plunge, and Prehistoric Park. Fun facts about each habitat and its occupants are listed throughout the zoo so you can learn what these animals like to each, where they spend most their time, among other fun facts.


The Perfect Place For Canadian Memorabilia

This makes for a cheap excursion for everyone to enjoy! Tickets range between $16.95 - $24.95  and can be bought upon entry or on their website. Don’t forget to pick up some awesome Canadian memorabilia when you’re there including cute stuffies of Canadian mammals, Canadian outerwear, and LOTS of maple syrup! Food and beverage can be found within the Zoo so there’s no need to bring a lunch!


The Calgary Zoo is located on  210 St. George's Drive NE which is a short 15 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary. Book with us for the best in accomodation for comfort, affordability, and care in the South Calgary area. 

Only a 20 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary, Alberta sits the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. This is a great place to experience with your family and friends as the Telus Spark Centre provides fun for both children and adult.


Learn All About Our World While Having Fun

Telus Spark Scientific Centre offers a great interactive models that teach a variety of scientific fields. Learn about biology, physics, geology, and more with displays and showcases throughout the science centre! An “Adults Only” night is hosted from 6pm-10pm every night. According to the Telus Spark website adult only night includes, “free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science”.


Dome Theatre

You don’t want to miss the Dome Theatre, located in the Telus Spark Centre, for some interactive fun. This theatre is a special feature to the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. The best way to describe this unique event is “live storytelling meets digital technology”. This year Extreme Weather, Space Next, and Horizon will be playing on the HD theatre. Tickets are available for both general admission and admission into the Dome Theatre are as low as $26.45.


Check out all there is to offer in this fun excursion exclusive to South Calgary, Alberta! Our friendly staff at Econo Lodge South Calgary would be more than happy to help you find travel accommodation between our hotel and the Telus Spark Centre, purchase your tickets, or answer any question you may have! 


Halloween is on its way and to help indulge in the halloween spirit and get your scare on, the annual “Haunted Calgary” presents: 
Hollywood Horror. This isn’t just any haunted house… this is Calgary, Alberta's biggest and largest scaled haunted house which is hosted annually by volunteers and sponsors. This special event donates 100% of its funds and food raised to charity organizations in the near area. So why not do some good for your community whilst screaming your toosh off this October?


What to Expect

This event comes with a warning: enter at your own risk. Little is still known about the design of each haunted house as construction is still underway according to the Haunted Calgary Facebook page.However, the scare is themed off Hollywood classics so we can only expect to see lurking vampires, troubled maniacs, and maybe a little IT inspired clowns.


Times, Location, and Tickets 

Haunted Calgary understands some individuals aren’t into the entire 10/10 guts and horror. Thus, the production team has set up two different “scare times” which allows for families to enjoy the events earlier during the day while adults and teens can enjoy the fright at night! To be exact, times available for a “low scare” grade will be between 2pm-4pm while the “high scare” will be between 6pm-10pm. Econo Lodge South Calgary is a quick 30 minute drive to Rocky Ridge Bay where Haunted Calgary will be held this October 2017.  

 As stated before this event is 100% pro bono, so tickets are by donation only. However, the Haunted Calgary Site recommends a $10 donation along with some non-perishable food items. This is an event Econo Lodge South Calgary is proud to advertise and our staff would be more than happy to help you with your travel to and from the event!

posted by: on: June 18, 2018

One of the most exciting public market, entertainment and dining experiences to come to Calgary in years is now open just 30 mins from EconoLodge South Calgary.
Home to some of Alberta’s finest artisan vendors, Granary Road is an innovative project nestled in the rolling foothills just a few minutes south of Calgary. Showcasing a public market, an active learning park and a greenhouse, the attraction blends exhilarating learning experiences with delicious dining options.

  • Overflowing with old world charm, there is plenty of family fun on the menu too, with a line-up of daily goat stampedes, chocolate-making demonstrations and meet-and-greets with the farmers who grow the attraction’s produce. Here are the highlights…

    Animals and Agriculture

    Check out the four-storey ant farm, take a slide down a corkscrew slide into a giant apple, fly on the  mini zip line that ends inside a gargantuan pear, bounce on lily pad trampolines and see a bee hive that has its own internal live camera feed.

  • Mouth Watering Treats

    Food and beverage vendors on site offer everything from sculpted cotton candy to traditional bratwurst. Old fashioned bike carts deliver ice cream treats, while the Beehive Snack Shack provides a variety of grab-and-go options.

    Specialty Vendors

    The Granary’s market features more than 40 vendors offering everything from artisan cheese and old-world baked goods, to classic confectionary and homemade pasta.

    The Greenhouse

    Granary Road is the first market in Calgary to have its own greenhouse on site.  The greenhouse supplies the produce for the market vendors and the Granary’s restaurants, as well as offering the freshest produce available to market-goers.


    If you're looking for a hotel near the Granary, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service.

  • Everybody in Canada knows that 2017 is a very special year – it is the country’s 150th birthday, after all - and the good folks at the Calgary Stampede’s famous TransAlta Grandstand Show are no different.


    The show is a big hit with Stampede fans every year, featuring elaborate song and dance numbers, pyrotechnics, acrobatics and a spectacular fireworks finale – but this year’s grandstand spectacular promises to be even more special.


    This year’s show, Together, is a huge celebration of Canada’s milestone birthday. Hosted by songstress Jann Arden, the show promises exhilarating surprises, magnificent sets and breathtaking performances.


    After all, Together is produced by Dave Pierce, the Emmy award-winning producer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – so you can expect to see something truly spectacular!


    Pierce has said that Together will be the biggest, most visually spectacular show yet - an extravaganza that’s not to be missed. We can hardly wait!


    Talented Canadians such as the Alberta Ballet, The Young Canadians, Calgary’s adult choir Revv52, Inuit throat singers, Cailyn DeGrandpre and Samantha Kigutaq are all coming together in the show with an all-Canadian creative team to celebrate the country’s past, present and future.


    You can expect pageantry on an unimaginable scale: breathtaking fire and water effects and a massive musically-accompanied firework finale. What better way is there to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday?


    You can catch the show only at the 2017 Calgary Stampede from July 7 to 16. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased online at


    And if you're looking for a hotel near the Calgary Stampede, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service.


    There are few things that really Make You Wanna - as Usher would say - throw your cowboy hat in the air, but if the news that Usher is coming to Cow Town for this year’s Calgary Stampede doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will!


    In what is surely set to be one of the hottest shows in Alberta this summer Usher and The Roots (yep, the house band from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) will own the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 15 as part of the 2017 Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series.


    With an incredible 178 awards and 310 nominations to his name, Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold a whopping 75 million albums worldwide.


    Formed in Philadelphia in 1987, three-time GRAMMY winners, The Roots, have honed their eclectic contribution to hip-hop and pop music through a tireless touring ethic. The group has released 14 studio albums and two live LPs, including hallmark recordings Do You Want More?!!!??!, Things Fall Apart, The Roots Come Alive and Phrenology.  


    You can buy your tickets for the show here.


    The Calgary Stampede itself runs from July 7 to 16. The event celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the West. Dating back to 1912, The Stampede attracts more than one million people each July and offers the largest purse in outdoor rodeo – that’s more than $2 million.


    If you're looking for a hotel near the Calgary Stampede, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service. And who knows, you may even bump into Usher there!