Thanks to downtown Calgary’s extensive Plus-15 pedestrian system, your attendees can easily get a taste of the city.
Not sure what to do with that between-meeting break or lunch hour on the itinerary? Calgary’s downtown core is filled with plenty of shops, galleries and restaurants to pop into. And what makes exploring this city so easy is its renowned Plus-15 system—18 kilometers of climate-controlled walkways set 15 feet above street level—which gives your attendees the chance to get around on foot, rain or shine.
If it’s caffeine they’re after, suggest that they head to Rosso Coffee Roasters to sip one of Calgary’s best cups of locally roasted coffee (and pick up some delicious grab-n-go baked goods and sandwiches). Located at the base of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, it’s the perfect place if you’re short on time. And while there is no shortage of spots to eat throughout downtown’s interconnected buildings, the burgers (and cocktails) at One18 Empire are a favorite among the business crowd. They also offer some private dining options ideal for intimate working lunches and team meals.
Those looking to really shake up the meeting monotony should pay a visit to the Lunchbox Theatre, located at the base of the Calgary Tower. Here attendees can catch a live, one-act play or musical while they enjoy snacks and beverages from the concession stand, or a pre-ordered lunch from EAT Trattoria. Shows start at 12:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and end within the hour, giving attendees plenty of time to get back for the next session. Want to take the whole team? The theatre offers corporate discounts for groups of ten or more.
For something a little more interactive, Sunterra Market offers Lunch ‘n’ Learn classes that can be customized for your group. These hands-on classes will have your attendees learning new recipes, enjoying a buffet meal and bonding over the process—creating a culinary comradery that will spill over into the conference room.