A metropolis rediscovered: 111 Locations in Calgary That You Should Not Miss is a guidebook for locals

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Photo by Christina Ryan.  From the book, 111 places in Calgary not to be missed.  Courtesy of, Emons Publishing.Photo by Christina Ryan. From the book, 111 places in Calgary not to be missed. Courtesy of, Emons Publishing. jpg

This approach was not just for secrecy. It also plays the fact that it is the Calgary, not the visitors to Calgary, who are actually the demographic targets. Part of a series created by Cologne-based Emons Publishers, 111 Places in Calgary Not to Miss is just the third book to explore a Canadian city this way. The idea has proven popular in Europe, but it is still quite innovative off the coast of North America. Which is one of the reasons Bain is reluctant to label 111 places as a travel book. It may contain one or two suggestions for places to eat or shop, but it is not intended to be a Lonely Planet guide.

“I try to describe it as Atlas Obscura vignettes,” says Bain, who worked for the Toronto Star for 18 years but began her career as a summer intern at the Calgary Herald. “The publisher was very smart when the series started. They were always addressed to the locals, that is, to the main market. It’s supposed to be “You think you know your city, so let’s dig in and see.” Look at all these wonderful places. Here are the stories behind them. Here are some ideas on what to do on Sunday. “”

The secret seed Pod.  Photo by Christina Ryan.  Jennifer Bain is not to be missed from 111 Places in Calgary.  Courtesy of, Emons Publishing.The secret seed Pod. Photo by Christina Ryan. Jennifer Bain is not to be missed from 111 Places in Calgary. Courtesy of, Emons Publishing. jpg

Photographed by former Postmedia shooter Christina Ryan, 111 Places offers a fine balance with shining a light on hidden gems, such as the Paradise Lanes bowling alley, Mandy Stobo’s portrait wall at Righteous Gelato, the “Bookscsalator” at the Central Library Enigma Machine of World War II at the Military Museums, the “Secret Seed Pod” sculpture at the Prairie Winds Park and the “Testicle Festival at Bottlescrew Bills”, which celebrates the so-called Prairie oysters as a gourmet delicacy.

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