1. Admire art at Masters Gallery

Photograph courtesy of Masters Gallery

Sculptures by Canadian artists decorate Mission’s 4th Street S.W., adding to the neighbourhood’s eclectic feel. Keep your eyes open for Joe Fafard’s Van Gogh Observes, an illusionary bronze portrait of the painter on display outside the free-to-visit Masters Gallery.


2. Indulge in a treat at Yann Haute Patisserie

Photograph courtesy of Yann Haute Patisserie

Pay tribute to Mission’s Francophone heritage with a stop at Yann Haute Patisserie. The popular French bakery, situated in a yellow house on 23rd Avenue S.W., bakes fresh croissants and breads daily, plus there is a rotating selection of handcrafted cakes and colourful macarons.


3. Dine at one of Calgary’s best restaurants

Photograph courtesy of the 4th Street BIA

A number of Calgary’s best restaurants and bars, including renowned Japanese fare at Shokunin and the Bavarian beer hall Wurst, are located along 4th Street S.W. If a margarita is in order, head to Añejo, a brightly decorated Mexican restaurant serving shared plates, tacos and more than 200 varieties of tequila.

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4. Pamper yourself at Butter Beauty Parlour

Photograph by Michelle Johnson (MJay.Photography)

Prepare for a night on the town at Butter Beauty Parlour. Spoil yourself with a manicure, pedicure or a brow and lash treatment while enjoying a glass of sparkling rosé or a coffee with Baileys.


5. Sip tea in Marlow Floralworks Secret Tea Garden

Photograph courtesy of Marlow Floralworks

There’s no shortage of great coffee shops in Mission, with several Calgary institutions — Purple Perk and Phil & Sebastian among them — calling the neighbourhood home. If tea is more your scene, the Secret Tea Garden, tucked behind Marlow Floralworks, is a lovely spot to enjoy a pot of your favourite blend with a selection of biscotti, merengues and chocolate wafer rolls.


6. Sweat at Barry’s Bootcamp

Photograph courtesy of Barry’s Bootcamp

Work off all those delicious dinners and decadent treats with a stop at Barry’s Bootcamp. The popular weight-training and cardio studio opened its first Western Canadian location in Mission in late 2019, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to take on the internationally acclaimed workout. Drop-in classes start at $30.


7. Shop at Fieldstudy

Photograph by Sheena C. Zilinski

Showcasing thoughtful and functional artisan creations, Fieldstudy deals in carefully selected womens’ wear and handcrafted home goods. The shop’s curated inventory includes art prints, books, jewelry, hats, footwear and vintage items, making it the perfect place to track down a stylish gift or souvenir to bring home.


Two More Things to do in Mission

Explore history at Rouleauville Square and nearby St. Mary’s Parish Hall, which was built in 1905.

Put your voice to the test at Ducky’s Pub & Restaurant, with karaoke seven nights a week.

This article appears in the May 2020 issue of WestJet Magazine.