I lived in Calgary, Alberta between 1999 and 2001. As a city, it and I were often incompatible. But, in terms of location, it only wants for a bit of ocean to make it the perfect mix of magnificence. One hour to the west you hit the Rockies, Banff and those picture-perfect turquoise and emerald glacial waters.
One hour east and you start to hit the prairie, and - just before that- the Alberta Badlands. While I'd seen mountains before, I'd never seen anything like the Badlands. The nuances of colour and texture were amazing to me. And on such scale as an Irish person could never fathom.