Instagram Influencer | Rachel Antony

I’m a native Calgarian deeply in love with this beautiful city. I do my due diligence of spreading the local love by finding the best tacos, donuts, and lattes this city has to offer. My love of food counteracts my love for all things fitness; spin, lifting, boxing, hot yoga, snowboarding and hiking. During the day I’m working as a project manager for an ad agency. On the side I manage social media accounts for clients and do some freelance writing, as well as write a blog.

What inspired you to take over the lifeincalgary Instagram account?

I absolutely love Calgary and everything this city has to offer. I spend a lot of my time in the community; meeting new people, trying out new spots or hitting up my favourites. I love sharing this enthusiasm with my friends and family, and thought it would be fun to get to share my favourite spots with a new group of followers.

What has kept you in the city?

When I was younger I used to want to leave so bad. I always thought staying in your hometown was boring and lame. But once I started immersing myself in everything Calgary had to offer, I knew that I had to stay to keep exploring. There are always new restaurants, brands, fitness studios and people that keep this city alive, very much not boring.

What do you do in your spare time? Favourite Calgary past-time or activity?

Keeping active is my jam and Calgary has an abundant of amazing fitness studios to keep me busy. Spin and the gym are my go-to but I recently have gotten in to boxing. My favourite Calgary past-time is grabbing a sandwich from Lazy Loaf & Kettle, then getting Ice Cream from Lics close by and taking it to walk along the river.  

Where is your favorite place to eat or visit in Calgary?

I love eating at Vendome – it’s the classic choice when going for breakfast or coffee.

What is a fun fact people wouldn’t know about you?

Indian food is my favourite cuisine. I don’t go out to eat it very often, but when I do I can usually out eat anyone I’m with.

Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary?

Depending on what city they come from, don’t be intimidated by how far apart everything is. Yes, you will have to drive to get anywhere, but it’s always worth it. Plus each community offers something special and fun if you want to stay close to home.

What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?

That the community in Calgary is strong, vibrant and supportive of other Calgarians. It seems that everyone is always willing to help someone else out, and show public support for businesses, brands, and other people. It’s a friendly city to be a part of and easy to find a smaller community of people that share your same passions, interests and values.

Where do you take friends and family when they visit?

Must see places include Village Ice cream and 17th Ave

What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone who isn’t familiar with the city?

The Stampede isn’t the only thing we have going for us. We have top rated restaurants and our city culture isn’t all corporate oil & gas.

How has the city influenced who you are or your organization?

It has opened me up to so many amazing people an opportunities which has led to who and where I am today. I am always excited to go out and try new spots and see what else this city has to offer. 

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