What is the best thing to bring home from Calgary?

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Robin Schroffel

If there’s one thing that’s become a Calgary icon — and is worth bringing home — it’s the white cowboy hat. Presented to visiting dignitaries, politicians, movie stars and royalty in an elaborate ceremony since the 1940s, these white cowboy hats are available from local manufacturer Smithbilt Hats and Tourism Calgary in an effort to maintain the quality and integrity of the city’s symbol. But if white’s not quite your color, don’t fret: Smithbilt produces a wide range of hats, including many other types of hats made from natural materials including straw, wool, rabbit felt and even luxurious beaver felt. Informative, interactive tours of Smithbilt’s facility, which include the opportunity to try out all sorts of hats, are available.

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