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Eau Claire Market is part of a car-free pedestrian zone north of downtown on the banks of the Bow River; it links to lovely Prince's Island Park, a bucolic island lined with paths, shaded by cottonwood trees, and populated by hordes of Canada geese. This is where much of downtown Calgary comes to eat, drink, shop, sunbathe, jog, and hang out in good weather. The market itself no longer offers much for the traveler except a few eateries (better options are the pubs in the plaza outside the market), though it remains busy with a four-screen cinema and an IMAX theater (tel. 403/974-4629) that has a five-story domed screen. The riverside park area and the island are your absolute best bets for a bit of outdoor urban Calgary; on a gorgeous summer day, a meander through Prince's Island, followed by a little window-shopping at the eclectic booths at the market, can't be beat.