Let’s Visit Calgary! is usually the statement that starts any of the road trips I’ve done with my friends to Alberta’s largest city. I’ve been to Calgary many times, but like a lot of people who continue to travel to the same place often it is easy to get complacent about what’s there. Of course, if you look at things with fresh eyes you’ll often find there are many things you haven’t seen or done in that same old destination you frequent regularly. Case in point: a few years ago my friends and I decided to go up to The Calgary Tower for the first time.
I’m not much of a height person but I like going to observation towers and The Calgary Tower was the first one in Canada I went to. The observation deck sits 191 metres (626) above the city in the centre of downtown. The Calgary Tower also has the highest 360-degree observation deck in the world. We got views of downtown, The Olympic Village, The Saddledome, and other attractions and neighbourhoods in the city. If it is a relatively clear day, you’ll also get to see The Rocky Mountains to the west (Calgary is only 100km or 62 miles away from The Rockies).
The Calgary Tower was lit up for the 1988 Winter Olympics and apparently the flame at the top will get lit for special events like Canada Day (July 1). Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the Calgary Tower light up, but I did get to walk on a glass floor at an observation deck (my first one). The glass floor really gives you a birds-eye-view of the city, and while it is 110% safe to walk on I will admit that it kind of freaked me out a little bit. Still I, and my friends successfully walked on the glass floor and stayed long enough to take photos, so if we can do it anyone can.
The last thing my friends and I did while we were at The Calgary Tower was go to the revolving restaurant Sky 360 at the top of the tower. While it has been a few years, I do remember being impressed by the view, and by the food, The prices were quite reasonable too, but we were there for lunch so dinner prices might be higher. Our visit to The Calgary Tower was relatively quiet compared to other observation decks I’ve been to, and it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours in the city.
For information about admission hours and rates please visit The Calgary of Tower website. The Calgary Tower is located at 101 9th Ave SW Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
My friends and I went to the Calgary Tower on a day trip from Edmonton. The drive from Edmonton to Calgary is about 3 hours one way. Be sure to stop at the Donut Mill in Red Deer (about halfway) for some delicious donuts. It’s a road trip tradition.
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This post was written in conjunction with Visit Calgary, but all opinions and experiences within this post are my own.
Have you been to the Calgary Tower?