My Vist to The Calgary Tower

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.

Looking up at The Calgary Tower.

The Calgary Tower.

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).

View from the Calgary Tower.

View from the Calgary Tower. Photo provided by Tourism Calgary.

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.

Calgary Tower glass floor.

Standing on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower.

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.

Things You Should Know

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.
If you are looking to spend more time in Calgary consider booking a hotel here.
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?

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15 Responses to My Vist to The Calgary Tower

  1. Cathy Sweeney September 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM #

    I like how you used such a large photo for the first tower pic — quite a shot! Reminds me of the CN Tower in Toronto. I stepped very quickly on the glass floor there — I lasted about 2 seconds.

    • Alouise September 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM #

      Yeah I did the CN Tower a couple years after visiting Calgary’s Tower. CN’s glass floor almost made my knees buckle. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel September 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM #

    Great shots from above (and below)! Must have been an experience to be on the glass! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alouise September 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM #

      Standing on the glass was a little freaky, but fun. Thanks for the comment Mary.

  3. Leigh September 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    We took a friend there for dinner a while ago and we all thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top. Food was ok too.

    • Alouise September 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM #

      It is a great view. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Jenn Smith Nelson September 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

    I have never been to the tower and was sad not to be able to add it to my agenda when I visited Calgary last month. I will be sure to add it in next time.

    • Alouise October 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM #

      Hope you’re able to visit the Calgary Tower next time you’re there. It’s certainly a fun way to spend an afternoon in the city.

  5. Wandering Carol September 18, 2014 at 7:11 AM #

    I’m not sure why I’ve never gone up the tower. This is a reminder to go up next time I’m there.

    • Alouise September 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM #

      I think that happens when you travel, particularly if you’ve been somewhere before there’s a tendency to think “I’ll go next time.” I hope you’ll be able to go up to the Calgary Tower next time you’re there.

  6. Melissa September 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM #

    Love your photography! Never been to Calgary (or the tower for that matter) but your photos make me want to visit!

    • Alouise September 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

      Thanks for the comment Melissa. Calgary is a great city to visit, lot’s to see and do there.

  7. Alouise September 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM #

    Sometimes I see the tower lit up in the evening when I’m driving back home, but it never seems like a good idea to take a photo while I’m driving. Would definitely love to go back and see it during a special event. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Sharon M September 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

    This makes me wonder why I didn’t go up in the tower when I visited Calgary. Sigh I had to pin that first shot it is stunning!

    • Alouise September 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

      There’s a lot to do in Calgary. Maybe you’ll get to go back again and visit the tower. Thanks for the comment Sharon.

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