Walking to the Calgary Tower

In case anyone  hadn’t mentioned it; Calgary is a small city. Although there is the presence of flat urban sprawl, the city is relatively quiet and definitely flat. This is completely confirmed when you end up at the Calgary Tower to get the bird’s eye view of the city.

Calgary being a nice walkable city, I was able to leave the office and then saunter along to the tower in about 10 minutes. The tower definitely is a highlight of the Calgary skyline. The Tower also symbolizes the heart and soul of Calgary, it is also considered as the biggest torch since it stood as the 1988 Winter Olympic torch. It is Calgary’s most familiar sight and a very famous sight for both locals and travelers.

Once you’re at the tower, the process is low key … no metal detectors, no searches … you just walk up and pay your money and head up the tower. There was no one to guide me to the elevator, I just walked up and pressed the button myself, which was a bit weird, since ever other tower experience has been this involved affair. It was refreshingly low key. However, as 15$+ for the price of the ride up, I thought it was a bit expensive, given the lack of service, no audio tour, or any interactive AV experiences.

The views are quite nice from the observation tower.

Then we have the mandatory glass floor walk. No matter how much I know that the structure is stable – I’m always nervous walking on the glass floor in these towers.

The Calgary Tower may not be quite as impressive as the CN Tower in Toronto, but it still commands a great view over the city and the surroundings. On a clear day you can see the Rockies to the west. It features a revolving gourmet restaurant, a bar, and an observation deck. The tower backs onto railway tracks and some run down blocks on the 10th Avenue side and is best approached from 8th Avenue for a more enjoyable experience.

Address: 101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1J9
Phone: (403) 266-7171
Official website: www.calgarytower.com
Hours: Monday – Sunday:  9am – 9pm
Directions: LRT: 1st St. E
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About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com

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