One of the biggest landmarks in Calgary is the Calgary Tower and up until now, we had only viewed it either from our apartment or from the city. Today, we got up close and personal and went to the top!

We have been waiting to visit quite a few places either in Calgary, or the surrounding areas, but as it has been summer and kids have been on holiday, the areas have been inundated with tourists, so we have been waiting. Now the holidays are over and we are going to start exploring our new province, starting with the Calgary Tower.

A few fun facts courtesy of the Calgary Tower website:

  • The tower was built in 1967 as a joint venture by Marathon Realty and Husky Oil and was originally called Husky Tower. 
  • Construction of the Tower commenced on February 19, 1967, and was completed in June 1968 at a total cost of $3.5 million dollars.
  • The Tower officially opened to the public on June 30, 1968.
  • On November 1, 1971, the Husky Tower was officially renamed the Calgary Tower as a tribute to the citizens of Calgary.
  • The observation deck is 191 meters above the ground with a 360-degree
  • In high winds, it can sway 7.5 inches and can handle winds up to 161 km/ph

Here are some great shots that Chris has taken since we’ve been here.

Now to get inside. We got there early just in case there dared to be tourist still visiting. There were a few, but fortunately not too many. It costs $18 each, but I had a coupon for 50% off the second ticket, so a bargain! Once you are up there you can spend as long as you want, but you cannot reenter on the same ticket.

There are a series of windows all around the observation deck which gives a complete 360-degree view. Unfortunately, we have been experiencing a lot of smoke from the wildfires in BC and Banff, so the mountains and areas further away are not visible. One day when we know the visibility is better, we might go back for better views.

This series of photos gives a view of the whole 360 degrees. 

We could see our apartment building from the tower. Unfortunately the crane from the Marriott Hotel building site gets in the way a abit.

 Our building
Our building
 Our apartment, zoomed in.
Our apartment, zoomed in.

Of course, no tower is complete these days without a glass floor.

Here are some close ups of some buildings and landmarks etc. 

Inside the observation deck there are a number of info boards giving details about Calgary and the tower over the decades.

Finally we had to take the obligatory photo with the moose!

So, one tourist attraction crossed off the bucket list, plenty more to go. I hope the weather gets a bit cooler and the skis clear of smoke so that we can explore Banff, Lake Loiuse, Drumheller etc.