The Calgary Tower Offers Best View of the City
The Calgary Tower is a 191-metre free standing observation tower in Calgary, Alberta. Located on 9th Avenue S.W., in downtown Calgary, it provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the city, the Rocky Mountains, the foothills and prairies.
Construction on the concrete and steel structure started on the Tower in 1967. Originally called the Husky Tower, the project was a joint venture between Husky Oil Limited and Marathon Realty to honour Canada’s centennial and promote the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program.
When the Tower officially opened to the public on June 30, 1968, it offered Calgarians and visitors a birds-eye view of the city streets below and surrounding areas, plus complimentary tours to learn about Calgary's history, landmarks, and future plans, a bar, and a restaurants with a revolving floor.
The Tower was officially renamed the Calgary Tower in 1971 as a gift to the residents of Calgary. The Tower’s two 25-passenger, high-speed elevators can travel to the top in 62 seconds. Alternatively, two steel-encased staircases with 762 stairs also provide a way from top to bottom or vice-versa.
Many attractions are visible from the panaromic view, including the Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary’s Old City Hall, Chinatown and the Chinese Cultural Centre, the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, Olympic Plaza, the Calgary Zoo,TELUS Spark, Kensington, the Calgary International Airport (YYC), Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, Inglewood, the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Calgary Stampede, Heritage Park, the Glenmore Reservoir, the Talisman Centre, Shaw Millennium Park, McMahon Stadium, the Olympic Oval, Canada Olympic Park, and the Rocky Mountains.
The original cost to complete the project was $3.5 million dollars in 1968. Several renovations have been completed since, including the addition of a glass floor on the observation deck, and exterior LED lighting that allows the City to celebrate national holidays, cheer on sports teams, support local festivals, and raise awareness of important causes with daily light shows.
Restaurants in the Calgary Tower today include SKY 360 and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
The Calgary Tower
101 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary