Weathers not cooperating? Not a problem, there are plenty of indoor activities surrounding the Calgary Tower to keep you interested!


One of the best ways to avoid the outdoors in downtown Calgary is the +15 Skywalk. Notice the overhead pathways connecting buildings? This is a 16 km in length indoor pathway system that allows you to explore museums, public art, gardens, shops and restaurants without having to go outside! Come grab a plus 15 map from our visitor information or download the app to your phone!  


Regardless of the weather conditions, the Glenbow Museum is a great spot to stay indoors and learn about Calgary and Alberta’s art, culture and history. Offering 3 levels of interactive exhibits, the Glenbow also features exhibits from all over the world. Be sure to make your way up to the 4th floor to find the “worlds oldest rock” in their Mineralogy exhibit. 


Devonian Gardens, located on the 4th level of the CORE shopping centre, is Calgary’s only indoor park and is free to access. Take a leisurely walk through this indoor urban oasis with tropical vegetation, fishponds, and lots of natural light. 

While you’re visiting the Devonian Gardens, take a look out for the world’s largest point supported structural skyline in the CORE shopping centre. Indulge in some shopping while you’re at it! 


Pay a visit to the Chinese Cultural Centre, a replica of the Temple of Heave in Beijing, and explore the traditional architecture and décor. For a nominal fee, you can view the Chinese Artifact Museum showcasing rare replicas of Chinese artifacts and to learn about the history of the Chinese community in Calgary. The cultural centre also has a great restaurant in the building if you’re interested in some dim sum and tea.


Head over to the Centennial Parkade and check out the Utterly Art Legacy Pasture located in the plus 15 level. You’ll find a number of different cows displayed that were painted by different artists. These were part of a very successful public art project in Calgary that raised over a million dollars for local charities. There are also information boards in the parkade that talk about the significance and history of the project in Calgary. 


Outside of the plus 15 pathways, but not to far from the Calgary Tower, is Fort Calgary, considered to be Calgary’s birthplace. Here you can learn about the base camp the Royal Canadian Mountain Police first set up in 1875, and how this fort has shaped Calgary. 


Another great site to visit if you’re interested in Calgary’s history and culture is the Lougheed House. You can take a historical tour of the family residence, and learn about Senator James Lougheed’s family and their influence within Calgary. Open to public Wednesdays through Sundays, be sure to sign up for a guided tour or get an audio device. !

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