10 Reasons to Love the Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower
Calgary Tower
Celebrate the Calgary Tower’s 50th Anniversary

10 Reasons to Love the Calgary Tower

The icon of Calgary's skyline turns 50 in 2018

One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Calgary Tower turns 50 in 2018. 

Built to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967, construction wrapped up in 1968. Now, 50 years later, it stands as an iconic and recognizable symbol of the city’s past and present. 

A key landmark for the 1988 Olympics, Calgarians' love for the Calgary Tower has grown year after year. 

Here’s 10 reasons to fall in love with this Calgary icon, and why you should visit it for the first time, or for the millionth time, in celebration if its 50th birthday.

2. 360 degree views of the whole city


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3. LED light show adding colour to the skyline


Happy I got this before it got cold! #calgaryurbex #albertaurbex

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4. Stand on a glass floor (if you dare)

Test your bravery by standing on the Calgary Tower’s glass floor. Spanning 11 metres by 1.4 metres, the glass floor hovers over traffic on 9th Avenue SW and Centre Street. A gift for Alberta’s centennial, the glass floor is made up of 5 panels that are 5.7 cm thick and each weigh 238 kg. The glass floor has been a staple at the Calgary Tower since its installation in 2005.

And don’t worry – even a hippo could stand on the glass floor safely!

5. Multimedia tours of the Tower and the city itself


Escutando a história de Calgary😀

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Multimedia tours are provided for each guest and are complimentary with admission. This award-winning tour is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and German. Not only does the tour provide an overview of the Tower, but also explains the landmarks you’re seeing from the observation deck.


6. Exceptional dining experiences


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The Calgary Tower features two world-class restaurants with Ruth’s Chris located at the base of the Calgary Tower on the 2nd level and SKY 360 155 metres in the air. SKY 360 offers full views of the city as it revolves once every 45 minutes during lunchtime and once per hour during dinner.

7. Unique shopping choices and great Calgary souvenirs


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8. The Tower fills the city with music

As you approach the base of the Calgary Tower during the lunch hour, you’ll notice a selection of music playing from the digital carillon bells. Additionally, the carillon marks every hour by chiming on the hour. 

The original Carillon Bells were gifted to the city in 1973 from the Dutch Canadian Centennial Committee in celebration of Calgary’s centennial, but also as a thank you for the liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. Renovations in 1989 necessitated the removal of the bells, but they have been faithfully recreated with a digital carillon bell.

9. Floating with other giants in Calgary’s centre

As a founding member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the Calgary Tower stands 191 metres above the downtown core. And while it was surpassed as Calgary’s tallest building in 1983, by Petro Canada’s West Tower (now known as the Suncor Energy Centre's West Tower), its height and design still makes you feel as if you’re floating in the air.

10. The Tower is an Olympic torch

The Olympics and the Calgary Tower go hand-in-hand. Since hosting the Winter Olympic games in 1988, the Calgary Tower has lit its Olympic torch at the top of the tower for every successive Olympic games to mark the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as for 1 hour each day that Canada wins at least one gold medal.

Celebrate the Calgary Tower's 50th Anniversary

Celebrate Calgary's iconic landmark and 50 years of memories as the Tower celebrates its monumental anniversary on June 30th. A 60s-themed block party takes place on June 30th, and the world is invited to celebrate the Calgary Tower all year.