Now that you're fed, it's time to have a bit of fun. Here are four experiences that you might want to look into while you're in Calgary. The first is taking a ride up to the top of the Calgary Tower
. You could purchase the elevator only ticket that will give you access to the 360-degree observation deck. This fully enclosed glass room offers views of all of the buildings I mentioned earlier, as well as a great view of the mountains. I'd recommend coming about an hour before sunset to get the best experience of both the blue skies and city lights. The other option is to eat at Sky 360
, the attached upscale restaurant, which will give you free access to the observation deck with the purchase of your meal.
If heights aren't your thing, here's an option that stays on the ground and occasionally in trees. Most big cities have a zoo, but how many of them have pandas? The Calgary Zoo
has adorable giant pandas on loan from China as part of a partnership between the Chinese and Canadian governments and they are definitely a must-see. They will be hanging out in Calgary for a few years, so definitely add the zoo to your list if you'll be coming here soon.
If you're feeling competitive, you have to head over to Skyline Luge
at WinSport. Open during the summer, Skyline Luge is the longest luge track in the world. If you're not sure what a luge is, think Mario Kart powered by gravity. You wind down more than 50 twists and turns using only continuous downhill trajectory and occasionally brakes if you lose your nerve. It's true what they say, one ride is never enough.
Finally, if you're looking for something in the Arts & Culture space, definitely look into 10 at 10
. Founder Beni Johnson and his team have done an incredible job of curating a positive hip hop scene in the city by hosting a number of events related to music, poetry, dance, and really anything that promotes the culture. Double check to see if there is an event happening while you're in town because you won't want to miss it.
After all that, I hope you still have time to make it out to the mountains you almost rushed off to. But if you do run out of time before you get to try everything, remember we're only a flight away.