Looking glass platform at the tower

Why I love to visit the Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower as part of the city skyline
The Calgary Tower makes up an important part of the city’s skyline.

The Calgary Tower is an iconic part of Calgary’s skyline. I love looking it from all vantage points as it brings back childhood memories of the city I grew up with and new memories as a modern metropolis unfolds around it.  While the buildings around downtown Calgary have changed, the Calgary Tower has stood tall and proud as a fiery symbol of our western heritage. The cement base, red tower, metal spire and occasional flame are familiar sights to Calgarians. But as much fun as it is to see this free standing observation tower from afar, it’s just as great to go up to the top to visit!

Here are just a few of the beautiful views that makes me love to visit the Calgary Tower:

Beautiful panoramic views at the top of the Calgary Tower

Views from the west of downtown Calgary
Views of the west end of downtown Calgary.
  • On the observation deck you’ll experience amazing 360 degree views of the bustling city, the Rocky Mountains and more.
View of the Bow Tower on the north side of the Calgary Tower
The Bow Tower looms large on the north view.
  • The Calgary Tower hovers 191 metres above the Calgary downtown core and was once the tallest building in the city.

Walk out onto the unique glass floor

Looking glass platform at the tower
Don’t be afraid! Step out onto the looking glass for a daring glimpse of the city below.


A different kind of selfie at the Calgary Tower
Heck, even life down and get yourself a selfie while on the glass
  • The iconic building just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Happy birthday!

Unique views all around

East view of City Hall
If you look closely, many buildings in the area of their names on the rooftops
  • Tip: Visit the Sky 360 restaurant for fine dining at the top of the tower. Save money on Calgary Tower admission by booking a meal at the restaurant and the elevator ride up is free. The revolving restaurant giving you continuous views all around the tower without leaving your table.
Sunset at the Calgary Tower
Head up the Calgary Tower to catch a beautiful sunset.
  • During the ride up in the elevator, screens will show you the surrounding landscape as it would appear if you could see outside.
Evening views of Calgary
Go at different times of the day. During the evening see the entire city light up.
  • Originally named the Husky Tower, the building was constructed as a joint venture between Marathon Realty and Husky Oil to honour Canada’s 100th birthday. It was also intended to promote the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program.
Views of south Calgary
As far as the eye can see! The Calgary Tower offers amazing 360 degree views.
  • Before you go, see if there is a Calgary Tower coupon available on the Calgary Attractions website for a discount.
  • Climb the stairs! Every Tuesday this March from 4 to 7 pm, the tower is running its 802 Challenge to give fitness buffs the ultimate climbing test. Climb up all 802 steps to get to the to the observation deck – only $10 for an active winter challenge!

It’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Take your family and friends up to the top of the tower for a visit to show off why Calgary is such a great place to call home.

Why I love to visit the Calgary Tower

Irene Seto is a Calgary lifestyle influencer supporting local from all angles.

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