About Calgary Tower
Originally called Husky tower, Calgary tower was built to honour Canada’s centennial year of 1967 and to promote downtown area growth. It was opened to public in 1968 as the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.
Calgary Tower is a free standing, 191 m tall observation deck in the downtown Calgary allowing panoramic views of the city. There is a small section of glass floor 525 feet off the deck.
Stairs to the observation deck are not opened to the public, but have been used on occasions for publicity, as well as for an annual charity stair-climbing race on behalf of Alberta Wilderness Association. There are 802 steps.
What to do at the Calgary Tower?
Things to do at Calgary Tower
A must visit for the first time traveler to city to get ones bearings, to get a birds eye view of the city, and to enjoy the views of the Rockies. – See the panoramic view
A glass floor allows one to stand right on top of the 9th avenue .
An elevator takes you to the top in about a minute. The observation deck has panels explaining the views, like the stampede grounds. During peak times, hosts are available on the Observation Deck to provide tours and information to guests.
The Calgary tower features a revolving restaurant (45 – 60 minutes for a revolution), Sky 360, that rotates so as to give customers a scenic view of downtown Calgary.
If the view of the Rockies were clouded the first time, comeback later if you can, as admission is good for the entire day. As the weather changes quite often in the course of a day, the city looks different depending on the time of day.
How to get to Calgary Tower?
The Calgary Tower is attached to the Plus 15 walkway system. The Tower is located in the section that connects buildings such as the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the Glenbow Museum,and the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts.
GPS : 51.044507,-114.06313 (directions)
How long will it take to see the Calgary Tower?
Time Required to Visit Calgary Tower – Twenty minutes to one hour.
SKY 360 is located at 155 metres and completes a full rotation every 45 minutes during lunch and every 60 minutes during dinner.
How much to visit Calgary Tower?
Calgary Tower Admission
|Children (3 and under)||Free|
|Annual Pass for 4 people||$149.00|
Tax included in the fee above.
Free multimedia tours with admission.
Calgaryattractions.ca is a good place to check for coupons for many Calgary attractions.
Tip: Tower admission is included if you dine in Sky 360.
When to visit Calgary Tower?
Calgary Tower Hours
The Calgary Tower is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day).
September to May : 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
June to August: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Calgary Tower lights up daily : Morning from 5 AM – sunrise & Evening: Dusk to midnight.
Subject to occasional deck closures for private functions.
What about Amenities, Access & Parking at Calgary Tower?
Dining options – sky360 and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
Cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) and travellers’ cheques with personal identification are accepted.
Gift shops.Post box.
Tourism Calgary Information Centre is located at the base of the tower.Free internet is available at two computer stations. A password may be acquired from a Tourism Calgary representative. Access is limited to 30 minutes per visit.
Wheel chair accessible.
Paid parking at Tower centre parkade located on 10th Avenue.