Calgary is often overshadowed as it is also a gateway to the mighty Canadian Rockies. Tourists tend to sidestep it in a bid to hike their way up the celebrated mountains, unaware of the many spots to explore within the quaint city itself. Here is a one-day guide for you to navigate through its lovely sights. By Bayar Jain
When heading to the Canadian Rockies, chances are you will meander through the roads of Calgary. However, this hip city has its own share of lovely charms to sweep you off your feet. Here, some of the best coffee roasts will keep you happily jittery, while long stretches of riverside jogging will give you a dose of calming fun. After all, it ranked as the fourth most liveable city in the world in 2018 for a reason! Read on to know how you can make the most of your 24 hours here.
Originally called the Husky Tower, the iconic Calgary Tower was built to honour Canada’s centennial year of 1967. Open to the public from the following year, this 802-stepped tower houses a glass floor, allowing one to enjoy panoramic views of the city. While here, head to the observation deck or sit in their revolving restaurant, Sky 360, to make a note of where you’d like to head to next.
With an expansive collection – both, permanent and travelling, the impressive Glenbow Museum has a little something for everyone. Be it a history buff, art lover, pop-culture aficionado, or simply a tourist looking to while away time, you’re bound to find something of your interest. After all, it’s Western Canada’s largest museum for a reason! Once done marvelling at the exhibits, you can visit a trading post, or even walk through the railcar of a train.
If you’re one of those who wish to tread along the yesteryears, then the Heritage Park Historical Village is the place to be. The 10-hectare recreated town is home to buildings from 1915 or even earlier. Think old forts, grain mills, churches, and schools, all within an arm’s distance from a rather modern city. To soak in the full vintage flavour, ride on a steam train or hop on the SS Moyie – a paddle steamer sternwheeler.
It’s rare for an urban space to house a melange of outdoors and artistic attractions, but RiverWalk does it with ease. The attractive waterside walkway has a path suitable for walkers and bikers, both. Right at the west end of the RiverWalk, the Peace Bridge is sure to intrigue you. Its sleek red and white diamond design is attractive, while the bridge itself is pedestrian and cycle friendly. Moreover, throughout the year, various art installations and public sculptures dot the space, adding to the already thriving creative side of the city.
5. Calaway Park
You’re never too old for a ride on a rollercoaster; especially if it is the ones at Calaway Park! Boasting of being Western Canada’s largest amusement park, Calaway Park features 30 rides ranging from intensely wild to soothing, and mild. Paired with live stage entertainment, 22 food vendors, 28 different carnival games, a trout-fishing pond and an interactive maze, the chances of having fun is guaranteed!