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The Calgary Tower is an iconic landmark that offers visitors unparalleled views of the city and beyond. Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, this architectural marvel provides a unique perspective on the vibrant cityscape, making it a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike. When staying at The Westley, a visit to the Calgary Tower is just a short walk away, allowing you to explore one of the city’s most beloved sights with ease.

A Historical Landmark in Calgary

The Calgary Tower was completed in 1968 and has since become a symbol of the city’s growth and prosperity. Originally named the Husky Tower, it was constructed to celebrate Canada’s centennial and the success of Calgary’s oil industry. Standing at 190.8 meters (626 feet) tall, the tower was the tallest structure in Calgary for many years and remains one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

A photo of the Calgary Tower during its construction in 1968. Photo credit: @calgarytower on Instagram

A photo of the Calgary Tower during its construction in 1968. Photo credit: @calgarytower on Instagram

Unparalleled Views from the Observation Deck

One of the main attractions of the Calgary Tower is its observation deck, which offers 360-degree panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as the Rocky Mountains to the west and the vast, open prairies to the east. The glass floor on the observation deck provides a thrilling experience as you look directly down to the bustling streets below. Whether you’re visiting during the day or at night, the views from the Calgary Tower are truly breathtaking.

Dining at the Calgary Tower

For a unique dining experience, head to Sky 360, the revolving restaurant located at the top of the Calgary Tower. As you enjoy a delicious meal, the restaurant slowly rotates, offering ever-changing views of the city and beyond. Sky 360 serves a variety of dishes, from locally sourced Canadian cuisine to international favourites, making it the perfect spot for a memorable meal with a view. Be sure to make a reservation in advance to secure a table with the best views!

For a taste of our world-class Alberta beef, head to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which is located on the second floor of the Calgary Tower’s base building. While it may not have the views offered by Sky 360, it will impress you with incredible dishes, all created to emphasize the unmatched flavour, texture and taste of Alberta beef.

Events and Activities at Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year, making it a vibrant hub of activity in downtown Calgary. From seasonal events like the lighting of the tower for holidays and special occasions to educational programs and guided tours, there’s always something happening at the tower. Check the tower’s event calendar to see what’s happening during your visit and make the most of your time in Calgary.

Information and Tips for Visiting the Calgary Tower

When planning your visit to the Calgary Tower, keep in mind the following tips to enhance your experience:

  • The tower is open 364 days a year, but hours may vary, so it’s a good idea to check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Admission fees apply, and tickets can be purchased online or at the tower. Consider buying tickets in advance to avoid long lines!
  • The tower is wheelchair accessible, and staff are available to assist visitors with special needs.
  • For the best views, visit the tower on a clear day, and don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery.
  • For additional FAQs, visit their website here.

A visit to the Calgary Tower is a highlight of any trip to Calgary, offering stunning views, unique dining experiences, and a variety of events and activities to enjoy. When staying at the Westley, you’re perfectly positioned to explore this iconic landmark and discover all that downtown Calgary has to offer. Whether you’re marvelling at the panoramic views from the observation deck, enjoying a meal at Sky 360 or Ruth’s Chris Steak House, or participating in one of the tower’s many events, the Calgary Tower promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

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