4611 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB, CA, T2G 0A6
- Phone: (403) 287-7070
- Fax: (403) 287-8855
Statistics say that Prince's Island is one of the most used urban parks in North America. Come here on a sunny day and you will not doubt it. Originally, the island was used to catch felled trees floating down the Bow River from logging projects upstream. Now this bit of serenity in downtown serves as a favorite venue for joggers, football tossers, family picnics, flocks of Canadian Geese, buskers, Shakespearean actors and nearly every major festival that Calgary hosts. This is also a great place for a quiet paddle down the river. Admission is free. Open daily from 6a.
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer is Calgary's Anglican Parish, that conducts regular worship services. The major parish programs and organizations include the altar guild where weddings, Sunday services and baptisms are performed. The church also pays hosts to variety of groups like the Fellowship Group, Greeters and Sides Persons, Prayer Circle, Primates World Relief development fund, Senior's Eucharist and Tea and many others.
Well known as the world's most extensive skywalk, the Plus 15 Skyway network is simply amazing. Originally opened in the year 1970, the skywalk features 59 enclosed bridges connecting to the Calgary buildings.
Knox United Church, Calgary fulfills your desire to just pray in solitude and get in touch with your inner self. The peaceful and calm surroundings will ease your worries and make you tranquil. Knox United Church also caters to weddings and other spiritual or religious celebrations. There are various concerts and other social events also held at the church. Check website for prayer timings and other details.
The sandstone buildings along downtown's Stephen Avenue were constructed after a fire destroyed much of the neighborhood. Several of those historic buildings fell victim to developers wrecking balls, but the few that remain are worthy of an afternoon stroll during which you can revel in their architecture. Along the way you can indulge in the diversions offered by many popular shops and restaurants.
When it comes to shopping in downtown Calgary, you'll find it hard to find a better alternative to Core. The expansive center boasts of no less than 160 stores on its four levels and has pretty much all the shopping essentials from luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton to flagship stores of major departmental chains like Holt Renfrew and H&M. Fashion is well-represented with most major brands setting up shop here; a treat for the fashion-conscious. Another reason for the fashion brigade to rejoice is the expert Personal Styling services the center offers. Much effort has been put into the center's design with the focal point being the gigantic and eye-catching structural skylight creating a superb lighting effect in day times. An excellent range of restaurants ensures shoppers, a satisfying culinary experience. From fashion and beauty to jewelry and electronics, there's not much you'll miss here. With regular events and store promotions, Core offers one of the best shopping experienced downtown.
When a cold north wind is howling and the mid-winter temperature is too frigid, this downtown greenhouse is a welcome oasis of greenery and warmth. It showcases many local and tropical plants, fountains, waterfalls, reflecting pools stocked with carp, wooden bridges and a small playground where harried parents can let loose their children.
During the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Olympic Plaza was the focal point of much of the event, including most of the medal ceremonies and laser and fireworks displays. Tens of thousands of people jammed into the square on any given evening. The square looks much as it did then and is now the focal point for many civic events, particularly for welcoming successful athletes home from recent Olympic Games. The large area in front of the stage is now a wading pool in the summer and flooded for ice skating in the winter.
Calgary Walks offers an amazing walking tour experience. Connect with them to discover what makes Calgary such an exciting place; history, architecture, river walks, public art, secret sculpture gardens, cool public spaces, restaurants, shopping and more! Starting points for tours vary, so contact Calgary Walks and learn more about this wonderful tour and the city itself.
Calgary's proximity to the Rocky Mountains provides various options for a host of outdoor activities. The local museums and historical places are worth a visit. Check for the concerts and events which occur through out the year. The weather is moderate and it is pleasant to travel around.
Although some of downtown Calgary's office towers are actually taller, the Calgary Tower remains the city's most distinctive landmark. Officially opened in 1968, it remains a popular visitor attraction, providing a panoramic view of the mountains to the west and the surrounding foothills and prairie. On the observation deck there are binoculars, multimedia information kiosks and the thrilling Glass Floor Experience. The dining room rotates, allowing visitors the chance to relax with a meal while viewing the entire city from their window-side tables at the Panorama Dining Room.