Downtown Calgary, Calgary
What a restful release from shopping in TD Square Take the glass elevator to the roof on the fourth floor and relax awhile in this tranquil atmosphere.
Lots of water features and vegetation catch your eye.
A popular place for functions while we were there some areas were closed due to a wedding. The gardens have seating by the pools where you can just sit in quiet contemplation listening to the water sounds and watching the fish.
Sitting in the foothills of the Great Rocky Mountains Calgary stands proud - The Heart of the New West. A clean, friendly, impressive and affluent city but sadly not everyone lives the goodlife. We saw a lot of homeless people here begging at traffic stops and on the lovely avenues these poor people reduced - for whatever the reason - to examining the contents of the bins
The ten sculptures, some measuring 6.5 metres and weighing 680 kilograms are cast in aluminium. The statues were presented to the city by Maxwell Cummings and Sons. The family of man was designed by the English artist Mario Armengol. They were dedicated to the city on 8th. July 1968 by the Duke of Kent. I liked the skinny statues standing in their circle reaching up to the blue summer sky.
The commercial district of downtown Calgary has very modern shopping malls, TD Square and the Scotia Centre are two large malls in this district. You will also find lots of choices in restaurants and bars for a quick cuppa or snack. What I particularly liked here was the steel structure which twisted and weaved its way between the buildings. Very arty I thought but it has a practical purpose, these structures are build as wind deflectors to protect the buildings and the people on stormy windy days.
A fire in 1886 destroyed many of Calgary’s largest buildings. City council of the time enacted an ordinance stipulating that sandstone, fireproof and locally available, would be used for all new large buildings. In the ensuing building boom Calgary became known as the Sandstone City . Many of these early buildings have been torn down but some well preserved examples remain.
One of the best contrasts between Calgary’s sandstone era and its current designs is the City Hall . The old city hall is built with traditional sandstone and was completed in 1911. The latest addition to City Hall is a tiered glass structure rising behind the older building.
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The thirteen story Palliser Hotel was the tallest building in Calgary from 1929 until 1958. Originally referred to as the Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel, the name Palliser was chosen to commemorate Captain John Palliser, leader of the famed British expedition responsible for exploring Western Canada.
The six story Grain Exchange was one of the tallest buildings in Alberta when it was completed in 1910.
Alberta’s first teacher training center, McDougall School , was completed in 1908. At the time, it was Alberta’s largest educational facility. These days, the grounds are popular with newlyweds for wedding pictures.
Designed by the same architect who designed the Alberta Legislature building in Edmonton, the Court of Appeal was completed in 1914.
If you love chocolate and want to see how it's made, then this is the tour to take while in Calgary (self-guided with a treat at the end). Mr. Callebaut (who was born in Belgium) moved to Canada in 1982 with a mission to produce a quality line of chocolates never before experienced in North America.
Well I can personally attest to the fact that he has accomplished this task. The main factory/building is located in downtown Calgary and when you walk in the doors, you are just blown away with the choices of chocolate that await.
The tour takes you below ground where you see the employees going about their craft of chocolate candy making...one thing that we did notice is that they all seemed very happy :-)
There is also a history tour on the wall that explains the process of how chocolate is made and how the Callebaut family started in the business. Once the tour is finished, you go back to the main office to sample (as well as purchase) Callebaut chocolate...what a divine experience.
I planned this trip for me and my 2 best friends, all of three of us live in Great Falls Montana, and needed a break from all these redneck cowboys. 5 hours later we are here, very lost no hotel picked out we have 1 hou before last call, we stayed at the Calgary 5 Once we got our room which was 200 a night, we were given a key to the wrong room on where a confused old asian guy with pants jumped up as we entered the room, which apeared we interupted his internet time if you know what i mean. well we got the right room and then we were able to catch about 35 minutes of pounding down drinks. The next day we walked aourd had a few pints for breakfast met up with a friend that we worked with that goes there very weekend, he knew some girl and she took us every where, we had dinner at a cool hookah abr, had some awsome pizza and some great smoke went out to the bars had a blast, i was the only one that was not single but i still had a great time trying to watch my friends " hook up" they failed. But all in all was a trip i will never forget!
Downtown Calgary isn't like a New York or Miami- many businesses close at 8PM. There are still the pubs and bars open, but as you explore Calgary be aware that if you are downtown and need some essentials of business, you'd better get in finished early on in the evening, or you'll have to drive out to the malls or whatnot to get things finished.