Many of these attractions are visible on our Panorama View.
Stephen Avenue Walk
Located one block north of the Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue is a pedestrian‐only walkway and National Historic District offering patrons unique boutiques and shops, as well as historic buildings such as Old City Hall, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the old Bank of Montreal building.
Old City Hall
Calgary’s Old City Hall was built by the Alberta Building Company with sandstone from the Bone and Oliver Quarry on 17th Avenue. For the grand ceremony on June 26, 1911, 210 palm trees were imported and a gold key was used to unlock the door. Calgary is one of only seven Canadian cities that still has its original City Hall.
Chinatown and the Chinese Cultural Centre
Calgary’s Chinatown is the third largest in the country and home to Calgary’s Chinese Cultural Centre. Here you can see truly amazing works of art including art work on the roof that is a simulation of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven.
EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts
Anchored at either end by two historic buildings – the Burns Building to the east and the old Calgary Public Building to the west – this 6‐level complex is one of the largest arts centres in Canada. It houses five theatre spaces, a concert hall and a theatre school and is home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Olympic Plaza was built for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games using bricks sold to the general public for $19.88 each. For each brick sold, $5 was donated to the Olympic Plaza Trust Fund. Personal messages, inscriptions and phrases were engraved on the bricks and in April 1987 workmen began laying the bricks.
More than 30,000 people assembled nightly to watch the medal presentations, fireworks, laser displays and entertainment. Today, the Plaza remains a meeting place and hosts concerts, festivals and city‐hosted celebrations. In the winter it is used for public ice skating and Christmas light displays.
The Calgary Zoo
Located on St George’s Island in the Bow River, the Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada. Aside from the animal exhibits, the Zoo also features botanical gardens and a prehistoric park: the only zoo in the world to incorporate all three.
Formerly on the western edge of downtown and named the TELUS World of Science, the TELUS Spark was relocated in 2011. The TELUS Spark presents science in a hands‐on, fun and dynamic environment. The centre offers programs and exhibits that are designed to spark the imagination, satisfy the most curious of minds and inspire a spirit of lifelong learning.
Located north of downtown and easily reached by most of the city's major access routes, this area offers many unique shops, restaurants and cultural events throughout the year. The area was owned by the CPR at the beginning of the 20th century, when Riley Park was used for horse pasture. The oldest building in Kensington still standing is the Plaza Theatre, built in the 1920s.
Calgary International Airport
The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is Canada’s third busiest airport. The air traffic tower at YYC is also called the Calgary Tower. Airport personnel refer to the Calgary Tower as the Husky Tower, its original name when it was opened in 1968.
Runway 16/34 is the longest runway in Canada. Aircraft require more distance to take off at higher elevations because of the reduced air density associated with altitude.