My weekend in Calgary, aside from giving me a chance to hear some great music, also afforded me a bit of time to see some of the city sights. I will say that growing up in Ontario in the '80's I was accustomed to Calgary being referred to derisively as "Cowtown". What I found instead was a tidy and modern city with a very walkable downtown area. Being the large city that it is, I could only see so much in the day-and-a-half that I had but from what I did see, I thoroughly enjoyed. Cowtown no longer.
8th Avenue, one of the city's historic streets was a joy to explore. I absolutely love how their old sandstone buildings have been preserved.
The Calgary Tower was high on my list of things to see. The photo turned out a bit dark. It was still rather overcast by mid-morning Saturday. On a positive note, it made for a very comfortable +4C.
9th Avenue and Centre Street from about 500 feet up.
With overcast skies, I wasn't very optimistic about getting a decent view of the Rockies, however, fortune smiled on me.
City view to the north-west (more or less).
Brookfield Place under construction. Upon completion, it will be Calgary's tallest building if I'm not mistaken.
A decent view of the Saddledome.
A view of the Glenblow Museum and Jack Singer Hall, site of my CPO concert .
Once I returned to ground level, I headed off to explore the Glenbow Museum. I actually spent a lot more time there than I thought I would. The exhibits on military history and Alberta history alone took up well over an hour explore. As I read a great deal of history, and in particular, military history, it's wonderful to see some actual artifacts that you read about.
Mewata Armoury anchors the western terminus of 8th Avenue. I can only imagine how many military parades left the armoury to march down 8th Avenue during the two world wars.
If I'm not mistaken, this is a Sherman Tank sitting out in front of the Armoury.
Of course I was barely able to scratch the surface with what I was able to cram in to my short stay but with future plans to see more concerts and the weather gradually getting warmer in the Spring, I look forward to seeing more of what Calgary has to offer.