Calgary skyline can be seen best once you go across the Bow River from downtown. The hills on the opposite side of the city will never fail to show you the city’s panoramic views from sunrise to sundown.
As someone who loves city skyline, my first itinerary on my first day in Calgary was to visit the Calgary Tower. Unfortunately, when I arrived there, I was told that the tower is closed for renovations. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was looking forward to see the city from above, before strolling around. And most of all, I wanted to see the snow-capped mountains surrounding the city. I was devastated as you can imagine.
But, I never gave up. A friend told me to go across the river and follow the trail/footpath to see Calgary’s skyline. It might not be the same thing seeing the city from above, but it was the next best thing.
I started my long afternoon stroll around the city from the Cross Garden Shed. From here, you’ll find a small lake. Go to the end of it and find the rock where I stood
A few steps from the Cross Garden Shed, you’ll find the George King Bridge. Walk across the bridge but stop in the middle to admire the city’s skyline from a different perspective. The cascading sound of the river is music to the ears.
Oh yes! When you reach the end of the George King Bridge, find a small path downward. Go under and be closer to the turquoise-colored Bow River.
Start following the Bow River Pathway / Trail. As you move along the riverbank, your perspective of the city’s skyline changes, too. Some hidden buildings become visible, and some visible ones become hidden.
You will be passing by some bridges while treading along the Bow River Pathway. However, when you reach the Lazy Day Raft Rentals, you’re also at the Bow River Pathway Bridge.
Now, from the Bow River Pathway Bridge, do not cross in the direction to downtown. Look behind you, and you will find a series of steps on the hill. Follow the footpath to the mound and climb the 167 steps. I guarantee that the views from up there will take your breath away.
Go down from McHugh Bluff and walk back to the Bow River Pathway Bridge. Continue your leisurely stroll – all the way to the Peace Bridge.
I finished my stroll at 6:30 in the afternoon. The sun was still up – so I decided to Google where to watch the
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