The Peace Bridge in Calgary looks like a bullet train – at least from afar. It also looks like a web, a cocoon, or something futuristic which a machine could come out of it swiftly. Or does it look like a puzzle, too? Oh yeah, it does look like that of a finger trap puzzle that we played when we were young.
The Peace Bridge came into existence, tagging along a lot of controversies. Though its name is a tribute to the military, it is, perhaps, an attempt to calm down two opposing sides.
Whatever their differences were, judging from the beauty of this bridge, it’s not hard for them to love it and claim it their own.
World-renowned Spanish architect, Antonio Calatrava, designed the bridge to the tune of $25 million.
While the architect is known for its white architectural masterpieces, this project is coated in red. It is a homage to Canada (see Canadian flag). 😉
Peace Bridge is intended for pedestrians and cyclists (and lime/scooter users, too). As you can see in the photo below, footpaths are on both sides while the one in the middle is for cyclist.
That’s why it is hard to get a shot you want when cyclists come and go. Posing in the middle of it can cause irritation among cyclists. 😀 And a few are not shy to vent out their frustrations of you taking over their lane. 😀
So, I guess, the best time to go there is when most commuters/cyclists
Once you cross the bridge, take a rest at Peace Park. Or you can go on a stroll at Prince’s Island. On a sunny day, the island is a perfect refuge from the heat.
From here, you will be able to see great views of the City of Calgary.
There are two hostels in Calgary: HI Calgary Hostel and Wicked Hostel. Both are walking distance to downtown and accessible to public transport. If you want to stay in downtown Calgary, luxurious and mid-range hotels are everywhere. You can book your accommodation via Booking, Expedia, TripAdvisor, and HostelWorld.