Things to See in Calgary (Part 1)
My own Things to see in Calgary might not be the usual places you’d expect to read in other blogs. Well, at least, some of them, I reckon. If you are looking for food tips or places to eat in Calgary, this is not the post you’re looking for. I like food, but I’m not just a food blogger. This post has two parts: Downtown Area (Part 1) and Across the Bow River (Part 2).
I started my self-guided tour from the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) close to the Calgary Tower.
The structure used to be a towering fixture in the downtown area; however, its phallic-like beauty has been taken over by other skyscrapers surrounding it. And yes, you can go up there and see the city from above.
The museum has an extensive collection of everything beautiful and fabulous! It houses contemporary arts and culture, from traveling exhibitions to permanent collections of contemporary arts & culture. Its permanent collection is one to watch out for.
National Music Center
Looking at its exterior, this copper structure owns impressive music-related displays. The center/museum takes you on a journey through Canada’s Musical history. There are interactive displays here where you can play some musical instruments or experience what it’s like to be in a recording studio.
This structure does not need an introduction. From afar, you can already tell it resembles that of a saddle. Tagged as the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo, this is the place where they do their annual “Calgary Stampede.”
If you are walking downtown, you can’t miss Devonian Center. It’s a pedestrian street where you could sit in a cafe and watch people go by.
Having lived in China for a few years, there are times in my travels when I have the urge to visit Chinatown. And often, I’d end up eating in the area. Calgary’s Chinatown isn’t that big, but they had my favorite Chinese dish – the Sichuan spicy chicken! 😂
This is, perhaps, Calgary’s most impressive outdoor sculpture. Can you guess if it’s a boy’s or a girl’s head? Head to the Bow Building, where you can see this fabulous public art blends with its surroundings.
Device to Root Out All Evil
Dennis Oppenheim designed this Upside Down Church, which was first seen in Vienna in 1997. This public art installation is called “Device to Root Out Evil.” With its inverted structure., I don’t think it’s hard to understand why it’s called such. 😊
Corridor of Connection Public Art
Murals are everywhere in Calgary. Most of them are neatly located. They are under bridges or in front of glass-covered structures. One public art you should see is the Corridor of Connection. The artist, Michelle Hoogveld, explores community, sport, connectivity, and gathering themes.
Sunset in Calgary
One of the best places to watch the sunset in Calgary is, I think, the Barlow LRT stop. I couldn’t help but get off at the station and sat for 20 minutes there until the sun bade goodbye. It would be a perfect place to end your day here.
Tours from Calgary to the Canadian Rockies
From Calgary, you can take tours to the Canadian Rockies. Here are some tours you can take while you are in the Canadian Rockies:
- Canadian Rockies 7-Day Group Tour
- Lake Louise and Lake Morraine Sightseeing Tours
- Banff National Parks – Hop-On and Hoff Off Bus Day Pass
- Banff National Parks – Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch
- From Calgary to Banff National Parks Day Tour
Where to Stay in Calgary
There are two hostels in Calgary: HI Calgary Hostel and Wicked Hostel. Both are within walking distance to downtown and accessible to public transport. Luxurious and mid-range hotels are everywhere if you want to stay in downtown Calgary. You can book your accommodation via Booking, Expedia, and HostelWorld.