Originally called the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower is a free standing observation tower in Downtown Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The 190.8-meter (626 ft) tower opened to the public in June 1968 as the tallest structure in Calgary and tallest one in Canada outside Toronto. It was in 1971 when the Tower was eventually renamed the Calgary Tower. In order to distinguish it from the tower at the Calgary International Airport, it is still called the Husky Tower by airport officials.
The Tower's structure was designed by W. G. Milne and A. Dale & Associates to withstand earthquakes and winds of up to 161 km/h (100 mph). Its construction began in February 1967 and was completed in a mere 15 months. On its opening days from June 28 to June 30, 1968, the Tower had two elevators taking visitors to the observation level in just over 60 seconds at a cost of $1 for adults and half the price for children under 13.
The Tower's Height
Upon completion, the tower was the tallest structure of its type in North America. Concerned that competing developers would surpass the Husky Tower's height record, developers deceived the public, claiming the tower's height to be 187 m (614 ft). However, they were forced to reveals its true height when officials in San Antonia, Texas attempted to claim the record with the completion of the 190 m (620 ft) Tower of the Americas.
In June 2005, a glass floor extension was constructed on the Tower's north side, enabling a birds-eye-view of the city streets below. Moreover, the Tower features a revolving restaurant, Sky 360, which rotates, providing a spectacular 360° view of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains.
On the Tower's second level, you will find Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, which is known for its hospitality and upscale dining. Stairs to the Observation Deck are opened to the public annually for a 802-steps charity stair-climbing race. The Tower offers the best view in the city and is a must-see for both national and international visitors.