The Calgary Tower has long been an iconic part of the city’s skyline, and this June 30 will mark a full 50 years of it standing proudly in its place.
Naturally, a party is in order to commemorate such a momentous occasion, and the YYC landmark is going all out to throw a bash that fits the bill.
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From 11 am to 4 pm, the area around Calgary Tower will turn into one large ’60s-themed block party, complete with food trucks, ice cream, face painting, and live music.
The entire event is free to attend, and those hoping for a bird’s eye view of the fun will be able to get onto the Calgary Tower’s observation deck for 50% that day.
Happy birthday, Calgary Tower! Here’s to another 50 years (and more)!
When: Saturday, June 30
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 101 9th Avenue SW (at the base of the tower)
Calgary Tower fast facts:
- The Calgary Tower began construction on February 19, 1967, and was completed in June 1968.
- The tower was originally named the Husky Tower, but was renamed to the Calgary Tower in 1971 in honour of Calgary’s citizens.
- The gas-powered cauldron was installed in 1987 so that the tower could burn the Olympic flame when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988.
- The glass floor that makes for a great Instagram shot (and a woozy feeling) was installed in 2005.
- When it was first built, the Calgary Tower was the tallest building in Calgary, and the tallest in all of Canada (…if you don’t count Toronto).
- LED lights were added to the tower in 2014.