In 1988, the top of the Calgary Tower was on fire. Nobody panicked, though, and no one tried to put out the flames. If they had, and succeeded, it would have been to the disappointment of athletes and spectators the world over, because that flame burned in honour of Canada’s first Winter Olympic Games. At 191 metres above the city, the light that fire produced—flickering from a gas-fired cauldron—served to unite the city around the games, to honour the spirit of sportsmanship, and to safeguard the event from Mothra attacks.
Today, visitors can see the city from just below where that torch burned. After a 63-second elevator ride to the top, guests can explore the observation deck, take a complimentary tour, and peer from high-powered binoculars at the Rocky Mountains, foothills, and prairies. Then they can step out onto the glass floor and stare down at the Olympic Plaza, the Glenbow Museum, and the bald spots on park monuments.
Yet the tower’s height isn’t its only draw. From the ground up, it strives to showcase the best of the city. At the base, the visitor information centre furnishes newcomers with city guides that point to popular attractions, and at 155 metres, the elegant Sky 360 restaurant fans romantic sparks as it completes its 360-degree rotation every hour.
Players duck behind the husks of one-storey huts, towers, and abandoned cars as they navigate a grassy labyrinth. Others dart between industrial concrete walls, firing at the enemy from behind padded barriers. On seven more outdoor fields, teams advance in tandem between towering spruce trees or over hills and valleys, seeking the refuge of wooden fortresses and the coziness of trenches. Whether competing on the Okotoks location's 80,000-square-foot outdoor field, the Calgary location's 28,000-square-foot indoor arena, or Millarville's 55 acres, visitors to Rampage City Paintball immerse themselves in a range of capture-the-flag scenarios. Experienced staff oversees each 15-minute game, and outfits players with Tippmann gear and protective bodysuits. They also supply gear upgrades such as semiautomatic Tippmann guns, goggles, and temporary-invisibility dust.
At Impact Combat Simulations, airsoft players sweep through the training space, ducking behind a van, peeking out from a pile of debris, or dashing in and out of the doorways of shelters constructed from giant wooden boards. It’s a realistic combat environment that can be customized to different scenarios.
Six independent banks of T4 fluorescent lights and four halogen lamps can be cranked up to create a bright, illuminated playing field or dimmed down for a dark, spooky setting. Broken down cars with cracked windshields join the teal van, making the game scenarios look more realistic than a B-movie monster whose extra arm keeps coming unglued.
Impact also keeps its players supplied with full-metal AEGs, gas blow-back rifles, and pistols, as well as an arsenal of BBs.
The staff at Caribbean Dreams Diving, a group of seasoned, affable, and PADI-certified scuba diving instructors, offers personalized programs for training would-be underwater explorers of all skill levels. In-pool dive training is available for every age bracket starting with 8-year-old tadpoles. Once you've gained some experience, instructors can help you prepare for Advanced Open Water certification, sans floaties, at some of the area's most beautiful and lucid bodies of water, including Forgetmenot Pond, Lake Minnewanka and Waterton Lake.
Bikram Yoga Northwest’s certified team of women instructors cultivates healthy lifestyles through the Hatha-style yoga practice and shares their passion with students of all ages and fitness levels within their eco-friendly, heated studio. As students bend and stretch through the series of 26 postures, they draw in deep breaths of purified air passing through the room’s air exchange system. This custom system ensures that the studio's warm and humid environment remains as fresh and pure as the morning dew on Mr. Clean's forehead. Further keeping the studio sanitary, it is floored with anti-microbial Mondo Yoga flooring, which serves double duty in preventing bacteria and cushioning yogis with a softer and slip-resistant workout surface. Eco-friendly practices extend throughout the on-site changing rooms and showers, which sprinkle guests with drops from low-flow showerheads and thermal-efficient hot-water tanks.
TELUS World or Science is Calgary's premier destination for truly interactive science and arts learning. As we prepare to move to a new location in fall 2011, we are presentingthe world renowned exhibitions, Einstein & Darwin. This is the 2nd of 3 major exhibitions experiences we are hosting before we move.