Sightseeing in Red Deer

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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.

101 9 Avenue Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA

Run by designer Jenna Herbut and her brother Chandler, also a designer, the fairs showcase the work of more than 140 Canadian artisans and designers at events Merge magazine has described as "the craft sale for the next generation." The laid-back emporium—that has received tons of positive press—thrums with the energy of desingers such as Eve and Enoch, adhesif clothing, and MMS Brittles as they enthusiastically promote their wares. Music serenades ears wandering between booths, and homemade creations from vendors such as Monkey Butter sate hunger with snacks that are as sweet and savoury as a love poem written in worcestershire sauce.

As an extension of her mission to improve designers' livelihoods, Jenna channels her background in marketing into a parallel venture Make It! University, which helps artisans hone their business models.

197 1 Street Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA

In its 40,000-square-foot space located at Canada Olympic Park, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame chronicles hundreds of unforgettable sports stories. With nearly a dozen galleries and a collection of over 95,000 artifacts, the sprawling museum?which opened at its new location in 2011?has room to represent the greats of just about every sport in the country, from boxing to curling to auto racing. In addition to countless authentic artifacts, displays also boast interactive features; visitors can look at Dr. James Naismith's original diagrams of basketball plays or feel a fastball crack into their mitt in the 3-D "Be a Catcher" experience. An 11-minute feature highlighting memorable sports moments plays in the 120-seat Riddell Family Theatre, letting guests relive historic games and the feats of championship teams.

169 Canada Olympic Road SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Tours Icefield rises up from the heliport and soars away over the valley, crossing skies hung between tall mountain peaks. Rising to 9,500 feet, trips take tour-goers over the Cline Pass to breathtaking views of six glaciers, a 900-foot waterfall, and mountain lakes. Passengers watch all of these breathtaking panoramas glide smoothly by underneath during their 20-minute flight, content to let their expert pilot guide them on a leisurely loop before returning to base. Guests with more adventure in mind can also opt to land for a one-hour wilderness stop, taking a wilderness walk through an old growth forest that leads up to Twin Falls before flying away again.

888 Nakoda Way
Morley,
AB
CA

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.

220 St George's Dr NE
Calgary,
AB
CA

At Catch & the Oyster Bar, the first floor’s casual, neighbourhood environment resounds with friendly chatter and the crackle of shells being shucked amid the oyster bar’s sandstone walls. The second floor, on the other hand, offers a more sophisticated restaurant setting, where industrial-chic elements, such as metal shelving and lofty ceilings, serve as conversation pieces as guests dive into a dinner menu of artfully assembled seafood entrees. No matter where diners prefer to sit, they can experience Catch & the Oyster Bar’s continent-spanning cuisine, including Nova Scotia lobster, dungeness crab from British Columbia, and coastal fish that arrive daily by plane or T-shirt cannon.

In the kitchen, Executive Chef Kyle Groves keeps his culinary approach simple by allowing natural ingredients—such as herbs harvested on the restaurant’s rooftop garden—to speak for themselves without being muddled by too much complexity. The chef’s creations and mastery of European cooking techniques have earned the restaurant multiple awards for its seafood, and a top-five spot on Calgary's Top 10 Restaurants of 2012 in Avenue magazine.

100 8 Ave SE
Calgary,
AB
CA