Aug 13

Downtown Calgary is preparing for another weekend of summer festivals! Prince’s Island Park, Olympic Plaza, and Eau Claire are all celebrating in their own way this weekend, so come down and see whats going on. [click to continue…]




Aug 10

Early twentieth-century bank architecture in Calgary provided the downtown landscape with imposing façades and ornate, exterior decoration. Fluted columns, elaborate cornices, and Ionic capitals grace these examples of Beaux-Arts architecture. [click to continue…]




Aug 07

The circus is coming to town! Make sure to check out all the crazy acrobatics in Truck Stop this weekend, and then grab some grub at one of the food festivals that are also gonna be downtown! [click to continue…]




Aug 02
Ward Block 1 (Retrieved from the City of Calgary)

 

Long before King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry his mistress, Wallis Simpson, he had another love, Freda Dudley Ward. Edward, Prince of Wales at the time, had a penchant for married women, Freda being married to a Liberal MP by the name of William Dudley Ward. [click to continue…]




Jul 30

It’s Historic Calgary Week! Downtown is hosting a huge selection of history themed programming all over the core, so make sure to check our event calendar for a full listing. [click to continue…]




Jul 27
Canada’s 1998 Calgary Olympians (Retrieved from Collections and Archives Canada)

 

Looming large in media coverage and daily conversation is the potential for a 2026 Olympic bid by the City of Calgary. Neighbours, friends, and co-workers fall on opposite sides of the debate and argue fiercely about the pros and cons of such a bid. Those who vie for the Olympic Games to make their return to Calgary often cite the success of the 1988 Games. The first Olympic Games to be held over a two-week period, Calgary beat out cities in Italy and Sweden for the right to host. Calgary had bid previously, losing to Innsbruck, Austria in 1964 and Grenoble, France in 1968. [click to continue…]




Jul 23

Folk Fest is finally here, but it’s not the only festival downtown this week. Prince’s Island Park is going to be a zoo, but Eau Claire and Olympic plaza are going to celebrating just as hard with their own events! Keep reading to find out what’s going on. [click to continue…]




Jul 20
Postcard of City Hall circa the 1920s (Retrieved from the University of Alberta)

 

In 1990, a bylaw was signed in order to designate Calgary’s City Hall as a Municipal Historic Resource. It was the first such designation by the city under the Historical Resources Act. The province indicates that: “Alberta municipalities are empowered under the Historical Resources Act to designate historic places through the passage of a local bylaw. The bylaw legally protects historic resources from demolition or alterations that take away from their heritage value.” Calgary’s City Hall certainly does have historic value! [click to continue…]




Jul 16

Stampede may be over but the summer is still in high gear. This week in downtown Calgary we’ve got the triple threat of theatre, music, and dancing – make your way to the core to catch a glimpse of it all! [click to continue…]