CalgaryWalks Downtown Intro Walking Tour
Every building tells a story. Calgary’s downtown spins a yarn of a brash frontier town that has grown into a lively urban center. Walk with us (outside as weather permits – or inside using our +15 Skywalk network) as we straddle with one foot in the past and one in the present, following a “ribbon of steel” through the heart of the city.
As your tour guide navigates around such areas as Stephen Avenue Mall (no cars allowed 6 am to 6 pm), the Bow River Pathway, and other downtown areas, you’ll have an on-the-ground experience that Google Earth could never deliver. You’ll learn where Calgarians go for fine food and dining and discover where some favourite spots to shop in downtown are located. We’ll even talk about accessing free public transit in the downtown core to make your own exploring more enjoyable.
You may hear the echoes of history at the site of an 1880’s sawmill and the location of the 1988 Winter Olympics awards ceremonies – and perhaps modern day music from the Folk Fest held at Prince’s Island Park.
Your tour guide will lead the group at a comfortable pace and make several stops, including bathroom breaks as needed.
Winter Season and Cold Weather: During our winter season (these dates can vary), we do make use of our indoor +15 Skywalk network to minimize exposure to outside temperatures and conditions. As such, during the winter months, this tour can only operate Mondays to Fridays when the +15 Skywalk network is open and available unless you have made prior arrangements with us.
DURATION: Approx. 2 hours | LEVEL 1: Easy | GROUP SIZE: 10 or so (For larger groups please contact us to plan your tour.)
Our schedule is built to offer flexibility. Tours run daily throughout all seasons.
Advance booking of 24 hours is now required for all Walking Tours during the Shoulder Season.
Minimum numbers are required for tours to run. We will contact you if we cannot run your tour with refund information.
Tour times are:
- Morning (10:45 AM)
- Afternoon (1:45 PM)
Seasons are defined as:
Shoulder Season: October through April – advance bookings only
High Season : May through September – daily
Winter Months: Shoulder Season: Monday through Friday unless prior arrangements have been made
STARTS AT: Calgary Municipal Plaza (800 Macleod Trail SE) – at the Horses Statue
ENDS AT: Within two blocks of the starting point.
Parking Information: Up to the minute parking information available here.
Post by CalgaryWalks co-founder and former lead guide, Scott – April 2015
We received a call, seemingly out of the blue, from KSPS producer/photographer Bill Fitzner, who expressed to us that he would like to feature CalgaryWalks on his show, NorthWest Profiles.
After a couple of chats with Bill, it was clear that this would be a great (and FUN) opportunity to showcase who we are and what we do, for a broader audience. With that, we scheduled Bill to join us for a tour late in the summer and to film the proceedings (as well as a few extra bits).
We were thrilled to discover last week that our episode had aired!
What a blast we had both with Bill, and the guests on tour that day. See for yourself!
Guest post by CalgaryWalks co-founder and former lead guide, Scott – July 2014
What a week it was last week!
We hosted the largest “organic” tour (by “organic” we mean it wasn’t a large group booking, but rather a bunch of small bookings) in our brief history with 10 guests, were visited and filmed by the great folks at SHAW TV, partnered with Travel Alberta (we hope to be able to share more about this soon), enjoyed our first repeat guest and hosted a breadth of folks from around the world including Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Texas, Pennsylvania and California.
A special thank you to our great friends at Tourism Calgary and here’s hoping everyone has a great Stampede.
Scott and Joanne
Are you a group of 10 or more?
Are you a school, membership, club or another type of group?
If so, please contact us. We’d love to talk with you to book your private custom tour.
CalgaryWalks & Bus Tours requires each participant to complete a liability waiver in addition to registration. If you would like to view or print the waiver, you may do so by selecting this link. Your guide will also have copies available prior to your booked tour.
CalgaryWalks & Bus Tours requires each participant to agree to a liability waiver online at the time of ticket purchase. If you would like to view or print the waiver, you may do so by selecting this link. For those joining the tour who have not purchased a ticket online, your guide will have copies available for you to complete prior to beginning the tour.