Happy 106th City Hall!

Calgary’s old City Hall is currently undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The 106-year-old storied sandstone building is shrouded behind scaffolding and a protective enclosure, covered with an image of the original City Hall. That building was officially opened June 26, 1911 by Sir Robert Borden, the leader of the federal opposition party, who became prime minister […]

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54 years ago today, a new Central Library opened

Today, the New Central Library describes a cornerstone project under construction in Calgary’s East Village. But more than 50 years ago, the new Central Library referred to the Central Library at 616 Macleod Trail SE, which opened June 15, 1963. The new New Central Library, slated to open in fall 2018, will provide 240,000 square […]

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Crossing a bridge? Leave pigs at home.

Back in Calgary in 1913, a newly passed bylaw regulated what could happen on streets, sidewalks, and thoroughfares in the growing city, all in the name of preserving order. Among the exhaustive list of rules under bylaw 1502? No running or racing on streets or sidewalks, and no crowding or jostling "other foot passengers so […]

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Fighting Fires in Calgary: From Steam Engines to Engine23

Calgary Fire Department's first motorized vehicle

Fighting fires was an ad-hoc affair when Calgary was still a sleepy little town. At the shout of “fire” people would come running with buckets filled up at the town water tank. In winter, some would battle the flames with snowballs. Neither technique, needless to say, proved effective. Ten years after the creation of Fort […]

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From garbage dump to Historic Resource: Discover the history of some Calgary icons as they celebrate their 50th

Old postcard of the Calgary Tower with mountains in the background

They may be popular now, but some of Calgary’s iconic Centennial attractions had less than glamorous beginnings. No matter how they got their start, they join the ranks of thousands of buildings and monuments across the nation that were created in 1967 to mark the 100th anniversary of Confederation. Confederation Park: Garbage Dump No More Once […]

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