Calgary Private Walking Tour with Local History Buff
Long before there were any buildings, the confluence of the Bow and the Elbow rivers was a gathering place for aboriginal tribes. When the North West Mounted Police came across the area in 1874, it was deemed an ideal location to build a fort, and construction of Fort Calgary began the following year. After the decision was made to route the national railway through Calgary in 1881, it was officially proclaimed a city.
In the early days, Calgary looked much like any other western town, comprised of low-level wooden buildings. However, this changed as the result of a major fire in 1886, the damage of which caused town council to mandate all new buildings be constructed of sandstone, rather than wood.
Construction activity peaked in 1912, with the population rising from being just 4, 000 in 1901 to a booming 81, 000 in 1914. It was during this time that Calgary was given the moniker "The Sandstone City. " This tour centers around Stephen Avenue, where many of these historical buildings remain intact.
Our private tour will begin at 4th Street & 8th Avenue SW (Stephen Avenue). We will walk East and North, stopping to admire the sandstone and brick reminders of the vision of Calgary's early settlers. I will tell you stories of early Calgary and the interesting folks who made our city great. We will check out some great public art and get you oriented to downtown Calgary.
We will then make our way to the Glenbow Museum where I will give you a curated tour of the current and permanent exhibits. You will then be free to spend as much time checking out the rest of the museum and art gallery as you like.
This tour, on its own, will take approximately two hours.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 2 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 CAD - Museum Admission Fee
● I am not a licensed guide and may not be able to guide you inside of some historical monuments
● I do not offer driving tours (although there is always the option of getting an Uber or taxi if the situation calls for it)
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We had a great walking tour with Jeff in Calgary. He showed us so many interesting places and always added many insights we wouldn't have known otherwise. It was and is obvious to us that he really enjoys the city. Without him, our impression would have been different - Calgary will always be for us a very good place to visit.