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Old Posted Jun 20, 2018, 12:56 AM
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Calgary - Downtown - Bow River Waterfront

Calgary is the 3rd largest city in Canada by population (1,240,000) and is the largest city of the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area in Alberta (containing 1,393,000, the 4th largest in Canada).

Downtown is located on a gentle bend of the Bow River which forms its Northern boundary. I will define Downtown as including the adjacent districts of Downtown Commercial Core, Downtown West End, Eau Claire, Downtown East Village, and Chinatown, as well as Beltline to the South of those districts.

This thread will focus on the features along the stretch of the Bow River adjacent to Downtown.

Fort Calgary:
On the Eastern edge of Downtown East Village, this historic site is a park with the outline of the long-demolished fort and a museum and recreated barracks.



















River Walk:
Pedestrian and bicycle paths line the Southern bank of the Bow River as well as a pedestrian bridge across the smaller Elbow River where it feeds into the Bow.



























St. Patrick's Bridge and Island:
Connected to the River Walk is this pedestrian bridge which crosses the Bow River. It traverses across St. Patrick's Island in the middle of the river, and an offshoot pedestrian bridge provides access to the recently redeveloped semi-natural park on the island.























































More River Walk:
After crossing back to the South bank of the Bow River, the waterfront trails continue closer to the downtown core and pass below several automobile bridges and a light rail bridge.











Centre Street Bridge:
This Bow River crossing structure was built in 1916.







Sien Lok Park:
This greenspace adjacent to the river is closest to the Chinatown district.



Prince's Island Park:
Several pedestrian bridges lead to another island park in the middle of the Bow River.

























Peace Bridge:
Close to Prince's Island Park is this span designed by Santiago Calatrava.

















More river and bridges, near Downtown West End:









Calgary Soldier's Memorial:
On the North bank of the river is this striking plaza with views to the highrises.



































All photos taken by geomorph in 2017.

For my other Calgary threads, see:

Downtown - Skylines, Plazas, and Historic Buildings: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...40#post8237840

Downtown - Highrises 1: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...17#post8247517

Downtown - Highrises 2: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...89#post8276889

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Calgary has some really fantastic bridges, thanks for sharing.
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Nice tour. Some great public realm.
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Cool pictures. Thanks for sharing. I lived in Calgary for 8 months. Great city in the summer, shit city in the winter.
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Great pictures man. The bridges look awesome.
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That river is such a vibrant blue, looks like the great lakes.
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Insanely beautiful - Thanks for sharing!
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Incredible city. Thanks for the photos.
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There's a lot of great stuff, but also a remarkable lack of shade. I'd avoid it unless it was cloudy.
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There's a lot of great stuff, but also a remarkable lack of shade. I'd avoid it unless it was cloudy.
I had not considered the aspect of shade, indeed there are some fairly long stretches of the riverfront walkways that have small trees or none at all!
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Thanks for sharing....really nice tour.
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Calgary has done an excellent job on its waterfront. Loved the tour
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I had not considered the aspect of shade, indeed there are some fairly long stretches of the riverfront walkways that have small trees or none at all!
Calgary is almost never cloudy. It also has few big trees due to the arid climate and rapid temperature changes. Chinooks are very hard on trees.
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Nice pictures! It's interesting to see how nature is in that area of the continent.
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I've always had a great appreciation for Calgary. Nice pics!
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The Peace Bridge is the coolest bridge I have ever seen.
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Nice thread! Thanks for sharing.
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The river walk is excellent. Thanks for the photo tour, I had no idea just how developed the pedestrian and bike network was. And the soldiers memorial is very impressive. I had read about the controversy of cost for the Santiago Calatrava designed bridge but man it looks awesome!
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I've always wanted to visit this beautiful city.
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