The Calgary Tower {Yikes!}


I’ve lived here all my live and never went up the Calgary Tower. That fact is very odd to me. 

This Summer I decided to change that when my family and I set out to seize the Summer with While in Calgary for our weekend getaway, we took the kids up the Calgary Tower, which was built in the 60s. Pretty isn’t she?

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 Views all around of the city of Calgary, noticing all the landmarks from high up. The kids had a total blast with many ‘this is so cool!’ phrases overheard. 

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 We learned much of the history of the tower, how it was built, when and all that jazz. Yet I learned something about myself on this trip up 190 feet. 

That I’m terribly scared of heights.

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 None of those feet in the photo above are mine … it took everything in me, to lean forward and take this photo. I could hardly go near the glass floor. I shook. I couldn’t breathe. I knew I was uneasy with heights for years, getting a little shaky when extremely high up. In fact, I used to LOVE heights, it’s just something that creeped up on me in adulthood.

So this glass floor? Confirmed it. Full.blown.panic.attack. 

I stood back biting my nails like a maniac while my kids laughed and taunted me by doing things like this: 

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 I almost broke out in sweats watching my babies on that glass floor. What have I become?!

So, I let them play with the scary floor and I did what I was comfortable with. I gazed at gorgeous views of the city of Calgary … from behind a big cement wall. 

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Anyone else develop a fear of heights later in life? Ever walked on a glass floor from way up?



  1. Wow! that is stunning that floor though is quite scary heheh!

    Have a tanfastic week ;-)

  2. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    put it bluntly I think Id sh*t myself standing on a glass floor

  3. I am with you on the panic attack. I am not sure that I would have been able to let my children play on that glass floor. You are a stronger mommy than I.


  4. Ohhh, what a fun day!! Happy WW

  5. Whao..that’s certainly an impressive view.. Happy WW

  6. Those are some truly amazing shots…the angles are great! What a view…

  7. I can’t do the glass floor thing. The one in the CN Tower freaks me out no end, especially when our kids jump on it! But I’m ok so long as there’s a real, non-see-through floor underneath me and something solid in front of me :)

  8. caryn s says:

    My kids love the calgary tower especially the see through floor! I myself was scared on standing on it!

  9. Erika B says:

    I’ve been up there to eat a few times, very good food. The glass floor however, I’ve done once and I had a really hard time trying to set one foot on it. Great views of the city though! Was this before or after the flood on June 20?

  10. Judy C (Cowan) says:

    I hate heights! It is one of the reasons I have never gone up the CN Tower is Toronto even though we have visited several times. The glass floor would of freaked me out.

  11. What a cool view. That see through floor looks so scary. yikes

  12. Hari OM
    First – yes very pretty from down below! Reminds me of the Sydney Tower
    Second – once was enough for me up there to know it was a bad idea – not just the top, but the endless ride in the tiny CLAUSTROPHOBIC lift to get there
    Third – if you were okay looking across, it is quite likely you have developed a form of vertigo; or it’s just mother instinct wanting to preserve life!! I do get vertigo and even though I love heights, have to be very careful where I place myself in order to deal with them. You may like to read this fun post about what happens when I forget that fact…

    Have a ground-based week! YAM xx

    • Tammi says:

      I got Vertigo really bad a few years back, it was terrible! I know the feeling and while there is a moment that is similar, I’m not sure it was the same. Yet good point though!

  13. The Willis Tower in Chicago is 108 stories high and has a glass floor like that too. I nearly peed myself, but I did stand on the glass floor for a photo lol.

  14. Aww! That sucks how bad your fear of heights has become! I wouldn’t be a big fan of walking on that glass either, and I’m not terribly scared of heights myself. I mean, I’ve bungee jumped several times and have gone skydiving, but to me that’s different because I was tethered for bungee and had a parachute for skydiving. But when you’re just standing there, on top of glass, there is nothing to protect you if for some reason it were to just break and fall out. THAT scares the crap outta me. Ugh!

    • Tammi says:

      I did go parachuting once and had no issues! Maybe it depends on if I’m strapped to something … and yes, it’s just glass in my mind and the kids were jumping on it. AHHHH, still getting goosebumps from it all!

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