After reaching Stephen Avenue Mall, we headed east towards city hall. Stephen Avenue is a large outdoor pedestrian street that is closed to traffic. There are cafes and sidewalk patios down its length and it is a nice place to walk. Plenty of people hang out there and it is full of historic buildings, including an old Hudson Bay Department Store. Lots of buildings made of sandstone. This street is a big change from an empty concrete wasteland in the 1970s and 1980s when I was a kid.
|Stephen Avenue looking east.|
|Some historic buildings including the bay and a bank. You can see the Bow towering up behind the bank.|
The first thing we saw were a grove of giant, 25 metre high steel trees (kind of fan-like) that are situated between TD Square and Banker's Hall. Both of these are very nice buildings too with three story malls in both places. The grove of metal trees is pretty cool and you can see all types of photo angles. They are something to see and look very futuristic. I don't live in Calgary anymore, but it is nice seeing all these building I used to work in as I was a contractor for many companies.
|Steel Trees on Stephen Avenue.|
|Steel Trees again and another walkway connecting The Core to Bankers Hall.|
|The massive glass roof at The Core|
|The Core Mall. Very modern and very neat visuals.|
|Devonian Garden Park. Look out, they have topiaries!|
|This is a great life size bronze of two businessmen talking.|
This is a very cool looking building with some awesome curves, and sky gardens on three floors based on the information I saw. I'm not sure the sky gardens are open to the public, but they look like really nice places with fantastic views out to the mountains and over the city. Lucky employees in this building. The outer wall of the building looked like some kind of curtain wall and it is just tremendous to look at. Very high tech. The six story underground parkade is a bit of feat too. The interior of the building wasn't quite finished when we went as the second floor shops and food court area were not open yet.
|Backlit Calgary Tower - worst shot of the trip.|
|The Bow up close.|
|Giant Head Sculpture / Model!|
|The cool look up the nostrils and get a neat building view shot.|