Climb your way to the top of the Calgary Tower to celebrate its, Canada’s birthday

Bragging rights, a stellar view and a workout. That’s what you’ll walk away with after climbing the Calgary Tower’s 802 steps on Friday, June 30th.

The event, which is being billed as a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, as well as the tower’s 49th birthday, is open to anyone eight years of age or older.

For the curious fitness enthusiasts out there, the fastest climb on record is four minutes and 27 seconds. But don’t worry about breaking any records during this event— it’s all about enjoying the experience.

On average, most people take about 20 minutes to climb the stairs, says Katie Urness, manager of operations and guest services.

“Drink plenty of water, wear comfortable clothes and proper footwear, decide on a strategy that works best for your fitness level,” she says, “and don’t forget to stay and enjoy the great view once you’ve reached the top.”

The public stair climb takes place on June 30th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A single climb costs $15 per adult, $12 per senior and $6 per child. For more information, head to

Michelle Magnan McIvor is a Calgary-based writer. A former health and wellness columnist with the Calgary Herald, she has written for publications such as Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, Flare, Avenue and Reader’s Digest. You can find Michelle on TwitterInstagram and, most days, drinking coffee somewhere in Mission.