The Bow

A point of interest on the Discover Downtown Calgary GPS-guided audio walking tour.

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Audio Transcript

I'm going to go ahead and take a wild guess that you've probably noticed the massive skyscraper to the north by now.

The uniquely curved skyscraper you’re ogling at is considered to be the starting point of Calgary’s downtown east village redevelopment. It’s called The Bow, and as of 2020 is home to two energy corporations. Encana Natural Gas and Cenovus Energy, along with their combined 6 ½ thousand strong workforce moved into The Bow in 2013, after having spent more than a billion dollars on the project!

At 236 metres tall, the bow is the second tallest office tower in Calgary, behind Brookfield Place, and the third tallest in Canada outside Toronto. Original plans for the construction would have seen it become the tallest building in Canada, with a full 70 storeys. However the architects finally settled on the design you see in front of you, 12 fewer storeys than originally planned.

The building gets its name from its unique crescent shape, resembling a bow. That’s not the only story behind the name though. If you find yourself in one of the offices looking out the window, you’ll be staring at the lovely Bow River!

You've probably also noticed the unique head shaped sculpture in front of the bow.

The sculpture represents the hopes and dreams of young Albertans, as well as the youthful energy of the tenants. Get it... youthful energy.. they're energy companies... no? no one? ok..

If you feel like getting inside it's head, there's an entrance in the neck allowing visitors to see what's like on the inside!

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Calgary, AB    Discover Calgary

This POI is featured on the Downtown Calgary Audio Walking Tour, part of the Tripvia Tours mobile app available for Android & Apple.

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