A then-and-now look at Calgary’s growing skyline

Calgary has come a long way since it was first incorporated as a town way back on November 7th, 1884. At that time, it had a population of only 506 people. Today it’s home to over 1.15 million, and that number is expected to continue to grow by two per cent per year over the next decade.

Residents of the Stampede City have, of course, seen this growth manifested in the city’s ever-evolving skyline, which just last summer welcomed the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto.

Today we’re celebrating the Calgary boom with a pictorial look back at how the city has evolved over the last 100 years or so.

Centre Street Bridge ca. 1943

centre street bridge 1943 Photo: Kingsdude/Dave/Flickr

1949

downtown calgary 1949 Photo: Calgary Heritage Initiative Society

Unknown

centre street bridge calgary Photo: Calgary Public Library

2013

centre street bridge 2013 Photo: davebloggs007/Flickr

Calgary Tower ca. 1968

Calgary tower

1969

Calgary tower Photos: Calgary Tower

1975

Calgary tower Photo: imgur

1988

calgary tower 1988 Photo: woychukb/Flickr

2012 Calgary tower 2012 Photo: k.mckeown/Flickr

Saddledome ca. 1981

Saddledome 1981 Photo: Canadian Geographic

Late 1980s

calgary saddledome Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

saddledome 2012 Photo: CplGumby/Flickr

Burns Building ca. 1930s and 1963

Burns Building 1930s 1963 Photos: WikimediaCalgary Public Library

2012

burns building Photo: Allied Properties

City Hall ca. 1920s

calgary city hall historic Photo: City of Calgary/YouTube

1957

calgary city hall 1957 Photo: Calgary Public Library

1990s

calgary city hall 1990s Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

Calgary city hall 2012 historic Photo: Google Street View

Fairmont Palliser Hotel ca. Unknown

Calgary Palliser Hotel historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary Palliser Hotel historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

Palliser Hotel Calgary 2012 Photo: Google Street View

Downtown ca. 1970s

Calgary skyline Photo: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary skyline historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary skyline historic 1990 Photo: Calgary Public Library

2013

Calgary skyline 2013 Photo: waynerd/Flickr

Northwest Calgary ca. 1906

northwest calgary historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

1940s

Calgary historic Photo: Kingsdude/Dave/Flickr

2013

Calgary northwest Photo: CBS Projects/Blue Con Excavating

6th Avenue and 1st SE ca. 1960

calgary historic 8th ave 1st-1 Photo: Calgary Public Library

1966

calgary historic 8th ave 1st-2 Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

calgary historic 8th ave 1st Photo: Google Street View

Centre Street and 3rd Avenue ca. 1965

Calgary chinatown historic Photo: Mike Martin Wong/Flickr

2012

Calgary chinatown historic Photo: Google Street View

8th Avenue and 1st Street SW ca. 1950s

Calgary 8th avenue historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

8th avenue calgary historic Photo: Google Street View

8th Avenue and 4st Street SW ca. 1959

8th avenue 4th street calgary historic-1 Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

8th avenue 4th street calgary historic Photo: Google Street View

6th Avenue and 4th Street SW ca. 1950s

Knox United Church calgary historic Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

Knox United Church calgary historic-1 Photo: Google Street View

Downtown ca. 1960

calgary historic photo-1960 Photo: SportSuburban/Flickr

2010

Calgary tower view 2010 Photo: Dillan K/Flickr

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