Category Archives: Calgary

Glenmore Dam

Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir is one of Calgary’s only large bodies of water, and was created through the construction of the Glenmore Dam in 1932. This dam is purely a gravity dam, where the sheer size and weight of the dam alone provides a barrier to the water. The Hoover dam is an arch-gravity dam, where the arch shape provides extra strength reducing the required size and resources needed. Continue reading

Nose Hill Park in Spring

Nose Hill Park is one of the largest municipal parks in North America, and is best described as a retreat from city life, and an oasis in which to enjoy nature. Since being designated a protected area in the 1980’s, Nose Hill is one of Calgary’s success stories in preservation.

I visited Nose Hill on several different days just before sunset. Perhaps you will share my view that this park can be simply majestic at times. Continue reading

Aged Film Memories of Walter

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over 7 months since my Uncle Walter Kappelmann passed away in September. Like me, he always enjoyed photography. I inherited his old cameras, including a Nikon SLR with half used film still in it. I wondered what mysterious photos were undeveloped inside the camera, and what to do with the rest of the film. Like most people, I had not used film in years.

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Views from the Calgary Tower

I recently had the chance to ascend the Calgary Tower for the third time in my life. When it was constructed in 1967, the Calgary Tower was more than double the height of the tallest building in the city. It remained the tallest structure in Calgary until 1983 when the Petro-Canada Centre was constructed.

Today, many tall buildings surpass the height of the Calgary Tower, to the extent where it’s not even visible anymore in some views of the city skyline. While the Calgary Tower is no longer the tallest structure in the city, it still offers some of the best views. Continue reading