Tour — The Building Rocks of Calgary
Geologists, rock-hounds, and fossil collectors will enjoy this
general "walk-about" around downtown Calgary. Anyone interested
in the rocks that we walk by everyday and see on the outside of
buildings or in the lobbies of high-rise office towers will find
this a fascinating way to spend an interesting afternoon. This tour
has been used effectively by companies looking for a “teambuilding”
half day field trip.
The tour examines the rocks, sedimentary features and fossils beautifully
displayed on the buildings of Calgary. The rocks range in age from
PreCambrian to Tertiary. They come from as far away as Scandinavia
and India and some were even quarried locally. Some of the rocks
are igneous, some metamorphic and some sedimentary. A variety of
features can be easily observed in the polished slabs, i.e. fossils,
porosity, cross-bedding, euhedral crystals, “scotch-eggs”
texture, etc. Most buildings have their own history and stories.
What People Say:
"I’ve walked by this building for ten years and never
noticed these incredible fossils until today!"
"Now I appreciate why they call Calgary 'the Sandstone City'–
the old Paskapoo Sandstone buildings along Stephen Avenue Mall should
"We learned about burning railroad cars bringing bricks to
Calgary, a drive-by shooting that provided a geological clue, a
jewelry heist and the Oddfellows Society who promised to bury your
dead – not to mention some wonderful geology on the polished
walls! Great afternoon!"
"Great guidebook. I’m going to bring my family down
and do the tour again with them next weekend!"