As one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, the Calgary Tower’s near month-long closure for elevator maintenance continues to disappoint visitors from across the world.Father and son Bernard and Tobias Galirt, visiting from Germany with a tour group, only had 30 hours in Calgary and were hoping to make a trip to the top of the tower before flying home Tuesday night.“It was the plan to go up to the top,” Tobias said. “It is a little bit disappointing. Now we must wait for our group and tell them it’s closed.”Since being closed to the public after two of six elevator cables snapped, trapping eight visitors in an elevator car in mid-July, no timeline has been given as to when the tower, and the Sky 360 restaurant at the top, will reopen.Requests for comment to Calgary Tower and Sky 360 representatives have gone unanswered since they issued an apology for the closure on July 15.
The Calgary Tower remained closed for repairs on Tuesday August 13, 2019 about a month after cables snapped in one of the towerÕs elevators. Gavin Young/Postmedia
Lethbridge student Taremeed Sharma and his friend were equally confused and disappointed on their first visit to Calgary.“We saw it on Google and this was like the most beautiful thing here, but we had no idea it was closed,” Sharma said at the base of the tower Tuesday afternoon.Sharma and his friend had checked the hours online a couple of weeks ago but didn’t realize it was inaccessible.Nancy Rempert is in town from Illinois visiting family and she, too, had no idea the tower was closed. After learning the elevator cables snapped in July, Rempert said she was “glad it’s closed.”Representatives from the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Safety Association have said they are part of the investigation into the incident and that “the elevator in the Calgary Tower was last inspected in July 2018 and also undergoes quarterly maintenance.”