The Talisman Centre in Downtown Calgary
The Calgary Talisman Center has recently finished a huge renovation including a brand new roof, one of the iconic symbols on the Calgary skyline. The total renovation cost was about $45 million. The old roof was outdated and needed an upgrade in order in ensure that The Talisman Center (one of North America’s most visited recreational facilities) would continue to serve athletes and Calgarians for another 30 years. The New roof will maintain it’s uniquely tent like roof and hold its place among Calgary’s skyline.
The renovation also included a new mechanical system for managing temeprature and airflow, 3 new gym floors, brand new public locker rooms, a new PA system, lighting , painting , a new scoreboard and 200k of new fitness equipment!
The Talisman Centre is the largest fitness centre in Canada (formerly Lindsay park sports centre) and is located at the edge of downtown on Macleod Trail south by the Stampede grounds western edge. It was opened in 1983 and over the years the Talisman centre has been home to over 200 Olympic, Paralympics and World Champion athletes (including Gold medalist Mark Tewksbury, Duff Gibson and 2008 Beijing Gold Medalist Carol Huynh). It has also been host to about 125 national events 50 international events!
The fitness centre houses:
- Five full-sized gymnasiums
- 25,000 sq ft of cardio and weight training space
- An Olympic sized pools
- An Olympic caliber dive tank
- A steam room
- A 200 meter running track
- The Cardiac Wellness Institute of Calgary
- An on-site café
- Personal Trainers on staff
The Talisman doesn’t just serve professional athletes any Calgarian can purchase a membership (fee assistance is also available) and non members may also enjoy the facility during public hours at a fee.
The Talisman Calso offers programs leading to certification, which include: Emergency Medical dispatch, Injury and Response, Lifeguard and National Coaching. Additionally the Talisman Centre has tons of programs for all ages and abilities! All in all the Talisman Centre is a great destination for fitness fun and for both individual and family activities.