Downtown Community Overview

Downtown Calgary is a region of central Calgary, Alberta. It is not a single neighbourhood per se, but is actually a larger community containing three neighbourhoods and a number of districts.

Generally speaking, downtown Calgary is bordered by 14th Street W. on the west, 3rd Avenue S. and Eau Claire on the north, the Elbow River on the east and the CPR mainline tracks on the south. Within downtown are three city neighbourhoods. They are, the Downtown West End, the Downtown Commercial Core, and the Downtown East Village. The neighbourhoods of Eau Claire to the immediate north, Chinatown to the northeast and the Beltline to the south are usually considered to be part of downtown, but strictly speaking they are not.

The population of Calgary's downtown is still low relative to certain other cities, despite major rejuvenation initiatives and the development of major condominium and apartment projects. The combined population of the three downtown neighbourhoods was 12,470 in 2006. However, this figure does not include the 1,700 that live in Eau Claire, the 1,400 in Chinatown, and the nearly 17,000 that live in the Beltline. The Downtown West End and the Downtown East Village are generally considered to be the downtown's residential neighbourhoods.

Calgary Transit's C-Train light rail system runs down 7th Avenue S. through the middle of downtown, and the ride is free on this section.

The entertainment district is located along 8th Avenue South. It contains the pedestrian mall of Stephen Avenue, lined with restaurants and shopping areas such as the TD Square and Calgary Eaton Centre, as well as two art house movie theaters (the Globe Landmark Cinema and the Uptown) and recreation areas such as the Devonian Gardens. Landmark buildings found in this district include the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which incorporates several historic buildings into its facade, the Calgary Marriott and Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Landmark skyscrapers in this district are Scotia Centre and Bankers Hall, which also contains a four level shopping gallery. The historic Penny Lane Mall is currently being demolished to allow construction of the Penny Lane Towers.

Community overview from Wikipedia.

Downtown Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type # of Listings Min Price Max Price Avg Price
Condo Units78$1800$9500$2788
Office Spaces3$300$3500$1366
Room For Rent4$1050$1799$1362
Vacation Homes1$2300$2300$2300
Total Rentals186$300$9500$2596

Downtown Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine 阿尔伯塔针灸中医学院
628 12 Avenue Southwest Suite #500, Calgary
0.70 km
Canada School of Public Service
220 4 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
0.73 km
St. Monica School
235 18 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.98 km
Saint Mary's High School
111 18 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
1.04 km
Alberta Ballet School
906 12 Avenue Southwest #2, Calgary
1.06 km
Western Canada High School | Calgary Board of Education
641 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
1.15 km
MNP Community & Sport Centre
2225 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary
1.28 km
Connaught School | Calgary Board of Education
1121 12 Ave SW, Calgary
1.46 km
Crescent Heights High School | Calgary Board of Education
1019 1 Street Northwest, Calgary
1.77 km
First Nations Adult & Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC)
132 16 Ave NE, Calgary
2.43 km
Alberta University of the Arts
1407 14 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
2.43 km
Dancing Til Dawn
121 17 Avenue Northeast, Calgary
2.48 km
Delta West Academy
414 11A Street Northeast, Calgary
2.55 km
Stew Hendry / Henry Viney Arena
814 13 Avenue Northeast, Calgary
2.68 km
Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
4014 Macleod Trail Southeast #107, Calgary
3.13 km
Columbia College
802 Manning Road Northeast, Calgary
3.70 km
Lycée International de Calgary
4099 Garrison Boulevard Southwest, Calgary
4.49 km
James Fowler High School | Calgary Board of Education
4004 4 Street Northwest, Calgary
4.56 km
Windsor Park School
5505 4A Street Southwest, Calgary
4.58 km
AQ Outdoors
5063 11 Street Southeast, Calgary
4.72 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Closest Libraries

Name/Address Distance
Little Free Library
500 5 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.46 km
Alberta Law Libraries
0.50 km
Memorial Park Library
1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary
0.52 km
Bow Valley College RGO Library and Learning Commons
345 6 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
0.83 km
Ristech Information Solutions Ltd.
813 4 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.90 km
Central Library
800 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
0.90 km
Evergreen Regional Office
900 6 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.99 km
Little free library
219 3 Avenue Northeast, Calgary
1.21 km
Little Free Library
1040 8 Street Southeast #8, Calgary
1.92 km
Little Book Library 41
922 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
2.00 km
Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street Northwest, Calgary
2.05 km
Little Free Library Charter #5913
901 11 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
2.06 km
Little Free Library
3040 Glencoe Road Southwest, Calgary
2.26 km
Little Free Library - Sunalta Community Wildflower Garden
1211 16 Street Southwest, Calgary
2.27 km
Little free library
912 Rideau Road Southwest, Calgary
2.45 km
Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT
MC111, Stan Grad Centre Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1301 16 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
2.56 km
Giuffre Family Library
3223 14 Street Southwest, Calgary
2.94 km
Alliance Française Calgary
1721 29 Avenue Southwest #350, Calgary
3.08 km
Louise Riley Library
1904 14 Avenue Northwest, Calgary
3.35 km
Nicholls Family Library
1421 33 Street Southwest, Calgary
4.78 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Distance to Local Landmarks

Alberta Children's Hospital 6.01 km
Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD) 2.82 km
Ambrose University College 8.39 km
Bow Valley College 0.87 km
Calgary Airport 10.33 km
Calgary Zoo 2.55 km
Chinook Centre Mall 5.38 km
City Hall 0.68 km
Cross Iron Mills 27.04 km
Deerfoot Mall 7.22 km
Devry Institute of Tech 5.03 km
Downtown Calgary 0.76 km
Foothills Hospital 4.97 km
Market Mall 7.49 km
Mount Royal University 5.78 km
Peter Lougheed Hospital 6.91 km
Rocky Mountain College 6.69 km
Rockyview Hospital 6.45 km
SAIT 2.53 km
South Health Campus 19.99 km
Southcentre Mall 10.44 km
Sunridge Mall 6.53 km
University of Calgary 5.69 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Map View

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