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 Closest Bus Routes

Route #Name
1 Bowness - Forest Lawn
2 Mt. Pleasant / Killarney 17 Ave.
3 Sandstone/Elbow Drive
5 North Haven
6 Killarney 26 Ave.
7 Marda Loop
10 City Hall - Southcentre
13 Mount Royal
17 Renfrew/Ramsay
18 Lakeview
24 Ogden
70 Valley Ridge Express
107 South Calgary
133 Cranston Express
151 New Brighton Express
300 BRT Airport / City Centre
301 BRT North
302 BRT SE
449 Eau Claire - Parkhill

Downtown Closest LRTs

3 Street SW CTrain Station 0.07 km
1 Street SW CTrain Station 0.16 km
4 Street SW CTrain Station 0.21 km
Centre Street CTrain Station 0.29 km
6 Street SW CTrain Station 0.31 km
7 Street SW CTrain Station 0.45 km
City Hall CTrain Station 0.49 km
8 Street SW CTrain Station 0.53 km
Victoria Park / Stampede CTrain Station 0.65 km

Downtown Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     79$530$4500$1548
Condos     103$800$5500$2057
Lofts     1$1550$1550$1550
Office Spaces     5$1038$7228$3740
Parking Spots     2$290$350$320
Shared     2$700$729$714
Townhouses     1$1200$1200$1200
Total Rentals     193$290$7228$1853

Downtown Closest Schools

Name Address Distance
OHC Calgary 1212 1st Street SE, Unit 116, Calgary 0.77 km
Saint Mary's Senior High School 111 18 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.04 km
Western Canada High School 641 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.15 km
Calgary Aquabelles Synchronized Swimming Club 2225 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary 1.29 km
Art of Tarot The 924 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.38 km
Kickaxe Guitars 1409 11 Street Southwest, Calgary 1.63 km
Crescent Heights High School 1019 1 Street Northwest, Calgary 1.76 km
Company of Rogues Actors' Studio 1232 17 Avenue SW, 2nd FLR, Calgary 1.83 km
Delta West Academy 414 11A Street Northeast, Calgary 2.55 km
Calgary Arts Academy 2036 20 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 3.03 km
Leroux Music Studios 2114 14 Street Northwest, Calgary 3.38 km
Free House Dance Plus 2020 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 3.48 km
Flamingo Music and Arts Centre 301-12 Manning Close Northeast, Calgary 3.67 km
Columbia College 802 Manning Road Northeast, Calgary 3.70 km
Kumon Math & Reading Centre 2136 33 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 3.87 km
ABES College 221 18 Street Southeast #10, Calgary 3.97 km
Calgary Safety Council 839 19 Street Northeast, Calgary 4.06 km
Maria Montessori Education Centre 2634 12 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 4.32 km
James Fowler High School 4004 4 Street Northwest, Calgary 4.52 km
Windsor Park School 5505 4A Street Southwest, Calgary 4.56 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Closest Libraries

Name Address Distance
Alberta Law Libraries Calgary Courts Centre, Suite 501-N, 601 - 5 Street SW, Calgary 0.50 km
Memorial Park Library 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary 0.52 km
Central Library 616 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary 0.71 km
Calgary Central Library 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary 0.71 km
Calgary Public Library John Dutton Theatre 616 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary 0.73 km
Catholic Pastoral Centre Library 120 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 0.87 km
New Calgary Central Library Project 802 3 Street Southeast, Calgary 0.89 km
Calgary Public Library 802 3 Street Southeast, Calgary 0.92 km
Evergreen Regional Office 900 6 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 0.99 km
Alberta Wilderness Association 455 12 Street Northwest, Calgary 2.04 km
Little Free Library - Sunalta Community Wildflower Garden 1211 16 Street Southwest, Calgary 2.26 km
Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT MC111, Stan Grad Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary 2.56 km
Giuffre Family Library 3223 14 Street Southwest, Calgary 2.95 km
Alliance Fran├žaise Calgary 1721 29 Avenue Southwest #350, Calgary 3.08 km
Louise Riley Library 1904 14 Avenue Northwest, Calgary 3.35 km
Nicholls Family Library at Westbrook Station 1413 33 Street Southwest, Calgary 4.81 km
Westbrook Library 1P4, 1413 33 Street Southwest, Calgary 4.82 km
Westbrook LRT Station Library 1220 33 Street Southwest, Calgary 4.82 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.

Neighboring Communities

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Bus Routes

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