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
3 Sandstone/Elbow Dr SW
4 Huntington
5 North Haven
6 Killarney/26 Av SW
7 Marda Loop
10 City Hall/Southcentre
17 Renfrew/Ramsay
24 Ogden
64 MacEwan Express
66 Lakeview
69 Deerfoot Centre
70 Valley Ridge Express
90 Bridgeland/University of Calgary
133 Cranston Express
151 New Brighton Express
300 BRT Airport/City Centre
302 BRT Southeast/City Centre
305 BRT Bowness/City Centre
307 MAX Purple City Centre/East Hills
449 Eau Claire/Parkhill

Downtown Closest LRTs

StationDistance
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     118$795$4610$1488
Condos     112$900$5000$1844
Houses     1$1600$1600$1600
Lofts     1$1625$1625$1625
Office Spaces     1$3000$3000$3000
Parking Spots     9$110$250$212
Townhouses     1$1200$1200$1200
Total Rentals     243$110$5000$1610

Downtown Closest Schools

Name/Address Distance
Money School Ltd
888 3 Street Southwest, Calgary
0.15 km
Perfect Pitch Consulting
888 3 Street SW 10th Floor, West Tower, Bankers Hall, Calgary
0.16 km
The Chinese Language School 华人中文学校
328 Centre Street South #202, Calgary
0.58 km
CUPS One World Child Development Centre
622 11 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.61 km
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
197 1 Street Southwest, Calgary
0.64 km
Black Diamond Gospel Chapel
212 Centre Street South, Calgary
0.67 km
Calgary Chinese Private School
128 2 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.69 km
Canada School of Public Service
220 4 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
0.73 km
External Testing Centre
300 6 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
0.77 km
Cross Cultural Children's Centre
Calgary
0.90 km
Swing Doctor Golf
255 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.92 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
2-906 12 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
1.06 km
GoForth Institute
1605-920 5 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
1.07 km
Western Canada High School | Calgary Board of Education
641 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
1.15 km
Repsol Sport Centre
2225 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary
1.27 km
Calgary Italian School
416 1 Ave NE, Calgary
1.33 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
1.76 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
Calgary
0.50 km
Memorial Park Library
1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary
0.52 km
Catholic Pastoral Centre Library
120 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
0.87 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
1.22 km
Little Book Library 41
922 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
2.00 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Downtown Distance to Local Landmarks

LandmarkDistance
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
LandmarkDistance
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

Downtown Map View

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