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 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     89$725$3500$1466
Condos     157$750$7900$2037
Lofts     1$1499$1499$1499
Office Spaces     4$1173$1800$1418
Parking Spots     4$200$300$268
Shared     1$800$800$800
Townhouses     2$1750$3500$2625
Total Rentals     258$200$7900$1800
City Section# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Inner-City     3015$175$15000$1427
SW     2793$75$15000$1515

Downtown Closest Schools

Name Address Distance
IELTS Calgary Test Centre 515 1 Street Southeast #200, Calgary 0.54 km
OHC Calgary 1212 1st Street SE, Unit 116, Calgary 0.79 km
Educere Learning Centre 665 8 Street Southwest, Calgary 0.97 km
Saint Mary's Senior High School 111 18 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.04 km
Alberta Ballet West Annex, 2, 906 12 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.06 km
Western Canada High School 641 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.15 km
Mosaic Learning Institute Inc 1040 7 Avenue Southwest, Calgary 1.25 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
Queen Elizabeth School | Calgary Board of Education 402 18 Street Northwest, Calgary 2.62 km
Queen Elizabeth High School 512 18 Street Northwest, Calgary 2.72 km
Project Trust Calgary 3.11 km
Leroux Music Studios 2114 14 Street Northwest, Calgary 3.38 km
Columbia College 802 Manning Road Northeast, Calgary 3.70 km
ABES College 221 18 Street Southeast #10, Calgary 3.97 km
Branton School 2103 20 Street Northwest, Calgary 4.03 km
James Fowler High School 4004 4 Street Northwest, Calgary 4.52 km
Windsor Park School Calgary 4.56 km
Maria Montessori Education Centre 2452 Battleford Avenue Southwest B4 #003, Calgary 4.73 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
Library 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary 0.51 km
Memorial Park Library 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary 0.52 km
Calgary Central Library 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary 0.71 km
Central Library 616 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary 0.71 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
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 Reg Erhardt Library, MC111, Stan Grad Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary 2.56 km
Alexander Calhoun Library 3223 14 Street Southwest, Calgary 2.95 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

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
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

Bus Routes

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Distances are estimated and community data is not guaranteed by RentFaster.ca