We love the city of Calgary, and we’re not sure there’s any place better to live! Part of what makes living in Calgary so great is its rich communities, and today we’re going to look at the community in the middle of it all: Downtown Calgary. Downtown Calgary is the term used for the downtown area, along with the neighbourhoods of Eau Claire, Chinatown and the Beltline. Downtown itself is made up of three distinct areas, and we’ll start with the Downtown Commercial Core. One of the most distinctive features of the commercial core is the “+15” Skyway network, a series of walkways that connect the skyscrapers downtown. Named for their height above ground, about 15 feet, it is the second most extensive skywalk system in the world, comprised of 59 bridges and going for 16 kilometres. We know it gets cold outside during the winter; why go out when you can stay in? The commercial core is also the home to the government district, as well as extensive shopping, and the cultural district. That’s where you’ll find the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, home to Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and other great acting companies.
The other two districts of the downtown area include Downtown West End and Downtown East Village. They aren’t named ironically, so it’s easy to tell where they are. The West End is a rather densely residential area, but you will find some major events taking place at Millennium Park, including the Calgary International Reggae Festival. Meanwhile, the East Village, location of some of the earliest settlement in the Calgary area, is in the midst of an area redevelopment plan. We’re looking for a bright future for East Village, home to “The King Eddy,” the King Edward Hotel, once Calgary’s “Home of the Blues.”
Heading north of Downtown will get you into Eau Claire. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Calgary, it took its name from the Eau Claire Lumber Company, established in 1886. Eau Claire has since maintained itself as a quite residential district, with a wonderful mix of natural and urban settings. Eau Claire enjoys the proximity of Downtown, but enjoying a touch more tranquility. East of Eau Claire is Chinatown, the fourth largest such community in Canada. There you will find the Chinese Cultural Centre. Modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, it’s the largest facility of its kind in North America. You’ll come to admire its amazing architecture, and stay for the many great events.
Our tour of Downtown Calgary concludes at the Beltline. Named for an early 20th century streetcar route, the Beltline consists of four smaller neighborhoods: West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Crossing Center and East Victoria Crossing. The Beltline includes 17th Avenue, which dead-ends at the Stampede Grounds; a distinct party-like atmosphere takes over the area during the Calgary Stampede. In the midst of its own area redevelopment plan, watch for big things to come for this neighbourhood directly south of Downtown.
Downtown Calgary is just the start of a long list of great communities within the Calgary area. For more Calgary Real Estate information on this or any other community, or to get started on finding your dream downtown condo or home in this great city, please feel free to contact us.