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Marda Loop: Calgary’s Most Diverse Community

Amidst the bustle of Calgary’s 33 avenue SW, is the ever growing and changing district of Marda Loop. Although Marda Loop is technically a Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) that bisects the neighbourhoods of South Calgary and Altadore, it is also seen as a community and integral facet of it’s surrounding neighbourhoods. With easy access to Crowchild Trail and 14th Street, Marda Loop is a hub of inner city activity.

Although this popular shopping and dining destination is home to various chains such as, Safeway and Starbucks and Shoppers Drugmart, it is better known for it’s locally owned shops, cafes and restaurants. Shops range from clothing, to gourmet cookies to one of the oldest movie rental stores left in the city. Also, add the amazing mix of homes; ranging from Victorian to Modern, Marda Loop has it all.


Eats: If you like coffee and beer, this is one community you’ll never go thirsty in. Home to various coffee shops including the local Phil & Sebastians, some of Calgary’s best breakfast spots, such as Belmont Diner and a variety of pubs, including Union Station, Fergus & Bix and Original Joe’s, Marda Loop is fully loaded when it comes grub selections.


Nature: Marda Loop is a very walking/biking oriented community. The streets are on a grid, lined with trees and are super easy to navigate. Depending on what direction you’re headed the options for parks and pathways are plentiful. Whether you’re walking your dog through River Park -Calgary’s largest designated off leash area, or riding your bike along the Glenmore Reservoir, Marda Loop is an ideal central location to Calgary’s extensive bike path network.


Recreation: Marda Loop is largely made up of locally owned businesses, many of which fall into the fitness category. Home to Pro Bodies Health and Fitness, Classical Martial Arts Centre, Yoga MCC, Bikram Hot Yoga, South Calgary Outdoor Pool and surrounding tennis courts, baseball diamonds outdoor hockey rinks and playgrounds, the options for recreational activity are numerous.

Marda Loop’s central location, variety of businesses and ever-changing complexion makes it the most diverse community in Calgary.

Nov 8, 2013

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