Calgary Inner City Blog

Spotlight on Victoria Park – Calgary

Just ten years ago, urban Calgary’s Victoria Park was characterized by unpaved dirt parking lots and aging buildings.  Today, this section of downtown real estate is a bustling hub of restaurants and urban dwellings that is a model for inner city living. The district stretches from Centre Street to the Elbow River and the CP railway tracks to 17th Avenue, and over the years it has been transformed into the home to over twenty-one thousand urban Calgarians.

Part of what makes this community so appealing is its proximity to the city’s downtown core which is the epicentre of western Canada’s business activities.  From anywhere in the neighbourhood professionals and residents can access Calgary’s +15 system and their rush hour commute becomes a 15 minute stroll with coffee in hand.  To make this possible, urban planners and designers created a community that invites residents to forgo their vehicles with wide pedestrian friendly sidewalks and appealing green spaces that encourage people to slow down from their busy days.

In addition, urban dwellers in Victoria Park are some of the best equipped Calgarians to live a car free lifestyle thanks to the cycle-track running down 12th avenue, Car2Go’s available on virtually every corner, and the C-Train line running straight through the community.  The variety of transportation options represents a significant departure from the Calgary of just a decade ago when residents openly acknowledged that we lived in a car dependent city.

Even though urban dwellers in Victoria Park don’t need to look far to access the rest of the city, the district’s appeal comes from the fact that more often it’s the rest of the city that comes to them.  Victoria Park is a true entertainment hub with the Scotiabank Saddledome, BMO Centre, Cowboys Casino, and of course the grounds of the Calgary Stampede.

Beyond all of these draws, what really sells the community is the availability of nearby shops and businesses that have thrived thanks to the density and demographics of the district.  The lofty list of cafes and restaurants includes; Village Ice Cream, Sunterra Market, Manuel Latruwe Patisserie, The Beltliner, Loungeburger, Raw Bar, Briggs, and Taste.  Calgarians have fallen in love with hotspots like Village Ice Cream and Manuel Latruwe Patisserie where vibrant flavours are showcased with a stylish, urban appeal.

Victoria Park is home to several of Calgary’s best known high rise condo buildings such as; Keynote, Arriva, The Guardian, Nuera, Sasso, Vetro, Colours, Chocolate, and Union Square.  Together, condos and apartments account for 94% of the dwellings in the neighbourhood.  And over half of the district’s residents are between the ages of 25 and 45 making this one of the city’s youngest neighbourhoods.

Check out …

  • Village Ice Cream on a warm summer evening and skip the line by going straight for a tub of ice cream rather than ordering a cone or cup
  • Sunterra Market for an inexpensive and delicious meal before the hockey game, every evening guests can choose from one of two big pan meals that have a home cooked appeal
  • Gruman’s Delicatessen for brunch on a Sunday morning after spending the night before out for drinks in the Beltline
  • Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie to catch up with friends over some amazing pastries and coffee
  • The Hotel Arts Lounge Pool for poolside cocktails and a distinctly stylish urban experience

Live here if … You’re looking for an urban lifestyle close to the office and Calgary’s hotspot bars and restaurants you’d love a room with a view in one of the many downtown high rises.

Jul 5, 2016

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