Calgary’s Inner City is comprised of 73 communities, covering everywhere from Albert Park to Winston Heights. These communities combine to make the Inner City a unique area with a variety of activities, restaurants and attractions and many are within walking distance.
There is a home for everyone in Calgary’s Inner City from single family, condominium, apartment homes and more. It is a location where people from young professionals, families and retirees reside.
Natalia Jezierska has lived in the Inglewood/Ramsay community for three years now, “Originally, we chose this area because of the proximity to downtown, Ramsay has all the benefits of living in the suburbs, while being only half an hour’s walk away from the downtown core.”
For those who want to be close to the hustle and bustle of downtown, living in Calgary’s Inner City is the prime location. There are communities that aren’t smack dab in the middle of downtown, but still allow for close access to the amenities of downtown Calgary.
“I think that’s what makes Ramsay an excellent place to live, you can have the homeowner of a $2 million house sitting right next to someone on the bus living in assisted housing and they don’t treat each other any differently,” Jezierska said.
“Sure we have our ‘Night Markets’, Christmas celebrations and kitschy shops, but what makes Ramsay and Inglewood an exceptional place to live are the people.”
The Inner City can’t be expressed as one single item, or even a couple items, it is a unique location in Calgary that provides a multitude of diversity.
“I love that the City has started using Fort Calgary as a venue for concerts. It’s a short stumble home, and if you’re really tight on cash there’s more than enough green space surrounding the area that you can easily find a bench nearby and enjoy your favourite band without having to pay an exuberant amount of money to rub up against sweaty bros the whole night,” Jezierska said.
From communities to live in, outdoor recreation, shopping, events, concerts, dining and everything in between the Inner City has something for everyone.
The winter months transform Olympic Plaza into a place that can be enjoyed by the whole family, an outdoor skating rink. Olympic Plaza becomes a free skating rink every year from November to March, all that has to be brought is a pair of skates. It is a great rink for those who want to avoid flying hockey pucks, as hockey is not allowed. So strap on a pair of skates, bring a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy the fresh air, and bustling noises of downtown Calgary.
17th Ave Retail and Entertainment District
There is always something exciting happening on 17th Ave, take a stroll from one end right to the other, and there will be something for everyone. Also known as the Red Mile, 17th Ave took the 13th spot out of 20 top streets to visit in Canada said a report by Vacay.ca. The report said the topnotch restaurants, funky bars and cool coffee shops make it Calgary’s leading entertainment district. 17th Ave is the perfect location to get out and go for a walk, and the recently opened skating rink is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
This little restaurant is tucked away on Prince’s Island, in its original location where the cafe opened in 1991. They started as a small full service cafe, only open in the summer, with a roof covering the tables. From there the cafe transformed to a fully enclosed restaurant open year-round. This past June left the cafe ravaged by the flood waters, leaving it crippled, but not broken. River Cafe recovered, and continues to provide the same amazing food that it is known for.
Bow Habitat Station
A hidden secret in Calgary’s Inner City is the Bow Habitat Station, located at 1440-17A Street SE. The Bow Habitat Station offers something for the entire family, the trout pond and interpretive wetland is open to the public free of charge from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day. To get the full experience of the Bow Habitat Station go any day between Tuesday and Saturday when the discovery centre and fish hatchery tours are open. Family programs are also offered, plan a birthday party and check out the craft activities on Wednesdays. Get in touch with nature and take a trip down to Bow Habitat Station.