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Most Walkable Neighbourhoods in Calgary, AB

Posted by Justin Havre on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 6:24pm.

Calgary Most Walkable Neighbourhoods

Calgary, Alberta, has a lot to offer new residents relocating to the city. There are a variety of neighbourhoods conveniently located with access to area shopping, dining, and nightlife. Higher education facilities are also available, including the University of Alberta-Calgary Campus, University of Calgary-Downtown Campus, Bow Valley College North Campus, and Mount Royal University, just a short drive away.

From vintage and historical communities to modern high-rise buildings, Calgary provides an all-encompassing environment for everyone. The city is filled with an assortment of indoor attractions, outdoor activities, transportation options, and business and work opportunities.

Those who wish to live close to it all without needing to drive should consider the following eight most walkable neighbourhoods in Calgary.

Cliff Bungalow

Cliff Bungalow Amenities

  • Lindsay Park
  • Elbow River pathways
  • Western Canada High School
  • Central Memorial Park
  • St. Patrick's Island Park

The Cliff Bungalow community had its beginnings in the 1870s as a convenient location for employees who worked for the nearby Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, the community remains a small, close-knit community dotted with modern condominiums and vintage turn-of-the-century homes. Its location bordered by Uptown 17th Avenue, Fourth Street, and the Elbow River provides ample opportunities for residents to get out-and-about to explore the area's points of interest.

The price range for homes in Cliff Bungalow is diverse. Choices such as a one-bedroom, one-bath condo average $145,000, $650,000 for a three-bedroom, one-bath home, and $1,499,900 for a three-bedroom, three-bath townhouse.

Eau Claire

Eau Claire Amenities

  • Prince's Island Park
  • Festival District
  • Eau Claire Park
  • Devonian Gardens
  • Sien Lok Park
  • Rotary Park Spray Pool

Eau Claire dates back to 1886 when a sawmill that had formerly been doing business in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was relocated to Calgary. The newly established community was named Eau Claire after the newly erected Eau Claire Lumber Company.

The community is a 10-minute walk to Stephen Avenue and a 5-minute walk to Prince's Island Park. For residents who like to travel, the airport is only 25 minutes away.

Homes in the community include established high-rise condominiums as well as new developments. Condominium prices, sizes, and floor plans are diverse, making it easy to provide homes for individual preferences and budgets. Current prices range from $279,000 to $8,599,000.


Beltline Amenities

  • Chinook Arc
  • Central Memorial Park
  • Beaulieu Gardens
  • Lougheed House
  • Haultain Park
  • Reader Rock Garden
  • Harley Hotchkiss Gardens
  • The National Music Centre

Beltline was named after a route that operated in Calgary in the early years of the 20th century. The inner-city community is considered one of Calgary's most eclectic, with its wide range of high-rise condominiums nestled amid restaurants, speciality shops, and nightlife in the downtown area. Attached and detached luxury homes are also available in Beltline.

Residents have access to the Calgary Green Line with two underground tunnel subway stations, which will be built beginning in 2022. Current prices range from $329,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,022 square feet and $729,900 for a three-bedroom, three-bath condo with 2,068 square feet.

Downtown West End

Downtown West End Amenities

  • Shaw Millennium Park
  • Mewata Armoury
  • Calgary Tower
  • McHugh Bluff

Like the Cliff Bungalow community, Calgary's downtown area was established once the Canadian Pacific Railway made its move to the area in 1884. Downtown West End is bordered by the Bow River, 14th Street W, 9th Street W, and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to the south. The community is a sought-after place to call home due to its easy access to the area's many attractions and restaurants.

Available residences in downtown West End are primarily condominiums. A few single-family detached homes remain in the community. Current sales statistics for one- to two-bedroom residences show prices ranging from $194,900 to $1,090,000, with the average sale price at $383,000.

Downtown East Village

Downtown East Village Amenities

  • Calgary Zoo
  • WinSport
  • Heritage Park Historical Village
  • Fort Calgary
  • Studio Bell
  • East Village Experience Centre
  • River Valley Adventure Co.
  • The Bow

Downtown East Village is another vibrant and exciting community located in the Rivers District. Residents can enjoy relaxing strolls along the Jack and Jean Leslie RiverWalk path that follows the Bow River while exploring boutiques, galleries, speciality eateries, and music venues. Other area attractions include Olympic Plaza, Devonian Gardens, the Famous Five Statue, and TELUS Spark.

Downtown East Village has undergone significant redevelopment and renovation since 2007 to replace or repair antiquated buildings and build high-rise condominiums. Current prices for condos with two bedrooms and two baths range from $184,900 to $605,000.

Lower Mount Royal

Lower Mount Royal Amenities

  • Elbow River Casino
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Calgary Tower
  • Wonderland Sculpture
  • Central Memorial Park
  • Tomkins Park
  • Bow Habitat Station and Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery

Blend a long history as an affluent community for early residents in Calgary, with today's rapidly growing area dotted with modern conveniences and high-rise condominiums, and this describes the Lower Mount Royal community. Homes are generally one to two bedrooms with one to two bathrooms and range in price from $149,900 to $999,000, with $360,981 as the average sale price. Construction of many of the homes took place from 1960 to 1980, with additional residences built in the 2000s.

The community is within walking distance of grocery stores and retail shopping, cafés, and restaurants. Schools in the area include Western Canada High School, St. Monica School, and the Montessori School of Calgary.


Hillhurst Amenities

  • Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center
  • Riley Park
  • Calgary Walking Tour
  • Shaw Millennium Park
  • McHugh Bluff
  • Poppy Plaza

Hillhurst had its beginnings as a community in 1914, making it one of Calgary's oldest residential areas. The community features well-maintained homes situated along tree-lined avenues, providing a lovely atmosphere for walking or biking. Schools nearby include Montessori Alberta, Queen Elizabeth School, Rosedale School, and Hillhurst School.

Single-family homes and modern condominiums make up the residences in Hillhurst. Prices vary from $525,000 to $1,495,000. Condominiums range in size from one to two bedrooms with one to three bathrooms, with prices ranging from $150,000 to $545,000.


Sunnyside Amenities

  • New Edinborough Park
  • Swallow a Bicycle Theatre
  • McHugh Bluff Off-Leash Dog Park
  • Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Garden
  • Sunnyside Bank Park
  • Peace Bridge
  • Crescent Heights Park

Sunnyside's location makes it a popular destination for newcomers to the city as well as established residents. The neighbourhood sits to the north of the Bow River and has quick access to downtown.

This inner-city community is another of Calgary's oldest. Settlers and homesteaders working for the Eau Claire Sawmill and the Canadian Pacific Railway made the area their home in the 1880s.

Sunnyside was incorporated by Calgary in 1904. Homes are generally mid-rise condominiums and single-family residences. Some original cottages built by early residents have been renovated and are still in use today.

Residents of Sunnyside have access to the C-Train light rail system, coffee shops, a community centre, dining, and shopping. The Calgary Curling Club is also located in the community. Home prices in this neighbourhood range from $139,900 to $999,000, with an average price of $501,022.

The Benefits of Living in Calgary

If convenience, accessibility, established communities, attractions and activities, educational opportunities, transportation options, and career growth is on the list of priorities to look for when relocating, Calgary has all that and more to suit your preferred lifestyle. Whether interest lies in moving to a quaint community in a cozy one-bedroom condominium, a vintage single-family dwelling, or if plans include setting up housekeeping in a lavish luxury high-rise, the choices in styles and prices are plentiful in one of Calgary's well-established communities.

If you're interested in Calgary real estate, contact Justin Havre & Associates of RE/MAX First with Calgary Homes at (403) 217-0003 to get in touch with a local real estate agent who can help you find your Calgary dream home today.

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