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Living in Calgary

Calgary is the 13th most walkable large city in Canada with 1,096,833 residents.

Calgary has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

The most walkable Calgary neighborhoods are Beltline, Downtown West End and Cliff Bungalow.

Nearby Apartments

39 Walk Score of Calgary, CA-AB

Calgary is a Car-Dependent city

Most errands require a car.

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1111 Memorial Dr NW

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Auburn Bay Dock

Most errands require a car in Calgary.

Calgary is the 13th most walkable large city in Canada with a Walk Score of 39.

Calgary Apartments for Rent

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Calgary Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Beltline 91 80 90 19,232
2 Downtown West End 87 84 94 2,382
3 Cliff Bungalow 85 61 93 2,049
4 Eau Claire 83 84 76 1,415
5 Sunalta 82 69 92 3,121
6 Downtown East Village 79 84 91 2,080
7 Chinatown 79 86 85 1,388
8 Mission 76 65 90 3,986
9 Crescent Heights 76 69 70 6,015
10 Sunnyside 75 74 91 3,536
11 Southview 74 53 42 2,159
12 Forest Lawn 69 57 50 7,161
13 Manchester 68 61 59 628
14 Tuxedo Park 65 59 71 4,704
15 Windsor Park 64 56 71 4,023
16 Bankview 64 55 80 4,753
17 Upper Mount Royal 64 52 72 2,656
18 Country Hills Village 64 55 35 2,333
19 Scarboro 63 66 57 1,005
20 Renfrew 62 51 67 5,607
21 Castleridge 62 59 55 6,169
22 Kingsland 61 64 77 4,511
23 Meadowlark Park 60 62 82 636
24 Rosedale 59 67 66 1,667
25 Forest Heights 59 58 45 6,207
26 Rosscarrock 58 63 66 3,296
27 South Calgary 57 49 75 3,722
28 Elboya 57 55 61 1,742
29 Rideau Park 55 52 61 561
30 Rundle 55 60 40 11,366
31 Marlborough 55 61 36 8,671
32 Williston Heights - Mountview 55 52 59 3,687
33 Spruce Cliff 55 61 72 3,275
34 Rosemont 53 53 57 1,164
35 Richmond 53 57 68 4,332
36 Acadia 53 51 65 10,648
37 Brentwood 53 60 49 6,184
38 Whitehorn 53 59 52 11,712
39 Altadore 53 48 68 9,078
40 Parkhill 52 59 73 1,555
41 Erlton 52 63 72 1,248
42 Mount Pleasant 52 58 70 5,064
43 Haysboro 52 61 63 6,468
44 Ramsay 51 60 58 2,023
45 Fairview 50 59 69 3,462
46 Rutland Park 50 52 27 2,124
47 Temple 50 49 51 10,831
48 Glendale 49 62 46 2,812
49 Willow Park 49 51 64 5,463
50 Varsity 49 59 45 11,885
51 Montgomery 49 51 60 3,899
52 Cambrian Heights 49 50 53 1,988
53 Mayland Heights 48 43 36 5,552
54 Shaganappi 48 66 61 1,927
55 Dalhousie 48 64 45 8,741
56 Marlborough Park 48 47 34 8,705
57 Harvest Hills 47 50 39 6,532
58 University Heights 47 67 51 2,493
59 Glenbrook 47 51 46 7,078
60 Pineridge 46 42 48 9,856
61 McKenzie Towne 46 46 61 15,655
62 Thorncliffe 45 58 37 8,800
63 Penbrooke Meadows 45 54 36 8,548
64 Collingwood 45 53 43 2,403
65 Britannia 45 45 67 812
66 Banff Trail 45 66 62 3,323
67 Taradale 45 56 53 15,091
68 Falconridge 45 51 51 10,244
69 Chinook Park 44 60 77 1,643
70 New Brighton 44 45 71 8,520
71 Country Hills 44 52 38 3,536
72 Inglewood 44 56 60 2,840
73 Southwood 43 62 60 6,031
74 Palliser 42 38 66 3,204
75 Ogden 42 46 62 8,330
76 Martindale 42 62 49 13,085
77 Lincoln Park 42 54 20 2,374
78 Walden 42 35 66 542
79 West Hillhurst 40 58 68 5,854
80 Midnapore 40 50 69 6,306
81 Braeside 40 41 59 5,936
82 Ranchlands 39 50 45 7,718
83 Lake Bonavista 39 46 66 10,716
84 Kelvin Grove 38 55 72 2,263
85 Charleswood 38 59 49 3,335
86 Bowness 38 44 50 10,417
87 Pump Hill 37 41 60 1,689
88 University of Calgary 37 61 16 1,011
89 Riverbend 37 46 64 9,275
90 Highland Park 37 59 65 3,597
91 Shawnessy 36 54 67 8,936
92 Queensland 36 35 64 4,468
93 St. Andrews Heights 36 66 42 1,556
94 West Springs 35 43 49 7,000
95 Silverado 35 32 59 4,594
96 Coach Hill 35 43 52 3,282
97 Woodlands 34 35 63 5,828
98 Bridlewood 34 35 52 12,903
99 Vista Heights 34 45 40 2,006
100 Oakridge 34 36 67 5,637
101 Signal Hill 33 52 37 14,065
102 Highwood 33 54 45 2,174
103 Elbow Park 33 49 58 3,399
104 Canyon Meadows 33 57 60 7,556
105 Arbour Lake 32 47 31 11,090
106 Panorama Hills 32 49 38 19,804
107 Abbeydale 32 46 30 6,062
108 Strathcona Park 32 49 42 7,006
109 Saddle Ridge 32 53 48 12,854
110 Huntington Hills 32 58 32 13,250
111 Woodbine 31 33 57 8,864
112 Westgate 31 55 53 3,223
113 Wildwood 31 46 58 2,520
114 North Glenmore 31 52 57 2,356
115 Hawkwood 31 44 32 9,960
116 Somerset 30 56 59 8,635
117 Cedarbrae 30 37 59 6,163
118 Patterson 30 41 43 4,168
119 Beddington Heights 30 55 41 11,588
120 Lakeview 30 45 59 5,399
121 Mahogany 29 40 60 664
122 Christie Park 28 63 48 2,133
123 Skyview Ranch 28 35 33 2,011
124 Millrise 28 48 65 6,926
125 Silver Springs 27 46 35 9,340
126 Kincora 27 42 28 4,918
127 Cranston 27 39 60 10,088
128 Auburn Bay 27 40 46 5,831
129 Coral Springs 27 44 35 6,004
130 Scenic Acres 26 53 31 8,345
131 Evanston 26 40 29 6,344
132 Parkland 25 34 57 3,559
133 Monterey Park 25 40 38 9,454
134 Rock Ridge 25 39 36 7,669
135 Edgemont 25 40 29 16,361
136 Applewood Park 25 48 28 5,368
137 North Haven 24 46 36 2,249
138 Coventry Hills 24 41 35 13,830
139 Douglasdale 24 42 59 11,874
140 Parkdale 24 55 62 2,329
141 Copperfield 24 36 59 5,650
142 Tuscany 23 40 33 18,300
143 Chaparral 23 34 56 10,932
144 Royal Oak 23 44 35 10,880
145 Erin Woods 23 43 26 6,494
146 Evergreen 22 36 59 16,004
147 Springbank Hill 22 43 36 8,499
148 Bonavista Downs 22 33 52 1,017
149 Deer Run 21 32 58 4,379
150 Maple Ridge 19 32 50 2,070
151 Sherwood 19 40 38 1,726
152 Sundance 18 45 47 10,634
153 Hamptons 18 41 23 7,949
154 Citadel 18 40 37 9,478
155 Point McKay 17 51 63 1,290
156 Cougar Ridge 17 38 46 4,943
157 Sandstone Valley 16 45 26 6,393
158 Greenwood - Greenbriar 14 41 19 1,052
159 Shawnee Slopes 14 49 53 1,380
160 Hidden Valley 11 44 23 11,499
161 Valley Ridge 11 28 20 4,726
162 Sage Hill 10 37 27 1,526
163 Diamond Cove 9 35 52 751
164 Discovery Ridge 7 29 17 4,185
165 Crestmont 2 28 18 1,136

Eating & Drinking

There are about 6,403 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Calgary.

People in Calgary can walk to an average of 1 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Peace Bridge

Photo of Peace Bridge in Calgary

Peace Bridge

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thumbnail for High Street in McKenzie TowneThis is the great commercial area in McKenzie. Fantastic selection of restaurants, coffee shops and services. An a small town, square feel in a suburban area.

Grant Smith
on High Street in McKenzie Towne

50 Transit Score of Calgary, CA-AB

Calgary has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Calgary apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Calgary has good public transportation and about 168 bus and 2 light rail lines.

Transit Time

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Peace Bridge

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View From Louise Bridge

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Eau Claire Skating Rink

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1111 Memorial Dr NW

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Peace Bridge

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Centre St Bridge

50 Bike Score of Calgary, CA-AB

Calgary is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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What's It Like to Live in Calgary?

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High Street in McKenzie Towne

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Promenade Way McKenzie Towne

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Playground

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Peace Bridge

Overview

Calgary sits on where the Bow River meets the Elbow River on the plains of Alberta. To the West, the land tilts upwards into the Canadian Rockies, to the East, the plains reach out into open space for about as far as the eye can see. The sky is big here, and Calgary is the big city in the middle of it.

The Stampede is Calgary’s best known event, a ten day rodeo with loads of events related to it – a massive parade, live music, and lots and lots of cowboys. The Stampede started in 1912 and it’s been happening ever since, bringing over a million people to town every June to celebrate the region’s history and ties to cowboy culture, but it’s also a great party.

Calgary’s economy has been closely tied with the oil and gas industry for years. EnCana, North America’s largest natural gas company is in Calgary – and they have the tallest building in town. Oil and natural gas jobs still comprise a huge percentage of the work here; Worley Parsons, Baker Hughes, and Canada Natural all have major operations out of Calgary. Shaw Communications is the big employer in the telecom sector here, and Safeway Canada has their head office in Calgary.

Since it’s only a two hour drive to Banff, a beautiful resort town in the heart of the Rockies, tourism sector jobs are growing in Calgary, too. The city has some of the lowest unemployment in the country, it’s a worker’s market.

The weather in Calgary is quite pleasant – while there is snow in the winters, the city doesn’t typically get the bitter cold of other prairie locations and thanks to the elevation and proximity to the Rockies, the heat of the summer is moderated by cooler evenings.

The arts and culture scene in Calgary isn’t just about cowboys – there’s the brand new Science Center, the Aero Space Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. There are dozens of performing arts and theater venues, and while Calgary’s food scene has plenty of the Western steakhouse establishments you’d expect, it’s also got a farmer’s market that sells local produce and new restaurants are popping up all over.

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Centre St Bridge

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Burns Building Inc

Getting Around

While it’s possible to find housing in a walkable neighborhood, on the whole Calgary is more car-friendly than walk- and bike- friendly.

City transit is either by bus or via the C-Train, the light rail line operated by Calgary Transit. Fun fact? The C-Train claims all its power comes from emissions free wind generated electricity. Downtown is a free ride zone for the light rail, but the three route network reaches Somerset to the south, Saddle Ridge to the northeast (near the airport) and Silver Springs/Ranchlands to the northwest.

The rest of the city is served by Calgary Transit’s extensive network of buses.

Calgary topography is bike friendly. Downtown has 6.5 km of cycle tracks in addition to an extensive pathway system, and the city is piloting a bike share program.

thumbnail for Promenade Way McKenzie TowneThe beautiful street lined with brownstones on Promenade Way.

Grant Smith
on Promenade Way McKenzie Towne

Neighborhoods

Downtown Calgary is one of the most walkable locations in the city. You’ll be close to the light rail lines and transit, and if you’re working downtown and don’t want to commute, it’s a good choice. Most of the housing here is in high rise apartment buildings. Some have shared facilities, but the newer luxury condos have in-unit laundry and gourmet kitchens with new appliances. Downtown – East Village has great potential as a foodie destinations, new restaurants are opening with the redevelopment of this neighborhood.

Beltline – just a south of downtown – has lots of housing options and it’s still walking distance to the downtown transit corridor. There are some newer apartment building here with up to three bedroom units, some of them have great urban views. Shared fitness facilities are widely available – tennis courts, on-site gyms, outdoor swimming pools, and the neighborhood is full of pedestrian friendly shopping and dining corridors. There’s a mix of older row house style mixed use buildings – businesses at street level, apartments above – and brand new stylish condominiums. The neighborhood skews young and has the kind of coffee shops, indy boutiques, and new restaurants you’d expect in an up-and-coming area.

There are a handful of neighborhoods consistently ranked as better for families – Tuscany, Discovery Ridge, Arbour Lake, and Parkland.

These are suburban neighborhood and you’ll need to have a car to do most of your errands, but you’ll also find larger homes with garages and backyards and great schools. In city, Eau Clair along the south banks of the Bow River was ranked highest for family friendly amenities, and to the south, Erlton, a little neighborhood with lots of green spaces and parks, also ranked as a nice neighborhood for families.

Acadia is an urban village to the south of central Calgary, there are mix of small apartment complexes with studio, one and two bedroom rentals and some bigger three bedroom units in larger high-rise buildings. Acadia is close the Calgary Farmer’s Market, so there’s great shopping for locally grown food right in the neighborhood.

On the north side of the river, there’s Bridgeland/Riverside – it’s on the C-Train and it’s a neighborhood that’s experiencing urban renewal. You’ll find two and three bedroom townhomes for rent here, some of them two story properties with parking. It’s a nice place for playing outside, too – it’s got easy access to the Bow River pathway and Centenery Park on St. Patrick’s Island.

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View From Louise Bridge

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Eau Claire Skating Rink

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Eau Claire Park

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Peace Bridge Beaver Lodge

thumbnail for Peace BridgeSunset on the peace bridge in winter. Absolutely stunning. This bridge features walking and biking lanes separately. The views in the morning and evening are stunning. This is also a site for amazing fishing as the north side if the river at this point is very deep. In the summer you can see the fish from the bridge clearly. From one point, you might see up to 50 fish!

Theresa Chapman
on Peace Bridge

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1111 Memorial Dr NW

thumbnail for View From Louise BridgeThe ice on parts of the Bow River is rather spectacular. From the Louise bridge, you can see the new "Memorial" park structure meeting the river.

Theresa Chapman
on View From Louise Bridge

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