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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 Commercial Core and Lower Mount Royal.

Nearby Apartments

39 Walk Score of Calgary, CA-AB

Calgary is a Car-Dependent city

Most errands require a car.

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Promenade Way McKenzie Towne

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Playground

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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Rental info for Wyldewood Estates in the Calgary area
from $1,100
2 bed
Walk Score 67
Rental info for The Pinnacle in the Calgary area
from $1,116
1 bed
Walk Score 66
Rental info for Westwinds Village in the Calgary area
from $849
1 bed
Walk Score 30
Rental info for The Rouleau in the Calgary area
from $1,375
1 bed
Walk Score 67
Rental info for Grier Place in the Calgary area
from $1,399
2 bed
Walk Score 45
Rental info for McKinnon Manor Apartments in the Calgary area
from $1,089
1 bed
Walk Score 48
Rental info for Boardwalk Heights in the Calgary area
from $1,139
1 bed
Walk Score 56
Rental info for Calgary Place Apartments in the Calgary area
from $1,000
1 bed
Walk Score 95

Calgary Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Beltline 91 80 90 19,232
2 Downtown Commercial Core 91 87 84 7,161
3 Lower Mount Royal 88 63 84 2,748
4 Downtown West End 87 84 94 2,382
5 Cliff Bungalow 85 61 93 2,049
6 Eau Claire 83 84 76 1,415
7 Sunalta 82 69 92 3,121
8 Downtown East Village 79 84 91 2,080
9 Chinatown 79 86 85 1,388
10 Mission 76 65 90 3,986
11 Crescent Heights 76 69 70 6,015
12 Hillhurst 75 72 80 5,240
13 Sunnyside 75 74 91 3,536
14 Southview 74 53 42 2,159
15 Forest Lawn 69 57 50 7,161
16 Manchester 68 61 59 628
17 Capitol Hill 67 64 82 4,031
18 Bridgeland/riverside 67 66 71 5,501
19 Tuxedo Park 65 59 71 4,704
20 Windsor Park 64 56 71 4,023
21 Bankview 64 55 80 4,753
22 Upper Mount Royal 64 52 72 2,656
23 Country Hills Village 64 55 35 2,333
24 Hounsfield Heights/briar Hill 63 68 66 2,480
25 Scarboro 63 66 57 1,005
26 Renfrew 62 51 67 5,607
27 Castleridge 62 59 55 6,169
28 Killarney/glengarry 61 62 77 6,620
29 Kingsland 61 64 77 4,511
30 Meadowlark Park 60 62 82 636
31 Rosedale 59 67 66 1,667
32 Forest Heights 59 58 45 6,207
33 Rosscarrock 58 63 66 3,296
34 South Calgary 57 49 75 3,722
35 Elboya 57 55 61 1,742
36 Albert Park/radisson Heights 57 63 43 6,475
37 Rideau Park 55 52 61 561
38 Rundle 55 60 40 11,366
39 Marlborough 55 61 36 8,671
40 Winston Heights/mountview 55 52 59 3,687
41 Spruce Cliff 55 61 72 3,275
42 Rosemont 53 53 57 1,164
43 Richmond 53 57 68 4,332
44 Acadia 53 51 65 10,648
45 Brentwood 53 60 49 6,184
46 Whitehorn 53 59 52 11,712
47 Altadore 53 48 68 9,078
48 Parkhill 52 59 73 1,555
49 Erlton 52 63 72 1,248
50 Mount Pleasant 52 58 70 5,064
51 Haysboro 52 61 63 6,468
52 Ramsay 51 60 58 2,023
53 Fairview 50 59 69 3,462
54 Rutland Park 50 52 27 2,124
55 Temple 50 49 51 10,831
56 Glendale 49 62 46 2,812
57 Willow Park 49 51 64 5,463
58 Varsity 49 59 45 11,885
59 Montgomery 49 51 60 3,899
60 Cambrian Heights 49 50 53 1,988
61 Mayland Heights 48 43 36 5,552
62 Glamorgan 48 50 41 6,312
63 Shaganappi 48 66 61 1,927
64 Dalhousie 48 64 45 8,741
65 Marlborough Park 48 47 34 8,705
66 Harvest Hills 47 50 39 6,532
67 University Heights 47 67 51 2,493
68 Glenbrook 47 51 46 7,078
69 Greenview 47 56 59 1,516
70 Pineridge 46 42 48 9,856
71 Mckenzie Towne 46 46 61 15,655
72 Thorncliffe 45 58 37 8,800
73 Penbrooke Meadows 45 54 36 8,548
74 Collingwood 45 53 43 2,403
75 Britannia 45 45 67 812
76 Banff Trail 45 66 62 3,323
77 Taradale 45 56 53 15,091
78 Falconridge 45 51 51 10,244
79 Chinook Park 44 60 77 1,643
80 New Brighton 44 45 71 8,520
81 Country Hills 44 52 38 3,536
82 Inglewood 44 56 60 2,840
83 Southwood 43 62 60 6,031
84 Palliser 42 38 66 3,204
85 Ogden 42 46 62 8,330
86 Martindale 42 62 49 13,085
87 Lincoln Park 42 54 20 2,374
88 Walden 42 35 66 542
89 Deer Ridge 41 34 57 4,194
90 West Hillhurst 40 58 68 5,854
91 Midnapore 40 50 69 6,306
92 Red Carpet 40 52 30 1,592
93 Braeside 40 41 59 5,936
94 Ranchlands 39 50 45 7,718
95 Lake Bonavista 39 46 66 10,716
96 Kelvin Grove 38 55 72 2,263
97 Charleswood 38 59 49 3,335
98 Bowness 38 44 50 10,417
99 Pump Hill 37 41 60 1,689
100 University Of Calgary 37 61 16 1,011
101 Riverbend 37 46 64 9,275
102 Highland Park 37 59 65 3,597
103 Shawnessy 36 54 67 8,936
104 Dover 36 45 41 10,603
105 Queensland 36 35 64 4,468
106 St. Andrews Heights 36 66 42 1,556
107 West Springs 35 43 49 7,000
108 Silverado 35 32 59 4,594
109 Coach Hill 35 43 52 3,282
110 Woodlands 34 35 63 5,828
111 Bridlewood 34 35 52 12,903
112 Vista Heights 34 45 40 2,006
113 Oakridge 34 36 67 5,637
114 Aspen Woods 34 46 43 4,840
115 Signal Hill 33 52 37 14,065
116 Highwood 33 54 45 2,174
117 Elbow Park 33 49 58 3,399
118 Canyon Meadows 33 57 60 7,556
119 Arbour Lake 32 47 31 11,090
120 Panorama Hills 32 49 38 19,804
121 Abbeydale 32 46 30 6,062
122 Strathcona Park 32 49 42 7,006
123 Saddle Ridge 32 53 48 12,854
124 Huntington Hills 32 58 32 13,250
125 Woodbine 31 33 57 8,864
126 Westgate 31 55 53 3,223
127 Cfb - Lincoln Park Pmq 31 53 62 1,082
128 Wildwood 31 46 58 2,520
129 North Glenmore Park 31 52 57 2,356
130 Hawkwood 31 44 32 9,960
131 Somerset 30 56 59 8,635
132 Cedarbrae 30 37 59 6,163
133 Patterson 30 41 43 4,168
134 Beddington Heights 30 55 41 11,588
135 Lakeview 30 45 59 5,399
136 Mahogany 29 40 60 664
137 Christie Park 28 63 48 2,133
138 Skyview Ranch 28 35 33 2,011
139 Millrise 28 48 65 6,926
140 Silver Springs 27 46 35 9,340
141 Kincora 27 42 28 4,918
142 Cranston 27 39 60 10,088
143 Auburn Bay 27 40 46 5,831
144 Coral Springs 27 44 35 6,004
145 Scenic Acres 26 53 31 8,345
146 Evanston 26 40 29 6,344
147 Parkland 25 34 57 3,559
148 Monterey Park 25 40 38 9,454
149 Rocky Ridge 25 39 36 7,669
150 Edgemont 25 40 29 16,361
151 Applewood Park 25 48 28 5,368
152 North Haven 24 46 36 2,249
153 Coventry Hills 24 41 35 13,830
154 Douglasdale/glen 24 42 59 11,874
155 Parkdale 24 55 62 2,329
156 Copperfield 24 36 59 5,650
157 Tuscany 23 40 33 18,300
158 Chaparral 23 34 56 10,932
159 Royal Oak 23 44 35 10,880
160 Erin Woods 23 43 26 6,494
161 Evergreen 22 36 59 16,004
162 Springbank Hill 22 43 36 8,499
163 Bonavista Downs 22 33 52 1,017
164 Deer Run 21 32 58 4,379
165 North Haven Upper 20 45 37 694
166 Maple Ridge 19 32 50 2,070
167 Sherwood 19 40 38 1,726
168 Mckenzie Lake 19 38 56 13,001
169 Glenmore Park 18 37 50 951
170 Sundance 18 45 47 10,634
171 Hamptons 18 41 23 7,949
172 Citadel 18 40 37 9,478
173 Point Mckay 17 51 63 1,290
174 Cougar Ridge 17 38 46 4,943
175 Sandstone Valley 16 45 26 6,393
176 Macewan Glen 15 39 24 5,152
177 Greenwood/greenbriar 14 41 19 1,052
178 Shawnee Slopes 14 49 53 1,380
179 Hidden Valley 11 44 23 11,499
180 Valley Ridge 11 28 20 4,726
181 Sage Hill 10 37 27 1,526
182 Diamond Cove 9 35 52 751
183 Fish Creek Park 9 36 47 6,933
184 Discovery Ridge 7 29 17 4,185
185 Crestmont 2 28 18 1,136

Eating & Drinking

There are about 2,624 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Calgary.

People in Calgary can walk to an average of 0.4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Peace Bridge

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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 135 bus and 2 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Calgary on public transit.

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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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Peace Bridge

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Centre St Bridge

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Burns Building Inc

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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Peace Bridge

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Centre St Bridge

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Burns Building Inc

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View From Louise 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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Eau Claire Skating Rink

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Eau Claire Park

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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Peace Bridge Beaver Lodge

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Bottle House-Canadian Beer Parlour The

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1111 Memorial Dr NW

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East Village

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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Kalum Teke Dan Urban Mural

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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