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Living in Calgary

Calgary is the 10th most walkable large city in Canada with 1,096,833 residents.

Calgary has good public transportation.

The most walkable Calgary neighborhoods are Chinatown, Downtown Commercial Core and Cliff Bungalow.

Nearby Apartments

48 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 10th most walkable large city in Canada with a Walk Score of 48.

Calgary Apartments for Rent

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Rental info for Wyldewood Estates in the Calgary area
from $1,100
2 bed
Walk Score 72
Rental info for The Pinnacle in the Calgary area
from $1,310
1 bed
Walk Score 76
Rental info for At Kaleidoscope in the Calgary area
$1,399
2 bed
Walk Score 50
Rental info for Lakeside Estates in the Calgary area
from $1,099
2 bed
Walk Score 39
Rental info for Lakeview Apartments in the Calgary area
from $999
Studio
Walk Score 36
Rental info for Glamorgan Manor in the Calgary area
$999
1 bed
Walk Score 58
Rental info for The Metropolitan in the Calgary area
from $1,554
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for Willow Park Gardens in the Calgary area
$1,099
1 bed
Walk Score 52

Calgary Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,694 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Calgary.

People in Calgary can walk to an average of 0.5 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Peace Bridge

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Buchanan's

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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 177 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.

Neighborhood Guides

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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

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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 is developing its bikeways, and the topography is bike friendly, but the city doesn’t yet have a bike share program and the trail network could use more dedicated bikeways. Calgary has its own car sharing program, Calgary CarShare, and Car2Go has a large fleet of vehicles primarily centered around downtown.

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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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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Aspen summit Community

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Fish Creek Park

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Auburn House

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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