Where are the Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary?

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 7:17am.

With so many great places to live throughout the city and the suburbs, it's hard to figure out exactly where the best neighbourhoods are located. Answering this question depends a little bit on what you need. Families will find some neighbourhoods to fit better with their needs, while singles and young couples may prefer a different area of the city. If you plan to relocate to Calgary or it's time for a change, consider these top neighbourhoods.


It's hard to argue with this gorgeous community. With the Elbow River providing great scenery and the views of downtown, this is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in all of Calgary. The streets are lined with mature trees, residents enjoy direct access to downtown and there are plenty of great trails and pathways for the outdoor enthusiast.

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This might be the best overall location in all of Calgary. With the Bow River on the north side, downtown close by and many other top attractions just a hop, skip and a jump from Sunnyside, it's become a desirable choice for new residents. If you work downtown, you won't need to depend on your own vehicle. Along with the great location, residents enjoy a quiet area with a beautiful community garden and pesticide-free parks.

Sunnyside provides some of the oldest homes found in the city. The historic buildings give the neighbourhood plenty of charm and the view of the Bow River and Downtown skyline make this a great area for many. When homes hit the market in Sunnyside, they are often snatched up quickly.

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Finding a neighbourhood with large parks and amazing shopping isn't always easy, but Altadore provides both. Marda Loop provides over 125 stores for your shopping needs, while River Park, Glenmore Athletic Park and Sandy Beach provide plenty of green space. The best part, you can walk to nearly anything within the community. Altadore is also home to the largest off-leash dog park in the city and the best place to start your rafting journey down Elbow River.

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West Hillhurst

It's hard to find a neighbourhood that offers everything you need. However, West Hillhurst may come really close. With trendy coffee shops, popular pubs and a great pathway system, there's something for everybody. The Bow River is found on the north side of West Hillhurst and it's located close to downtown, as well. However, it's far enough from downtown to remain a quiet community with all the access you desire.

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Mission's 4th Street

With streetscapes including plenty of public art, outdoor pub seating, large sidewalks, excellent lighting, benches and plenty of trees, this neighbourhoodhas plans to become one of the best in the area. The plans include making is more walkable and making it easy for pedestrians to get from one place to another.

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Land found throughout the neighbourhood will be used for retail stores, restaurants and grocery stores. Those already living within the neighbourhood will easily be able to change their housing by either downsizing or upsizing without losing the conveniences they enjoy.

Garrison Woods

With plenty of ownership opportunities including townhouses, detached homes and condominiums, this is a great neighbourhood for new residents. Plenty of amenities are already found here, such as coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and more. Most of the retail space is within walking distance for many residents.

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The activity centre is found at the middle of this community providing plenty of events for all to enjoy. Garrison Woods is easily accessible by public transit, bicycle, foot and car.

Douglasdale & Quarry Park

A neighbourhood found in the southeast part of Calgary, this area is developing into a top choice. Many housing options are available near restaurants, retail stores and grocery stores. This area is also home to plenty of commercial office space and Jacobs recently moved its engineering firm to this area. The community is growing and Imperial Oil will soon be moving 3,000 employees to Quarry Park helping it grow to the next level.

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Canyon Meadows & Canyon Meadows Estates

The amenities found throughout these two distinct, yet similar communities are great. With a variety of living options, plenty of different prices and styles, these communities are a great choice for just about any type of buyer. Established in the 1960s, The Canyon Meadows area comes with plenty of charm and luxury. Some of the activities found nearby include swimming, fishing, biking, hiking and many other outdoor choices.

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This neighbourhood is part of the very popular area of Kensington, but often gets forgotten. Hillhurt is one of Calgary's oldest communities and was started in the early 1900s. The real estate is mainly heritage homes and many have been restored over the past 20 years. This neighbourhood is bordered by SAIT, which makes it perfect for students and faculty. This is also one of the top areas for new restaurants and local coffee houses.

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Contact a REALTOR® to Discover These Great Neighborhoods Today

These neighbourhoods are some of the best in Calgary because they provide great locations to live throughout the city. If you're moving to the area, looking deeper into all of these may just lead you to the right place to call home.

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