Northeast Calgary is a district in in Calgary, Alberta. The Northeast is full of variety: upstart breweries spicing up faceless warehouses, an Ukrainian Orthodox cathedral standing beside new concrete and glass condos, a shining mosque dome overlooking the airport, and cookie-cutter housing and prefab concrete spreading as far as the eye can see.
Close to downtown, the neighbourhoods of Bridgeland and Crescent Heights, are older, more historic, more bougie, and are very walkable by Calgary standards. Here is where you hear stories of the early immigrants and witness a new wave of gentrification. It's the home of St. Vladimir's, many seniors' residences, the Italian supermarket, and trendy eateries and coffeeshops where the staff invariably wear a denim apron. The Bow River is close by with opportunities for recreation and plenty of scenic vistas for strolls and cycling, and St. George's Island park provides a striking example of contemporary art and architecture intersecting with nature.
Further away from downtown is a much younger city perhaps best symbolized by Calgary's mayor elected in 2010 (and re-elected in 2013, and 2016), Naheed Nenshi. An Ismaili Muslim and the son of immigrants from Tanzania of Indian heritage, the Northeast is his home. Many Calgarians here have a similar story of coming from other countries, weaving their many cultures and languages into the city. Physically, this part of the Northeast is generic suburban sprawl punctuated by massive big-box stores, albeit with the twist of more businesses catering to many different diaspora and immigrant communities. Bring a car.
The Calgary International Airport is also located in the Northeast.
- 1 Calgary International Airport (YYC IATA) (take Airport Trail (exit 266) from Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2)). The domestic terminal has three lettered concourses (A,B,and C), which are also labelled as meeting places, easy points of reference. The international terminal was completed in 2016 and has Concourse D for international flights (non-US destinations) and Concourse E for US bound flights. The airport is well-served by Canadian and international carriers. The airport has "White Hat Volunteers" dressed in white cowboy hats and red vests who are quite friendly and more than happy to direct you and answer questions.
Northeast Calgary is serviced by the CTrain Blue Line, part of the light rail transit system operated by Calgary Transit. Leaving downtown, it travels down the centre of Memorial Drive and 36 Street NE terminating at Saddletowne station. Stops of interest include (from west to east):
- Calgary Zoo: near the Zoo and Telus Spark (science centre)
- Rundle: near Sunridge Mall
- McKnight-Westwinds: transit hub with bus connection to the Calgary International Airport (route #100).
Northeast Calgary is connected to other parts of the city by Calgary Transit. The following routes are good ways to get in and around:
- MAX Orange (#303): express bus with limited stops; runs down 16 Avenue NE (west of 36 Street NE), connecting Northwest Calgary with Saddletowne CTrain station.
- #300 (BRT): express bus with limited stops; runs down Centre Street and 96 Avenue NE, connecting City Centre with the Calgary International Airport.
- #301 (BRT): express bus with limited stops; runs down Centre Street/Harvest Hills Blvd, connecting City Centre with North Pointe Park & Ride (Harvest Hills Blvd & Country Village Way NE).
- #3: runs down Centre Street south of 78 Avenue N, connecting to City Centre.
- #4: northbound from City Centre along Edmonton Trail and 4 Street NE, continues into Northwest Calgary and returns to City Centre (reverse of #5).
- #5: southbound from Northwest Calgary along 4 Street NE and Edmonton Trail, continues to City Centre (reverse of #4).
- #19: runs down 16 Avenue NE (west of Russet Road), connecting Northwest Calgary with Rundle CTrain station.
- #23: runs down 52 Street NE/Falconridge Blvd
- #100: connects McKnight-Westwinds CTrain station with the Calgary International Airport and North Pointe Park & Ride.
Calgary's two major highways, Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) and Highway 2 (Queen Elizabeth II Highway) intersect in Northeast Calgary. Stoney Trail (Highway 201), Calgary's ring road, connects to other regions of the city.
Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2), is the main north-south freeway through Calgary, and during off-peak times is the best way from Southeast Calgary and Southwest Calgary. Memorial Drive provides access to the City Centre from Deerfoot Trail, with Edmonton Trail and Centre Street serve as good alternative routes. Memorial Drive, 16 Avenue NE (Highway 1), McKnight Boulevard, Beddington Trail, and Country Hills Boulevard are major routes that connect to Northwest Calgary.
Neighbourhoods of interestEdit
- 1 Bridgeland (Bridgeland-Riverside) (Edmonton Trail on the west, Tom Campbell's Hill on the east, Bridge Crescent NE on the north, and the Bow River/Memorial Drive/Zoo on the south). An urban revitalization area northeast of the downtown. Although the community has long been Calgary's "Little Italy" (hence the abundance of Italian restaurants in the area), the demolition of the old General Hospital in 1998 sparked a long-term project redevelop much of the era. The area is expected to be a family oriented Pearl District (see Portland, Oregon) and the initial phases are already done. The area includes posh shops, chic apartments, and beautiful lofts, while maintaining the old charm of the distinct houses. The area is undergoing massive gentrification due to its proximity to downtown and the now cleaned up East Village. It is a great area to walk through for those interested in architecture and planning. The far eastern end of Bridgeland connects with the Calgary Zoo (which will be welcoming pandas in 2018) and Telus Spark Science Centre. Tom Campbell's Hill is an excellent viewpoint of downtown.
- 2 Crescent Heights (16 Ave N (Trans-Canada Hwy) on the north, Edmonton Tr on the east, 4 St NW on the west, and Bow River/Memorial Dr on the south). Bisected by Centre Street N with the western portion situated in the Northwest, Crescent Heights has become the northern extension of Chinatown, located on the opposite side of the Centre Street Bridge in the City Centre. Features a network of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and other Asian restaurants, shops, and markets. The Crescent Road viewpoint, located at the top of the Bow River valley, offers stunning views of the downtown core.
Museums & educational attractionsEdit
- 3 Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE (CTrain Blue Line to Calgary Zoo station), ☏ . 9AM-5PM. The world-class Calgary Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world, as well as to the Botanical Garden and a Prehistoric Park for dinosaur lovers. It is the second largest zoo in Canada. $29.95/adult, $27.95/senior, $19.95/child.
- 4 The Hangar Flight Museum (formerly Aero Space Museum of Calgary), 4629 McCall Way NE (near McKnight Blvd & 19 St NE; immediately south of the Calgary International Airport), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 10AM-4PM daily. Over 24 aircraft are on display, as well as 58 aeronautical engines. A section details the Canadian space programs. Archives containing documents about aeronautics are also located on the premises. Adults $15, Senior (65+) $11, Student (12-17 or valid student ID) $10, Children (3-11), Children (0-2) free, Family $35.
- 5 Telus Spark (formerly the Telus World of Science), 220 St. George's Dr NE (in the NE at the crossing of Memorial Drive and Deerfoot Trail), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-F 9AM-4PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, first Th of each month 9AM-9PM, second Th 9AM-4PM, then reopens to 18+ only 6PM-10PM. Founded as the Calgary Science Centre in 1967, it took this name when it moved to a new building in 2011. It is a place where people of all ages and abilities can put their imagination into action. Constructed on over 18 acres of reclaimed land, the new 153,000 ft² (14,200 m2) facility features over one hundred hands-on exhibits, four exhibit galleries, plus a travelling exhibition gallery, an expanded and enhanced Creative Kids Museum, Calgary's only HD digital Dome Theatre, a new Presentation Theatre and Learning Centre, a 10,000 ft² (930 m2) atrium, and a 4 acres (1.6 hectares) outdoor park. $19.95 (adult/youth).
- 6 Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd NE (near the McKnight-Westwinds LRT station, southeast of Metis Tr & 64 Ave NE). 16-hectare park in northeast Calgary, hosts the Country Thunder annual country music festival in mid-August.
- 7 St. Patrick's Island Park, 1300 Zoo Road NE. 5AM-11PM. St. Patrick’s Island Park lies in the Bow River between the East Village to the south, and the community of Bridgeland to the north. The park boasts hiking and biking trails, a public plaza and amphitheatre, children’s play area, public washrooms, a small hill, and restored river channels.
- 1 The Rec Room, 1180-901 64 Ave NE (in Deerfoot City), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-Th 4PM-11PM, F 4PM-Midnight, Sa Noon-Midnight, Su Noon-11PM. Part of a national chain similar to the American Dave and Buster's, this giant complex is an arcade, restaurant and bar rolled into one. Also features various simulators and VR experiences. Family-friendly and licensed.
- 1 CrossIron Mills, 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View, AB (10 minutes north of the city on Highway 2 (Deerfoot Trail)), ☏ . This large indoor mall is in the neighbouring hamlet of Balzac, north of Calgary. Similar in format to other "mills" malls, it has many well-known stores and outlets as the first new enclosed mall to be built in the Calgary area in a generation. Plan on driving; it's the only way to get there.
- 2 Deerfoot City (formerly Deerfoot Outlet Mall), At Deerfoot Trail and 64 Ave NE. Anchor tenants include Wal-Mart Supercentre, Winners, and Rec Room. In the process of being redeveloped into an open-air shopping and entertainment district.
- 3 Sunridge Mall, 2525 36 St NE (along 36 St NE, north of 16 Ave NE (Trans-Canada Hwy); adjacent to the Rundle LRT station). Large indoor mall in northeast Calgary.
- 4 Marlborough Mall, 3800 Memorial Dr NE (36 St NE & Memorial Dr, near the Marlborough LRT station). Mid-sized shopping mall with 100 stores and services.
- 5 Country Hills Town Centre (Country Hills Blvd & Coventry Hills Blvd). Suburban, open air shopping centre (powercentre). Addition powercentre Coventry Hills Centre located to the north at Country Village Rd & Harvest Hills Blvd.
- 1 Boogies Burgers, 908A Edmonton Trail NE, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su noon-9PM. Large burgers on a fresh bun served in many one of a kind creations. Shakes made with real ice cream & milk; regular, spicy & yam fries. $5-13.
- 2 Lucky Supermarket, 3333 Sunridge Way NE, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-8PM. A supermarket with a focus on southeast Asian foods, with a 'gourmet street food' cafeteria. $6-$15 for main and beverage.
- 3 T&T Supermarket (Harvest Hills), #1000 - 9650 Harvest Hills Blvd NE (From Deerfoot Trail, take exit 266, follow signs for 96 Ave N westbound), ☏ . Daily 9AM-9:30PM. Near the airport, this giant Asian supermarket offers ready-to-eat meals and a dining area. Many options including noodles, dim sum, and sushi. A second location is in the Pacific Place mall near Marlborough Mall. $7-15 for a main and beverage.
- 4 Blue Star Diner, 809 1 Avenue NE, ☏ .
- 5 Diner Deluxe, 804 Edmonton Tr NE, ☏ . Su-W 7:30AM-3PM Th-Sa 7:30AM-9PM. Canadian, using local and sustainable ingredients.
- 6 OEB Breakfast Co., 825 1 Avenue NE, ☏ . Daily 7AM-2:45PM.
- 7 The Old Spaghetti Factory, 472 36 Street NE (near Marlborough Mall), ☏ . Main dishes $12-23.
- 8 La Brezza Ristorante, 990 1 Ave NE, ☏ . Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: Su-Th 5:30-9PM, F Sa 5-10PM. This Italian restaurant in Bridgeland has been in business since 1987. Main dishes $24-45.
- 9 The Cattle Baron (The Cattle Baron Alberta Steak House & Bar), 3340 26 Street NE, ☏ . Recognized as Calgary's premiere casual steakhouse, the CattleBaron offers quality Alberta beef, carefully selected wines, and western hospitality and service. Mains $16-49.
- 10 Clay Oven, #1 3131 27 Street NE, ☏ . Mo-F 11:30AM-2PM, 5-9PM; Sa 5-10PM; Su 5-9PM. Indian restaurant with lunch buffet.
- 11 Hearts Choices (Hearts Choices Cafe Market), 4127 6 Street NE, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-8:30PM; Su 10AM-2PM. Thai-vegan cuisine.
- 12 Namskar, 202 16 Avenue NE, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; Dinner: M-F 5-10PM, Sa-Su: 4-10PM. Traditional Indian cuisine. $25+.
- 13 Shikiji Japanese Noodles & Sushi, 1610 Centre St N, ☏ . Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM, 5-9PM; Sa Su 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM. A popular Japanese eatery serving ramen, udon, and more. The chili goma ramen is a must.
Take-out only restaurantsEdit
- 14 Peter's Drive-in, 219 16 Ave NE, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 9AM-midnight. Classic drive-through burger joint. Locally-famous burgers, fries, onion rings, and milkshakes at very affordable prices. Big portions – a large fry is the size of a shoebox, a large onion ring order is the size of a lunch bag. Park in the adjacent lot and walk up to the front windows; you'll get faster service than in the drive-through and you can eat at one of their picnic tables. The finest milkshake in the city; thick and made with real fruit (over 20 flavours!) Some feel that the quality of the hot food has declined, but most agree that the shakes still rock. $10/meal (burger, shake, onion rings)'.
- 15 Burger 320, 814 1 Ave NE, ☏ . W-Su 3:20PM-8PM, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Tasty artisanal burgers and shakes. The hours aren't a typo! The recurring number is actually the restaurant's size: 320 sq ft.
- 1 Cannibale, 813 1 Ave NE, ☏ . Bar: Su-Th 4PM-midnight, F Sa noon-2AM; Barber Su 10AM-4PM, M 10AM-6PM, Tu-Sa 9AM-9PM. Serves cocktails, fine spirits, craft beer, wine and food. Classic full-service barber shop located inside.
- 2 Fiddlers Courtyard, 726 Edmonton Tr NE, ☏ . Su 9AM-1AM, M-W 11:30AM-1AM, Th F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa 9AM-2AM. British pub
Starbucks and Tim Horton's are everywhere in Calgary. If you're looking for something different, try one of these.
- 3 Rosso Coffee Roasters, 2102 Centre St N, ☏ . M-Fr 7AM-8PM, Sa 7AM-8PM, Su 8AM-5PM.
- 4 Sought and Found Coffee Roasters, 916 Centre St N, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 7:30AM-5:30PM; Sa 8:30AM-6PM.
- 5 Waves Coffee House, 2685 36 St NE, ☏ . M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 9AM-6PM.
- 6 Common Crown, 943 28 St NE. M-Sa 2PM-8PM. Closed Sundays.
- 7 Tool Shed, #9 801 30 St NE, ☏ . W-F 1-7PM, Sa noon-7PM, Su 1-5PM, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- 8 Heathen's, #7 3300 14 Ave NE, ✉ Admin@heathensbrewing.ca. W-Th 3-7PM, F Sa 3-9PM, Su 3-6PM, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- 9 Railyard Brewing, #121 10301 19 St NE (A very short drive or cab ride from the airport.), ☏ . Opens at noon daily, check website or social media. Few international airports can boast a craft brewery this close by.
As the Northeast hosts the Airport, there are plenty of chain hotels all throughout. If you are seeking more character in your stay, consider looking in Bridgeland, Crescent Heights, or Downtown.
- 1 Best Western Airport Inn, 1947 18 Ave NE, ☏ , fax: . 24-hour airport shuttle.
- 2 Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre (formerly Crossroads Hotel), 2120 16 Ave NE, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 3 Comfort Inn & Suites Airport North, 147 Freeport Cres NE, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 4 Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport, 123 Freeport Blvd NE, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . 24-hour airport shuttle, rooftop jetted spas, restaurant, meeting & banquet facilities, wifi, fitness centre. From $123.
- 5 Applause Hotel, 20 Aero Crescent NE, ☏ , toll-free: . from $123.
- 6 Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316 33 St NE (near 16 Ave NE (Hwy 1) & 36 St NE), ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. $99+.
- 7 Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel, 1935 McKnight Blvd NE, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $110+.
- 8 Best Western Premium Freeport Inn and Suites, 86 Freeport Blvd NE, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Very close to airport. Pool with waterslide. Airport shuttle, free breakfast. $145+.
- 9 Courtyard Calgary Airport, 2500 48 Ave NE, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . 100% non-smoking, no pets. $110+ (F Sa), $240-400 (Su-Th).
- 10 Days Inn Calgary Airport, 2799 Sunridge Way NE, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. In northeast. Vacation packages, pool and water slide, fitness centre, airport shuttle. $127-150.
- 11 Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport, 2875 Sunridge Way NE (near Barlow Trail & 16 Avenue NE (Trans-Canada Highway)), ☏ , toll-free: . from $99.
- 12 Element Calgary Airport, 2855 Sunridge Way NE (near Barlow Trail & 16 Avenue NE (Trans-Canada Highway)), ☏ , toll-free: . from $124.
- 13 Hampton Inn & Suites Calgary-Airport, 2420 37 Ave NE, ☏ , fax: . From the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) head north on Barlow Trail to 37th Avenue then take a left and it will be about the last building on the right. $120+.
- 14 Hampton Inn Calgary Airport North, 2021 100 Ave NE, ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- 15 Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, 2021 100 Ave NE, ☏ , fax: .
- 16 Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport, 2335 Pegasus Rd NE (near McKnight Blvd & Barlow Tr), ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- 17 Hotel Clique, 24 Aero Crescent NE, ☏ , toll-free: . from $103.
- 18 Hyatt Place - Calgary Airport, 10 Aero Crescent NE (near Calgary International Airport), ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 19 [dead link] Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport, 2622 39 Ave NE, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. $135+.
- 20 Park Inn, Calgary Airport North, 27 Freeport Cres NE, ☏ . $90+.
- 21 Ramada Plaza & Conference Center, 3515 26 St NE, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 22 Residence Inn Calgary Airport, 2530 48 Ave NE, ☏ , toll-free: . 100% non-smoking. Free breakfast, long stays. $120+.
- 23 Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport, 2825 Sundride Way NE (near Barlow Trail & 16 Avenue NE (Trans-Canada Highway)), ☏ , toll-free: . From $105.
- 24 Wingate Calgary Airport, 57 Freeport Cres NE, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 25 Wyndham Garden Calgary Airport, 11 Freeport Cres NE (near Deerfoot Trail & Airport Trail), ☏ . $105+.
- 26 Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, 2008 Airport Rd NE (located in the terminal of the Calgary International Airport), ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . $188+.
- 27 Delta Hotels Calgary Airport In-Terminal, 2001 Airport Rd NE (located next to the terminal of the Calgary International Airport), ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . $161+.
- 28 Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, 2620 32 Ave NE (located near Barlow Tr & 32 Ave NE), ☏ , toll-free: . A landmark hotel in the Northeast. Features a large indoor waterpark with two big slides. $149+.
Bed & BreakfastEdit
- 29 Tuxedo House Bed & Breakfast, 121 21 Ave NE, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 min to downtown by car or by transit. Non-smoking only, no pets. Full breakfast included. $80-100.
Campgrounds and RV parksEdit
- 30 Mountain View Camping, 244024 Range Rd 284 (3 km east of Calgary, just off Hwy 1), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Service in English, German, French. Hookup types: Power, water, & sewer; power & water only; no hookups. Pull-through sites available. Power 15, 20, or 30 amps. Fire pits at some sites. Shuttle to Stampede grounds during Stampede Week. $38-47/night +tax.
- 31 Balzac Campground R.V. Park and Storage, 262 195 Balzac Blvd (Hwy 2 north of Calgary near Balzac and CrossIron Mills), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Open May 1-Oct 31. Hookup types: Power, water & sewer; power & water; no hookups. $24-34/night +tax.
- Calgary Public Library, ☏ . Wifi available, free memberships available only to Calgary residents, guest passes available.
- 1 Judith Umbach Library (Calgary Public Library), 6617 Centre Street NW. M-Th 10AM-9PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
- 2 Country Hills Library (Calgary Public Library), 11950 Country Village Link NE (Vivo for Healthier Generations). M-Th 9AM-9PM, F 9AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
- 3 Saddletowne Library (Calgary Public Library), #150 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE (Genesis Centre (Saddletowne YMCA)). M-Th 9AM-9PM, F 9AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
- 4 Village Square Library (Calgary Public Library), 2623 56 Street NE (Village Square Leisure Centre). M-Th 9AM-9PM, F 9AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
|Routes through Northeast|
|Banff ← Northwest ←||W E||→ Chestermere → Medicine Hat|
|Edmonton ← Airdrie ←||N S||→ Southeast → Fort Macleod / Lethbridge|
|END ← Northwest ←||W S||→ Southeast → END|
|Southwest ← City Centre ←||W E||→ END|