In many popular urban travel destinations, it’s the people and their neighbourhoods that offer visitors an authentic sense of the place. Calgary is no different. The neighbourhood pockets offer charm, historic allure, and modern developments that provide a better understanding of the city, its people and way of life.


  • Inglewood
  • Downtown Core
  • East Village
  • Kensington
  • The Beltline
  • Chinatown
  • Marda Loop
  • Mission
  • Bridgeland
  • Victoria Park


  • DO: Shop at Coco + Violet, where owner Helen Nguyen selects every designer brand in this contemporary womenswear store and offers shoppers personalized styling and wardrobing.
  • DINE: At Aida‘s, an authentic restaurant boasting traditional, home-cooked style Lebanese food made with TLC.
  • DISCOVER: One of the city’s best rooftop patios at Vin Room, a wine and tapas bar that offers 100 wines you can order by the glass—the largest selection in Canada.
  • DO: Challenge yourself by taking in a class at Barre Belle Studio, a ballet-inspired muscle blast using the barre and a mat.
  • DINE: Indulge in a truly contemporary Japanese dining experience at Shokunin, one of Canada’s top 50 restaurants in 2016
  • DISCOVER: The ultimate European spa experience and pamper yourself at BABOR Beauty Spa with luxury treatments.


Mission has a number of cultural niches and is distinctly Calgarian. From its rich heritage, thriving cultural scene and connectedness to the downtown core, it’s a great neighbourhood for the adventuresome. Constantly renovating and renewing, Mission strikes the balance of trend-setting while maintaining a rustic feel true to Calgary’s roots.  

The community boasts an urban environment and energy, constantly buzzing with business people, shoppers and foodies alike. On the cusp of the downtown core with the lined banks of the Elbow River, Mission eloquently combines an urban, suburban, and rural feel all at once.  Residents can stroll by the river, enjoy the soothing smell wafting from artisan coffee shops or listen to light humm of the bustling city streets.

Home to 4th street, also known as “Restaurant Row,” Mission has no shortage of delicious cuisine. Known as One Street with A Thousand Adventures, you can visit China, Italy, France, and back again within steps, a selection bound to satisfy every palate. Dining in, taking out, or simply enjoying patio drinks, 4th street in Mission is where you want to be.

In addition to 4th street’s year-round excitement, Mission’s beauty makes it a hot commodity for festivals. Hosting several events throughout the year, residents look forward to the annual Lilac Festival. It also offers remarkable street art to enjoy. Simply take a stroll through the community and you’ll stumble upon sculptures, paintings, and murals on each street corner.


More Great Story Ideas