Ward 9 Great Neighbourhoods Calgary – Gian-Carlo Carra

This is the official website for Gian-Carlo Carra, City Councillor for Ward 9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Communities

Ward 9 is made up of a some of Calgary's oldest and most historic communities. It spans all four quadrants and has the largest business district in the city after the Core. Not only do we boast some of the best restaurants, art galleries and music venues, Ward 9 has some of the most resourceful and essential service providers in Calgary which contribute to making our neighbourhoods great, everyday. 

Ward 9's diversity, history and charm is what makes us so thrilled to work with all of our Ward 9 neighbours, business owners and service providers. 

Acadia

The largest of Ward 9’s diverse neighbourhoods- lies at the far South West corner of the Ward.  It is bounded by MacLeod Trail to the west and Blackfoot Trail to the east, with Heritage Drive to the north and Southland Drive to the south.

Acadia was established in 1960, with the City of Calgary annexing the land only a few years prior.  Indeed, several current residents can remember a time when livestock were herded along the stretch of land which is now Southland Drive.

Acadia has mastered the balance of being both a successful suburban and urban neighbourhood- it has strong community roots, beautiful old trees lining its green streets, and is close to many of the city’s favourite commercial, recreational, and service facilities.

Ward Reports - Acadia 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September, 2016


Bridgeland/Riverside 

Located in the Heart of Ward 9, just north of the Bow River and east of Edmonton Trail, are the historic neighbourhoods of Bridgeland/Riverside.  Bridgeland is one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, and now attracts a diverse group of dynamic neighbours who love being able to walk to downtown, visit the zoo, and shop on 1st Avenue NE. This unique community is home to over 5000 people.  Bridgeland is now subject to significant redevelopment through The Bridges, and the Ward 9 team looks forward to working closely with residents to ensure that Bridgeland maintains its history while continuing to adapt to new challenges and being an inner-city neighbourhood.

Ward Reports - Bridgeland-Riverside

Monthly Report - October, 2016

BRCA Newsletter - October 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Dover

It should be a rite of passage for every Calgarian to visit Dover at sunset and take in the mighty view West. On the escarpment at the edge of the community, one can see the Rocky Mountains, the Calgary skyline, and vastness of our prairie landscape in their full glory.

Dover is one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, and has character to match. It is located immediately east of Deerfoot, and is bounded by 26th Avenue to its north and Peigan Trail to its south.

The neighbourhood is also within walking distance of International Avenue- 17th Ave SE- arguably one of the most diverse areas in Calgary. You don’t need to go far to find some of the best Vietnamese pho you’ve ever had!

Ward Reports - Dover 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Erlton 

If you don’t know where Erlton is, it is to that community’s advantage.  Erlton is a small inner-city neighbourhood that is one of Calgary’s “best kept secrets” for those who love being close to downtown and who love the intimate atmosphere of an established close-knit community.

Located between MacLeod Trail, the Elbow River, and 34th Ave SW, Erlton is one of the few neighbourhoods in Calgary that is built almost entirely on a hill.  This translates into scenic downtown views from almost every kitchen window and undoubtedly superior leg muscles that are used to the daily climb.  Those houses north of 25th Ave SW may miss out on the hill and associated scenery, but they make up for it by being within spitting distance of the beautiful Elbow river, Lindsay Park, and Talisman Centre, some of Calgary’s favourite recreation sites.

There is little not to love about Erlton. Except perhaps the MacLeod Trail & 25th Ave intersection, where an endless stream of C-Trains test the patience of even the best of us.

Ward Reports - Erlton 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Fairview

Not to be overshadowed by the industrial landscapes to its north, Fairview is a great neighbourhood in the heart of Calgary’s inner South-East.  The neighbourhood of Fairview, which just celebrated its 50th birthday, was annexed by the City of Calgary back in 1956.

Although Fairview is not as big as its sister neighbourhood Acadia to its south, it is nevertheless filled with old trees, avid dog walkers, and families new and old alike who love its close-knit community feel and proximity to pretty much everything that matters.

Ward Reports - Fairview 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Inglewood

Inglewood is located immediately east of the Elbow river and immediately south of the Bow river, which bends to create Inglewood’s eastern boundary as well.  Canadian Pacific Railway tracks separate it from Ramsay, its neighbour to the south west.  Like many of Ward 9’s neighbourhoods, Inglewood is a hidden inner-city gem, that is slowly being discovered from Calgarians across the City for it’s great food, shopping, and history.

Inglewood is one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, and you only need to walk down the historic Main Street of 9th Avenue to imagine how Calgary looked over 100 years ago.  Busses and cars might have replaced the streetcar, but many of the old character buildings remain.

Whether you’re visiting the serene Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the haunted rooms of the Deane House, or the dangerously delicious craftsmanship of Chokolat, you will be sure to find something that tweaks your interest in Inglewood.

Ward Reports - Inglewood

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Manchester

Coming Soon

Ward Reports - Manchester

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood 

If it weren’t for Ogden, who knows if Calgary would be the metropolis it is today.  Ogden was home to Canadian Pacific Railroad’s legendary “Ogden Shops,” which - along with the brewery in Inglewood - differentiated Calgary and established it as a major settlement in the western Canadian frontier. “Forts” after all, were a dime a dozen on the nascent prairie landscape.  It was the creation of permanent employment centres that solidified Calgary’s prominence in Canada’s new west.  Like other Ward 9 communities, the railway plays an important part in Ogden’s history, and adds special character to its historic neighbourhoods.

Ward Reports - Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Parkhill

Parkhill is one of Ward 9’s four South-West communities, and is located just west of MacLeod Trail and north of 45th Ave SW.  It is found- unsurprisingly- just up the hill on Mission Road from Ward 9’s other South West communities of Erlton, Rideau, and Roxboro, and offers great views of the Rocky Mountains from the ridge over Stanley Park, and similarly great views of Calgary’s skyline from 33 Avenue SW.

Parkhill is yet another example of a historic inner-city Ward 9 neighbourhood, being first established in 1910, that lets one live the perfect balance between downtown life and quiet City streets.  Another great thing about Parkhill?  They serve rhubarb sauce on their pancakes at their annual Stampede Breakfast!

Ward Reports - Parkhill 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Ramsay

Drive through Ramsay and you’ll understand why many of the cars are adorned with “I Love Ramsay” bumper stickers.  Ramsay is a quaint neighbourhood that is filled with history, character, and a sense of community.  Many Ramsay residents love its rural small town feel, while being able to walk less than 15 minutes to Calgary’s downtown core.  Indeed, what’s not to love?

Walking through Ramsay’s narrow streets, one can see some of Calgary’s oldest buildings- homesteads built within walking distance of the original Fort, as well as the old Inglewood Main Street.  Up on Scotsman’s Hill, you can see the best views the city has to offer.  The Rocky Mountains, juxtaposed with the commanding city skyline, provide a favourite backdrop for newscasters and photo ops.

There may be a love-hate relationship between Ramsay’s “hill people” and “valley people”, but all Ramsay residents stand together when it comes to a sense of pride of their community.  Real rivalry, after all, is reserved for the many Ramsay-Inglewood duels which frequently take place on local soccer fields and ice rinks.  Don’t believe us?  Come to Ramsay Rocks in June to see for yourself.  And be prepared to check out all the local artisan ware while you’re at it.

Ward Reports - Ramsay 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Renfrew

Next time you’re out for a delicious brunch at Diner Deluxe, spend a few extra minutes to walk around the neighbourhood immediately east of Edmonton Trail.  You will likely be pleasantly surprised by the early-1900’s character homes and the sense of community so characteristic of Ward 9 neighbourhoods.

Renfrew is located east of Edmonton Trail, with 16th Avenue to its north, and Bridgeland to its south (roughly 7th Avenue NE).  The community did not become a residential area until after the 1940s, when the Royal Canadian Air Force used the area for an airfield and training base.  In the time since, Renfrew has turned into an inner-city neighbourhood, where residents love being able to walk to work downtown and the many restaurants and shops on Edmonton Trail.

Ward Reports - Renfrew

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Rideau-Roxboro 

With some of Calgary’s most beautiful homes and landscaping just along the Elbow River, Rideau Park is a stark contrast to the bustling downtown core, which lies to its immediate north.  Many would say that the major traffic issues in Rideau stem from the hundreds of bikers, joggers, and dog-walkers that flock to this scenic urban neighbourhood on a beautiful day.  In the summer, the real congestion in this neighbourhood happens not on the roads, but on the adjacent River, with hundreds of rafters floating by on lazy blue sky afternoons.  In the winter, sources have said that Rideau Park has the best outdoor rink in the city, with steaming hot chocolate in their log-cabin community centre (but they’d like to keep that a secret, thank you very much!).  We’re sure many other Ward 9 communities would be strong contenders!

Ward Reports - Rideau-Roxboro 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Riverbend

Riverbend is Ward 9’s South-Easternmost neighbourhood, located just south of Glenmore Trail and just east of Deerfoot.  Riverbend is also Ward 9’s newest neighbourhood, and has lots of young families and people looking to escape the bustle of the big city life. It’s very common to see people walking dogs, or enjoying the outdoors in Carburn Park. With lots of local amenities, Riverbend has lots to offer!  Riverbend is also home to an incredibly dedicated and well organized community association, and we strongly encourage you to drop by a monthly meeting to get more involved in the community.

Ward Reports - Riverbend 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Tuxedo Park

Tuxedo Park boasts some of the most welcoming and friendly Calgarians. Known for one of the best Canada Day parties in the city, our Tuxedo Park neighbours are always eager to light up the grill and invite people to enjoy their incredible pancakes, burgers, sausages and more!

Located north of 16th Avenue and west of Edmonton trail, this tight-knit community is home to many of the City’s historic bungalows, which are stiutated off one of the original streetcar lines. Today, we are working with Tuxedo Park on the north leg of the Green Line and the new station set to be built at 28th Avenue.  

Ward Reports - Tuxedo Park 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016


Winston Heights/Mountview

Together with Tuxedo Park, the community of Winston Heights-Mountview form the northernmost tip of Ward 9.  The neighbourhood is located north of 16th Ave NE and East of Edmonton Trail, and is home to beautiful tree-lined streets and park space. As Calgary has expanded, Winston Heights-Mountview has come to consider itself somewhat of an inner City neighbourhood, while maintaining the close neighbourhood ties that make it so enjoyable to live in.  Please feel free to take a minute to go through this welcoming neighbourhood someday, and you will instantly be charmed.  Or, spend an afternoon reading in their community hall’s Centennial Garden, where you just might get a short history lesson from one of the many residents that have called Winston Heights Mountview their home since the 1950’s.

Ward Reports - WHMV 

Monthly Report - October, 2016

Monthly Report - September 2016