Established in 1875, Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood. Originally known as East Calgary or Brewery Flats, the community was not officially given the name Inglewood until 1911, when it was named after the nearby homestead established by Col. James Walker. Inglewood is a community based along the Bow River, with a western boundary at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers, across from Fort Calgary. It was developed by a group headed by Acheson Irvine, Major John Stewart and James Macleod. Atlantic Avenue, now Ninth Avenue, was the first “main street” in the city
Today, the neighbourhood is a shopping and arts district with multiple parks and pathway system that runs adjacent to the river. Nature reserves include the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the Bow Habitat Station, Inglewood Wildlands Park, and the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery. It is directly across the Bow River from the Calgary Zoo, and St. Patrick’s Island, and across the Elbow river from Fort Calgary Historic Park.
Today, Inglewood promotes an arts and culture-filled district with more than 220 businesses, including shops, boutiques and eateries attracting locals and tourists alike. It is the home of Music Mile, Jazz YYC, Sunfest, Night Markets, Fringe Festival, Bleak Mid Winter Film Festival, and multiple events are hosted in Inglewood throughout the year. It boasts iconic Calgary live music venues like the Ironwood Stage and Grill (formerly The Garry Theatre), the Blues Can, and Festival Hall, the headquarters for the Calgary International Folk Festival.
Inglewood has been a lively residential and commercial hub in Calgary since 1875. It continues to be a vibrant, historic, pedestrian- oriented neighbourhood and home of many of Calgary’s iconic institutions, including 400 residential, institutional and commercial buildings constructed before 1914. Inglewood was designated by the Canadian Institute of Planners as Canada’s Greatest Community in 2014.
Walking Tour of Inglewood brochure