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The Edmonton Trail NE main street stretches from the Bow River to 32 Avenue NE.


This main street originally served as the main transportation route between the fur trade post at Fort Edmonton and Fort Calgary beginning in 1875. A bi-weekly mail route developed along this trail in 1883. By the 1890s a new gravel road, which would become Highway 2, took over as the primary transportation road between Edmonton and Calgary. Today, Edmonton Trail passes through several communities including Bridgeland, Renfrew, Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park and Winston Heights/Mountview. Edmonton Trail serves as a north-south arterial route for Calgarians, and has a variety of residential, light industrial, commercial and retail uses.

Public Input

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Comments were compiled from the Main Streets public engagement activities which took place from November 2014 through May 2015. The top issues, opportunities and outcomes were ranked in order of consensus and ratings from citizens. This input will be analyzed to inform the planning strategy for each main street.

What we've heard

Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)


  1. Preserve heritage
  2. Lots of small businesses that benefit life in our community
  3. More residential and mixed use along Centre Street and Edmonton Trail NE.


  1. Current land use/zoning is not aligning with the vision for future redevelopment
  2. Gaps in commercial area - need more amenities and more mixed uses
  3. Lack of interactive space (benches, artwork etc.)
  4. Lack of trees, too industrial (Edmonton Trail South)


  1. Safe and vibrant main street sidewalk
  2. High quality public realm elements
  3. Diversity of housing

View map for full summary - Edmonton Trail NE from Bow River to 16 Avenue N

View map for full summary - Edmonton Trail NE from 16 Avenue to 32 Avenue NE

What we've learned

To start developing solutions which ensure the future success of Calgary’s main street neighbourhoods, City planners listened and learned from main street users, neighbourhood residents, industry experts and economic specialists to understand the unique challenges and opportunities for growth and development in these areas.

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What's next

All of the public input and discussion with experts throughout the project included one common concept; focus the effort of the Main Streets initiative work on a few key or strategic streets in the short term to maximize chances of success. By analysing local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, the Main Streets team identified which main streets are good candidates for development and growth in the near future.

Once that success has been tested, it will then be applied to main streets across Calgary as the timing for growth makes sense based on the unique needs of each street.

Based on all the information gathered, a series of proposed solutions have been created which would enable growth in main street areas that have been identified as ready for development. To learn more about the areas with rezoning options and Area Development Plan amendments being reviewed and considered for approval in the near future, visit the Main Streets' rezoning information page.

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